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Money Well Spent


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

I sat in a seat in the middle of the theatre and looked upward.

“The ceiling is still up there after all these years,” I thought. Masonite panels tacked up with nails and painted green. Usually the lights are low in the St. Mane Theatre and you don’t notice these details.

I remember Marlyn Cox dancing around on the scaffolding like Michealangelo at the Cistine Chapel repairing the damaged tiles on the ceiling.

I was often below, trying to prevent Marlyn from killing himself, either holding the scaffolding or throwing things up to him. I recall doing a lot of painting and, even today, believe that some of the crooked lines on the wall somehow belong to me.

Volunteers restored the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro nearly twenty years ago. And the townsfolk were cast in the first plays. The initial performance after the theater was restored was a joyous event.

The fledgling Lanesboro Art Council bought the St. Mane Theater for $5,000 in the early 1980’s and proceeded to fix it up as a community theatre. They still own it today, leasing it out to the Commonweal Theatre Company.

There was a lot of talk about “how are we going to pay for it” at the time. That was why Art in the Park was so important and became the primary fundraising activity for the organization.

My “nostalgic look back through time” was broken by the sound of Frank Wright, a board member of the Lanesboro Arts Council, talking about this year’s Art in the Park.

“As long as they can say that they have made it, and can call it their own piece of work, then they can participate in this year’s Art in the Park,” Wright said, explaining the “inclusive” jurying process.

It wasn’t that long ago, 1999 to be exact, that the Journal was riddled with letters to the editor denouncing efforts to turn Art in the Park into a select event for “high art”. Gone were the arts and crafters, and with it the festival atmosphere that made Art in the Park one of the more unique events in the area.

Wright was speaking at the Lanesboro Art Council’s annual meeting held on March 10 at the St. Mane Theatre. He was soon joined by co-chair of this year’s Art in the Park, Charlotte Johnson, as the two of them rattled off the names of the various committee members working on this June’s festival. This will be the 21st year for Art in the Park.

I paid my five buck membership fee and attended the Art Council’s .....
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Hoffman Stables

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Journal Opinion

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Facilities Committee served the people well
March 26, 2001

For all practical purposes, the the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have concluded their work.

Commissioned by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners i ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted ai ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001I have been reading about the County Engineer not being offered a contract. I have not heard or seen anything in the paper about the commissions being dissatisfied with his work. This whole thing, to me, smacks of closed meeting ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, March 26, 2001

In response to John Torgrimson's column on March 19, 2001, I was the Lanesboro Art Council Board member that suggested " 'apathy for the organization was so great' that perhaps it would be best t ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Beverly M. Smith

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Beverly M. Smith, 74, of rural Spring Valley, a homemaker, died March 12, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a patient a short time.

Beverly Maxine Eich was born Jan. 20, 1927, near Ostrander to Frank and Della (Allen) Eic ..... 
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