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From a report at NNCNow.com
From a report at NNCNow.com
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Attendance Records Broken At 2014 Grandmas Marathon [VIDEO]

For Grandma's Marathon weekend 2014, we were once again proud to be on the course running and broadcasting, as well as hosting the entertainment tents.  It was a great experience to be a part of it all again this year.

This years Grandmas Marathon was one to remember with a new record set, new entertainment lineups, and, it turns out, record attendance figures.

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Whipper Snapper Races Will Kick Off Grandma’s Marathon 2014

Make it a family affair and get the kids signed up for the FREE Whipper Snapper Races this Friday afternoon!  There will be plenty of time to get to the William A. Irvin 5K afterwards and your children will have a sense of participating and accomplishment.  Here's everything you need to know to make your day perfect!

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Grandma's Marathon Group Shot
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Frey & Associates
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Traffic Advisory For Grandma’s Full And Half Marathon

Thousands of runners and spectators are expected descend upon the City of Duluth and surrounding areas  this weekend.  Being on time for the events, whether it be racing, meeting the family for the spaghetti dinner or gathering to enjoy the entertainment under the Big Top Tent, getting there and finding parking will need to be factored into your travel.  Here is VERY helpful information to get you to your destination.

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Frey and Associates
Photo courtesy of Jeff Frey and Associates
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Running Experts to Provide Pre-race Motivation For Grandmas Marathon

As Grandmas Marathon approaches, volunteers get ready for a long and rewarding day and runners start to get a little anxious to lace up and hit the road.  Runners should take advantage of the guest speakers Grandmas Marathon offers the day before the race.

Austin-Jarrow Sports and Grandma’s Marathon invite runners and other guests to sit back, relax and get inspired as they listen to this year’s excellent line-up of guest speakers. Four exciting presentations will be delivered by the following running experts on Friday, June 20 in Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC):

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Duluth Fire Department
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Traffic Advisory: Live Fire Training Exercises May Affect Your Travel

Our public services are in continual training mode to keep up to date on the latest knowledge to keep us safe.  Many times you'll see them training in the community because it provides them with real life training situations.  One such training will be starting today and continue through the end of the month.  It will affect travel near the Miller Hill Mall.

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Love and Theft
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Taylor Swift Pens Song About Stephen From Love and Theft [Breakfast Club Interview Audio]

I had the honor of interviewing Love and Theft, the band that will headline Friday night under the big top tent at Grandma's Marathon.  I talked with Stephen, which is EXACTLY who I wanted to dish the dirt on the song that Taylor Swift wrote about him.  Listen to see if it was another one of Taylor's famous "love me and leave me songs".

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Farley's wins at Bacon Palooza
Photo Credit: Ken Hayes
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Winning Bacon Palooza In Duluth Catapults Farley’s Family Restaurant to World Food Championship Competition In Vegas

Farley's Family Restaurant has proven to be a favorite of the Northland by taking top honors in our Pizza and Wing Showdown held May 8 at UMD's Kirby Ballroom.  They took  #1 in the Pizza Division two years in a row and 2nd place in the Wing Division.  We were excited to taste what delectable dish they were going to come up with for Bacon Palooza and they did it again, taking home the trophy voted the BEST by bacon connoisseurs who attended.  That honor has them vying for a place at the World Food Championships in Vegas.

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Doctor
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Understanding Cancer: A FREE Evening With St. Luke’s Hospital To Learn More About The Effects Of Chemo On The Body and The Mind

While medical technology has helped us to better understand cancer, there are still many unanswered questions.  My family has had to deal with cancer.  My grandmother had stomach cancer and my mother had leukemia, which I thought was a "childhood" cancer.  I know first hand that there are so many questions about the illness, how to treat it and how it will affect your loved one.  Having that knowledge will allow you to react and assist during this difficult time.  Thanks to St. Luke's Hospital for stepping up and offering answers to often difficult to ask questions.  Consider attending the free evening to gather valuable information.

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chris allen
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Both of Chris Allen’s Boys Win Most Improved This Year, Proud Papa Brags

I know a lot of people brag about their kids like their kids are the best, well, mine are. (Pause for laughter) I want to recognize them both for the achievement, but most of all I would like to make a point that they got.

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cathy and lucky with friends at Lake Superior Zoo
Anya Russom/LS Zoo Photographer
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Hurry! There’s Still Time To Become A Member Of the Lake Superio Zoo So You Don’t Miss The M.A.D Safari

I LOVE the zoo and the animals LOVE when you come to visit!  The picture above was when I had the honors of visiting up close and personal with Lucky and her friends. If you're not a member of the Lake Superior Zoo yet, what are you waiting for, you're missing out on SO MUCH FUN!  What does M.A.D stand for?  Member Appreciation Day.  But, even if you aren't a member...yet, you can easily become one and get in on the M.A.D. Safari on Thursday, June 12, 5-7:30p.  Plus, there are SO many other benefits of being a member of the Lake Superior Zoo!

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Eli Young Band
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Country Fest Stars Eli Young Band Have Released the Video For ‘Dust’ [VIDEO]

Eli Young Band will be taking the stage at Country Fest on Sunday, June 29th, and they will have a new hit single to perform.  The song 'Dust' is climbing into the top 20 on the country singles chart, and you can watch the video right here.  Then make sure to join us Thursday evening to win Country Fest tickets.

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Coors Light via YouTube
Coors Light via YouTube
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Coors Light Summer Brew Review

Yesterday was a beautiful day, one of the few we've had so far.  I worked up a thirst and I was looking for a different kind of beer to try.  I wanted a summer beer...something refreshing.  Then, I saw it sitting on the counter:  Coors Light Summer Brew.

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