July 28, 1992
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Connie and Bill Barnes and their two teen-age "I love to shop" daughters will pile into the family car next month for the 10-hour trek here from their home in Topeka, Kan., to buy school clothes.In northeastern Montana, farmers Elizabeth and Carl Sauskojus, who have to drive 60 miles just to get groceries, are laying plans for a 700-mile pilgrimage to Bloomington to explore the exotic new department stores.From across Japan, 60 tour groups have already booked rooms for this year in Bloomington, a serendipitous stopover on Northwest Airlines' popular Tokyo-to-Disney World flight.
August 5, 2001
If you thought Pennsylvania's Hershey Park and California's Knott's Berry Farm were pushing it with their edible themes, consider General Mills' new Cereal Adventure. The miniature amusement park, which opened last month in Minnesota's massive and somewhat wacky Mall of America (home to Camp Snoopy and a giant shark tank), has a Cheerios play section, a Lucky Charms Magical Forest and a Cocoa Puffs Canyon, not to mention a Wheaties area where youngsters can get their pictures on the Breakfast of Champions box. Kids can play "chocolate adventure" video games in Cocoa Puffs Canyon, and the Cheerios and Lucky Charms areas have slides that end in giant, simulated bowls of cereal.
September 28, 2003
EDMONTON, Alberta - The temperature outside may have been hovering around 30 degrees, a raw September day even for this provincial capital in western Canada, but inside the West Edmonton Mall, it was still summer. Dozens of people were swimming in a 5-acre heated water park with palm trees, cabanas, a simulated strip of sand and machine-made waves. A short walk away, hundreds more looked on as a trainer cavorted with a dolphin. The water park and the dolphin show are only two of the attractions at the 5.3-million- square-foot mall.
October 14, 2001
WASHINGTON - Terrorist groups have cased at least five sites for possible attacks in the United States, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and the Sears Tower in Chicago, three internal government reports said. Terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network also evaluated the sprawling Mall of America near Minneapolis and unspecified sports facilities, said two senior Bush administration officials familiar with the reports, who spoke on condition of anonymity. No evidence has come to light suggesting that attacks are - or ever were - planned on any of those buildings or theme parks.
August 21, 2005
This isn't a tale of two cities. Not exactly. It's not even a tale of Twin Cities, which will probably miff St. Paul -- but, St. Paul, we'll make it up to you someday. This is about Minneapolis and the Mall of America. Minneapolis has 30 live theater venues, including two that have won Tonys: the Guthrie Theater and the Children's Theatre Company. The mall has 32 shoe stores -- not counting the four major department stores that also sell men's and women's apparel. Minneapolis has the expanded Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum (building by Frank Gehry)
November 1, 1992
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Mall of America is in Bloomington, Minn., a few yards off Interstate Highway 494, about five minutes west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.Mall admission is free. So is parking. Stores are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (closed Christmas and New Year's Day). The 23 rides in Knott's Camp Snoopy cost $1 to $2.50 and are open the same hours weekdays and Sundays, and until 11 p.m. onSaturdays. Movie theaters and entertainment areas run past midnight.