Ventriloquist coming to Shooting Star June 8

MAHNOMEN - Terry Fator, multi-talented comedian and winner of season two of NBC's "America's Got Talent," will perform at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center on Friday, June 8, at 8 p.m.

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Tickets start at $40 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.StarCasino.com/Tickets, or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ShootingStarCasino.

Fator discovered his natural ability for ventriloquism at the age of 10. He spent the next 25 years honing his skills while performing at county fairs and small venues across the country. His passion for ventriloquism, impressionism, comedy and singing eventually led him to audition for the second season of "America's Got Talent."

After blowing audiences away with his spot-on impressions and wide range of characters, Fator won the talent show in 2007, later scoring him a multi-million dollar contract to headline at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. His award-winning show, "Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment," features singing, comedy and amazing celebrity impressions of musical artists such as Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Aretha Franklin, and Lady Gaga.

Fator's show has earned him the honors of "Best of Las Vegas," "Best Impressionist," "Best Family-Friendly Show," and "Best All-Around Performer," by the Las Vegas Review Journal's "Best of Las Vegas Reader's Poll." More recently, the multifaceted comedian has been spotted guest starring on "America's Got Talent," and entertaining audiences across the country on his nationwide tour.

MN's Molly Yeh earns show on Food Network

EAST GRAND FORKS - Blogger and food writer Molly Yeh will be starring in food show premiering next month.

The Food Network announced earlier this month that the writer whose blog is titled "My Name is Yeh" will be the focus of a show titled "Girl Meets Farm," starting at 11 a.m. June 24.

Originally from Chicago, and a previous resident of New York City, Yeh moved to East Grand Forks in 2013 with her husband, Nick Hagen, a local farmer.

In addition to blogging, Yeh has worked as a freelance writer, recipe developer and has published a cookbook, "Molly on the Range." Yeh's recipes and work have earned recognition from the New York Times and Betty Crocker. In 2017 she was named to the 30 Under 30: Food and Drink Forbes list and received the 2015 Saveur Blog of the Year Award in addition to the 2015 Saveur Readers' Choice Best Baking & Desserts Award.

According to Food Network, the series will feature seven episodes, opening with a pilot episode that focuses on Yeh preparing a buffet for her sister's baby shower. The rest of the episodes will see Yeh baking and cooking for friends and family.

'Fargo' movie star, film crew visit Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA - The villain who fed a body into a wood chipper in a famous scene from the movie "Fargo" was in Alexandria on Monday, May 21.

Actor Peter Stormare and a Swedish film crew visited the Runestone Museum as part of a project researching the Kensington Runestone.

Stormare, 64, who is from Kumla, Sweden, also appeared in "The Big Lebowski," "Prison Break," the popular TV series "Longmire" and many other TV and movie roles.

The crew is collecting footage at multiple sites around Minnesota that may have Middle Age Nordic connections, such as Kensington Rune Stone Park (where they filmed Sunday) and a gravel pit in Ashby.

"It was a pleasure to host the Swedish film team," said Amanda Seim, executive director at the Runestone Museum. "They seemed genuinely curious about the stone itself, the controversy surrounding it and additional finds in the area like the Climax Fire Steel (housed at the Runestone Museum), the Sauk Lake Altar Rock and bones discovered in Ashby. Hopefully we'll see the team again this summer."

The crew plans to return for additional filming and is encouraging people to reach out to them with information that could be connected to the Kensington Runestone.

You can email them at ninaevelinelund@gmail.com or stathi.mando@gmail.com.

Great American Think-Off debate is June 9 in NYM

NEW YORK MILLS - The Cultural Center in New York Mills brings four essay-contest finalists to the cozy town of armchair philosophy for the 26th Annual Great American Think-Off this June.

The debate is Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the James W. Mann Center for Performing Arts at the New York Mills School, with a free reception to follow at the Center.

During the debate, the four finalists argue their side of the question, "Which plays a larger role in shaping one's life: success or failure?" Two finalists assert that success plays a larger role in shaping one's life and two finalists proffer that failure does. The debaters are (in alphabetical order): Tonya Abari of Nashville, Tenn.; Anthony Berryhill of Austin, Texas; Mark Bland of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Rudy San Miguel of New Orleans, La.. Bland and San Miguel argue for success while Abari and Berryhill argue for failure as the larger role-player in one's life.

Tickets to see the debate are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $5 for students. All audience members get to vote in the contest to decide who is named America's Greatest Thinker for 2018 and whether it is success or failure which shapes one's life the most.

The Think-Off Weekend is jump-started with the Think-Off Kick-Off party at the Barn park shelter in the New York Mills Sculpture Park on Friday, June 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees can meet the finalists and crack open their weekend for free at this party! Live music is by Andra Suchy. Food is available to purchase and a cash bar is available.

For more information please call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339, visit the Center's website at www.kulcher.org, or buy tickets at www.thinkoff2018.brownpapertickets.com.