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State Fair to consider adding metal detectors at entrance gates

State Fair to consider adding metal detectors at entrance gates Photo: KSTP-TV

Updated: January 17, 2020 04:55 PM

The Minnesota State Fair says adding metal detectors will be considered by officials during a meeting this weekend.

According to the State Fair, its board of managers is scheduled to meet this weekend as part of the annual joint conventions of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, which is the governing body of the fair, Minnesota Federation of County Fairs and Midwest Showmen's Association.

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During the meeting, the board of managers approves the proposed budget for capital work and maintenance projects for the coming year, and elections of officers for the board are held.

One of the proposals in the budget is to accommodate fair-time metal detectors at the fairgrounds' entrance gates.

The State Fair said it has looked at adding metal detectors "for a while now, as we believe this is the next step in maintaining a safe and secure environment."

The meeting comes after recent violence outside State Fair gates.

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A pedestrian crash and shooting outside the main gates on Snelling Avenue happened on the last night of the 2019 State Fair. Three people were injured in the shooting and one woman was injured in the crash. Police later arrested a man on a warrant for possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.

The decision is expected to be announced by Monday.

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