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Play Ball!


Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be taken back to another time and another place.

The time is the postwar 1940ís, when the USA was a sharply divided country, deeply segregated along ra-cial lines. White America had its Major League Baseball and Black America had what was then called the Negro Leagues. This is the setting for the Commonweal Theatreís newest play, Most Valuable Player.

It was Jackie Robinson who finally broke the color barrier in professional baseball and in his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers played so superbly, in spite of constant harassment, taunts and even death threats, that he was named Rookie of the Year. The play unfolds as a series of snapshots and flashbacks that cover the gamut of Robinsonís career; from his California childhood to the end of the 19 season, when he won the Most Valuable Player Award in the National League.

Guiesseppe Jones, a New York actor making his first appearance on the Lanesboro stage, plays the leading role of Jackie Robinson. Jones quickly establishes himself as a likeable guy weíre going to be pulling for. He plays Jackie with just the right blend of defi-ance and grace. Wherever Jackie goes from the sandlot ballfields of his childhood to the big league stadiums of the 1940ís, hostility and hate are there to greet him. When Jackie gets called up to the Dodgers, some of his fellow teammates start a petition to keep him off the team. Rival ballplayers and racist fans jeer and mock him unmercifully. For strength Jackie repeats the mantra, the quiet affirmation, that his older brother gave him: "Iím a Robinson and Rob-insonís donít give up".

The four other actors who make up the cast, all newcomers to the Commonweal Stage, turn in some fine solid performances. Nicholas Ozment is the far-sighted progressive baseball owner, Branch Rickey who recruits Robinson. Ozment nurtures both Robinsonís talent and fighting spirit with compassion and understanding.

Torsten Hillhouse plays PeeWee Reese, Robinsonís buddy and double-play partner, with verve and gusto. Mark Baer is Jackieís nemesis, an opposing pitcher who is a bigoted redneck without shame. And then thereís June Christy Burch, playing a BBC journalist who is a bit befuddled by the complicated game o .....
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Play Review: Bus Stop

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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The Commonweal Theatre has come up with another winner in Bus Stop, a 1950ís comedy by William Inge. Thereís a lot more than just laughs and slapstick going on in this play though. Loneliness, the play-wright seems to be saying, is the shared common ..... 
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Gateway Towns

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Austin

Greetings from Austin, Minnesota! Located on I-90, visitors from the west will come through this major city located on the Cedar River.

Austin is the home of the Fortune 500 company -- Geo. A. Hormel & Company. Hormel is the la ..... 
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Northeastern Iowa

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Northeast Iowa shares much of the same topography of Historic Bluff Country. Limestone bluffs, meandering rivers, springs, and rolling hills in the east and softly rolling hills with rich prairie soil in the west. Minnesota and Iowa also share the sa ..... 
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Anytown, MN

Sun, Aug 27th, 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.

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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 27th, 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. Whatís ..... 
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Wykoff, MN

Sun, Aug 27th, 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/Highland area

Sun, Aug 27th, 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, Aug 27th, 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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