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When music meets the land


Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Many people are familiar with the expression The opera isnt over until the fat lady sings, but how about until the cow bellows, or until the kitten frolics? This was the case for 1,500 opera-goers last Sunday at the University of Minnesotas School of Music production of Aaron Coplands The Tender Land.

Staged on the old fashioned front porch at the David and Lori Bakke farm in rural Lanesboro, the outdoor production showed off Fillmore Countys best. Seated on chairs throughout the Bakkes lawn, the audience was treated to picture perfect views of rolling farmland and a warm summers breeze. Local youth organizations worked the aisles, keeping the crowd well supplied with cool drinks, homemade pie, fresh cookies and other goodies.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STUDENT Eleanor Taylor sings a touching song about her emotions surrounding graduation day as she portrays Laurie Moss in The Tender Land. Photo by Jill ONeill

Music and landscape meshed together during the two-hour show. Cattle seemed to bellow on cue from their spring pasture. The powerful, melodic voices of nine University students captivated the audience as they sang Coplands snappy, yet touching melodies. Intricate sounds from the thirteen-piece student orchestra hovered in the summer air. Midway through the production the Bakkes black and white kitten Tiger took a place on stage, winning the audiences heart with his antics. All told, the atmosphere was relaxing and comfortablejust like life in Southeast Minnesota.

Set on a Midwestern farm, The Tender Land tells the story of a farm family dealing with life changing events and decisions. The night before her high school graduation, the familys daughter, Laurie, falls in love with a drifter who has been doing odd jobs on the farm. To complicate matters, the drifter and his friend are falsely accused of attacking some young girls in the county. Laurie makes plans to run off with the drifters, who have been asked to leave the farm by daybreak. She is devastated when she learns that they stole off in the night without her and decides to leave home anyway. Lauries mother turns to her youngest daughter, Beth, for answers and finds hope in the continuous cycle of life.

Eleven year old Marguerite Abrahamson of rural Lanesboro did an outstanding job at portraying the young farm girl Beth. She opened and closed the production in two touching scenes and maintained her character well throughout the s .....
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Anytown, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River is the unique city of Anytown. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian immigrant influenc ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. Whats ..... 
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Whalan, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground such as the caves at Mystery Cave near Forestville State Park.

When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will fin ..... 
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Whalan, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Whalan, with a population of 90, is one of the smaller towns along the trail. The town provides excellent access to the Root River Trail and nearby recreational activities. Situated at the midway point between Fountain and Rushford on the Root River ..... 
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Stewartville, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Stewartville is a small city with a friendly atmosphere lo-cated in the beautiful Root River Valley 10 miles south of Rochester. Known as the Gateway to the Historic Bluff County, Stewartville has much to offer, whether you come for a visit or stay f ..... 
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St. Charles, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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St. Charles, known as the Gladiola Capitol, and located at the Gateway to Whitewater State Park to the north and I-90 entrance to S.E. MN. Historic Bluff Country to the south.

It boasts a historic central business district, several year-round ..... 
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Spring Valley, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Sample the Seasons in Spring Valley

Sample spring and rediscover the solitude and harmony of nature. Angle for trout, enjoy wild flowers, take up birding, scout for mushrooms -- these and more can be enjoyed in the countryside near Spr ..... 
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Spring Grove, MN

Sun, Jul 16th, 2000
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Velkommen til Spring Grove

In a world of mass-produced, carbon copy, electronic images and impersonal life experiences, fine quality service and warm, friendly people are scarce as hen's teeth. But not in Spring Grove.

Spring G ..... 
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