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Terer wins Fargo Marathon

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Fargo, ND – The Fargo Marathon started off with cold temperatures and wind when first place was taken by Grofrey Terer from Colorado Springs, Colorado with a time of 2:30.00.  Terer said he would be competing in June at the Utah Valley Marathon. Second place was Adam Pangrac, Moorhead with 2:30.39.


The women’s marathon was won for the third straight year by Semehar Tesfaye with a time of 2:39.22 residing at Revere, Mass.  Second runner was Jen Van Otterloo, Sioux Center, Iowa, 2:44.17.  Half Marathon for men was won by Eric Loeffler, Minneapolis, 1:07.46,  Andrew Zachman, Holdingford, Minnesota, 1:08.22.  Women Half Marathon first place was Tessa Stoltenburg, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1:20.20, second place Danielle Turk-Bly, Burlington, ND, 1:21.54

Fargo Marathon 14th Annual

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Fargo, ND – A week long of events has brought out thousands of people to participate in the Fargo Marathon.  Mark Knutson, founder of the Marathon, Nate White, Sanford Chief Operating Officer and Chuck Engle, held Friday’s conference.  Over 7,000 signed on for the 5K on Friday night. 

 

Mark Knutson said the great level of sponsors with the local city officials, Sanford Medical and Scheels were among the loyal backers.  Knutson said that what is important is at “the end of the day was to put on a good event.”  Chuck Engle is on his third round of running all 50 states.  After Saturday’s race Engle will have nine states left to complete the third time of covering all the states.  Earlier in the week 550 dogs and people entered the Fargo Dog Run, Youth Run had 400, the bike event had 450.  Saturday run is expected to be on the cold side with wind but the rain will be finished before the morning sunrise. The participants for 10K – 3,500, Half 4,500, Full 1,750 and Relay 600.

Vice President Mike Pence visits North Dakota

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  Fargo, ND – Vice President Mike Pence landed at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo, ND.  Over 200 people waited to welcome the Vice President as he landed at the Base.  Then his motorcade left to take him to the Delta Hotel and make a speech on tax relief.  Pence also was in Fargo to give his support for Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N-D who is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

 

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and his wife, first lady Kathryn greeted Vice President Mike Pence.  Also, welcoming Pence were Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the N.D. adjutant general and Col. Britt Hartley, the 119th Wing Commander.  Pence left in the afternoon to deliver a speech in Minneapolis at an America First Policies.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 NYC

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New York - The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest in the world with over 150,000 participants and two million plus people along the parade route.  The year of 2018 marks the 257th parade.  The route of the parade was along 5th Ave from 44th Street to 79th Street.  His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan stood in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral greeting and blessing participants on the parade route.  Bag pipes, dancers, bands and loads of green filled the NYC streets.

 

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joined the parade route.  Loretta Brennan Glucksman was the grand marshal.  Dignitaries included New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, police Commissioner James O’Neill and many more.  NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce blew the whistle to kick off the parade is retiring this year.

The Band Hairball

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Fargo, ND – The band Hairball filled the Fargo Civic Auditorium with a well-coordinated Rock & Roll concert with all the effects of sound, lights, costumes and props.  The talented members of the band kept the show moving non-stop. 

 

Opening act with KISS continuing with music created by the legend Prince, Queen, Journey, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper plus many others.  Hairball has a built up a large base of loyal fans that were fully embracing the performance that was continual for over two and half hours.  Hairball has been performing for 18 years across the country with all age groups packing the venues.  The Jackson 3 opened the concert.

WPPI 2018 in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Mandalay Bay Convention Center is filled to the brim with new technology that photographers are gathered to embrace.  Wedding and portrait photographers from all over the country have been gathering this week to stay ahead of the fast moving industry to give their clients the best that can be offered.

