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Ken Kiehne wins silver in Barbershop Quartet competition


Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

What is as American as apple pie and baseball? The four-part harmony of Barbershop music of course! Many of you have heard my dad, Ken Kiehne, sing either at church, weddings, funerals or around various construction jobs in town. My earliest memories of my dad are of driving down the road in one of our beat-up old pick up trucks singing "Oh we ain't got a barrel of money, maybe we're ragged and funny, but we're travelling along, singing our song - Side By Side." And then there were the weekly practices where we would all pile in the car and drive to quartet practice in Winona or Rochester or La Crosse. Barbershop wasn't just about singing, it was about families.

Years passed and quartets changed and through the years I watched as my dad got better and better. I remember his first division win and the celebration. And then a few years later I was there to hear him win his first district title with his quartet, Simply Grand. That same quartet qualified for the International the next spring and it was a highlight of my younger years to share in the amazement when they were announced in the top 20 as the 17th place quartet. It was a long trip home from New Orleans, LA, but so worth it with that International pin.

Over the years Ken has sung with choruses from all over the area. He was instrumental in getting Harmony's own chorus, The Ambassadors of Harmony, started back in the 1980's and directed that chorus for years. He also sang with the Music Men in Rochester, the Coulee Chordsmen in La Crosse, and most recently he directed the Harmony Junction Chorus in Albert Lea for a few years. While he enjoyed all of the friendships and "harmony" that were created with those choruses, he has most enjoyed his recent time spent singing with the chorus in the Twin Cities area, Great Northern Union.

GNU, as the chorus is nicknamed, requires an audition and has rules set down on practices you need to attend, music you need to learn, and performances you need to excel at. They are a competition chorus and take the level of competition to a whole new level. This year the goal was International 2011 in Kansas City, MO. In 2009, in Anaheim, CA, the chorus finished third overall and they took a year off to regroup and practice as they aimed for gold in '11. So off Ken went to practice, driving for hours weekly to learn the music and moves necessary to be an International champion. As International drew nearer, practices increased to 2 - 3 times weekl .....
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Activist June Kjome at Commonweal Theatre

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, is proud to welcome justice and peace activist June Kjome for its Sunday Salon discussion series on Sunday, September 18th immediately following the matinee performance of To Kill a Moc ..... 
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Your Challenge - Experience ExpoCulinaria

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Bring it to the table," is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation, but it will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming chef cook-off at the first ever Rushford, MN, ExpoCulinaria-an experience in taste. Two prof ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, September 3rd through November 13th with discounted tickets available for previews August 26th to September 1st. Call the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre's newest production, To Kill A Mockingbird, on Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 pm. The warmth of childhood and the bitter loss of innocence sur ..... 
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Preston Area Art Council hosts cabaret/opera singer

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On Tuesday, September 13th, opera singer and cabaret performer, Lori Ecker, will perform at St. Columban Parish Hall. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Ecker is well-known for her versatility and wide vocal range that showcase her per ..... 
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Animal Tracks

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Hark! Who goes there? Even though we don't see most of them, there are all kinds of animals running around outside. With a little bit of looking, though, you can find all kinds of signs that animals have been around: tracks, trails, poop, feathers, ..... 
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COMMONWEAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Tue, Aug 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre's newest production, To Kill A Mockingbird, on Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 pm. The warmth of childhood and the bitter loss of innocence surr ..... 
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Dream Acres celebrates the onion on August 20

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On August 20, the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative on DreamAcres Farm invites all to join in Onion Fest, an event that celebrates the multiple layers to our American identities using a multi-layered vegetable as a symbol. Onion-based dishes are served ..... 
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