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Warner Bros. is making a movie on the Iron Range, and I figure somebody needs to get these people to do it right. I guess I’m not the only Ranger who figured that. The parking lot here at the Thunderbird Mall is packed. The clerks who’ve gathered near the entrance to Herberger’s have never seen the likes of this in Virginia, Minnesota.

As I join the line of people who hope to be extras, I’m thinking it’s noteworthy that director Niki Caro, a woman, has come to the Range at all. The movie she is casting today is based on Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler’s book Class Action, published in 2002. It tells the stories of how the first female workers at the Eveleth Taconite Company were treated by their male bosses and coworkers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and how they initiated the nation’s first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. The movie, titled North Country, is scheduled for release on October 14.

Virginia is my hometown. I worked in the mines for a summer during those tumultuous times. I left for a future unknown 25 years ago, living outside Minnesota for 10 of those years, in an America far removed from the Iron Range. I now live only 60 miles away, but every time I come here I have the sense that here is a place removed, and I wallow in the comfort of it. But I wonder if this quality can ever be conveyed on a movie screen.

Most of those in line are locals. There are letter jackets, sweatshirts touting fishing in Lake Vermilion, and the record cold of Embarrass. Caro is smart or beneficent, or both, because she sees that there is a uniqueness here and wants to be sure it comes across in her film. She has hired speech coaches to make sure the actors get the voices right. Everyone knows about the Ranger accent, but maybe that’s not the most important aspect of portraying Rangers.

I meet some theater guys from UMD and we talk about the drive up from Duluth. It snowed last night, so the going was slow—a couple cars in the ditch. I start to think how easy it is, though, as I sip some chai tea, to drop in here and sign up for work. The chance to work was what drew people to the Iron Range more than 100 years ago, but the jobs were certainly not so glamorous. I would bet the last of my chai that the ancestors of most of the people in line today crossed the Atlantic in steerage. Although Scandinavians and others were here earlier, many of these Rangers descend from the boatloads of immigrants brought in to break the mining strike of 1907. They were Italians, Montenegrins, Croatians, Slovenians, Bulgarians, and Finns. The promises the mining companies made to them were glorious, and they weren’t told they were to be used as scabs.

I look around at the people in the line, and I see it. I see Finns, Swedes, Italians—all have different ethnic characteristics and features, but there is one look. You can see it in the face of every Iron Ranger, as if it were an ethnicity unto itself. It is a determined pride in the eyes one minute, and a kind of acceptance-seeking laugh the next. It is sisu—a Finnish word, but it pretty much applies to the Range as a whole. It is I’m going to do this if it kills me, dammit, and I want to be liked for it…but I won’t admit it.

Connie has it. Connie is a native Iron Ranger who’s here in hopes of picking up some extra cash. She tells me she works two jobs, 8 to 5 weekdays at the clinic in Virginia as a scheduler in the eye department, plus waitressing on weekends. On Fridays at 5 she has to run right over to Goodfellas Bar and Restaurant in Eveleth, where her shift goes until 2 a.m.

Making enough money to stay here has been the goal of many who were raised on the Iron Range. In 1916, those boatloads of workers who’d been scabs nine years earlier instigated a strike of their own. They demanded flat daily pay rates of $2.75 for above-ground work, $3 for dry underground work, and $3.50 for wet underground work. The Oliver Iron Mining Company blacklisted some workers, but still, most stayed out of pure sisu.

In 1916, there were four times as many brothels and saloons in Virginia as all other businesses combined. The town’s main street—Chestnut between First and Sixth avenues—is now listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. There are still 18 bars, 3 liquor stores, and more than 80 other businesses.

At 12:08, when “our” part of the line—the theater guys, Connie, and I—passes through the Kmart door, portal to possible Hollywood glory, we decide to celebrate with a hot dog from the food court. Suddenly I realize the woman in front of me is a former neighbor. She is an Italian lady in her eighties, with a glowing smile, and she still has lots of black hair. She remembers me right away. She tells me how she volunteers with “the old people” at the nursing home.

