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Rushford Library hosts author


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford Public Library is well-known for its on-going and varied programs. Keeping the pace going in the frigid winter, the library warms things up Tuesday, February 26 with a humorous evening with Minnesota writer Eric Dregni. The author of several books on Minnesotan and Norwegain culture, including In Cod We Trust and Minnesota Marvels, Dregni will be on hand to talk about his current book, Vikings in the Attic.

A fourth-generation Scandinavian-American, Dregni and his book are a part of a 13-week SELCO author tour. The tour locations, chosen amonst all SELCO-participating libraries, are by invitation only. The selected libraries then choose their top three author choices. Rushford Library Director Susan Hart was thrilled when the library got Dregni, their first pick. “There are no restrictions based on city size or available funding for enjoying arts and cultural programs in taking advantage of this author tour project,” says Hart. “We were fortunate to be accepted.”

The book, a 2012 Minnesota Book Award finalist, delves into some of the reasoning of our distinctive Scandinavian culture in the Midwest. And here you thought we were normal, right?

“Who are these rather odd Scandinavians in our midst?” asks University of Minnesota Press, which published the book. “Vikings in the Attic goes beyond the lefse, lutefisk, and lusekofter (lice jacket) sweaters to reveal the little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America. Ultimately, Dregni ends up proving by example why generations of Scandinavian-Americans have come to love and cherish these tales and traditions so dearly.”

The event begins at 7pm at Montini Hall, Rushford. There is no charge for the evening, which is provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. “A book sale and signing will follow the program, as well as the usual Nordic coffee and treats fest,” notes Rushford Library Director Susan Hart. “Bring the family! It will be a very enjoyable evening.”

The Rushford library carries five of Dregni’s books, including Vikings in the Attic. Others include Zamboni, Weird Minnesota, In Cod We Trust, and Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital.

“Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady” with Sarah Guy-Levar

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Some know her as “The Root Beer Lady,” others, the Florence Nightingale of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dorothy Molter is a Northwood’s Minnesota icon. Hear about the making of the wilderness area as it pertained to her 57 year history on t ..... 
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Why we recycle

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States and another group known as “Green Living” have made a lot of this information available for me to share with you. I realize you have he ..... 
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The 2nd Annual March Meltdown for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 2nd for the March Meltdown festivities and support Habitat for Humanity. The afternoon begins with a double elimination bean bag tournament beginning at 3:00pm. The ent ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theater’s production of Leaving Iowa

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Lanesboro Community Theater’s (LCT) production of Leaving Iowa are well underway and director Barbara Benson Keith reports that everyone is having a great time. Leaving Iowa, by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Portrait painter and musician Matt Duckett will be Lanesboro Art Center’s 36th Artist in Residence

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Since its inception in 2001 with the first artist Erik Pearson, Lanesboro Arts Center has brought 35 artists to Lanesboro for Artist Residencies. Artist #36 will soon be here: Matt Duckett is a portrait painter and musician from LaCrosse, Wisc. He w ..... 
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Dancing returns to Potter Auditorium

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts has recently completed the refinishing of the stage floor at Potter Auditorium and has decided to “show it off” by hosting a dance on Sunday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Memory Br ..... 
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