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Our town! Our authors!


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Jim Ruen

In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder told the story of average citizens in the imaginary town of Groveland Corners. In our very real town, Lanesboro, a wide variety of people who would likely describe themselves as average citizens have been telling stories for years. These authors have shared stories, often about the town, at times about themselves and in other cases about people, places and events, imaginary and real.

Like our town, our authors are special. For a small town in the valley of the Root River, Lanesboro has produced and attracted a great many authors.

If you stop by the Lanesboro Museum you will find a collection of locally authored books. You may know some of the authors represented, recall others and even meet some recent additions. What is certain is that you will find stories to inform, entertain and educate. You also will likely find some that bring a tear to the eye and a smile to the face.

One of the most prolific of our town’s authors was Cecil Ward. This 20th century chronicler of Lanesboro life wrote for the Lanesboro Leader and was a projectionist at the State Theater, the only female projectionist in Minnesota and one of three in the country at the time. She played piano for silent pictures, was an advocate for animal rights before it was fashionable and found time to write 16 novels, all preserved at the museum along with her newspaper articles and columns.

William (Bill) Connelly recalls his boyhood in rural Lanesboro in Meandering of an Aging Soul. Connelly captures the whimsical details and the deep values, as well as the dark realities of life in Lanesboro during that period. Connelly also authored Minnesota American Indians.

Alice Bergey was a children’s author and an inspiration to all who knew her. A quadriplegic due to polio in her freshman year at Lanesboro High School, Bergey typed out eight Bible stories and a story about a mouse who went to the moon, all with a mouthstick pen.

Other local authors include Mary Bell, Don Ward, Ted St. Mane, Carson Ode, Gerald Ellestad, Orel Felland, Orville Severson, David Webb, Leone Baker, Alton Peterson, Nelius Torgerson, Olaf Northouse, Sandra Overland, Lola Prigge, Merlin Wangen, Nancy Huisenga, Marion Scanlon, Barbara Benson Keith, Jan Meyer and Scott Dixon.

Subject matter includes local history, memoirs, children’s books and more. Visit the museum .....
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Students perform at Flourish Summer Camp

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

What: Flourish Summer Camp Public Performances Where: DreamAcres Farm, Wykoff, MN When: August 8, 8:30 p.m.; August 9, 3 p.m. Who: All welcome Cost: Pay-what-you-can Flourish Summer Camp welcomes the public to student performances on Frida ..... 
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‘Blood Brother’ documentary film will be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

In a partnership with Frozen River Film Festival, Lanesboro Arts Center will host a screening of ‘Blood Brother’, which won the 1st Place and People’s Choice Winner of the January 2014 festival held in Winona, Minn. The film will be shown on F ..... 
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‘Big Top’ is theme this month for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – It’s a circus-themed ‘Big Top’ show this month for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, on Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The ‘Big Top’ show will feature circus antics, poem ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents a new exhibit: Selections from Minnesota Museum of American Art’s ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The upcoming exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Center features selections from the ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’, a juried exhibit of the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA). The exhibit, just finishing up its run at MMAA in St. Pau ..... 
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Lanesboro, Minn. named in Foder’s Travel as one of “10 Charming Midwestern Towns to Visit This Year” list

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Population: 743. Dubbed the bed-and-breakfast capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro features eateries that are just as charming as its B&Bs. From old-time pies at The Aroma Pie Shop to housemade root beer at Pedal Pushers Café, you w ..... 
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Damon Prestemon’s “Lanesboro Live” Show features the Slick Newhouse Band and more

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon’s upcoming “Lanesboro Live” show will feature Chef Johnny Mango -- of catering fame in Rochester, Minn., and University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse Political Science Professor -- and frequent Wisconsin Public ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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