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Dylan Samberg, FinnFest, Duluth Playhouse in the news

Samberg spent three seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2017-2020 and won a pair of NCAA Championships.

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with defenseman Dylan Samberg on a two-year contract with an average annual value in the NHL of $1,400,000.

Samberg, 24, played 63 games for the Jets in 2022-23 and recorded eight points (2G, 6A) and 25 penalty minutes. The Hermantown native also played all five playoff games for Winnipeg.

Samberg, the Jets' second-round pick (43rd overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, has played 78 career NHL games for Winnipeg and posted 13 points (2G, 11A) and 29 PIMs.

Samberg spent three seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2017-2020 and won a pair of NCAA Championships. Internationally, he has represented Team USA several times, including the 2023 World Championships when he recorded four points (1G, 3A) and four PIMs in 10 games. He also played in a pair of World Junior Championships, winning bronze in 2018 and silver in 2019.

FinnFest returns to Duluth

The happiest country in the world will be showcased in Duluth as FinnFest returns for its annual five-day festival July 26-30 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

Family-friendly FinnFest is North America’s premier event featuring the fabulous Nordic life and ingredients of happiness from music and movies to sauna and shopping. Participants of FinnFest also enjoy workshops, seminars, tours and a Finnish marketplace Tori. Expert speakers include Finland’s Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala, who will participate in a keynote event on Finland and NATO on Friday afternoon.

Also featured is Happiness Expert, Erica Tukianien MD, MPH with her presentation, What’s the Secret to Finland being the Happiest Country in the World? Lessons Learned from World Happiness Report. Registration, tickets and a full schedule of the festival can be found at Individual event tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Tori, the Finnish marketplace, is free and open to the public.

Duluth Playhouse in the News

Mitchell Douglas and the cast of Kinky Boots. Submitted / Duluth Playhouse

Kinky Boots opens Friday and runs through July 30 at the NorShor Theatre in Downtown Duluth.

Based on a true story, Kinky Boots is an uplifting musical of friendship, passion, and recognition that underneath it all, we're not so different. Set in provincial Northampton, England, Charlie Price (played by newcomer Nathan Meyer) reluctantly inherits the family's struggling shoe factory, while Lola (Minneapolis favorite Mitchell Douglas) is a charismatic drag queen superstar with a wildly exciting idea on how to help the shoe factory recover. This unexpected duo learns they make quite the pair, embracing their differences to create a line together of fabulously unique stilettos that take the world by storm.

“Everyone at the Playhouse has been giddy with excitement from the moment we started working on Kinky Boots,” said Phillip Fazio, director of Kinky Boots and Producing Artistic Director of Duluth Playhouse. “This Tony Award®-winning musical, with an undeniably catchy score by Cindy Lauper, simultaneously celebrates individuality and the power of community.

Cast includes many local favorites, some terrific artists appearing on the NorShor stage for the first time, and a few phenomenal performers from the Twin Cities and beyond. This beautiful tale of empowerment and empathy is sure to leave audiences radiating with joy as they dance their way home.” Sweeping the Tonys® in 2013, (13 nominations, 6 wins including Best Musical) Kinky Boots endeared audiences to the irresistibly heart-warming tale with a rock/funk Tony®-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

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