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Minnesota couple featured in Thanksgiving TV special

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: November 26, 2014 - 1:16 PM



Robin Roberts/ photo by Brad Barket, AP

A St. Cloud couple has gotten a well-deserved holiday gift.

Jessica and Jason Neal recently got a surprise visit from "Good Morning America"'s Robin Roberts in honor of the fact that they have fostered 92 kids.

The pop-in, which includes life-changing gifts, will be part of the special "Thank You America," airing 7 p.m. Thursday on KSTP, Ch. 5.

The parents have two biological children, have adopted six more and done foster care for 92 more.

They are currently trying to adopt an 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy  they met during a recent mission to Liberia.

The special, which honors citizens who have made extra efforts in life, also features appearances by Jimmy Kimmel and Taylor Swift.

Minnesotan wins Norwegian reality show

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: November 3, 2014 - 12:15 PM



Beth Butala/ courtesy of "Alt for Norge"

Bloomington's Beth Butala took home a win on a popular reality series that you've probably never seen.

That's because "Alt for Norge" ("The Great Norway Adventure") doesn't air in America. It is, however, wildly popular in Norway where Americans with even a tinge of Norwegian blood immerse themselves in the country's culture through a series of adventures and challenges.

The winner gets $50,000 and a chance to meet relatives he or she never knew they had.

As we noted last week, Minnesotans have represented a large part of the casts. Over five seasons, 13 of the 58 contestants have hailed from our state. But Butala is the first one to actually win it all.

An open call for season 6 takes place at the Mall of America this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Executive Center.

Casting call at Mall of America for popular Norwegian reality series

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: October 31, 2014 - 1:07 PM

From left to right, Kari Tauring, show host Henriette Bruusgaard, Grant Aaseng and Deb Breberg, all Minnesota contestants on "Alt for Norge," two years ago. Photo courtesy of Kari Tauring

When Norway's top reality series goes looking for Norwegian-American contestants, they know exactly where to head.

"Alt for Norge," also known as "The Great Norway Adventure," will be holding a casting call at the Mall of America Nov. 8 for all those interested in becoming cast members.

The premise: A dozen Norwegian-Americans fly into Norway and immerse themselves in the culture through a series of adventures and challenges. The winner nabs $50,000 and meets relatives they didn't know they had.

The series has had good luck here in the past. In the past five seasons, 13 of the 58 cast members have been from our state.

"We met over a third of season five's callback finalists last year at our Minnesota casting call and three of them became cast members," said casting producer Joan O'Connor. "This open call is a lucky charm."

The open call takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mall's Executive Center, which is located on level 4. To get on the VIP list, email castingnorway@gmail.com.

Anyone over 18 with even a little Norweigian blood and has never traveled to the country is eligible.

Minneapolis plays a role in new James Brown documentary

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: October 20, 2014 - 10:18 AM



James Brown/ photo by Dita Blangkara/AP

One may not normally associate the Twin Cities with James Brown, but a new HBO documentary makes a case that the area has played a pivotal part in the Godfather of Funk's history.

"Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," produced by Mick Jagger, covers the Brown's pivotal years. Among the most memorable footage: Brown singing "I Feel Good" with then-presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, perhaps a blueprint for the future Paul McCartney-Michael Jackson duet, "Ebony and Ivory."

On a more somber note, drummer Melvin Parker recalls the time during a Minneapolis gig when Brown snapped at his brother, Maceo. In the dressing room, it appeared that Brown was going to hit Maceo in the mouth so he couldn't play his horn. According to Melvin, he pulled out a gun, fired a shot, and then put the barrel in Brown's face.

The Godfather quickly backed off.

You can hear the tale yourself when HBO premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Prince to rock 'Saturday Night Live' on Nov. 1

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:31 PM


Prince/ NYT photo

Prince/ NYT photo


Prince is finally going to do something big to promote his two new albums – perform on “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 1.

The host is Chris Rock, who is known to do a fierce Prince impersonation.

SNL announced the news on its Twitter feed but didn’t make it clear if Prince would be appearing with 3rdEyeGirl or solo – or both. Remember, on Sept. 30, he issued an album with 3rdEyeGirl, “PlectrumElectrum,” and a solo album, “Art Official Age.”

Prince has appeared on SNL twice before – in 1981 (he played “Party Up”) and in 2006 (he did “Fury” and “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed” with Tamar).


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