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St. Michael's Winters Enjoys a Blizzard with Charlize Theron

The "Young Adult" film star and Academy Award-winning actress was shooting on location in St. Michael last summer when Janel Winters and her daughter, Tori, had a craving.

It seemed simple enough.

Driving through St. Michael, Janel Winters and her daughter, Tori, had a craving for some ice cream.

It was a summer day, winding down, and it seemed like the right time.

"When we got to Dairy Queen, it was packed with people, but we didn't see a lot of cars. There were squad cars from Wright County, so we knew something was going on. We decided to check it out anyway," Janel said.

As it turned out, part of the cast and crew from the new motion picture "Young Adult" was on location, shooting a scene at theas the sun was going down. Winters said she saw Charlize Theron in the store and knew something was up.

"I wasn't sure, but thought it really looked like her," Janel said.

The movie, written by Minnesota native Diablo Cody, focuses on Mavis (Theron), who comes back to her small Minnesota town after a failed marriage. She's looking to win back her high school sweetheart, who is now married and has a young child.

Winters said Theron was on a break and shooting had stopped while they came in for their frozen treat. She said the star came out later and talked with the workers and people inside the store. Some were extras, others were regular customers.

Theron posed for a photo with Tori.

"She was so nice," Janel said. "You could tell she was in a hurry. But it was great."

The film, directed by Cody's partner with the film "Juno," Jason Reitman, was shot in several Minnesota locations. The St. Michael shot shows up about midway through the film.

"I was pretty suprised to see that," said Tom Dawson, a resident and director of the St. Michael-Albertville United Soccer Club, who saw the movie. "Pretty cool to have our small town in a big movie like that.

Samara Postuma January 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
So cool! Now I'd like to see the movie! Thanks for sharing this!
Denise Du Vernay January 04, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I saw the movie over the weekend was certain I saw St. Michael. I stayed for the credits and only saw Minneapolis and New York towns. Boo.
Michelle Veire Berglund January 04, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Hey Janel... what a fun experience that was for you and Tori! I can't wait to see the movie and see our DQ! On the imdb.com site it lists Rogers Denny's as a location, but not St. Michael DQ - oh well, we all know it!

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