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Ojibwe Forests Rally – David Higgins and Craig Drew

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Ojibwe Forests Rally
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – A full weekend of racing through the different stages north of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota brought out the strong competitive strengths of all the drivers.  Challenges of flat tires, rough landings made the winning for David Higgins and Craig Drew extra rewarding as they moved closer to a perfect season for 2015. 
David Higgins and Craig Drew took first place with their #75 Subaru WRX STI.


Travis Pastrana and Chrissie Beavis raced to second place with #199 WRX-STI.  Nick Roberts and Rhianon Gelsomino took third place with 2013 Subaru WRX-STI.  Roberts and Gelsomino took their fourth Super Production class win of the season.  Saturday evening final stage of the competitive rally was along the beachfront of Detroit Lakes popular main road.  The streets were lined with fans cheering on the teams as they finished the competitive rally.  Over 150 miles encompassed the stage miles for the drivers to push their fierce competitive talents as fans watch from the exhibition area during the two days of runs.  Subaru lined the victory celebration in front of the Pavilion for the popping of the champagne bottle as fans cheered the winners.

West Fargo Cruise Night on a perfect evening

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West Fargo, ND – Cruise Night showcases the passion of all the hard work that owners have done on their classic cars and motorcycles.  Over eight city blocks and side streets plus parking lots were filled with the classic cars and motorcycles for everyone to see.  The weather was absolutely perfect for a stroll down Sheyenne Street to view all the different models on show. Owners drove in from Minneapolis to Winnipeg to share their car with the admirers and catch up with old friendships that they had made from past shows.

 

Corvette’s of every year were on display, Rolls Royce, Chevrolet, Fords are only a few named of models that packed the area.  Toppers Car Club had a presence that evening and has been a strong advocate of the classic cars.  

 

Blake Shelton packs WE Fest Saturday

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Blake Shelton
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – Blake Shelton asked the crowd “do you want me to play the long set or the short set.”  Fans let him know that they were in the open-air arena to stay as long as Shelton was.  WE Fest was host to one of the largest shows for the final evening of a jam-packed country music festival.  Blake Shelton asked the crowd to hold up their cell phones as the main lights were dimmed, giving a dynamic light show as cell phones were swayed.  Backup singer, Gwen Sebastian from Hebron, North Dakota and previously alum with “The Voice” sang a duet with Blake Shelton.  Shelton performed just short of two hours with total passion and made all feel that Saturday night headliner was “All About Tonight.”

 

Jake Owen performed before Blake Shelton and got the crowd fully warmed up before Blake Shelton came on.  Owen came out with full energy engaging the crowd singing and showcasing his mastering of country music and the guitar.  Other performers Saturday Eli Young Band, Colt Ford and The Swon Brothers.

 

Rascal Flatts headliner at WE Fest

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Rascal Flatts
Detroit Lakes, Minn – WE Fest was jammed packed with the top of Country Music performances.  WE Fest is celebrating the successful 33 years of being one of the top Country Music festivals in the country. The
gates opened with the opening act Maiden Dixie bringing the crowd into a meticulously designed open-air arena.  Logan Mize, Big & Rich, Hank Williams Jr., and Rascal Flatts finished the evening.

 

Friday and Saturday are fully packed with a complete package for over 50,000 fans to embrace.  Campgrounds are packed with loyal concertgoers.  Headliners for the next two evenings are Miranda Lambert and closing the weekend out with Blake Shelton.

Fargo AirSho featuring Blue Angels

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Fargo, ND - The Blue Angels gave an unbelievable performance as they are noted for to a record-breaking crowd.  Weather was hot by the end show on Sunday without a cloud in the sky.  History was made this year when the Blue Angels took flight with the first time having a woman in the cockpit.  U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins was the first female pilot in a 69-year history.

 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew Boeing F/A 18 Hornet fighter jets.  The Blue Angels are the national first oldest flight team and world wide the second oldest flight team.  Other performers for a full afternoon of flying included Franklin’s Flying Circus, Paul Stender, Skip Steward, Kent Pietsch landing on top of a truck, Lt. Col. John Klatt, Sky Dive Fargo, U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs,” AV-8B HARRIER II and the Navy Blue Angels.

Moondance Jam 2015

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The Doobie Brothers
Walker, Minnesota - Continual huge growth caps the 24th year weekend.  Moondance Jam’s line-up was packed from Wednesday Pre-Jam Party to the final headliner Shinedown.  Campers filled the campgrounds with loyal Jammers that rocked the weekend away.  Thursday evening was a challenge with over four inches of rain but that didn’t dampen the record-breaking number of Jammers.  Black Stone Cherry performed a few songs and gave it their all until Moondance Jam felt it was in everyone’s best interest to pull off.  The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar was the headliner that evening and gave a more intimate performance indoors on the Saloon Stage for all the fans that stuck it out in the rain.  The rest of the weekend went with out a hitch and the Moondance Jam fans really were able to embrace the amazing line-up of performances.

