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HBC launches new agenda in Bluff Country


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - “SE MN Historic Bluff Country (“HBC”) will be different in 2013,” says its new Board President, Valencia Gaddis, a web designer and owner of SonSations Business Services in Rushford. “We can’t attract visitors today the same way we did in the 1960’s. Our small Bluff Country businesses have an amazing rural charm that visitors would adore---if they could find us and if they could see a sneak preview!” HBC intends to respond to that need in 2013. Here’s what’s coming up:

•A new blog site at www.bluffcountrywoman.com was launched in March 2013 in cooperation with HBC. The site features personal stories about Bluff Country experiences in a fun, folksy, down-to-earth format. Guest writers with pseudo names like “GetAroundGal” and “Uff Da Lady” share their adventures. (Even residents are finding this interesting!) Contributors include women (and men!) with fish tales, Ole & Lena jokes, shopping experiences, photos and videos. And HBC members receive FREE promotion on the site!

•On May 18, regional industries and at-home crafters are invited to “Strut Your Stuff” at HBC’s Industrial/Craft Expo at the Regional Visitor Center in Rushford. This will be a showcase kick-off day for made-in-bluff-country products, with continuous display options for crafters to promote their products during the tourism season.

•On May 21, HBC will offer its members a primary workshop on Search Engine Optimization to ensure that our businesses are ‘on the radar’ when visitors perform a Google search on their smart phones and other mobile devices. Bring a laptop computer with your business logo, picture files and a cell phone. By the end of the day, your business will have a much stronger internet presence. ALL member businesses and municipalities are encouraged to send a representative to this workshop.

•Then, on June 5 and 12, HBC will be offering an affordable workshop on Hospitality and Customer Service for both business owners and front line staff. It’s no mystery that if visitors enjoy their stay, they are likely to return year after year. Make sure your employees are providing the customer service that will keep folks coming back—with their friends!

For more information or to register for any of these events, contact Tricia at the HBC office at (507) 864-2992 or email [Read the Rest]

Industrial Craft Expo will showcase “Made in Bluff Country” products

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, Minn. - “It’s time we show off the quality products and incredible innovation that comes out of this amazing Bluff Country region,” remarked Val Gaddis, Chairman of SE MN Historic Bluff Country, Inc.(“HBC”), a non-profit regional ..... 
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Author Candace Simar to appear at the Stand Still Parade

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

Pequot Lakes author, Candace Simar, will attend the 2013 Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on May 18. The granddaughter of immigrants, Simar writes historical fiction about Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the decade followi ..... 
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Paris meets Preston at French Quarter style art show

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Two Friends, Two Countries, Two Cameras is the motto Stacey Hildebrandt and Lynn Lutzi Léger use on their business cards to promote their photography and their art. These photographers will be offering their work at a French Quarter style art show ..... 
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Jazz concert Friday night in Harmony

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Friday night, May 3rd, well known Jazz Vocalists Bruce A. Henry and Debbie Duncan along with the Bruce A. Henry Sextet will perform a public concert at Wheelers Bar and Grill in Harmony, MN. at 7:00 pm. Price: $10:00 at the door. These Twin City ..... 
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Johnsmith Concert at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. - Johnsmith is a Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Storyteller

Tue, Apr 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Johnsmith will be welcomed back to the stage at the St. Mane Theatre for a concert on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Johnsmith is a singer, a songwriter, a poet and a storyteller. He is a wordsmith and a bard. The role of ..... 
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St. Charles farmer’s market is looking for vendors

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Do you like growing vegetables, or making artistic crafts? Would you like an entertainment venue, or want to educate the community about a specific topic? Then perhaps you would like to join in this summer’s Farmer’s Market that will be Thursday ..... 
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Trout Sculpture unveiled at National Trout Center

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

During Minnesota’s Trout Opener, on April 13th, you may have noticed avid trout fly fisherman, Paul Lambrecht, out on the streams near Preston. However, at noon Lambrecht appeared at the National Trout Center in downtown Preston for the unveiling ..... 
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Tippi Toes dancers perform at Harlem Globetrotters game

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

By Jade Sexton Tippi Toes Dance Company has grown and expanded in southeast Minnesota in the last few years. Tara Cassmann of Harmony has been a dance instructor for Tippi Toes for three years now, and she recently had the pleasure of taking the da ..... 
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