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TheGiving Star


Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

If the thought of sitting through another traditional Christmas play gets you feeling a little Scrooge-like, the Commonweal Theatre’s holiday production might be just what you need. "The Giving Star" puts a refreshing twist on the true spirit of the season. Written by the company itself, the play is a rousing blend of new and traditional holiday characters and stories.

Imagine a misfit angel in cahoots with a desperate reindeer, both struggling to find their way. Throw in a drunken department store Santa, a tragic love story, and a disillusioned fir tree. Now sit back as they lead you on a humorous and emotional journey. When each character learns to freely give, they are blessed with an understanding of the true meaning of life.

The cast, Tonya Beckman, Matt Tallman, Doug Megson, Christopher Oden and Lisa Weaver excel in their diverse roles. They do a marvelous job at breathing new life into vaguely familiar characters. A forest of timeless winter woods serves as a repeated meeting place for this unusual crew. The set, props and costumes are simple and fun. Once again, Commonweal presents southeast Minnesota with top-notch theater.

What is perhaps most astonishing about the production is director Hal Cropp’s ability to bridge multiple sub-plots into one concise story. In just over an hour, five different story lines unfold and come together in an inspiring end. In addition, Cropp manages to find room for several acoustic carols and a last minute visit from the three wisemen to wrap things up. "The Giving Star" is truly unique, if not somewhat bizarre. Expect plenty of laughs and perhaps even a few tears, but overall, be prepared for a lesson on how miracles are really made.

"The Giving Star runs through December 23. For ticket information and curtain times, contact the Commonweal box office at 1-800-657-7025.

Jill O'Neill
Hoffman Stables

Book Review: Recently released Minnesota books

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, by the number of fine books of ..... 
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Rushford Library looking at expansion

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, November 20

To build or to remodel? That is the question a Library Taskforce has been considering for the past couple months in the city of Rushford.

The existing public library in the Tew Building, located near Rushford’s cent ..... 
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Gateway Towns

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Austin


Greetings from Austin, Minnesota! Located on I-90, visitors from the west will come through this major city located on the Cedar River.

Austin is the home of the Fortune 500 company -- Geo. A. Hormel & ..... 
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Northeastern Iowa

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Northeast Iowa shares much of the same topography of Historic Bluff Country. Limestone bluffs, meandering rivers, springs, and rolling hills in the east and softly rolling hills with rich prairie soil in the west. Minnesota and Iowa also share the sa ..... 
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Anytown, MN

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River is the unique city of Anytown. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway.

Strolling down the ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. What’s ..... 
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Wykoff, MN

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will find Wykoff, "The Gateway to Forestville."

Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground. You can visit one of t ..... 
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Whalan/Highland area

Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Whalan, with a population of about 90, is one of the smaller towns on the trail, though one of the most memorable. The town provides excellent access to the [Read the Rest]
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