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Moondance 23 Jam Rocked

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Walker, Minnesota - All factors came together for a perfect weekend at Moondance Jam with a full lineup and over twenty-six thousand jammers plus a large influx of campers on the grounds.  Walker, Minnesota has become a destination for rocking fans that already started making plans for 2015 at local lodging area before checking out.  Moondance Jam has kept the open area to allow lawn chairs for those that want to sit back and enjoy the music as well as allowing fans to walk up to the stage area and embrace the music.  Tribute to Bill Bieloh and a Tribute to the Troops has become a tradition of the Moondance Jam weekend.  Bill Bieloh was a founder of the Moondance Jam along with his wife Kathy.  Kathy has continued the strength and growth of Moondance Jam going forward after Bill passed.


Rock legends performed on the main stage with regional bands at the Saloon Stage, Tiki Bar Stage and Lazy Moon Acoustic Stage accounting for nearly fifty bands.  The teamwork and experienced personnel made the weekend go off seamlessly. 

Wings of Freedom Tour Arrives in Fargo

Fargo, ND - Thursday arrival at the Fargo Air Museum was a step back in the history of WWII for all to see.  The B-17 “Flying Fortress,” B-24 “Liberator” bomber and the P-51 “Mustang” fighter made a powerful entrance into Fargo as they landed for the 4th of July weekend for the public to view and even capture a chance to ride. 


Jim Harley and Don Winden were in the cockpit of the B-24 Liberator as the plane arrived at the airport.  Both Harley and Winden had family members that served in WWII with Winden’s father and uncle who even had a history with the B-24 Liberator. 


There were 18,000 B-24 Liberators built between 1941-1945 with this one that flew into the Fargo Air Museum being the only one that still is flying.  The use of the Davis wing gave the pilots at that time a way to fly faster as they flew through all different theatres such as the Pacific, Italy and Africa with a crew of 10.  The Collins Foundation that sponsors these tours is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to living history events.  If anyone has ever wondered what a flight could be like this would be the time to go to the Fargo Air Museum and purchase a chance to fly; flights are $450 and the P-51 is available for more.

World Cup: USA dream shattered by Belgium

(CNN) by Chris Murphy-- No guts no glory, or so the saying goes. But perhaps the vanquished United States soccer team can rest in the knowledge that if the World Cup was decided on guts, it would surely be lifting the trophy in Brazil.


For 120 minutes of Tuesday's ultimately unsuccessful last-16 clash with Belgium, each one of Jurgen Klinsmann's men left everything on the field in Salvador. From the second the Americans went 2-0 down in extra time thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, the rearguard started. Substitute Julian Green's goal offered the nation a lifeline and energized its fatigued players with a quarter of an hour to play. And you could almost hear the sigh of despair from New York to Nevada as late chances for Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey were agonizingly spurned.


The final whistle signaled tumult at either end of the emotional spectrum as Belgium advanced to a quarterfinal with Argentina on Saturday and the U.S. departed.Beaten, yes, but not bowed. "It's hard for us to end up on the losing side after 120 minutes of giving absolutely everything," Klinsmann told reporters. "But this game had everything, it was a thriller. We had chances to equalize, but congratulations to Belgium. "I'm proud of the players not just for what they've done tonight, but what they've done throughout the tournament. They've made the country proud." With every passing minute of its participation in the World Cup, the United States had drawn soccer a little closer to its heart. And though its harrowing exit will cut deep, if ever there was a football match to ignite one nation's passion for the beautiful game this was it.

Roombots in Technology

Editorial Contributor; Nancy Ann Peterson - Switzerland is taking modules that are small robotic fittings and making different shapes with a representative liking to Legos.  There are teams building the shapes into unique pieces of furniture that could be controlled by using computers or personal communication from a person such as speech or movement recognition.


The researchers are working to make the roombot technology advancement for easier living to assist people that have a disability and the elderly for enhancing their lives with more ease for mobility.  Units resemble a pair of dice that can be joined together with a battery containing three small motors for movement in three different directions.  This dice-lego styled prodigy can hook onto other dice-lego by containing retractable claws.  The researchers estimate in the next twenty years the public will see real advancement to the quality of life with the ease of movement of everyday life items around them.


