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Auditions scheduled for "Moon Over Buffalo" March 26

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:04am

The comedy for the summer festival will be "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig.

According to an excerpt from Samuel French, Inc., "Moon Over Buffalo" centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. In this play within a play, they’re performing in Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

Auditions will be March 26 at 7 p.m. at the ACA. No preparation required. Readings will be handed out at auditions. Please bring conflict schedule for May – August.

Cast is needed to play:

George Hay: male, 60s, central character, physical comedy involved. 

Charlotte Hay: female, George's wife, late 50s to 60s, larger than life. 

Ethel: female, Charlotte's mother (must play old enough to be believable, a grumpy old lady, sort of a trouble maker), comedic skills are really important for this role. 

 Rosalind Hay: female, the daughter, 20s or early 30s, actress turned advertising executive. 

 Paul: male, resident actor, late 20s or 30s, leading man type.

 Howard: male, late 20s or 30s, Rosalind's fiancé, nerdy, preferably small in stature.

10th Annual Theater Sports Competition: March 23

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:51am

It’s a blend of theater performance with elements of a sports competition – and it can be very exciting. WTIP volunteer Yvonne Mills spoke with Richie Furlong, Carrie Palmer, Jamie Sjogren, and Elizabeth O'Phelan, Cook County High School seniors, on North Shore Morning. 


The 10th annual Theater Sports competition is Tuesday March 24th at 7pm at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. This activity raises money for a Twin Cities theater weekend for the UMD College in the Schools Literature students. Students from the class will share their improvisation skills in this once a year event.    

(Photo by Bahman Farzad via Flickr)

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What makes people in "Blue Zones" live longer and healthier?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:35pm

What do the citizens of Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica have in common? What is it about their daily routine that makes them live longer—healthily? Why are the people in these community reaching 100 years of age at rates 10 times greater than in the United States? Find out the answers to these questions and more at a special presentation by Tony Buettner, a member of the National Geographic Blue Zones team, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

Come hear this intriguing and entertaining presentation about the work that began in 2004 when Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better.

After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Dan Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. They call these characteristics the “Power 9.”

Dan Buettner’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Buettner everywhere from Oprah to TED visit to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could a Blue Zone be built in the US?

In 2009 Blue Zones partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, Minnesota. After just one year, Blue Zones reported that participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49 percent. Harvard’s Walter Willett called the results “stunning.”

A madcap competition at Theater Sports March 24

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:29pm

 In its 10th season, Theater Sports brings a madcap night of zany fun to the county on March 24. Fifteen seniors will compete on stage at 7 p.m. in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Tickets, which go fast, are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

“The competition can get a little crazy, but it’s for a great cause,” said senior high English Teacher Ivy Church.

Proceeds pay for the College Literature class’s annual theater trip to the Twin Cities. On this year’s April 17-18 trip the class will tour museums and enjoy plays at both Park Square Theater and Guthrie Theater.

Coached by Michael McHugh, Theater Sports is improvisational theater with a competitive sports angle. Two teams compete in a series of wacky scenes or suggestions presented to them by the audience or Mr. McHugh. What follows is often laugh out loud, knee-slapping laughter.

This year’s participants are Britta Andress, Ashley Berglund, Richie Furlong, Danielle Hansen, Brenna Hay, Aubry Lewis, Ave McMillian, Morgan Mixdorf, Emma Olfson, Elizabeth O’Phelan, Carrie Palmer, Jami Sjogren, Andrew Thompson, Laura Thompson, and Libby Zaft.


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Grand Portage Elders Stew Cook Off and Meat Bingo enjoyed by all

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:38pm

The Grand Portage Elders had a very successful St Patrick’s Day Stew Cook Off and Meat Bingo fundraiser in March. Also held at the same time was a 50/50 raffle. This year’s Stew Cook Off winner was Rick Johnson. He is a two-time winner of this event as well as this year’s chili cook off winner. Rick is renowned in Grand Portage as an accomplished chef.

The 50/50 winner this time was Mike Keyport and the cover-all bingo winner was Ralph Tesser. Ralph sold the most 50/50 tickets as well as the winning ticket. He won a complete Easter ham dinner. Way to go, Ralph!

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help pay for Elders to travel to St Paul this month to view George Morrison’s exhibit at the History Center.


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Community input sought on Highway 61 corridor redesign

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:35pm

On February 24, over 50 community members gathered in Grand Marais for the third meeting of Highway 61 Revisited, a process for envisioning a redesign of the Highway 61 corridor through Grand Marais.

The meetings were convened by the City of Grand Marais after redesign of Highway 61 was deemed a priority by the city council last year with community input. While Highway 61 through Grand Marais is a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) road, the meetings have created an opportunity for community members to share their vision for the future of the highway corridor.

This has resulted in two concept designs for the corridor, which can be seen at

“There has been excellent community participation in the process both at in-person meetings [with over 50 attendees at each meeting] as well as through online comment opportunities and in one-on-one conversations with property owners along the corridor,” said Mike Fischer of LHB, Inc.

During the most recent meeting, the design team, including consultants CJ Fernandez and Jason Aune of Aune Fernandez Landscape Architects and Fischer, shared an update on the conceptual design process, including revised concept designs and the next steps. There was also an update on the Health Impact Assessment of the project, led by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and a community committee. The group discussion identified many areas that the process has begun to address and those that the city will continue to investigate with community involvement, including parking, safe crossings, street landscaping, and a walk/bike trail.

“A locally led community visioning process is not the normal way highway projects are begun,” said City Administrator Mike Roth. “This has given our community the opportunity to guide future investment in the highway to meet our local needs.”