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Food Fight

Is a famed Minnesota doctor to blame for America’s obesity epidemic?



THE MOST RECENT ROUND in the low-carb-vs.-low-fat food fight occurred last fall, with the publication of writer Gary Taubes’s 600-page tome, Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. In painstaking detail, Taubes argues that the medical community got it terribly wrong in the 1950s, when experts started blaming dietary fat rather than carbohydrates for obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems. Because of that colossal blunder, says Taubes, Americans have been getting fatter and fatter ever since.

According to Taubes, the man who played a central role in this drama—who “deserves the lion’s share of credit for convincing us that cholesterol levels predict heart disease and that dietary fat is a killer,” who first championed a low-fat diet—was none other than University of Minnesota physiologist Ancel Keys, one of the state’s most famous scientists.

Keys, who died in 2004 at 100, remains a legend among nutritionists. “He performed groundbreaking research that I knew about as a graduate student at Berkeley, long before I knew where Minnesota was,” says Dr. Mindy Kurzer, a professor of nutrition and director of the U’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. In 1961, Keys appeared on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as a national nutritional hero. He and his wife became the authors of a bestselling cookbook, Eat Well and Stay Well, which touted what soon became known as the Mediterranean diet. “People still idolize him here,” Kurzer says. “Around the time of his 100th birthday, there was a huge symposium to honor him. Hundreds of people came.”

Certainly, American food habits would have been a lot different without Keys. “The belief in the benefits of a low-fat diet would never have gotten as far as it did” without him, Taubes said in a recent interview. But did Keys’s success in spreading that belief end up leading us down a path to misery?

BORN IN COLORADO and raised in California (where, as a toddler, he survived the San Francisco earthquake of 1906), Keys came to Minnesota in 1937 after receiving two doctorate degrees, one in oceanography and biology, from the Scripps Institute in California, and the other in physiology, from King’s College, Cambridge. At the U, he commandeered a cramped space under Gate 27 of the old Memorial Stadium and launched what quickly became a world-renowned research laboratory, running the lab until his retirement in 1972.

During World War II, Keys became famous for developing the K ration, the ready-to-eat meal used by combat troops. (He claimed the K stood for Keys.) Later in the war, as reports began surfacing of millions of starving Europeans, Keys conducted a comprehensive study on human starvation, with 36 young, male conscientious objectors as his subjects. That study remains the fullest account of the physiological effects of starvation on the human body and mind.

It was his post-war research on diet and heart disease, however, that brought Keys fame and fortune. It also led to the “low-fat dogma,” as Taubes calls it, that has become the mantra of the government and the medical establishment.

Keys hypothesized that heart disease was mostly a nutritional disorder, linked directly to the amount of fat in the diet: High-fat foods raised cholesterol levels in the blood, which, in turn, increased the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. According to Henry Blackburn, his longtime collaborator, Keys developed this idea by reading the obituaries in local newspapers. He noticed that presumably well-fed Minnesota executives were dropping dead in their fifties, while in postwar Europe, where food—especially meat—was in short supply, the rate of heart attacks had plunged.

From the start, Keys’s hypothesis was disputed, most notably at a 1955 meeting of the World Health Organization. Keys, a man of extreme confidence, had expected his ideas to be immediately accepted, but instead he found himself challenged by Sir George Pickering, one of Britain’s leading physicians and an internationally known expert on heart disease. “Keys slunk out of that meeting with his tail between his legs,” says Blackburn. “I’m convinced that that’s when he decided to do the Seven Countries Study, and to do it right.”

In response, Keys decided to perform what became known as the Seven Country study. Began in 1958 and ended in 1970, the study monitored almost 13,000 men aged 40 to 59. The subjects were from 16 mostly rural areas in seven countries—Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, Finland, the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States. Keys and his team of researchers measured each enrollee’s cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, and more. And, of course, they analyzed the men’s diets.

Keys claimed that the findings from this ambitious undertaking (considered the first large-scale prospective study of heart disease) vindicated his theory about dietary fat and heart disease. In places where fat was a major component of every meal, such as in the United States and Finland, blood cholesterol levels were the highest—and so were deaths from heart attacks, he reported. But in places where people dined mostly on bread, pasta, fresh fruits, vegetables, and olive oil (areas around the Mediterranean, for example), blood cholesterol was low and heart attacks were rare. Data in hand, Keys took his findings public, advocating that Americans limit their fat consumption to roughly 30 percent of total daily calories. (At first, he lumped all dietary fat together, but later he begrudgingly agreed that not all fats were created equal: Research indicated that saturated fats raised cholesterol, while monounsaturated fats lowered it.)

