Fairgoers can let their opinion be known on a number of state issues by participating in the annual Minnesota State Fair Poll at the House of Representatives booth during the fair's 12-day run, today, Aug. 25, through Monday, Sept. 5.
This year's questions cover such topics as publicly funded preschool education for all children, expanding gambling, and adding clothing to the list of taxable items.
Although not scientific, ballot results give a heads up to what Minnesotans think about some high-profile issues. A list of this year's poll questions is available on the House website, and poll results should be available on the site Sept. 6.
The booth will be stocked with information introducing fairgoers to state government and to help them better understand the legislative process.
The exhibit will be located in the northeast corner of the Education Building on Cosgrove Street just north of Dan Patch Avenue.
It has been a long-standing tradition that House members make themselves available to answer questions and meet with the public.
The following is a list of representatives, as of Aug. 19, planning to attend, including dates, times and the district they represent:
Thursday, Aug. 25
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Rick Hansen (39A), Rep. Joe Atkins (39B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Ernie Leidiger (34A), Rep. Peggy Scott (49A)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Kathy Lohmer (56A)
Friday, Aug. 26
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Rick Hansen (39A), Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. (45B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Linda Runbeck (53A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Diane Loeffler (59A)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Rena Moran (65A), Rep. Connie Doepke (33B)
Saturday, Aug. 27
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Marion Greene (60A), Rep. Kate Knuth (50B), Rep. King Banaian (15B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Rena Moran (65A), Rep. Bob Barrett (17B)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Duane Quam (29A)
Sunday, Aug. 28
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Joe Mullery (58A), Rep. Duane Quam (29A)
Monday, Aug. 29
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Roger Crawford (8B), Rep. Kelby Woodard (25B)
Wednesday, Aug. 31
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Mindy Greiling (54A)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Pat Mazorol (41B), Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (32B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Bev Scalze (54B)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Tim Kelly (28A)
Thursday, Sept. 1
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Leon Lillie (55A), Rep. Paul Torkelson (21B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Denny McNamara (57B), Majority Leader Matt Dean (52B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Mike Beard (35A)
Friday, Sept. 2
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Pat Garofalo (36B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Sondra Erickson (16A), Rep. Bruce Anderson (19A)
Saturday, Sept. 3
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Paul Anderson (13A), Rep. King Banaian (15B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Phyllis Kahn (59B), Rep. Andrea Kieffer (56B)
Source: House of Representatives