Today I learned via an email from Amazon that this gigantic online business is sending a powerful message to the U.S. Congress and to the Minnesota legislature:  Laws have consequences.

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Amazon is using the word unconstitutional – will this have any impact on sales tax collection legislation?

I have belonged to the Amazon Associates Program for some time.  That program allows website users to promote products sold on Amazon in return for a small commission.  From reading my email from Amazon I learned this:

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The Mall of America is in Spring mode.  Plus, the Easter Bunny is in residence!

Notice a date change for Summer of Turtles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock Ride Challenge

Special events on the Mall of America® schedule in Bloomington, Minnesota for the week of June 17, 2013 include:

  • Megan and Liz performance and signing;
  • Toddler Tuesdays®: Clifford;
  • Special Olympics Minnesota Torch Walk;
  • DATE CHANGE:  Summer of Turtles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock Ride Challenge;
  • Midwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship

Here is more information to get you to the right place at the right time:

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stone arch bridge festival media imageThe Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival will be held June 14 – 16, 2013 along the stunning Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This free, two-day festival held on Father’s Day weekend attracts over 70,000 people to the Minneapolis downtown Riverfront District each year. This year’s festival will feature more than 250 visual artists, 60 live performances and fun family entertainment.

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The Mall of America is in Spring mode.  Plus, the Easter Bunny is in residence!

A busy week ahead at the Mall of America!

Special events on the Mall of America® schedule in Bloomington, Minnesota for the week of June 10, 2013 include:

  • Cassadee Pope performance;
  • Toddler Tuesdays®: Monsters University;
  • South Metro Job Fair;
  • Big Time Rush “24/seven” CD signing;
  • Caroline Manzo book signing;
  • Jim Gaffigan book signing;
  • Famous Dave Anderson book signing;
  • Summer of Turtles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock Ride Challenge

Here is more information to get you to the right place at the right time:

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A family musical event designed to bring joy to thousands of Twin Cities’ residents and visitors is scheduled to take place at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota on Friday and Saturday, June 7 – 8, 2013.

Since opening its doors, the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota has hosted approximately 28 million visitors. In 2011, over 4 million people visited, making it Minnesota’s most visited sports facility.

The 98.5 KTIS Joyful Noise Family Fest has scheduled top-name artists such as Third Day, Jeremy Camp and Tenth Avenue North, who will perform at the Saturday concert.  The Friday night concert is especially geared to youth with artists such as All Sons and Daughters, Gungor, and Switchfoot.  A day of free fun activities including a field filled with inflatables will provide family fun on Saturday.

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Minneapolis parks 4Parks throughout the Twin Cities’ metro areas have the welcome signs out – it is definitely time to load up the picnic supplies, Frisbees and other outdoor games and take advantage of these beautiful outdoor spaces.

Scheduled activities are nice, but no one needs to wait for one of those to enjoy the parks for recreational time either solo or with others.  Lace up the tennies and just go for it!

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St Paul Saints let the good times rollAlong with playing some pretty outstanding baseball, the St. Paul Saints know how to cover the bases when it comes to fun.

Fans can plan on seeing good ball played and having a ball at every home game attended at Midway Stadium on Energy Park Drive in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Having the added fun of a tailgating experience ranks high on the list for fans as well as enjoying the antics that the franchise dishes up throughout each game.

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The Mall of America is in Spring mode.  Plus, the Easter Bunny is in residence!

The Mall of America will be playing host to a Pinewood Derby and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Special events on the Mall of America® schedule in Bloomington, Minnesota for the week of May 27, 2013 include:

  • Toddler Tuesdays: Camp Ice Age;
  • Live Chat with Big Time Rush;
  • Pinewood Derby;
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Here is more information to get you to the right place at the right time:

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Something new to watch for in St. Paul outdoor public spaces!  Over the course of two days, 15 artist/student teams will transform old and worn pianos into 15 colorful and fascinating works of art in front of crowds at Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota. Keys 4/4 Kids, a local nonprofit that accepts and sells donated pianos for charity, is teaming up with St. Paul Mayor’s office and MOA™ to provide guests and spectators an exciting musical and artistic experience.

The Mall of America supplied these images of colorful pianos that have been transformed in the past.

This event will take place at MOA™ on Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Activities will be held in the Sears Court and the Rotunda.

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Here is another fine event for music lovers, particularly those who enjoy the world of jazz.  Jazz has long been recognized as America’s original musical art form. However, predating jazz, there was another form of music rooted in this land – the music of the Native Americans.

Sundin Music Hall, located on the Hamline University Saint Paul campus, is recognized as one of the most intimate and best-sounding performance spaces in the Twin Cities. Literally, there is not a bad seat in the house.

Jazz88 presents a new project that serves to intertwine both musical styles. A Weaving of Traditions, an evening of Native American music and interpretation, takes place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Hamline University’s Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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