As jobs have left the Range, taking younger families with them, the population has become increasingly top-heavy with retirees. The 2000 U.S. Census found that a little more than 12 percent of Minnesotans were 65 or older; here in Virginia, more than 23 percent were in that age bracket. In 1979, there were more than 14,000 workers on the seven taconite properties in northeastern Minnesota. In January 2004, only a quarter of that number were still employed at the remaining six facilities.

I see my friend Barb and her daughter across from us in the doubled-back line and we laugh at each other.

“Do you think Ashley can pass for 8?” she asks. Ashley is a gorgeous, smallish 10-year-old dressed for the first-communion scene. Except for her straight blonde hair, she looks like her mother did at that age; I remember Barb as having a head full of brown curls, like Shirley Temple, as a child.

Barb’s family rented the second floor of our Northside house, which my Italian great-grandfather built in 1915. My father was born next door in 1929, in the house of my Finnish great-grandparents. Barb and I and our older sisters used to watch The Little Rascals together and wish the producers would come back to Virginia to look for child stars again, as they’d done when my father was a kid.

I’m thinking Ashley is a shoo-in.

Standing in line is hot and exhausting, and we worry about whether we’ll even get in to fill out applications. “We go as a group or not at all!” we bluster. But we couldn’t begin to match the sisu and loyalty shown by the men of 1916.

That strike was about more than wages; it was also about corruption. The bosses weren’t above demanding sex with your wife or daughter if you couldn’t pay them money or buy them drinks in exchange for favorable places to dig. It was a contract system: the costs for your equipment and dynamite were deducted from your pay, and you were paid by the ton. If the strike did nothing else, it served to meld people of different backgrounds and languages into one new culture, struggling together for a better life.

The struggling continued through the 1920s, as union organization went on in secret, in basements and in clearings in the woods at night. Unions did not take hold on the Iron Range until a few years after the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Once they did, union brotherhood would not easily relinquish its very male grip on Iron Range society. Not to the companies, and not to outsiders.

When, in the 1970s, the companies began to hire women to work in the mines, the women were outsiders. What they endured wasn’t common knowledge on the Range at the time. One of the most extreme and shocking incidents reported in Class Action was when one of the female miners found fresh semen on the clothing she kept in her locker. You just didn’t talk about things like that.

My sister, who started at Minntac in Mountain Iron as an 18-year-old college student in 1976, had men putting their arms around her and snapping her bra strap. Two women she worked with were fondled and reported the incidents. When I worked at Minntac in 1979, at 19, I encountered plenty of rough language and pinups in plain sight, but no physical harassment.

As I leave the line to take a bathroom break, I hear a few young girls say they’ve never done anything that has taken as long as standing in this line. I think about their great-grandfathers swinging picks into hard rock for 10 hours straight; their grandmothers hosing gray tailings down drains under the drone of the mills, in the heat of the pellet kilns, enduring abuse shift after shift. That is sisu. But I say nothing. They will hear the stories at home.

Back in line, I notice the many young faces of the Range. Christine has long, pretty blonde hair and wears a letter jacket that tells me she’s a softball player who’ll graduate in ’07. Bobby has never lived in a town big enough to have a main street. Christine wants to sit down, but she is wearing her mom’s jeans from the 1980s and can’t get them dirty. She sits on her foot.

There are generalizations about Rangers in Class Action with which I beg to differ. One is the statement “The ‘Minnesota Nice’ personality characterized in Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion does not apply here.” I’m thinking that, in all their sweetness, Christine and Bobby are no less Iron Rangers than any bawdy, cussing mine worker, man or woman, parked on a barstool and smoking and drinking away the off-shift hours. My father worked in the mines for 40 years. I never knew him to swear in the presence of a woman.

