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After Deadline: Spoof play doesn't earn star

RUSHFORD — In an interesting bit of irony, Rushford-Peterson's one-act play that spoofed too much attention paid to judging instead of art didn't get a star rating from the judges Feb. 14 at the state meet.

At state, plays aren't ranked first, second and third but either get a star or don't get a star.

"It was our best performance and it was very well received by the audience. Just not the three judges)," said Forrest Musselman, R-P English teacher who wrote and directed the play "Anti-Play,. "It was a great year and I am so proud and happy for the kids."

From what he wrote in the play, how the audience reacted and students felt was much more important than how the judges ruled.

Three of the eight plays in Class A and four of eight in Class AA starred, he said.


— John Weiss

Iron Chef at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's new advanced stem cell treatment has one celebrity patient already.

"Iron Chef" champion Kerry Simon underwent two days of initial stem-cell transplants at the Mayo on Wednesday and Thursday before returning to Las Vegas on Friday, according the Las Vegas Sun.

He will return to Rochester in early March for more intensive sessions of stem-cell transplants, the article said.

Kerry told the Sun was that he was "in good spirits, although very tired, resting comfortably and optimistic" with the medical procedure. There is no known cure or treatment for Multiple Systems Atrophy (a stronger, more-aggressive form of Parkinson's).

— Las Vegas Sun

Aficionados of blizzards


Do you want to get into an interesting conversation with a stranger? Just ask which was worse: last week's blizzard or the May 2 freak snowstorm?

What I've found is that it's close but the nod, among about 10 people I've talked to, is last week's was nastier.

Here are the factors to consider.

For sheer audacity and bizarreness, May 2's 14 inches of heavy wet snow easily tops last week. We rarely get May snow but to get one of the heaviest snowfalls ever recorded in any month defined logic, nature and the calendar.

In that that storm. we had plenty of places to blow the snow because ground was bare and was gone with the winds of spring in a few days.

Last week's was only 8 to 10 inches around here so it comes in second, and I don't think it was quite as wet as the May storm so score a second point for May.

BUT, last week's storm left us no place to put all the snow. We already had snow stacked snow 4 to 5 feet high in many places. Give a point for that to last week.

And the worst part, the one that gives it the nod for nastiness, is it's sticking around. We're not going to see that packed snow, ice and piles of snow going any time soon.


So there's the take I got asking around. If you have other thoughts, email me at weiss@postbulletin.com.

And while we're at it, here's another tough comparison: which is worse for driving afterwards, last week's or the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 that hit around here with rain and slush that froze roads into rutted treachery?

— John Weiss

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