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Fri, May 25th, 2001
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The Quilting of AmericaBy Al MathisonMonday, May 28, 2001

The story told in Quilters, currently playing at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, is the story of America. It’s the story of America as told by the women who left civilization behind and moved to the frontier West, where endless work, hardship and loneliness were their constant companions. And through it all, these women quilted. And while they quilted they told stories to each other, as they tried to gain understanding and insight into their lives. Among the stories are tales of their girlhood pasts, of the men in the lives and of their numerous pregnancies and children.

The cast of Quilters consists of seven women actors who do a fine job in bringing these stories to life, often times through song. Their stories range from the sentimental and tragic, to the upbeat and humorous. John Black, a Lanesboro-based musician, provides musical accompaniment on guitar, mandolin and other instruments. His performance weaves a subtle and moody background, which conjures up images of the haunting loneliness of the prairie West.

Early on in the play during their cross-country trek across a bleak and hostile landscape, one of the women suddenly jumps from the covered wagon. She peers out towards the endless and treeless horizon as if searching for signs of life. And then she exclaims: "Way far off, I thought I could make out some smoke. People! I thought." It’s a poignant moment and one that makes you marvel at the courage and resolve of our pioneer ancestors.

Quilters is a look back at a time that we in 21st century America often feel little connection with. It is through a play such as this that our collective past becomes less abstract and more alive. As a bridge to help the audience make the transition back through time, the walls of the Commonweal theater have been adorned with quilts created by area quilters.

The play is directed by Luther College professor Robert Larson, who has directed six previous plays at the Commonweal. Commonweal company member Christine Winkler, of Lanesboro, provides the musical direction.

Currently in its 13th season, the Commonweal Theatre, in bringing Quilters to the stage, continues the tradition of offering thought-provoking and entertaining plays to their southern Minnesota audience. Quilters, along with the hilarious and off-beat comedy, Art, which is currently playing in repertory at the theater are two more rea .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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Sticker ShockBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 28, 2001

Lanesboro City Council members were groping for answers on Monday night as to how they would pay the city’s $124,000 cost-share on the proposed Coffee Street Project.

With the first p ..... 
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Lighter than air...

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

It has been over two months since the County Board formally received a report from its citizen Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee. But in its first scheduled discussions of the county buildings, the Board "hit th ..... 
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Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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More than 100 species counted By Nancy OvercottMonday, May 28, 2001

Imagine that a flurry of activity draws your eyes to a low branch in a maple tree. When you stop to take a closer look, you notice a bump of grayish-gree ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 25th, 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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 25th, 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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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, May 25th, 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, May 25th, 2001
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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