This year, for the first time in quite a while, Tim Walz attended the Minnesota State Fair not as a teacher or congressman but, rather, as governor. And he brought an energy and style with him. His predecessor, Mark Dayton, also attended events at the fair; but Gov. Walz appeared to be truly in his element at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Walz, fairgoers quickly learned, is gregarious. He eagerly engaged in conversations with fairgoers, marveling, for example, at his recent visit to the Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar stand and telling people it was “almost a spiritual experience.”
Walz was booked to be a guest at TPT’S State Fair booth for a taping of Almanac. At one point, he poked his head into the make-shift TV control room to point out that two Future Farmers of America teenagers, who were also waiting for the Almanac program, “looked like they were warm.” He then asked the crew for bottles of water to bring to them. Shortly afterwards, Walz sat down on stage for his Almanac interview, touching on topics ranging from insulin costs, to the size of state government, to the merits of Corn Dogs versus Pronto Pups.
Between bites of one of the State Fair’s newest delectables – the Heirloom Tomato, Sweet Corn BLT complete with a fried egg – political reporter May Lahammer asked Gov. Tim Walz about the differences of attending the Great Minnesota Get-Together now that he’s assumed the highest political office in the state.
As the 2019 legislative session came to a close, Gov. Tim Walz visited the Almanac studio to offer his reflections on what went well and what still needs to be done.
In addition to weighing in on the Corn Dogs versus Pronto Pups debate, Gov. Tim Walz also discussed his personal etiquette when he encounters the last muffin in the box. Will he take the whole thing or just a sliver? Find out in The Wrap with David Gillette.