Why was the Mall of America built in Minnesota?

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The Mall of America is one of Minnesota’s most well-known attractions. Now entering its fourth decade, the largest indoor shopping center in the country draws visitors from around the world to the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington.


Nicholas Goldberg: If Miss America isn’t a beauty pageant, what is it?

In its early years, the Miss America pageant was just a beauty contest, a straightforward competition between eager young women with curvaceous figures and pretty faces. Baldly exploitative, gleefully sexist — it knew what it was about.

As it grew more popular, it sought respectability. Miss America was packaged as