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Gunfight draws a crowd


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

"I like it all. I'm really pleased that there wasn't any rain this year," smiled Jody Ruen when asked for her favorite thing about Buffalo Bill Days, an annual summer celebration held in Lanesboro. "The Cub Scouts passed out over 1,000 American flags for people to wave as the Legion men went by in the parade." Ruen's sons, who were part of the Cub Scout group, had a different favorite, however; Connor, a Lanesboro 4th grader, liked the parade candy, while Trevor, a 1st grader, was amazed by "the guy on the big bike." Sister Linsey enjoyed the motorcycle show. Even within families, favorite moments and events from community celebrations differ. Buffalo Bill Days 2010 easily provided something for everyone to enjoy, earning its place as a favorite festival in southeastern Minnesota.

The parade on Sunday afternoon was an easy crowd-pleaser, featuring a wide variety of entries that included bagpipers, motorcyclists, horse-drawn wagons, Tae Kwon Do students, political supporters, dancing Oktoberfest royalty, and high school band members. Paul Boyum, a Utica resident and first-time Buffalo Bill Days attendee, said the parade was his favorite event of the weekend, smiling as he recalled watching his grandkids fight over the candy. Brenda Semmen of Lanesboro agreed. The games and parade were fun for her kids. A few parade floats even featured riders with giant squirt guns, providing the onlookers with a small measure of relief from the warm sun and oppressive humidity on Sunday.

Not to be daunted by the heat, the Cannon Old West Society staged a bank robbery and shoot-out for onlookers. Some surprising twists occurred in the drama, especially when the robbery ended in the lone female robber "shooting" the sheriff and making off with the bag of money. However, all of the participants, sheriff and robber alike, came back to life at the end of the re-enactment.

More athletically-minded types enjoyed the softball and volleyball tournaments which ran throughout the weekend, while others found entertainment through the Commonweal Theatre's showings of "Enchanted April" and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" or the numerous musical groups who graced the floor of Sylvan Park's gazebo on Saturday and Sunday. Listening to the Irish Minstrels in the park on Sunday, Bertram Boyum of Rushford related his favorite moments of Buffalo Bill Days: the music in the gazebo, the camaraderie and festivity in the park, and just visiting with friends and acquaintances .....
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Spring Valley community Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Spring Valley - The script has been cast, rehearsals are in progress and the stage will soon be set for Brave Community Theatre of Spring Valley's, Alice in Wonderland. 2010 marks the 38th season that BCT has presented a theatrical production during ..... 
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Mabel '50's and '60's Days

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Some people call them the "good old days." It was a time of great change in the country, and in pop culture, that is looked back upon fondly by so many people that there are still celebrations in honor of the era. The 1950s and 1960s are the inspira ..... 
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Footloose rehearsals in high energy mode

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Chatfield's Western Days Musical, Footloose, are in high gear and at an even higher energy level. Performances are August 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the historic (and-air conditioned) Potter Aud ..... 
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Passing the torch to Preston

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wykoff has been the host of the Fillmore County Relay for Life for the past two years. However, Saturday morning the torch and duties were handed to Preston for the first time in fifteen years of the event's history in Fillmore County.

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UPTOWN ART FAIR AND APPLE TEAM UP TO PRESENT, XAVIER NUEZ, 2010 COMMEMORATIVE ARTIST

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Minneapolis (July 30, 2010) - Get a chance to meet the 2010 Commemorative Artist, professional photographer Xavier Nuez before the 2010 Uptown Art Fair kicks off! Nuez's photo which has been chosen for the art fair's commemorative print, comes from h ..... 
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Union Prairie Youth Toy Show: fun for the whole family

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Nowadays it seems that you can't find something for the entire family to do without it burning a hole in the pocketbook. But, the Union Prairie Youth group has the fix to this problem: it's the ..... 
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Preston hosts Fillmore County Fair

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

One week in the summer that Preston as well as other towns in our county look forward to is the fair. Those who visited the Fillmore County Fair this week were pleased to see the events they've held dear for years, such as the Arm Wrestling Tourname ..... 
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Preston hosts Fillmore County Fair

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

One week in the summer that Preston as well as other towns in our county look forward to is the fair. Those who visited the Fillmore County Fair this week were pleased to see the events they've held dear for years, such as the Arm Wrestling Tourname ..... 
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