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Solar eclipse a no-show in cloudy Minnesota

Kristen Christenson brought her twin boys to the Bell Museum in St. Paul on Monday, where hundreds gathered in the afternoon to catch what they hoped might be even a quick glimpse of a solar eclipse behind a gray, cloudy sky.

Timothy and Benjamin Christenson had a large LEGO set in tow that depicted Earth, its sun and the moon in orbit. "I figured other people would also find it entertaining," said Christenson, of Chaska. She gave it to them for their fifth birthday last month and they've played with it constantly ever since - great preparation for a real celestial event.

As it turned out, the toy model sitting in the grass was a big hit among the Bell crowd - who, like all Minnesotans who stayed local on Monday, were totally deprived of an actual show by the crummy weather. Meanwhile, the twins demonstrated on the LEGO set what was happening above, behind the clouds.


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