 

Moondance Jam had music going continual on a number of different stages.  Saloon Stage, Lazy Moon Acoustic Stage, Tiki Bar Stage and the Main Stage had performances that gave fans a huge variety of music to embrace.  The Main Stage opened Wednesday evening with Alive: Pearl Jam Tribute, The Fabulous Armadillos and Hairball.  Thursday began with Pat Travers Band, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, and Sammy Hagar.  Friday - Honeymoon Suite, Vixen, Jefferson Starship, Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Brothers.  Saturday finished the weekend with ThundHer Struck, Black Star Riders, Finger Eleven, Peter Frampton, and Shinedown.

 

The Selfie Stick

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Testing out The Selfie Stick with small and large crowds turned out to be easy and fun.  Fans at a recent Country Fest were very willing to join in on the pictures and partake of the test.  As photographers the majority of the time pictures are of others and to try to include oneself is difficult.  The Selfie Stick created the ability to be included with very easy use with the Bluetooth Selfie Stick. 

 

Pairing with the cellphone was quite simple and eliminated carrying all kinds of other equipment.  The Stick had a shutter button and very quick charge that is long lasting.  The new stick that is made for traveling is so compact and can fit in a purse or small briefcase.  The stick that reaches up to 40 inches is expandable and very manageable with allowing a larger crowd and also making a wider expansion of background when trying to include oneself into a panoramic view.

9th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest

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Walker, Minnesota –  Moondance Jammin Country Fest Friday had concerts going on at a continual pace with Acoustic Stage, Saloon Stage and the Main Stage.  Management had everything running efficiently and smoothly with great teamwork.  The amphitheater for the Main Stage was fully packed with fans for the performances by Old Dominion, Clare Dunn, Thomas Rhett and headliner Florida Georgia Line.
  Weather can always be a factor for outdoor entertainment but the weekend for Moondance Jammin Country Fest has held out for a beautiful and comfortable weekend for everyone at the shows and campgrounds.  Saturday evening performers will be William Michael Morgan, Chris Lane, Phil Vassar, Chris Young as headliner for Main Stage and many more. 

WE Fest 2015

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – WE Fest Country Music festival dates are August 6, 7, 8.  The impressive lineup for 2015 is expected to bring in record-breaking numbers of fans and campers to the Soo Pass Ranch.

 

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr and more will be making their appearance at the outdoor amphitheater.  There are still a limited number of tickets available but expectations that they will be going fast with only a few more days before the festival

Puerto Rican Parade at NYC

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Rita Moreno & Cardinal Timothy Dolan
New York City – About One million spectators lined Fifth Avenue for the annual Puerto Rican Parade for the 58th time.
  Over 20,000 marchers of bands, music, dancers, politicians, policeman, firefighters were amongst the groups stretching from 44th Street to 79th Street.

 

Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan stood in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral embracing some of the participants and shouting out a welcome to the huge crowd that was waving flags.  Rita Moreno was the grand marshal and when she saw Cardinal Dolan she got out of the convertible and did a small dance with the Cardinal.  Cardinal Timothy Dolan wore a straw hat over his normally red skullcap.

















 
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New York Spring Spectacular 2015

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Donald & Melania Trump
  New York City - The Red Carpet was lined with celebrities before Radio City Music Hall opened up a seven-week performance.  New York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. 
Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award-winner and current pro on Dancing With the Stars, Derek Hough; Lenny Wolpe; Jared Grimes and the Rockettes will be joined by co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner on the red carpet.


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Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

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Justin Moore
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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Obama in New York Fundraising

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New York – President Obama landed in New York on Air Force One and was immediately greeted by a small group of people before boarding Marine One to attend two fundraisers.  Along the route Obama made a brief stop at a Gap store to shop for his wife, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.  Gap Inc. is a business that responded to Obama’s request at the State of the Union address to increase wages.

 

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15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

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New York -
Passion and excitement filled the press conference room at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan for the upcoming Friday night 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.  Rev. Jesse Jackson gave the opening prayer of thanks to the players and talked about that there will be no losers with players that give of their talents.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be the recipient of the proceeds.

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Times Square Rings in 2014 with Miley Cyrus

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New York - Times Square may have had freezing temperatures but that didn’t stop over a million people from ringing in the New Year.  Miley Cyrus helped to ring in 2014 with a gold-sequined two-piece and a full-length white fur coat.  Midnight countdown was lead by Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the 2,688 pieces in a triangle shape Waterford Crystal ball dropped.  Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin hosted the evening for the seventh year in a row.


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