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Lantern tours available at Niagara Cave


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has begun offering lantern tours of the cave each Saturday evening through Labor Day to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the cave opening to the public for tours.

Mark Bishop, owner of Niagara Cave, stated, “The idea behind the lantern tours is to bring people back in time.” The cave was discovered as a farmer lost three pigs that had fallen into a sinkhole. While searching for the pigs the cave was discovered, explored, and eventually was opened for tours.

The lantern tours are offered every Saturday night through Labor Day weekend with tours taking place at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Minimum age for the lantern tour is 7 years of age.

The cost for lantern tours is $16 per person, with each person getting their own lantern to carry. Reservations are not required but are recommended for lantern tours. Mini golf also stays open late on Saturday nights until 8 p.m. for visitor’s to enjoy the nice summer evenings.

There has been a great turnout for the lantern tours, stated Bishop, so much so that they are considering continuing the tours next year. The employees of Niagara Cave also enjoy the lantern tours as it is something new for them. It is a different experience going into the cave with a lantern versus having lights on throughout the tour as Bishop explains it is difficult to see ahead of you and behind you with only a lantern.

Mark and his wife Jenny purchased the cave in April 1995 from Ron Vikre of Harmony. Since buying Niagara Cave the Bishops have made many enhancements and updates. A new lighting system was installed throughout the cave, new staircases and decks were installed, and the building was totally remodeled inside and out.

A gemstone mining sluice was added, a concession stand was built, and an 18 hole mini golf course was designed and built which has been very popular among visitors looking to extend their time at Niagara Cave with family and friends.

The parking lots have been paved and a picnic shelter built near a playground in a quiet shaded area making it a perfect spot for a picnic before or after touring the cave. Recently Denny Rogne of Cresco, Iowa was enjoying the picnic area with his granddaughter Amari, 14 months, who was visiting from Dallas, Texas.

The gift shop at Niagara Cave has so much to offer it is difficult to list only a few things as examples. Souvenirs of all t .....
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Small hitch in Western Days

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Although Western Days 2014 in Chatfield, Minn. started out a little bumpy with the carnival rides not arriving as they were scheduled, the city went forward with the many other activities that had been planned for the 47th annual celebration. Cody ..... 
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Greenleafton hosts National Night Out

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

As the country celebrated National Night Out the evening of Tuesday, August 5, 2014, so did the small town of Greenleafton, Minn. Hosted by the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its Missions Committee, the event brings hundreds of people to enjoy ..... 
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30th Buffalo Bill Days a success

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The city of Lanesboro had something for everyone during the 30th annual Buffalo Bill Days which was held August 1, 2, and 3, 2014. Officially beginning the celebration with the opening of the Beer & Brat tent on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. people ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging under new ownership

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dan and Melanie Ritter have set their “sites” on a new adventure with the purchase of Eagle Cliff Campground and Lodging located between Lanesboro, and Whalan. After owning and operating several businesses in the past the couple decided in was ..... 
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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, ..... 
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Bakkes selected as grand marshals

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Duane and Angel Bakke of Lanesboro, Minn. have been chosen as the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro and look forward to the annual celebration which will include the couple riding in the Buffalo Bill Days parade on Sunday, A ..... 
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Relay for Life wraps up in Harmony, moving to Chatfield

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Fillmore County’s Relay for Life, a staple event of the summer for the county, ended up crushing its fundraising goal of $128,000 at this year’s event in Harmony on July 11. Even though all of the money wasn’t fundraised in one evening, the ef ..... 
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Rushford Days 2014 packed full of fun

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The City of Rushford, Minn. was blessed with perfect weather for Rushford Days 2014 which was held July 14-20. The sunshine and warm temperatures brought a large crowd who did not let road construction in town stop them from enjoying the celebration ..... 
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