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Country School Christmas Pageants


Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
Posted in Features

Hello, hello dear audience.Were happy that youre here.And soon well entertain you withOur Christmas songs and cheer.Get ready for our program-For we will now begin it.Goodbye, for now, dear audience-But well see you in a minute.

Hello, Central! by Winnifred J. Mott, Better Yet Christmas Book, 1942

Each year around Christmas time, family, friends and neighbors come to the local school to see the area children sing in the choir and play in the band. It was much the same with the one room school houses except that the annual Christmas pageant was the highlight of the year for the school children and the surrounding community. Teachers would usually have a play book filled with short Christmas skits, choreographed songs, recitations, monologues, and pantomimes. Some would even make up their own. The children would practice their recitations and songs in between regular lessons months before hand. When the program time came near, a makeshift stage was put up in the front of the classroom and extra benches or chairs were brought in to accommodate the expectant audience. A wire was strung up over the stage, and sheets were hung on it to form curtains. Costumes were usually home made and not very elaborate, but they served their purpose and added a lot to the plays presentation. One school in the area wanted to have an African spiritual play in their pageant, but since rural country schools in Fillmore County were very rarely interracial, four girls painted their faces black and donned appropriate costumes to sing related songs. There were even times when there were no girls in the school, and some of the boys would have to wear dresses in order to make a skit work. All songs were sung a capella unless a school was lucky enough to have a piano, or if some of the childrens parents played violins or other musical instruments. Church and school were not as separate in those times so manger scenes and hymns were very common place. At the end of the evening, the children would get presents from Santa and the teacher and also give presents they had made to their parents. Some schools even had Christmas trees set up. There would sometimes be cookies and cider afterwards.Up until the mid 1900s, most of the schools had no electricity or running water. The C .....
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Hallingdal Rosemaling

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

During April 2004 I had the pleasure of meeting my distant relative, Nils Ellingsgard, from Norway for the first time. Nils was one of the keynote speakers at the first international rosemaling symposium, The Art of Rosemaling: Tradition Meets the Cr ..... 
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Increase in market values drives Preston taxes

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Preston City Council members completed their business in less than a quarter of an hour Monday night. This included the Truth in Taxation hearing mandated to allow the public to question the proposed budget. Only a handful of citizens were in attenda ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

Michael Floyd Reese, 23, of Spring Valley was charged with one felony count of fleeing a police officer in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday, December 7.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council holds Truth in Taxation hearing

Fri, Dec 10th, 2004
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At the Truth in Taxation public hearing December 6, Council member Joe OConnor applauded the work of Bobbie Torgerson and Rita Peterson in gathering the budget numbers for the years of 2003 and 2004 so the budget for 2005 could be a good estimate of ..... 
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Advancements in medical technology improve in-home care

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
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Each year technology seems to just get better and better. From cell phones that take pictures to plasma TVs and hybrid cars, a vast majority of the new high tech equipment is not just for our convenience and entertainment. The medical field is also k ..... 
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Davids named chair of House Ag Committee

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
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Representative Greg Davids has been named chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Committee for the 2005-06 biennium.

Agriculture is the number one industry in Minnesota and I am humbled and honored to be ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Three people charged in Chatfield thefts

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
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Three people were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 29 for a series of thefts from motor vehicles in Chatfield.

Constance Noel Winter, 50, her boyfriend Bradley Dean McGovern 39, and son Bruce Adam W ..... 
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County presents tax levy of $6.5 million at taxation hearing

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners held their Truth in Taxation hearing on Thursday, December 2, presenting a 2005 budget of $20,416,687, an increase of 3.77% from their 2004 budget of $19,673,290. They also presented a tax levy of $6,537,689 ..... 
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