Oh yes – the Valley definitely has talent!

It was great fun last year and I’m ready for my repeat performance.

The Grand Forks Exchange Club has invited me back as a judge for its second annual “The Valley’s Got Talent” event. Curtain goes up at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9) in the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks.

Adjudicating with me last year were Terry Dullum, anchor and producer of WDAZ News @ 5 and Grand Forks Mayor (and physician) Michael Brown. This year we three are back and will be joined by one more judge – Jarrod Thomas, program director for Leighton broadcasting.

“The Valley’s Got Talent,” is brought to us by the Grand Forks Exchange Club whose mission it is to help area children with such needs as warm winter coats, hats and gloves. The club also provides funding for after school programs which many area youngsters thoroughly enjoy.

Betty Feltman, an Exchange Club member, tells me that back in November, 30 talented people auditioned for “The Valley’s Got Talent.” Twenty of them survived the cuts and they are the ones we’ll see Sunday on the Empire stage.

Hailing from such places as Minto and Walhalla in North Dakota, and Crookston, as well as Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, there are singers, dancers, guitarists, piano players. There’s a theatrical performer and even a rapper, all hoping, of course, to take home one of the cash prizes.

Zach Ahrens, Grand Forks Herald advertising director who also is a minister, will emcee the show again this year.

Here’s how you can help: Just come – your admission is simply a freewill donation. You can relax in the beautiful Empire Arts Center while you enjoy some pretty amazing things happening on stage.

Hope to see you Sunday at the Empire.

Until Soon

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