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Band still going strong


Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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On the road with Troubleshooter By Bonnie PrinsenMonday, March 12, 2001

Everyone knows that Michael Jordan is a multi-talented athlete who has also dabbled in the restaurant business. But few know that he’s at least indirectly responsible for keeping quality "live" music available in southeastern Minnesota.

Here’s the story: Troubleshooter, the local country and rock band, has been performing for seventeen years. For awhile during their history, they worked at taking their band "to the next level" by auditioning for shows like Star Search and Be a Star. The band also sent out cd’s to radio stations across the country and received some air play.

Perhaps the band’s closest brush with national fame came in Nashville about eight years ago when they were invited to be one of fourteen acts to perform in front of producers for all the major recording labels in that town. Troubleshooter drew the 9:00 p.m. slot for their 20-minute performance. This happened to be the same time that Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were tipping off in one of the games of the NBA finals. Most of the record producers were in the "hospitality room" watching the game while Troubleshooter played. The recording contract went to another group. "It was disappointing for us, " said Rodney Darr.

But these days, Darr is philosophical about the band’s decision to stop touring full-time and stay closer to home. "Playing six nights a week, fifty-one weeks a year is overwhelming and exhausting. It’s more enjoyable now," he said.

Troubleshooter now plays only on weekends, usually staying within 80 miles of home. The four musicians have "day jobs" during the week. Darr, lead vocalist and drummer, is a realtor with Darr Auction and Real Estate in Rushford. Darr’s brother Bruce, lead guitarist, also works for Darr Auction and Real Estate. Bassist Dennis Overland ("Stub") is an insurance agent in Rushford, and keyboardist Bruce Greenwood ("Tweet") works in a college business office in Winona.

Ten years ago the band recorded their first cd of six original songs, establishing their country/rock sound with lyrics of lost love and relationship difficulties. The song "Small Town Bars", often requested even today, seems to be a declaration of the band’s identity:

Playing country music in small town bars. Put on a lot of miles, but don’t get very far. Work real hard to put on a good show, the equipment’s not ours, it’s the bank we o .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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©Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

HUNG LIKE A HORSE

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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©Maxxximum MadcapWeekly cartoon, Max, Maxxx, Maxxximum, Madcap, food for thought, fud 4 thot

Journal Profile # 83

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Name: Mark O'Neill
Home: Mabel, MN
Age: 36
Profession: High School Science Teacher
Family: Wife Jill and multiple cats
Personal Hero: Leon Somme. He stepped out of traditional society to f ..... 
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Date Pudding Cobbler

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Date Pudding Cobbler

1 cup flour
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cold butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup water
Whipped cre ..... 
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