President Barack Obama to visit North Dakota Indian Reservation

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota will host President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.  This will be the first visit for President Obama since becoming president.  Obama will hear directly from the Native American representatives the challenges that they are facing on education, health care and economics.  The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation own more than 1.4 million acres.

The President and First Lady’s visit is a milestone for Indian Country and I welcome them to my state,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, said in a press release announcing the visit. “This trip will enable North Dakota to show off the rich culture, history, and traditions of our tribes, while also raising awareness about the challenges too many Native American families face, such as extreme poverty and abuse.”  The visit will take place Friday June 13.

Joel Osteen sells out Yankee Stadium

New York - “America’s Night of Hope” at Yankee Stadium was sold out Saturday evening.  Joel and Victoria Osteen brought the world vision message of hope and inspiration to over 50,000 in attendance.  Osteen spoke about the power of prayer and belief in God for making a difference on how a person’s life can be impacted personally as well as affect others in the world. The crowd responded throughout the evening with full jubilation to Osteen’s message.  Joel Osteen was humbled by the efforts of everyone that helped him spread the message of hope and for everyone that packed the stadium to hear and share in the message.  Victoria Osteen spoke along side throughout the evening; Osteen’s mother also spoke and their two children were strongly involved in the musical program as well as a large choir performed.
  Saturday evening was only a partial view of what the ministry brought to the New York City area.  Volunteers from all over the country arrived earlier in the week for “Generation Hope Project.”

Fargo Marathon – 10th Annual won by Kenyan Man

Peter Kemboi, Fargo Marathon winner
Fargo, ND - Three days of well organized races brought together over 23,000 runners.  Fargo Marathon on Saturday morning started on the Veterans Memorial Bridge encompassing the full marathon, half-marathon and the 10K.  Peter Kemboi, a Kenya native finished the marathon with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 54 seconds; Kemboi presently is living in Hebron, Kentucky. Within 39 seconds Arturs Bareikis came in second who resides in Crestwood, Illinois.  Kate Papenberg from Ogden, Utah of the women’s Fargo Marathon section had a strong win for first place with an unofficial time; 2 hours, 53 minutes 18 seconds.   The Finish line was in front of the historic Fargo Theater. Mike Reilly, known as the voice of Iron Man, was on hand to announce winners and commentate as racers crossed the finish line.

Half-Marathon, Devin Monson with unofficial time 1 hour and six minutes, from Austin, Texas.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Emma Lee won first place in the women’s category with an unofficial time, 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds.  Ryan Sederquist won the 10K men’s division and Emma Miller for the women’s division.

Tribeca Film Festival announces 2014 Winners

Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower
  New York – The Tribeca Film Festival has completed its 13th annual year with 89 feature films, 57 short films from 40 countries.  Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff are co-founders of the Tribeca Film Festival with a mission to join the international films and public for a wide range of viewing experience.  The growth of the festival now draws over three million people with multi million dollars generated.  De Niro, Rosenthal and Hatkoff have been recognized as one of the top 25 philanthropists in 2009 by Barron’s list.


Co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff  with AT&T announced the winners with a ceremony monitored by Pat Kiernan at the Conrad New York in New York City.  Cash prizes of $190,000 were presented to the Festival Award winners

WE Fest - Country Music Festival 2014

Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest is one of the oldest and largest country western music festivals in the country.  Fan base continues to grow with over 30 years of country music festival history at WE Fest.  The expected crowd of over 49,000 will start filling the groomed campgrounds August 5th.  Early bird arrivers to the campground will start with an early bird camping party followed by a kick off party August 6th at the barn stage. 


Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

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.

Obama in New York Fundraising

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.


15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

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.

Westminster “Best In Show” Wire Fox Terrier

New York – Sky, a five-year-old Wire Fox Terrier took the “Best in Show” award at 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show competition. Betty Regina Leininger the Best in Show judge of Frisco, Texas had the difficult position of making the decision of choosing the final winner.  Seven dogs made the finals after two days of very high competition from a field of 2,845 and 190 different breed varieties.  


Times Square Rings in 2014 with Miley Cyrus

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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