MNsure Making Big Enrollment Push Ahead Of DeadlineThe new federal health care law says everyone must be signed up by midnight Monday, or face a penalty. In Minnesota, MNsure is moving quickly to enroll as many people as possible over the weekend. Already this week, MNsure ramped up recruiting at more than 1,000 signup events.
Oscar Nominee To Throw Out Twins 1st PitchThe Minnesota Twins will have an Oscar-nominated actor toss out at the ceremonial first pitch at their 2014 home opener. Barkhad Abdi will throw out the first pitch at the April 7 game against Oakland at Target Field. After the first pitch, Abdi will meet fans in the new Twins Digital Clubhouse in the U.S. Bank Homerun Porch.
Twins Announce Schedule For April 7 Home OpenerThe Minnesota Twins open the 2014 regular season next week in Chicago, but the team announced Monday its plans for the April 7 home opener against the Oakland Athletics. First pitch, weather permitting, is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. at Target Field. Events will start bright and early with Breakfast on the Plaza from 6 to 9 a.m.
Minnesota Exchange Launches Push For Young AdultsMinnesota's new health insurance exchange is making a final push to sign up so-called "young invincibles" by a March 31 deadline for open enrollment. Exchange chief Scott Leitz on Thursday announced a series of events for the coming week aimed at young adults ages 26 to 34.
Report: Actor Barkhad Abdi Is 'Dead Broke'It hasn't been a great week for former Minneapolis cab driver turned movie star Barkhad Abdi. First he lost the Academy Award, and now a new report says Abdi is "dead broke." According to the New Yorker, Abdi only made $65,000 from his role as the Somali pirate leader in "Captain Phillips."
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Movie Blog: Top 5 Oscar Highlights, LowlightsThe thing about throwing an Oscar party -- even an impromptu, informal one -- is that it's really tough to actually keep track of the show itself, what with making the cocktails and distributing the ballots and tipping the pizza delivery person.
Amateur Minnesota Somali Actor Up For Oscar A Somali actor from Minnesota is up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar Sunday night for his screen debut in "Captain Philips." Barkhad Abdi plays the ringleader of a band of Somali pirates who hijacked an American cargo ship off the Horn of Africa in 2009.
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Barkhad Abdi Wins British Academy AwardBarkhad Abdi, the Somali immigrant who was a Twin Cities limo driver before playing a pirate in "Captain Phillips," won an award at the British Academy Awards over the weekend. Abdi was named best supporting actor, edging Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave" and Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle."
2-11-14 Nancy O'Dell Talks Entertainment On The WCCO Morning News With Dave LeeFrom Entertainment tonight, Nancy O'Dell gives Dave some Hollywood scoops....click the link above to listen!
Barkhad Abdi: From Mpls. Limo Driver To Oscar Nominated Actor Minnesota will be well represented at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The most notable is former Minneapolis limo driver Barkhad Abdi, who was discovered by the producers of Captain Phillips. Abdi, who had never acted before, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.