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Money Well Spent


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

I sat in a seat in the middle of the theatre and looked upward.

“The ceiling is still up there after all these years,” I thought. Masonite panels tacked up with nails and painted green. Usually the lights are low in the St. Mane Theatre and you don’t notice these details.

I remember Marlyn Cox dancing around on the scaffolding like Michealangelo at the Cistine Chapel repairing the damaged tiles on the ceiling.

I was often below, trying to prevent Marlyn from killing himself, either holding the scaffolding or throwing things up to him. I recall doing a lot of painting and, even today, believe that some of the crooked lines on the wall somehow belong to me.

Volunteers restored the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro nearly twenty years ago. And the townsfolk were cast in the first plays. The initial performance after the theater was restored was a joyous event.

The fledgling Lanesboro Art Council bought the St. Mane Theater for $5,000 in the early 1980’s and proceeded to fix it up as a community theatre. They still own it today, leasing it out to the Commonweal Theatre Company.

There was a lot of talk about “how are we going to pay for it” at the time. That was why Art in the Park was so important and became the primary fundraising activity for the organization.

My “nostalgic look back through time” was broken by the sound of Frank Wright, a board member of the Lanesboro Arts Council, talking about this year’s Art in the Park.

“As long as they can say that they have made it, and can call it their own piece of work, then they can participate in this year’s Art in the Park,” Wright said, explaining the “inclusive” jurying process.

It wasn’t that long ago, 1999 to be exact, that the Journal was riddled with letters to the editor denouncing efforts to turn Art in the Park into a select event for “high art”. Gone were the arts and crafters, and with it the festival atmosphere that made Art in the Park one of the more unique events in the area.

Wright was speaking at the Lanesboro Art Council’s annual meeting held on March 10 at the St. Mane Theatre. He was soon joined by co-chair of this year’s Art in the Park, Charlotte Johnson, as the two of them rattled off the names of the various committee members working on this June’s festival. This will be the 21st year for Art in the Park.

I paid my five buck membership fee and attended the Art Council’s .....
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Hoffman Stables

Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Zoning Summit looks at Ag District

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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By John Torgrimson Monday, March 5, 2001

County leaders, township officials, and interested residents attended the joint meeting of the Fillmore County Board and the Fillmore County Planning Commission on Monday, February 26. The two bodies me ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy John TorgrimsonMonday, March 12, 2001

The historic Lanesboro dam was the topic of some concern at Monday’s Lanesboro City Council meeting.

The hydro-electric plant has not been able to generate electricity ..... 
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Land issues dominate agenda

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Monday, March 12, 2001

By Mike McGrath

If you own property along a trout stream in Southeast Minnesota, you probably have been approached by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about selling a fishing easement. If you haven’t bee ..... 
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Band still going strong

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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On the road with Troubleshooter By Bonnie PrinsenMonday, March 12, 2001

Everyone knows that Michael Jordan is a multi-talented athlete who has also dabbled in the restaurant business. But few know that he’s at least indir ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 9th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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