FROM THE OPENING PAGES of his book, Taubes, a correspondent for Science magazine, paints Keys as an agenda-driven scientist who pushed Americans toward low-fat diets despite a lack of credible facts to back up his assertions. He rips Keys’s research, saying that the Minnesota physiologist tended to dismiss any findings that didn’t support his hypothesis. “The fact, for instance, that Japanese men who lived in Japan had low blood-cholesterol levels and low levels of heart disease was taken as a confirmation of Keys’s hypothesis, as was the fact that Japanese men in California had higher cholesterol levels and higher rates of heart disease,” writes Taubes. But when research also showed that even Japanese men in California with low cholesterol were more likely to have heart disease than their counterparts in Japan, Keys pronounced the findings irrelevant. The truth, Taubes says, conflicted with Keys’s ideas.

Like initial critics of the Seven Countries Study, Taubes points out that if Keys had surveyed more countries, his results would have been startlingly different. Had he analyzed data from the 22 countries for which information was available at the time, for instance, he would have discovered that “the apparent link between fat and heart disease vanished,” notes Taubes. (Thus, the “French Paradox”—the observation that the French have a low incidence of heart disease despite dining regularly on such saturated-fat delights as buttery croissants and beef bourguignon—isn’t a paradox at all, says Taubes.)

Perhaps the most damning charge in Taubes’s book is that after Keys maneuvered to get himself and an ally on an influential American Heart Association (AHA) committee in 1961, the organization suddenly did an about-face and issued a report calling for Americans to start shunning saturated fat to lower their risk of heart disease. Just four years earlier, the AHA had snubbed Keys by claiming the evidence for such a recommendation was far too flimsy.

So did Keys mislead us by preaching the evils of saturated fat? Are carbohydrates the true trickster behind the recent obesity epidemic and its associated medical problems? There is no question that Taubes thinks so. The most compelling current research, he says, suggests that by raising the levels of insulin in our blood, carbohydrate-rich foods, like potatoes, white bread, sugar, and pasta encourage our bodies to store ever-expanding slabs of fat. All of which may sound eerily familiar (paging Dr. Atkins...).

But don’t stock your freezer with marbled meat just yet. “Food is incredibly complex,” says David Jacobs, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at the U of M. Focusing on one nutrient, such as fat or carbohydrates, is too limiting, he argues, to fully understand all the intricate and interacting factors in foods that affect human health.
 
Jacobs believes both Keys and Taubes have oversimplified things. “I grew up academically with Ancel Keys and his idea that saturated fat is bad because it raises cholesterol,” says Jacobs. “That logic is interesting, but I think there’s more going on with heart disease than just cholesterol.” But he also disagrees with Taubes’s most controversial claims: that different kinds of calories have varying effects on the hormones that control fat accumulation; and that a calorie of fat is less fattening than a calorie of sugar. Says Jacobs, “I think a calorie is a calorie.”

For now, it may be best to stay tuned and stock up on vegetables. That’s one piece of advice both sides of the diet wars can agree on.

Susan Perry writes about health and medicine for Minnesota Monthly.

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Join Day Block Brewing on Thursday Aug 27th as they host Nooky Jones, unveiling their exclusive beer specially designed in collaboration with the brewing team at Day Block Brewing - a part of their...

Cost: $12

Where:
Day Block Event Center
1103 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival is proud to announce its 14th season, August 20-27, in Northfield, MN. The annual concert series is held at various venues and dates over a week's span in...

Cost: $5

Where:
Carleton Concert Hall
1 North College St
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Festival
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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Paul Shambroom: Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom. The series Lost features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Join us for a salon-style show featuring new works by hundreds of artists including Israeli artist Shay Kun and local artists Carl Bretzke, Mary Lingen, Wayne Meineke, Mike Welton, Kevan...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Douglas Flanders & Associates
818 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612791-1285
Contact Name: Douglas Flanders
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The Meeting Waters Friday, August 28, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015  Whittier Studios Reception: Friday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Uniting artists from disparate...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Whittier Gallery
2840 Grand Avenue, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-874-3793
Contact Name: Ann Benrud

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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Jay “Jayder” Kalk formed Church of Cash in sunny Honolulu back in 2010. With an uncanny grasp of the Man in Black’s catalog and many years of experience touring the United States,...

Cost: $5

Where:
Mankato Brewery
1119 Center Street
North Mankato, MN  56003
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Sponsor: Mankato Brewery
Contact Name: Curt Van Asten

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Fall registration During Open House you will meet teachers, observe class, register and place your child in appropriate level. Wednesday August 12 Open House 4:30pm-7:00pm 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Free registration

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
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The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 third quarter exhibition: MINGEI INSPIRATIONS Raymond Avenue Gallery proudly presents the pottery of Lee Love and the paintings of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
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Starring Meghan Wolff, Maggie K. Sotos, Sophie Brossard, Eric Heiberg, MJ Marsh, and Sean Dillon A ruthless competition where actors try to make the best and longest scene, and where the...

