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Our town! Our authors!


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Jim Ruen

In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder told the story of average citizens in the imaginary town of Groveland Corners. In our very real town, Lanesboro, a wide variety of people who would likely describe themselves as average citizens have been telling stories for years. These authors have shared stories, often about the town, at times about themselves and in other cases about people, places and events, imaginary and real.

Like our town, our authors are special. For a small town in the valley of the Root River, Lanesboro has produced and attracted a great many authors.

If you stop by the Lanesboro Museum you will find a collection of locally authored books. You may know some of the authors represented, recall others and even meet some recent additions. What is certain is that you will find stories to inform, entertain and educate. You also will likely find some that bring a tear to the eye and a smile to the face.

One of the most prolific of our town’s authors was Cecil Ward. This 20th century chronicler of Lanesboro life wrote for the Lanesboro Leader and was a projectionist at the State Theater, the only female projectionist in Minnesota and one of three in the country at the time. She played piano for silent pictures, was an advocate for animal rights before it was fashionable and found time to write 16 novels, all preserved at the museum along with her newspaper articles and columns.

William (Bill) Connelly recalls his boyhood in rural Lanesboro in Meandering of an Aging Soul. Connelly captures the whimsical details and the deep values, as well as the dark realities of life in Lanesboro during that period. Connelly also authored Minnesota American Indians.

Alice Bergey was a children’s author and an inspiration to all who knew her. A quadriplegic due to polio in her freshman year at Lanesboro High School, Bergey typed out eight Bible stories and a story about a mouse who went to the moon, all with a mouthstick pen.

Other local authors include Mary Bell, Don Ward, Ted St. Mane, Carson Ode, Gerald Ellestad, Orel Felland, Orville Severson, David Webb, Leone Baker, Alton Peterson, Nelius Torgerson, Olaf Northouse, Sandra Overland, Lola Prigge, Merlin Wangen, Nancy Huisenga, Marion Scanlon, Barbara Benson Keith, Jan Meyer and Scott Dixon.

Subject matter includes local history, memoirs, children’s books and more. Visit the museum .....
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Minnesota’s minimum-wage increases Aug. 1, first time in nearly a decade

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning Aug. 1, 2014. It’s the state’s first wage increase in nearly a decade. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 wh ..... 
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Real Bites: The Sweaty Gypsy of Peterson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Have you ever heard of a sweaty gypsy? Me neither. Not until I visited Burdeys Cafe in Peterson, Minn. As I scanned the menu, I arrived at a section titled “Fancy Pants Gourmet Burgers,” and the first one on the list was The Sweaty Gypsy. ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Leon Hageman

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Leon Hageman, age 81, of rural Decorah, Iowa, died on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Leon Francis Hageman was born on January 23, 1933, the son of Ignatius and Elizabeth (Kuennen) Hageman on the Hageman fami ..... 
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Mint Julep

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

“Build it and they will come” is an old saying. I say build a fence and people will wonder what is behind it just like in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy wondered what was behind the curtain during an audience with the great wizard. My hu ..... 
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Engagement - Bigalk ~ Nelson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Shelby Bigalk and Christopher Nelson are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Shelby is the daughter of Steve and Laurie Bigalk of Mabel, Minn. She is employed as a Registered Nurse on the Neuroscience Unit at Gundersen Healt ..... 
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Students perform at Flourish Summer Camp

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

What: Flourish Summer Camp Public Performances Where: DreamAcres Farm, Wykoff, MN When: August 8, 8:30 p.m.; August 9, 3 p.m. Who: All welcome Cost: Pay-what-you-can Flourish Summer Camp welcomes the public to student performances on Frida ..... 
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Good-bye fair, it was great

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

As the 2014 Fillmore County Fair continued last week the size of the crowd seemed to grow each day in anticipation of the exciting events that occurred later in the schedule of the Fillmore County Fair in Preston. The 4-H activities continued on W ..... 
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