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Lantern tours available at Niagara Cave


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has begun offering lantern tours of the cave each Saturday evening through Labor Day to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the cave opening to the public for tours.

Mark Bishop, owner of Niagara Cave, stated, “The idea behind the lantern tours is to bring people back in time.” The cave was discovered as a farmer lost three pigs that had fallen into a sinkhole. While searching for the pigs the cave was discovered, explored, and eventually was opened for tours.

The lantern tours are offered every Saturday night through Labor Day weekend with tours taking place at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Minimum age for the lantern tour is 7 years of age.

The cost for lantern tours is $16 per person, with each person getting their own lantern to carry. Reservations are not required but are recommended for lantern tours. Mini golf also stays open late on Saturday nights until 8 p.m. for visitor’s to enjoy the nice summer evenings.

There has been a great turnout for the lantern tours, stated Bishop, so much so that they are considering continuing the tours next year. The employees of Niagara Cave also enjoy the lantern tours as it is something new for them. It is a different experience going into the cave with a lantern versus having lights on throughout the tour as Bishop explains it is difficult to see ahead of you and behind you with only a lantern.

Mark and his wife Jenny purchased the cave in April 1995 from Ron Vikre of Harmony. Since buying Niagara Cave the Bishops have made many enhancements and updates. A new lighting system was installed throughout the cave, new staircases and decks were installed, and the building was totally remodeled inside and out.

A gemstone mining sluice was added, a concession stand was built, and an 18 hole mini golf course was designed and built which has been very popular among visitors looking to extend their time at Niagara Cave with family and friends.

The parking lots have been paved and a picnic shelter built near a playground in a quiet shaded area making it a perfect spot for a picnic before or after touring the cave. Recently Denny Rogne of Cresco, Iowa was enjoying the picnic area with his granddaughter Amari, 14 months, who was visiting from Dallas, Texas.

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Canton was right on with Day Off

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

The city of Canton, Minn. celebrated its 135th Day Off celebration with hundreds of residents and visitors enjoying three days of summertime fun August 15 - 17, 2014. A softball tournament got the weekend started Friday and continued through Sunda ..... 
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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town. Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and t ..... 
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ACT on Alzheimer’s Community Forum to be held

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

ACT on Alzheimer’s Community Forum to be held Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm, the ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Action Committee is hosting a meeting in the Community Room at Clara House (formerly Heritage Grove). All are invited to come hear about Al ..... 
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Artist Karl Unnasch is honored by Public Art Network Year in Review

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans for the Arts honors 37 outstanding public arts projects created in 2013 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program. Public Art Network Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes ..... 
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Legacy-funded prairie restoration benefits trout stream

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

A trout stream in the far southeastern part of the state is benefitting from Minnesota’s approval of the Legacy Amendment nearly six years ago. Earlier this year, an 18-acre area within the Etna Creek Aquatic Management Area (AMA) was burned, tr ..... 
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Hike to Indian Monument August 30

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

High atop the bluff on the south side of Houston and hidden amongst the dense tree canopy lies a large and interesting rock formation locally known as “Indian Monument.” There is no known connection to Native Americans, but the hike and formati ..... 
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Virgil K. Arett Estate

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

State of Minnesota County of Fillmore District Court Third Judicial District Probate Division Court File No.: 23-PR-14-632 Estate of Virgil Kenneth Arett, also known as Virgil K. Arett, Decedent. notice of informal probate of will and informal ..... 
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Notice for Pilot Mound Township

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

Pilot Mound Township residents and land owners are asked to check with a supervisor before digging in the township right of way. Recent machine work raised issues of liability, utilities and public safety. William Sullivan Pilot Mound Township Cle ..... 
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