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Published July 15, 2011, 09:43 PM

Twin Valley won't let shutdown put crimp on their celebration

Twin Valley, MN (WDAY TV) - In Twin Valley, Minnesota, the town is hosting a late night street dance as part of its 125th anniversary and all school reunion.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

In Twin Valley, Minnesota, the town is hosting a late night street dance as part of its 125th anniversary and all school reunion. But the shutdown and food stand license requirements have the small town steaming on this sultry, summer weekend.

At the Blue Diamond Beauty Shop in Twin Valley today, all the ladies in town were getting a cut, curl or color. A big weekend is ahead. But as food vendors rolled into town today for the big three day festival and all school reunion, there is some big time frustration with the state of Minnesota.

Monica Winter – Festival Coordinator Twin Valley: “You have to take the bruises and come through the battle.”

The small town has been scrambling after it learned some of the mom and pop food stands will not be able to serve their fundraising food.

Peg Hanson – Twin Valley Lion’s: “I can understand why they have to have rules but I hope all the small towns hear this because it can happen to them.”

The reason, groups like the Lion's Club Pulled Pork Stand, and the Lutheran Youth Food Stand don't have the required special event license, which they can't get because of the shutdown.

“It was disappointing.”

Rhoda Habedank – Wild Rice Lutheran: “Tacos in a bag, and bars. Keep Minnesota Moms Behind Bars.”

“And the Twin Valley firefighters were hoping to fry steaks tonight at the fundraiser but the state did not like their kitchen.”

And so the fire chief helped arrange to have the steaks fried at his grocery store which has a state inspected kitchen. People will then take their steaks to the community center which is connected to the firehall.

The town will make do. They've been around 125 years. No state law will keep them from ripping it up for a three day party. A lot of the money raised at those food stands went to scholarships and youth programs in town.

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