It is presumptuous for Bingham and Gansler to say, “Few Ranger children leave home for other employment opportunities in bigger cities after high school.” There are no statistics kept for people who grew up on the Range and left for college or better jobs, never to return. Fewer current Rangers have their bachelor’s degrees than Minnesotans overall, but older Minnesotans tend to have lower levels of education, and there simply aren’t many sources of employment on the Range for the college-educated. My friend Barb, my sister, and I all have our master’s degrees. My husband, who’s from Eveleth, has a PhD.

But don’t get me wrong—Bingham and Gansler hit some notes with perfect pitch. Maybe we should play “You Might Be a Ranger If.” You might be a Ranger if, at a wedding, you can eat your fill of rigatoni and potica and polka all night with a beer in your hand, then get up, take a sauna, and go to church the next morning. If you can swear in seven languages. If you work 10 days on, then spend your 4 days off working on your cabin at the lake. If you can be rough and cliquish. If, when your wife falls through the ice of a frozen lake, you fish her out—provided she takes your minnow and she fits through the hole.

You might also be a Ranger if you are intelligent, educated, and “Minnesota Nice.” You are a Ranger if the blood in your veins comes from several countries, and you celebrate with pride and humor the separate origins of every drop.

And Hollywood will capture all this on film. Ya, you betcha.

We finally get to the head of the line at 3:40. A man tells us how to fill out our forms and says to put down mining experience if we have it. I think about that summer when I worked in the concentrator, conjuring up a mental picture of the group I worked with. Hard-hatted, horn-rim-safety-glassed, charcoal-faced from the taconite; we laughed up our sleeves at the company one midnight shift when a sludge line broke and one of the rod mills got shorted out. That’d cost them some big bucks.


The memories keep coming to my tired mind. House-sized Euc trucks rumble over the remnants of hematite ore across the road, throwing red dust back on the white sheets my mother has just hung in the backyard. A fire-and-brimstone sermon is pounded out on the radio in Finnish, followed by a Slovenian polka show, while my grandmother, speaking Italian with Mrs. Olivanti, prunes her rose bushes.

They take my picture and my paperwork, and I am number 2,224.

After six hours, we have made our pitches to work, to be Rangers on film. There was no ocean to traverse, just a snowy highway to negotiate. In the end, I didn’t get a part, but little blonde Ashley will be in the first-communion scene (told ja!). She has the face of a Ranger, and she is the new rank and file.

Sally Mayasich is a mom, ecologist, and freelance writer who lives in Cloquet. She is currently working on a novel that follows her great-aunt’s life—and Minnesota iron ore itself—from the Range to Duluth and down the Great Lakes to Chicago in the first third of the 1900s.

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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to St. Paul. The Aha Moment Tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raspberry Island
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
St. Paul, MN  55107
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

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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Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to St. Paul. The Aha Moment Tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raspberry Island
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha

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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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As Urban Homeworks celebrates 20 years of People Oriented Development, we want to invite you to participate in some of the deep-rooted, heart-changing, narrative shifting conversations that have...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Capri Theater
2027 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Urban Homeworks
Telephone: 712-830-7826
Contact Name: Emily Halstead
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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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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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

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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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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Patagonia in St. Paul (1648 Grand Ave, 651-698-1703) hosts Cameron Chambers for an evening of stories from his new fly fishing book, Chasing Rumor. Hear about his modern-day pilgrimage to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Patagonia St. Paul
1648 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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Consumers are rejecting traditional marketing at an alarming rate. By fast-forwarding past commercials using DVR and reading publications online, therefore never seeing your print ads,...

Cost: Free to attend, continental breakfast provided

Where:
Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-204-1919

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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

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Academy of Russian Ballet
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Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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Cost: $125

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Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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WCCO’s “Goin’ to the Lake” live radio and TV broadcasts are coming to Big Sandy Lake on July 9 & 10 (Thursday-Friday). Join the team as they discover all the summer fun...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
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In space, no one can hear you scream. But, can they hear you laugh? Probably not, which is unfortunate because you will be doing a lot of it during this show. So set your phasers to hilarity and...

Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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All Originals Jazz Series presents the James Buckley Trio: James Buckley, bass; JT Bates, drums; Bryan Nichols, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert series at Studio Z featuring select...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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The Instinct Gallery presents: An evening of performance and video on Nicollet Mall with: The BodyCartography Project and Sean Smuda 8 PM Please join the BodyCartography Project as they...

Cost: Free

Where:
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

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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Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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WCCO’s “Goin’ to the Lake” live radio and TV broadcasts are coming to Big Sandy Lake on July 9 & 10 (Thursday-Friday). Join the team as they discover all the summer fun...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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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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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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In space, no one can hear you scream. But, can they hear you laugh? Probably not, which is unfortunate because you will be doing a lot of it during this show. So set your phasers to hilarity and...

Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Twin Cities are very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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COOK COUNTY, Minn., (June 16, 2015) – Northwest of the Coolest Small Town in America of Grand Marais, Tour de Fox, a program of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, is inviting teams to climb Eagle...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Grand Marais, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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The 81st Annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival® will take place the third week of July in various locations throughout the City of Hopkins. Events are family-friendly and include: Royalty...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hopkins, MN  55343

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  The St. Paul Gus Macker 3on3 Basketball Event (StpMacker15) is ready for the second year back in St. Paul. American Royalty Group (ARG) & The Gus Macker Planning Committees (GM...

Cost: $160.00

Where:
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Dr. Rev Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: American Royalty Group
Telephone: 651-200-5708
Contact Name: Orlando Walker
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Swim, bike, and run in the Lifetime Tri Minneapolis to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Participate as an individual or compete in the St. Jude Corporate Team Challenge for the...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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On July 11, we'll hike up to the top of Eagle Mountain in northern Minnesota as part of the High Hopes Challenge, a summer-long quest to reach the high point in every state! Proceeds from this...

Cost: $50

Where:
Eagle Mountain, Minnesota
, MN


Sponsor: Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania
Telephone: 612-790-4549
Contact Name: Matea Wasend
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

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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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center   Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and Friends of LeDuc will be sponsoring a home and garden show, "Sanctuaries - Homes, Churches, & Gardens." This event will feature 4...

Cost: Tickets are available at local businesses and online at www.hpaac.org

Where:
Hastings
, MN


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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. You’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Groove to live jazz music with the vineyard as the backdrop of our first annual Jazz in July Festival. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax among the dragonflies, enjoying wine, beer,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
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Arts | Music | Food | Games A community arts festival celebrating arts for all ages! The community is invited together for an intergenerational day of art performances, artist...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Lyngblomsten
1415 Almond Avenue
St. Paul , MN  55108
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Saturday, July 11, 2015 12 – 5 PM    The Shops at West End 1621 West End Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN   Come and discover the rapidly growing MN wine...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Shops at West End
1621 West End Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Celebrate Bastille Day with the French! On Saturday the 11th, from 2 to 8 pm, Alliance Française and the Dakota will host an outdoor Bastille Day celebration. Stroll the West 7th Place...

Cost: $10, free for children under 12

Where:
West 7th Place Pedestrian Mall
Wabasha St N & 7th Place W
St Paul , MN  55101
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Sponsor: Alliance Française
Telephone: 612-332-0436
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
Website »

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International Festival Burnsville! Burnsville is a city that truly values & celebrates cultural diversity! Join us at the eighth annual International Festival of Burnsville in...

Cost: Admission is Free!

Where:
Nicollet Commons Park
12550 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Dodge of Burnsville
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Saturday July 11th, 2015 Skyway Theatre is Excited to announce the 711 Festival Feat: **TROYBOI** (London) One of South East London's most closely guarded secrets...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
The Loft
Minneapolis, MN

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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
View map »


Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
Website »

More information

Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
Website »

More information

TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy a free movie under the night sky! Big Sandy Lodge and Resort will be showing a film on their sand beach volleyball court at dusk on Saturday, July 11th (weather permitting). Bring a lawn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
Website »

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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
Website »

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Over 70 local and regional artists set up by the glistening shores of Lake Superior for two days during the peak of summer to showcase their unique fine art and provide insight into their artistic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: 55604
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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