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Additional carved musicians to be unveiled in Harmony


Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

The city of Harmony, Minn. is about to enjoy the company of musicians. Three additional wood carved musicians will be joining the Czechoslovakian Concertina Player which was dedicated in 2009 and was placed on the corner of Main and Center Street in Harmony.

The musicians are the work of artist Stanley “Slim” Maroushek who has a vision of carving five musicians in total each in costume representing the different nationalities found in southeastern Minnesota.

An unveiling of the three newest creations will be held on November 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the cancer park in Harmony. A German tuba player, a saxophone player from Belgium, and a bass fiddler from the Netherlands will soon be permanent fixtures near the visitor’s center, grocery store, and cancer park in Harmony for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The project is made possible by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and support was also received by the City of Harmony, Harmony Arts Board, Harmony EDA, Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce, Harmony Foods and Harmony Township.

Before and after the unveiling of the newest musicians Slim and his wife Anna will be giving tours of Slims Wood Carving Museum as a way of welcoming the citizens of Fillmore County to come and view over 4,000 pieces included in the museum. In lieu of the usual admission cost visitors are asked to bring donations for the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Tours of the museum will be given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Slim says that this may be the last chance for some people to come and see the museum as the contents are for sale. Slims Woodshed, however, is not for sale. Slim states he has received inquiries from Dollywood, Branson, and the House on the Rock as well as others about obtaining the largest single collection of wood carvings in the United States that Slim houses in his museum.

Keeping the collection in the Midwest so Slim could be near his family would be ideal but he states that he wants the collection to go where it will be “most appreciated” and he will probably go where the collection goes as there is a story behind each piece that no one can express except Slim.

The wood carvings in the museum have been collected from Slims travels through the years as well as donated pieces and the purchase prices have ranged from 25 cents to $25,000. Some pieces are not worth a lot while .....
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Man rides 2,000 miles for Dakota land recovery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

Since September 3 John Stoesz, orignially from Mountain Lake, Minn. located in Cottonwood County, has been riding miles on his bicycle all to support a cause that he’s very passionate about. Hoping to hit 40 Minnesota counties by the end of Octobe ..... 
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November 14 is Give to the Max Day

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 14 residents of Preston and the Spring Valley area will face off in a rematch for this year’s Give to the Max Day, a philanthropy-driven friendly competition to see who can raise the most money through [Read the Rest]

National Child Safety Council seeks Fillmore County donations

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

For 41 years in Fillmore County, the National Child Safety Council has effortfully been educating children from preschool age through high school on many aspects of safety. Some of the topics include crime prevention, accident prevention and substan ..... 
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High honors for local resort owners

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson, owners of Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, Minn., have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s 2013 Operators of the Year. The couple attended the three day MRCA conference which took place October ..... 
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Yarn Bombing has heads turning

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Features

During Southeastern Minnesota’s third annual Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour the library in Houston, Minn., experienced a “yarn bombing” by members of the library’s two knitting groups as well as others who donated yarn or their own knitting or cr ..... 
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Annual membership dinner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The annual membership dinner was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Preston Servicemen’s Clubrooms for the American Legion Post #166 and its auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6893 and its auxiliary, as well as the Sons of the Am ..... 
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“Now we have a place to lay our own in southeast Minnesota”

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The tone set by many people who spoke at the county board’s formal transfer of deed from Fillmore County to the State of Minnesota Veteran Affairs was one of thanks to everyone involved. The successful four year journey to this day was the result ..... 
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Marching band performs a wake-up call

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Norma Koch of Lanesboro, Minn. got quite the start to her morning on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 when the Fillmore Central Marching Band filled her front yard and began playing music for her enjoyment. Dale Koch, Norma’s son, bought a $5 raffle ..... 
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