» Tell us about the history of Shooting Star: Located 35 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59 in the heart of the northland, Shooting Star celebrated the grand opening in May 1992, with just over 800 coin-operated slot machines. Shooting Star debuted as the “Star of the North” in gaming. We are proudly owned and operated by the White Earth Nation.
» How has the casino changed since the early days? We have grown tremendously and now feature nearly 1,000 slot machines, a bingo hall, 12 Blackjack tables, an award-winning poker room, the Sereniitee Spa, and a beautiful and spacious Event Center with over 15,000 square feet of space—a state-of-the-art venue hosting big-name national entertainment as well as conferences, trade shows, and local events from around the region. Our RV Park and hotel features 386 hotel rooms for your overnight stay. Four restaurants offer a delicious variety of options, including fine dining at 2 ONE 8, with head chef and culinary expert Jim Olson. We were voted “most friendly staff, most knowledgeable staff, best slot attendants, favorite poker room, most comfortable poker room, and best poker tournaments,” among casinos in Minnesota, according to the results of Midwest Gaming & Travel’s “Readers’ Choice Awards.”
» Our greatest strengths: We have been voted the top casino in Minnesota in several categories each year, beating out the larger metro-area casinos in service and facility-related areas. We are able to offer a superior experience on a more personal level with our guests—focusing on individual service, big gaming options, and big entertainment.
» One more thing: We take great pride in being known as the “Entertainment Destination” for the region.
» At a glance:
• Enjoy well-appointed deluxe accommodations at Shooting Star Hotel.
• Discover flavors from around the world at 2 ONE 8 Restaurant.
• Relax and unwind at Sereniitee Spa.
• Rock out to a star-studded live concert at the Event Center.
• Earn points through playing slots,table games, poker, or bingo with Star Rewards.
» What’s new: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres recently announced an extension of the celebrated production of Hairspray through May 26, 2012. 2012 Main Stage musicals include the hilarious and whimsical Broadway sensation, Xanadu followed by the classic Bye Bye Birdie!. Forever Plaid will play on the Fireside stage from January 10 and will continue into the spring. Stevie Ray’s Comedy Improv Troupe runs in the Playhouse every weekend.
» Our greatest strengths: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the perfect one-stop entertainment destination with multiple theatres under one roof, complete restaurant and bar service, and complimentary parking on-site; the package value is second-to-none.
» Our productions are… recognized for excellence. All elements—from costumes to scenery—are Minnesota-created and developed on-site in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ design shops.
» Our audiences have been… celebrating their special occasions at Chanhassen for more than 43 years. During that time, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has entertained over 10 million guests.
» One more thing: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a terrific, unique place to hold weddings, receptions, and business events. The theatre has facilities to accommodate up to 300 guests for private receptions. It’s one of the Twin Cities’ best-kept secrets!
» At a glance:
• Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre.
• Founded in 1968, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is Minnesota’s only year-round producing musical theatre company.
• Chanhassen Dinner Theatre was sold 18 months ago to a small group of dedicated employees and local investors.
» What’s new: Hollywood’s glamorous and adventure-packed portrayal of pirates has captured our imaginations for generations. But what was life on the high seas really like during the Golden Age of Piracy? You’ll find out on February 18, 2012, when Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota (exhibit runs through Sept. 3, 2012). Visitors can don a pirate hat and climb aboard a recreation of a pirate ship, learn to tie knots and hoist a pirate flag, meet members of the Whydah’s crew, explore what life was like on a real pirate ship, and see more than 200 artifacts from North America’s only authenticated pirate shipwreck.
» Our greatest strengths: We are known worldwide for interactive exhibits, dynamic traveling exhibitions, and internationally distributed large format films. The museum was a pioneer in the use of live theater as a humanizing interpretive tool and continues to be a training ground for other museums wishing to include live programming in their exhibit halls. We provide innovative staff development programs for teachers throughout the region and science education outreach programs for K-12 classrooms. The museum’s Science Learning Division and St. Croix Watershed Research Station provide significant ongoing scientific research in the areas of anthropology, paleontology, biology, and environmental sciences.
» Our exhibits are… innovative, engaging, memorable, and designed to spark our visitors’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
» At a glance:
• Founded in 1907 – that’s 105 years of science fun and learning!
• Serves more than 750,000 visitors a year.
• Hosting Real Pirates, the only exhibition of authentic pirate treasures, in 2012.
» What’s new: Werther opens January 28, 2012, starring two gorgeous artists performing for the first time together on a stage, tenor James Valenti (as Werther, the idealistic young poet who can’t live without love) and mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu (as Charlotte, the object of his obsession). Overflowing with yearning and heartbreaking melancholy, Massenet’s most romantic tragedy is inspired by a true story of unrequited love. Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Performances are Jan. 28, 31, Feb. 2, 4 and 5, 2012. Lucia di Lammermoor follows in March, and the season closes with Puccini’s unforgettable classic Madame Butterfly in April.
» Worth noting: You don’t need to have a handle on foreign languages in order to follow and understand opera. All of our productions (whether English, French or, in Butterfly’s case, Italian), have English translations/captions projected above the stage. Some people assume opera tickets are expensive, but we have tickets starting at just $20.
» We take great pride in… the recent world premiere production of Silent Night, commissioned as part of Minnesota Opera’s New Works Initiative. The entire run sold out (in fact, for the final performance on Nov. 20, 2011, even standing room was sold out!). The opera won rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, who called it “a tremendously rewarding work, given an excellent production” (Pioneer Press), and “a significant addition to the repertoire ... heralds the emergence of composer Kevin Puts as a force in American Opera.” (Star Tribune)
» At a glance:
• World-class opera company bringing together talented national and internationally known artists to create productions of the highest artistic integrity.
• The 13th largest opera company in the nation.
• Recognized for progressive and far-reaching educational programs in area schools.