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Deephaven author hoping to inspire young people by sharing the stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

By Rachel M. Anderson

What is the one thing most successful people have in common? Doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs and others who are doing well for themselves are all in the business of helping others.

Kevin Wilt, who made a name for himself at General Mills for being a problem solver, lives his life in retirement as he did throughout his career—as a role model, mentor and advisor. Percy Greenberg, who built one of the top architectural manufacturing companies in the country from the ground up, gets enjoyment from helping other people with their companies via investing and mentoring. And Donna Erickson is an independent consultant who has built a successful business by setting out to learn what problems small businesses have and then providing services for the solutions.

Wilt, Greenberg and Erickson are just three of the successful individuals whose stories Harmony native Rob Severson has featured in his latest book, Achievers: Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things. “I decided to write this book as a way to inspire young people and hopefully change attitudes,” said Severson, who has become frustrated by the attitude of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995), who make up the majority of today’s workforce.

“People from this generation tend to be more focused on what’s good for them than what’s good for the company or good for the customer. I don’t think that’s the right attitude to have,” said Severson. He rose through the ranks at a finance subsidiary for Norwest Bank in Minnesota, which was eventually bought out by Wells Fargo, by developing innovations that helped improve the company’s bottom line, while at the same time focusing on the needs of the bank’s customers.

Now retired and living in the Twin Cities, Severson is an author, speaker and financing coach who regularly speaks on the importance of keeping what’s important in life a top priority. For him that is helping others.

Like Severson, Lowell Vogen, who has worked in the information technology industry for decades, likes to help people. He has a lot of contacts and has earned a reputation for being the go-to-guy when someone loses a job, gets laid off or is unhappy or unchallenged in a job and seeking a new opportunity. “I have developed into a good networker because I like to help people,” he said. “It’s second nature for me to do what I can to help ot .....
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RASA’s “The Butler Did It” modifies production dates to July 9-13

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts Community Theater production of, “The Butler Did It”, written by Tim Kelly, will be held a week earlier this year than in the past. It will NOT be held during Rushford Day’s Celebration. The production wil ..... 
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PSA/Houston lawn chair concerts

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Lawn Chair Summer Concerts at the Houston band shell will be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from July 2 to August 27. There will be a variety of family oriented musical performances beginning with Jake Olson and sons on July 2 and Molly B and ..... 
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Lanesboro Area Art Trail announces second season

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Lanesboro Area Art Trail announces the opening dates for the second season of their studio open house events. The first of six 2014 Lanesboro Area Art Trail weekends will take place on June 20 -22, 2014. Participating studios will ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance, Saturday June 21

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday June 21 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8 p.m. and admission is $7 at the door. Located on Parkway Ave. next to Sylvan Park, the S ..... 
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Dennis Warner in concert at the Preston Public Library

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Folk/Americana singer and songwriter Dennis Warner blends humor, audience participation and serious music into a memorable and fun concert for adults and families. Warner has toured extensively throughout North America during his 20+ year career, ..... 
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SEMAC announces July 1 grant application deadline

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for proposals in three categories: Artists in Education, General Operating Support, and Individual Artists. All proposed projects must take place between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 20 ..... 
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Pennsylvania high school student Yuyan Pu is crowned “The Most Philosophical Student in America” and winner of the 2014 National Kids Philosophy Slam. Ingrid Mundt of Minnesota named “Most Philosophical 5th Grader in America.

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Truth or Beauty: which has a greater impact on society? Yuyan Pu, a junior from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, won the 14th annual National Kids Philosophy Slam by successfully arguing that beauty has more of an ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents: Around the World in 80 Days

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents “Around the World in 80 Days” by Mark Brown June 27 through October 27. Follow the incredible journey of Phileas Fogg on his outrageous quest to circumnavigate the globe in only 80 day ..... 
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