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What's your favorite winter drink?

Apple cider
0%
Egg nog
8%
Hot chocolate
58%
Tea
17%
Seasonal flavored coffees
8%
Energy drink
0%
Sparkling grape juice
8%

What are you most thankful for?

Family and friends
40%
My pet
0%
Freedom
15%
My health
5%
A higher power
15%
My Thanksgiving meal
0%
Love
25%

It’s mid-November and still relatively warm. How do you feel about the current weather?

I love it! I wish the rest of winter could be like this
54%
I like it! I’m enjoying it while it lasts
31%
I don’t like it! I can’t wait for it to snow
8%
I hate it! I now believe in global warming
8%
I’m indifferent
0%

What's your favorite holiday?

Halloween
0%
Thanksgiving
24%
One of the winter holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa
41%
New Year's Day
18%
Valentine's Day
0%
April Fools
0%
Easter
0%
4th of July
6%
Other - Write your favorite holiday below
12%

What’s the worst natural distaster?

Flood
11%
Earthquake
11%
Hurricane
11%
Epidemic
37%
Tsunami
16%
Avalanche
0%
Tornado
5%
Wildfire
0%
Blizzard
0%
Drought
0%
Volcanic eruption
11%

Who is your favorite Minnesota celebrity?

Brother Ali
13%
Coen Brothers
6%
Don Shelby
19%
Jesse Ventura
6%
Joe Mauer
31%
Josh Hartnett
0%
Prince
25%

Americans go to school a month less than students in developed countries. Would adding a month improve education in the US?

No, school should be 2 months less
6%
No, screw statistics
0%
No, other issues are affecting the quality of our education
63%
Yes, it could really benefit some of my peers
19%
Yes, I love learning!
13%

What's your favorite form of communication?

Talking on cell
13%
Text
40%
Instant message
0%
Facebook
27%
Email
13%
Mail
7%
Pony Express
0%
I don't like talking to people
0%

What mythical creature do you wish really existed?

Vampires
21%
Unicorns
32%
Fauns
11%
House-elves
11%
Giants
0%
Dragons
26%

What freedom are you most thankful for in America?

The freedom of press
12%
The freedom of speech
53%
The freedom of religion
24%
The freedom to vote
6%
The right to own a gun or weapon
6%
Protection from unreasonable searches of belongings
0%
My favorite freedom isn’t listed
0%
I don’t think I have much freedom
0%
Workers at the Corn Roast booth hold up their product.

Top 6 most popular Minnesota State Fair foods

The chance to eat alligator and camel are enticing, but the most popular foods at the Minnesota State Fair are old classics.

What's your favorite activity to do at the State Fair?

Eating all kinds of food-on-a-stick
20%
Hanging out with friends and family
0%
Going on rides and playing games
40%
Getting free stuff
20%
Seeing the exhibits
0%
People watch
20%
I think the fair is lame
0%
A Hunt seat rider competes at the Minnesota State Fair

Competing in state fair horse shows can be nerve-wracking

While most people at the Minnesota State Fair were relaxing and trying the newest on-a-stick creation its first Friday, Christina Kooiman was nervously brushing her horse in the Horse Barn.

Tyler Otte of Dakota County poses with his Champion Black Angus

Teens sell livestock for thousands at state fair 4-H auction

On the first Saturday of the Minnesota State Fair, 18-year-old Tyler Otte’s champion Angus beef cattle earned him $5,600.

A robot attempts to pick up a ball to shoot it into a goal at the state fair

Minnesota teens test their robotics skills daily at the fair

When the Woodbury Math and Science Academy’s robot reached its arm up to grasp a wooden tower and pulled itself off the ground, it pretty much guaranteed a win for the robotics team at the Minnesota S

Summer is nearly over. Which of the following has been your favorite pastime?

Reading a good book
0%
Sleeping in
25%
Watching summer movie hits
0%
Hanging out with family
38%
Kicking it with friends
0%
Watching tons of TV
0%
Traveling
38%
Quidditch game at University of Minnesota-Morris

Quidditch no longer a fictional game, now real-life "muggles" can play

It used to be only Harry Potter could catch the golden snitch, but now muggles can too thanks to some creative thinking from college students.

Teens grinding at a school dance

Osseo High bans grinding at prom, dance too sexual

When Osseo High School outlawed grinding at prom, many students were so angry they jumped ship, literally. About 255 students plan on skipping the school’s May 15 prom to attend a party on a boat where they won’t be kicked out for dancing front-to-back.

Be smart about social networking

People sometimes don’t think before they post. Like the girl who is hugging two giant bags of marijuana to her chest in her Facebook profile picture. Follow these simple tips from C.L. Lindsay, an attorney who runs a non-profit dealing with legal problems that often occur on school campuses, about how to be smart about posting online.

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