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Taste of Minnesota needs new venue after flooding

ST. PAUL - Taste of Minnesota organizers are scrambling to find a new location for the revived July 4 weekend festival after this week's storms flooded Harriet Island.

ST. PAUL - Taste of Minnesota organizers are scrambling to find a new location for the revived July 4 weekend festival after this week's storms flooded Harriet Island.

New Taste owner Linda Maddox confirmed Friday that Harriet Island won't be available due to the storm and that her staff was in touch with several new possible locations but would not discuss specifics.

Maddox's late husband, Ron, founded Taste as a free festival on the state Capitol grounds in 1983. He sold the event in 2009 and died the following year of natural causes. After trying to charge $20 and $30 entry fees in 2010 but not finding enough paying customers, new owners International Event Marketing filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, owing $1.6 million to vendors and partners.

In October, Linda Maddox announced she was reviving Taste of Minnesota and booked Harriet Island for July 3-6. Soul Asylum, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Halestorm and Joe Nichols are among the musical acts set to perform.

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