San Diego’s Mrs. Henry is certifiably not the first band to pay tribute on stage to “The Last Waltz,” the classic triple-album and concert film recorded at the 1976 farewell concert by The Band that featured such prominent musical pals as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison and Neil Young.Such tribute concerts have been held over the years in various American and Canadian cities. There was also “The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz,” a 2017 trek that included a San Diego show and featured three orignal “The Last Waltz” alums in former The Band organist Garth Hudson, guitarist Bob Margolin and Dr. John, who died on June 6.But Mrs. Henry — none of whose members were born until the late 1980s — has added a welcome twist. The four-man group appears to be the first band anywhere whose “The Last Waltz” tribute concert, held at the Belly Up in late 2017, has resulted … [Read more...] about ‘The Last Waltz’ by The Band gets twin salute from Mrs. Henry
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About 30,000 runners ran the Boston Marathon Monday. One of the world’s marquee races, the Boston Marathon is always popular with runners. Many train for years just to qualify. But other races are seeing their participation dip. After a decades-long running boom, the number of people running in road races overall has slowed down, both nationally and in some Minnesota races. Boom times As a sport, running gained steam steadily in the ‘90s and early aughts, then boomed during the Great Recession, according to data from Running USA, an industry group that tracks running participation. Though runners tend to be more affluent to begin with, Rich Harshbarger, Running USA’s CEO, thinks the economy had something to do with the sport’s jump in popularity in that timeframe: As opposed to expensive gym memberships, “when you think about the running industry, all you really need is time and a pair of shoes,” he said. Race finishers by year, 1990-2016 … [Read more...] about Is the running boom over?
It was the death heard 'round the running world. In July 1984, acclaimed author and running guru Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while trotting along a country road in Vermont. Overnight, a nascent global movement of asphalt athletes got a gut check: Just because you run marathons doesn't mean you're safe from heart problems. Fast-forward 35 years, and Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray is amplifying that message for marathoners, especially those who have coronary artery disease or a family history of it. "Being fit and being healthy aren't the same things," McGillivray says. University of Pittsburgh doctors have some tips for planning your outdoor workouts and staying safe during the hottest parts of summer. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018) He should know. Six months ago, the lifelong competitor underwent open-heart triple bypass surgery after suffering chest pain and shortness of breath while running. As marathons, ultramarathons, megamile trail races and … [Read more...] about How Safe Is Running a Marathon? Heart Doctors Say It Depends
Jennifer Swenson is a self-described private person. So when the story broke about her running the New York City Marathon in honor of her late daughter Marit, the 47-year-old North Oaks mother was overwhelmed by the media response. “Going to New York and doing a marathon is one thing,” Swenson said after returning home from the Nov. 4 race. “But then I started to get all this media attention. It was very interesting and exciting, but it was really draining.” She used the run as a fundraiser that brought in over $35,000, well over her initial goal of $5,000, for cancer research. She ran with five others for the same cause, and combined they raised over $70,000. Her story was picked up by CNN, the Today Show, Runners World Magazine and People.com, not to mention local television stations. When pressed for details about Marit’s death at 16 from an aggressive pediatric cancer, Swenson drew a protective line around her family. “I’m still a little … [Read more...] about Grieving over her teenage daughter’s death, this North Oaks mom ran for a brighter day
A new study released by University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and local nonprofit manufacturing company MDI confirms what most of us probably suspect: Individuals with disabilities face implicit bias when it comes to trying to enter the workforce. “Companies seem to have a tough time figuring out how to work with people with disabilities,” says Peter McDermott, MDI CEO. “We really wanted this to be an effort to educate employers that people with disabilities can work. Low expectations is the curse of people with disabilities.”McDermott thinks that’s why the employment numbers for individuals with disabilities are so much worse than for those without disabilities. In Minnesota, for example, individuals with disabilities are 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed than the general population, among people ages 18-64, according to a 2017 report from the Minnesota State Demographic Center.Barriers on the would-be employee side include … [Read more...] about New study identifies hiring bias against individuals with disabilities