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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a large crowd watches a performance at the Wisconsin State Fair near Milwaukee. The Wisconsin State Fair was canceled Thursday, May 28, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking the first time since 1945 that the 169-year-old annual tradition will not take place. (Barry Adams/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin State Fair canceled for first time since 1945

May. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There will be no cream puffs, concerts, 4-H exhibits, rides on the midway or foods on a stick in Wisconsin this year. For the first time since World War II, and just the sixth time in 169 years, the Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled. The venerable event held every August outside...

A sign on the door of the state labor department office in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, May 22, 2020, shows the office is closed to the public through the end of May. A report released by the department Friday showed the number of jobs in Alaska in April was down sharply compared to April 2019 amid coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska April job numbers down sharply amid virus concerns

May. 22, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had 42,200 fewer jobs in April than a year earlier as coronavirus fears shut down or disrupted businesses at a time when many traditionally would start adding jobs for the summer, the state labor department reported Friday. As restrictions ease, some of the jobs will return,...

The dates for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair are displayed at the entrance in Falcon Heights, Minn. Friday, May 22, 2020, shortly after the 2020 Fair, scheduled for Aug. 27 to Labor Day, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

2020 Minnesota State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

May. 22, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials canceled the Minnesota State Fair on Friday after its leader said the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the show to go on. “We all love the fair. And that’s exactly why we can’t have a fair this year,“ General Manager Jerry Hammer told the...

North Dakota State Fair called off due to coronavirus

May. 11, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State Fair is the latest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of cases and deaths in the state continue to rise. Fair officials announced Monday they’re calling off the event because of uncertainty over the pandemic. The July gathering is the...

Organizers cancel Southeast Alaska State Fair, citing virus

May. 1, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of the Southeast Alaska State Fair said Friday that the summer event in Haines has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. In a statement, fair officials said it was a difficult decision but the right one to make. “For us and many across Southeast Alaska and the...

Nebraska State Fair says it's still on for late summer

May. 1, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Fair officials are still planning to hold the 11-day event in Grand Island later this summer, according to a release from the fair's interim director. Interim director Jaime Parr said in a news release Friday that the event starting Aug. 28 and running through Sept....

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, country music singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley performs on NBC's Today show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The Delaware State Fair has canceled it’s 2020 concert series due to coronavirus safety concerns, but the fair is still scheduled to go on, according to Monday, April 27, 2020’s announcement. The canceled series that was scheduled for this summer totaled nine shows that included performances by Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Delaware state fair will go on despite canceled concerts

Apr. 28, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware State Fair has canceled it’s 2020 concert series due to coronavirus safety concerns, but the fair is still scheduled to go on. Organizers did not give more detail on what that event will be, but noted it will be a fair of “some kind” in late July...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks at a news conference concerning the new coronavirus, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz ends school year, but lets some businesses reopen

Apr. 23, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year, but stay-at-home restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be eased to allow up to 100,000 people return to work next week, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Tim Walz, a former high school...

Illinois' capital city suffers financially from pandemic

Apr. 18, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Coronavirus outbreak has left Illinois' capital city devastated as the pandemic dealt a massive blow to the city's economy. In normal times, the spring season brings more people to the city, the Chicago Tribune reported. The General Assembly is in session, business conventions...