Cost: $10

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Bria Blessing for Ukraine (North American Tour) Don’t miss your chance to hear the magic voice of Bria Blessing, American Ukrainian, who has been living in Ukraine for more than 15 years...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
Hopkins High School Theater Auditorium
2400 Lindbergh Drive
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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In our latest best-of show, "Throwback BNW: Junk from our Trunk," the cast takes a look in the BNW archives for the best sketches from the last decade. The show will feature recent...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Join Day Block Brewing on Thursday Aug 27th as they host Nooky Jones, unveiling their exclusive beer specially designed in collaboration with the brewing team at Day Block Brewing - a part of their...

Cost: $12

Where:
Day Block Event Center
1103 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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Join SoFabU On the Road for an all day blogging Conference on August 29th at Mall of America. This event is open to all bloggers and influencers. There will be two keynote...

Cost: $59.99-$149.99

Where:
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: SoFabUOTR
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Discover your power to heal! Reiki I - Level I Reiki is about acquiring the healing ability. In a Reiki I session students will learn the following: Summary of Reiki – origins,...

Cost: $150

Where:
Rising Sun Reiki Studio
4180 West Broadway
Suite B3
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Rising Sun Reiki Studio
Telephone: 612-940-5851
Contact Name: Cyndi Stavrou
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Join us in supporting Yoga For Water! Yoga For Water is an event, which will be held in participating yoga studios throughout the nation on August 29. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to...

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Excelsior
494 Water St.
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Excelsior
Telephone: 952-401-8888
Contact Name: Sarah
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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
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Paul Shambroom: Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom. The series Lost features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn: How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Trading Academy Minneapolis
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: (952) 814-4424
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Join us for a salon-style show featuring new works by hundreds of artists including Israeli artist Shay Kun and local artists Carl Bretzke, Mary Lingen, Wayne Meineke, Mike Welton, Kevan...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Douglas Flanders & Associates
818 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612791-1285
Contact Name: Douglas Flanders
Website »

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Join us in supporting Yoga For Water! Yoga For Water is an event, which will be held in participating yoga studios throughout the nation on August 29. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to...

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Northeast Minneapolis
520 1st Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Northeast Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-444-2151
Contact Name: Jillian
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The Meeting Waters Friday, August 28, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015  Whittier Studios Reception: Friday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Uniting artists from disparate...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Whittier Gallery
2840 Grand Avenue, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-874-3793
Contact Name: Ann Benrud

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Join us in supporting Yoga For Water! Yoga For Water is an event, which will be held in participating yoga studios throughout the nation on August 29. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to...

Cost: Donation

Where:
YogaFit Studios Linden Hills
4507 France Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios Linden Hills
Telephone: 612-444-1991
Contact Name: Grace
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Red Wing Depot Gallery will be full of the season...The Harvest Season. Depending on your background, you may envision different things when you consider harvest time. We have artwork that reflects...

Cost: Free

Where:
Red Wing Depot Gallery
418 Levee Street
Red Wing, MN  55066
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Sponsor: Red Wing Arts Association
Telephone: 651-388-7569
Contact Name: Arlene Roth
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2015 BLONDES VS. BRUNETTES TWIN CITIES   Help the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter advance Alzheimer's care, services, programs and research by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Concordia University | Seafoam Stadium
1380 Concordia Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN
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Telephone: 410-627-0561
Contact Name: Nicole Atkinson
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Join A Little Green Festival for a late summer celebration! Bring a picnic and enjoy the free music of The Fairlanes (Doo-wop & pop hits from the 50's and 60's) and Late for Lunch...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wolfe Park Amphitheater
3700 Monterey Drive
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Little Green Women
Telephone: 612200-0329
Contact Name: Jenny Webber
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Fall registration During Open House you will meet teachers, observe class, register and place your child in appropriate level. Wednesday August 12 Open House 4:30pm-7:00pm 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Free registration

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
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Join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy for our newest fundraiser, Wine & Dine for Climate, at Minnesota's oldest operating winery: Alexis Bailly Vineyard! Enjoy a selection...

Cost: $50

Where:
Alexis Bailly Vineyard
18200 Kirby Ave. South
Hastings, MN  55033
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Sponsor: Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Telephone: 612-278-7147
Contact Name: Katie Siegner
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Th Saint Henry's Catholic Church Parish Festival runs for two whole days and High Brow and The Shades & Who Knows It? (the Twin Cities only musical game show) performs on Saturday, August...

Cost: Free

Where:
1001 East 7th Street
Monticello, MN  55362


Sponsor: Saint Henry's Catholic Church
Telephone: (763) 295-2402
Contact Name: Linda@highbrowandtheshades.com
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In our latest best-of show, "Throwback BNW: Junk from our Trunk," the cast takes a look in the BNW archives for the best sketches from the last decade. The show will feature recent...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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