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The Living Museum:


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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold and dreary days of our all too quickly approaching winter? The answer, at the Living Museum of Natural History in Lanesboro. But what is the Living Museum, what does it do, and just how did it come to be located in Lanesboro to begin with? Hopefully, the following brief review will help answer some of these these questions.

The Living Museum’s story begins in the late spring of 1997, when plans for the establishment of the institution were initially formulated. As a vital component of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Root River State Trail, the City of Lanesboro is visited by a substantial number of the host of outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen, and other environmentally conscious people who explore Fillmore County and adjacent portions of southeastern Minnesota on an annually basis. This, in combination with Lanesboro’s widespread reputation as a "general tourism hotspot," makes the city an ideal location for enlightening the public about the ecological value of animals and plants as well as the overall importance of preserving both regional habitats and global environments.

During preliminary research into the feasibility of creating a local natural history museum, discussions with the Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association (LPHA) revealed a strong interest in the project on the part of that organization. The idea was discussed further at subsequent LHPA Board of Directors meetings, where it was mutually agreed that the new "nature center" should share space in the building already housing the LHPA’s impressive collection of local historical artifacts. Thus was born, in concept at least, Lanesboro’s Living Museum of Natural History (LMNH). Early work included the gathering together, moving and set up of assorted cages, live animals, artifacts, showcases and other sundry equipment, with the Living Museum’s doors officially opening to the public in October 1997. Incorporation as a non-profit educational institution was likewise actively pursued, with the LMNH finally being accorded fully recognized federal 501c(3) tax-exempt status on June 2, 1999.

Although small, the fully handicapped accessible space in the lower level of the Lanesboro Historical Preservation Associatio .....
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Born in the 19th century

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In 1895, Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, Stephan Crane published The Red Badge of Courage, and a six-dollar railroad trip from Minneapolis to California took four days. It was also the year ..... 
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Mr. Pike takes a vacation

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Monday, November 6, 2000


My wife, Deb, and I went back to Door County for a four-day visit after a seventeen-year absence. Our eagerness to get our vacation underway had us driving across Wisconsin in the dark on a highway we dubbed "Dead ..... 
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In love with language

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One of the first things I notice when I travel is the sound of other languages being spoken - Asian, European, Middle Eastern...

I recently travelled internationally and realized how much I missed these sounds. ..... 
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Monday, November 13, 2000

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To the Editor,

I am writing this letter to draw attention to radon as a serious public health issue. It is estimated that one in three homes in Minnesota have radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. I wo ..... 
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