 

Products from all different companies are on display and available to be tested by the attendees.  Drones have been at a fast pace within the industry opening different opportunities for the photographers to offer their clients.  With the broadening of drones comes with it new technique to use the equipment and rules that are directed by the government.  Camera and independent lens were being checked out along with different level of travel bags that met the airline guidelines.  The great advantage of WPPI is that everyone is willing to share ideas and help improve the industry so that everyone can succeed.

Rodney Carrington at Alerus Center

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Grand Forks, ND – Rodney Carrington brought a large crowd of fans to hear his jokes and perform original music at the Alerus Center.  The weather earlier in the day was hit with snow and high winds that could have been an easy excuse for fans to just stay home but Carrington’s fans are loyal.  Carrington had a strong theme that came from the personal viewpoint of his life from an early age and carried forward to his age now.  He went non-stop with his stories and humor with an embracing Mature audience.

 

Rodney Carrington’s talent carried forward on the second half by singing with his guitar to his original music.  Carrington has a wide range of talent encompassing the stand-up comedian, actor and country music artist.  He has released with major-labeled albums; six with original music and has starred in “Rodney” sitcom and film 2008 “Beer for My Horses.”

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show names “Best In Show”

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New York – Flynn the bichon frise wins the prestigious “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday evening.

 

Madison Square Garden was packed for the final competition of “Best in Show”.  Flynn the bichon frise took the top honors of being the top dog for the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  The small powder-puff dog followed his handler, Bill McFadden flawlessly. Competition was tight and all of the finalists performed beautifully showing why obtaining this title is so prestigious and is considered the Olympics of competition for dogs.

 

There were two full days of competition leading up to the final round on Tuesday evening at the Gardens.  The final round was narrowed down to Biggie a pug, Border collie - Slick, Ty a giant schnauzer, Sussex spaniel called Bean,  Norfolk terrier named Winston, and regal borzoi-Lucy. 

 

Betty-Anne Stenmark from Woodside, California was the judge that chose the winner. 

 

Westminster Agility Competition

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New York – Fame(US) a black and white border collie won The Westminster Kennel Club agility championship on Saturday evening at the Piers in New York.  Jessica Ajoux is the handler from Sparta, New Jersey had Fame jumping into her arms as the crowd roared in excitement to their finish.  Fame(US) pronunciation is “famous.”

 

Agility was added to The Westminster Kennel Club in 2014 that allowed mixed-breed dogs to enter with 29 competing in this year’s competition with a total of 330 dogs.  A full day of competition was held at the Piers with the finalists ending the evening.  Right behind Fame(US) a Chihuahua-terrier named Jefe was the top agility dog that was a mixed breed.

 

Monday opens with 2,882 entries for the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden.  Tuesday evening will feature the finale with the Top in Show to be announced

New York Pet Fashion Show NYC

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New York – The evening at the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC was fully energized with creatively designed costumes that celebrities and rescue stars walked down the runway with their pets and rescue dogs looking for homes.  This was the 15th anniversary with the theme “Country Couture for Animal Rescue.”  The New York Pet Fashion Show is the largest pet fashion and animal rescue benefit in the country.

 

Dedication and true passion illuminated the venue showcasing all involved that work hard for the cause.  The benefit of helping to save animals lives and benefiting the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with 150 shelters and rescue groups has increased their presence every year with their mission.

 

Gregg Oehler is the Chairman of the event and TropiClean was the presenter of the New York Pet Fashion Show.  The host and MC was Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes.  The Gold Paw award featured celebrity, TV host and actor Travis Brorsen for the 2018 “ Humanitarian” award winner.









 
 
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President Trump first week

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Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama term.  The whole week will be a reflection of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international basis. 

Nominations are being finalized as well as Press secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday morning.  President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

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Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

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Albuquerque, New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.  The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.  The higher elevation had stronger winds that did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the field to complete the task for a second day in a row.
America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as the winds would float them eastward

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Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

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Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 

 


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BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
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Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25.  The 25th anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world.  BOSTON’s performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing through the area after some very hot and humid days.
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Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

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Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.


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