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FARMINGTON — You can take a family out of the South, but you can't take the South out of a family. Jeff Walton was raised in Kansas City, Mo., but grew up eating barbecue influenced by his father's home state of North Carolina. "I would always hang out with my dad at the grill cause that's what little boys did in the '60s," Walton said. "I kind of learned the art of hickory barbecue on a Weber Kettle Grill." Walton's wife, Kim, is from Arkansas and inherited her love of cooking from her mother, whom she called a "really great cook."
As a teacher and practitioner of meditation, Sri Chinmoy recognizes the power of the individual. Born in what is now Bangladesh, Chinmoy moved to New York in 1964 on a mission to spread peace and harmony throughout different countries and cultures. In 1967, Chinmoy started the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, an international tour where long-distance runners pass a torch in a cross-continental relay, representing the spread of unity from individual to individual.
ROSEMOUNT — Twelve-year-old Brad Taylor thinks his dad, Ben, is pretty cool, an "All Star" even. So much so that Taylor wrote an essay about his father that won him the title of "Ashok C. Sani All-Star Dad" and an all-expense paid trip to New York City for the family. The award was presented by Esquire Magazine at the 77th annual Father of the Year Awards in New York City on June 11.
One day during high school in 1968, students Jeff Christensen and Jeff Hauschildt were in study hall brainstorming names for the band they were in with John Wellvang and John McKenzie. It was Hauschildt who came up with The Spirit of Jesse Brady; a name that was soon to be big in the local classic rock scene.
FRONTENAC — Golf enthusiast and Fox 9 News meteorologist Ian Leonard and his famous "Bad Pants" spent the longest day of the year golfing at the 100 Holes for Hope at Mount Frontenac Golf Course. "First and foremost we are helping veterans," Leonard said Thursday, June 21 at the golf event hosted by Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Treasure Island, Disabled American Veterans and the PGA teamed up to raise money for the United Heroes League, an organization that has donated thousands of dollars worth of equipment and sporting event tickets to military kids.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino is excited to announce a fun summer lineup to inaugurate its newest performance venue: an outdoor amphitheater. Kevin Smith, who does public relations for Treasure Island, said they hope it will become a major performance venue in the marketplace of outdoor stages. This season there is permanent seating, for example. The first artists to christen the newly outfitted amphitheater will be none other than John Fogerty and ZZ Top on June 29.
Bring your kid to work day takes on a whole new meaning when two professional careers coincide. Alan Blankenship, a captain for Delta Air Lines, has been flying for nearly 34 years. His son, Wes Blankenship, has been a co-pilot for the same airline for almost three years. On May 19, at 5:45 p.m. the father-son duo with Hastings roots flew from Seattle to Amsterdam on a flight the they will never forget.
Three men launched their canoe May 10 into Lake Itasca to begin a long journey that will take them the entire length of the Mississippi River. The route took them through the Red Wing area Tuesday. Kevin Eckelkamp, Nate Lastinger and KJ Millhone will be paddling non-stop until they reach the Gulf of Mexico. There is no time to rest as the voyagers are on a mission to break a world record.