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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 impact on our society and earned the title of “The Most Philosophical Student in America.”

The 2014 National Kids Philosophy Slam challenged students from around the country to answer the question: “Truth or Beauty: which has a greater impact on society?” The response was tremendous, with over 4,000 entries submitted from students across the nation. A panel of philosophy judges selected Yuyan Pu as the winner of the 14th annual National Kids Philosophy Slam. For her philosophical efforts, Yuyan Pu received a gold medal, $250, and the title of “The Most Philosophical Student in America.”

Pu writes in her winning essay, “[Beauty is] the magnetic pull on the heartstrings that enchants the soul and powers the body. It shapes the passions that drive man to create and destroy and man’s fascination with beauty and love has been written in tomes.” She then builds her argument for beauty’s power as she draws upon such influences as Homer’s tale of Helen of Troy and quotes Descartes and Plato. She concludes with the powerful statement, “The truth is, beauty has the greater impact on society because man is ever in the pursuit of making the world more beautiful. While the truth tells the impossibility of touching the peaks of the infinite sky, the beauty of the heavenly bodies still keeps man reaching for the stars.”

Yuyan Pu is a junior at Conestoga High School where she actively participates in numerous extracurricular activities like Junior State of America, Investment Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Speech and Debate, and Model UN. Once only passionate about politics, Yuyan recently developed a strong interest in philosophy thanks to her teacher John Koenig. Because of his philosophy class and club, Yuyan was able to help her Ethics Bowl team reach the semi-finals in the regional competition, just two places away from competing in the National High School Ethics Bowl. Besides philosophy and politics, she also enjoys reading about other social sciences like economics and psychology, especially the controversial theories that exist in each.

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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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A comedic twist in Fountain

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Arts & Culture

Don’t let me put words in your mouth, but no one will want to miss the comic ventriloquist coming to Fountain, Minn. for the 2014 Trail Days celebration. James Wedgwood will be performing Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. in the city park and everyone ..... 
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Rushford Days Grand Parade cancelled for 2014

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Due to this summer’s planned construction on State Highway 43 through Rushford, the Rushford Days Celebration will be unable to have the Grand Parade. Please join us at next year’s HOMECOMING Parade on Saturday, July 18, 2015. In place of the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre presents the Artaria String Quartet

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company once again welcomes the renowned Artaria String Quartet for a two-night concert series in the Events Hall of the Commonweal Theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro. Concert dates are Wednesday, June ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents the 34th annual ‘Art in the Park’ Father’s Day Festival

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - A Father’s Day tradition for more than 30 years, the ‘Art in the Park’ Festival will take place again this year in beautiful Sylvan Park, Lanesboro. Presented by the Lanesboro Arts Center, the festival will be held Sunday, J ..... 
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Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

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Lanesboro Live June show

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Damon Prestemon’s upcoming “Lanesboro Live” show will feature the band the Rutabaga Brothers, a panel of powerful and witty and intelligent women, and an update from ‘Aunt Evelyn’...all on Saturday, June 7, 2014, 7:30 ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center announces a call for Haiku Poetry

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Lanesboro Arts Center announces a Call for Haiku Poetry written by people of all ages and all levels of experience. A selection of poems will be chosen for inclusion in the Lanesboro Arts Campus project, with the potential to be ..... 
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