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Poet Michael Lee in Lanesboro for residency; Public event on Sunday, January 18, 4 p.m.


Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

From Minneapolis, poet Michael Lee is in Lanesboro as Artist in Residence as Lanesboro Arts’ 40th residency artist since the program was begun in 2001. While in Lanesboro January 5-19, 2015, Michael will be working on writing and editing for his forthcoming manuscript, “Heaven Face”. For the community outreach component of his residency, Michael will be leading a series of workshops with Jo Anne Agrimson’s seventh grade students at Rushford-Peterson Middle School (Jo Anne’s own poem was selected as one of 15 poems chosen from over 70 entries to be featured on signage at the Bass Pond parking lot in Lanesboro). He will guide the students in developing original poems about their personal and communal identities, but looking at this through new lenses as if in a myth-like reality. The public is invited to attend a culminating event on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., where Michael and students will read original poetry written and developed during his residency. The event is free and open to the public.

Michael Lee is a poet with an aura of energy and intensity about life, a ready smile, and tattoos up his arms. He has found considerable success as a young writer absent a college degree, with notable publications in journals such as Indiana Review, and has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Intermedia Arts. He has received national recognition for poetry slam performances, and ranked in the top ten at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam Championship. His two passions are poetry and youth work; Michael is a teaching artist and youth counselor for homeless teens in Minneapolis. “My goal for the Lanesboro residency, simply put, is to write and edit tirelessly,” he says. “Heaven Face”, his first full length manuscript, centers around the murder of a close childhood friend and the world of drugs, alcohol and psychosis Michael fell into following his friend’s death. While hinging on immense loss, the book also finds reprieve, resurrection and transformation in a mythologization of childhood, physical labor, nature and memory. Michael is also eager to work with the seventh grade students as a valuable part of his residency. “As an educator and a poet, I have found that hosting workshops is essential for the development of my own work. It is easy to forget one’s advice and knowledge when facing one’s own work (“be specific”, “show, don’t tell”) . . .....
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Fillmore Central Jazz Band alumni

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Arts & Culture

To 2005-2014 FCHS Jazz Band Alumni: We are planning our first EVER alumni jazz band!  We would love to have former members of the FCHS Jazz Ensemble 2005-present come play in a group during our annual “big band bash” the first weekend in May. ..... 
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Wild turkey stamp contest entries accepted through Dec. 29

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Artists can submit entries for the 2016 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp contest from Monday, Dec. 8, through 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The turkey stamp is sold along with hunting and fishing licenses or ..... 
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“For the Birds” will feature Kevin Kling - St. Mane Theatre on Wednesday, Dec 10

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts is thrilled to host Kevin Kling in a top-notch production here in Lanesboro on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The show is called “For the Birds”, featuring Zeitgeist (percussi ..... 
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PACF receives large gift and matching award

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently announced a Major Gift Fundraising challenge to all of their community foundations. The goal of this SMIF challenge is to promote major endowment gifts by matching donations to help grow the phil ..... 
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Annual Pinewood Derby

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Pack 67 Cub Scouts’ annual Pinewood Derby took place Tuesday, November 25, and as a service to the community, it was held at Preston’s senior living home, Traditions. The top three racers in the photograph are (left to right): Judah ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts awarded 2014 Bush Prize for community innovation

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - December 2, 2014 – Lanesboro Arts has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitmen ..... 
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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