2 arrested for fake State Fair tickets

Published 11:31 am Thursday, September 1, 2011

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Fair says it’s “buyer beware” if don’t buy your tickets at the fairgrounds during fair time.

Police are investigating recent cases involving the sale of counterfeit tickets to the State Fair.

On Monday, St. Paul police arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with counterfeit tickets.

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In a separate incident Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports police arrested a man on suspicion of selling counterfeit State Fair tickets at a Northtown Mall parking lot in Blaine where express buses pick up and drop off fair-goers.

The 54-year-old man was arrested in Brooklyn Park. He’s not been charged.

State fair officials contacted Blaine police after employees taking tickets at the gate noticed some were counterfeit. Fairgoers said they bought them at the mall parking lot.

State briefs: 10 companies recall fuel gel

WASHINGTON — Ten companies are recalling 2 million bottles and jugs of the gel fuel used in outdoor decorations known as firepots because of the risk of serious burns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the gel fuel has been linked to several dozen injuries when users could not tell whether the flame was extinguished. Pouring more gel on a burning pot can lead to dangerous flares or burns.

Target’s key figure up 4.1%

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp.’s revenue at stores open at least a year climbed 4.1 percent in August, driven by back-to-school shopping. The results announced Thursday topped Wall Street’s forecast.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters predicted a 3.5 percent increase. This metric is a key gauge of a retailer’s health because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.

“August comparable-store sales were in line with our expectations, reflecting solid results in our back-to-school and back-to-college categories,” Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement.

The discount chain said that total revenue for the four weeks ended Aug. 27 rose 5.4 percent to $5.29 billion.

Year-to-date revenue at stores open at least a year increased 3.1 percent, with total revenue up 4.1 percent to $36.77 billion.

Earlier this month Target reported that its second-quarter profit and revenue beat analysts’ estimates in part because of a growing frugal trend among Americans who are concerned with job security and other economic woes.

The Minneapolis company has 1,762 stores in 49 states.

Target’s stock rose 54 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $52.21 in premarket trading.

Farmers can now donate harvest

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The Farm Rescue organization has started a new program to enable farmers to donate part of their harvest to the nonprofit.

Farm Rescue Founder and President Bill Gross says the “Give-A-Bushel” program is another way for farmers to help other farmers in need. Any donated bushels will be converted to cash for the nonprofit.

North Dakota-based Farm Rescue plants and harvests crops free of charge for farm families in the Dakotas, Minnesota and eastern Montana who have suffered a major illness, injury or natural disaster. The organization has helped more than 150 families since 2006. It is funded through donations, business sponsorships and grants.