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RCF approves four grants totaling $5,180 for projects


Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Four grants totaling up to $5,180 were approved for a variety of community projects at the Rushford Community Foundation (RCF) Board of Directors meeting on February 8. A $1,480 grant will go to the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Lighted Christmas Tree Fund. The RCF joins a host of area business donors in supporting this project, which has upgraded the bluff-top tree with LED lights to reduce costs and has created a more efficient and safer way to make future repairs. With RCF’s grant, the project reaches its fundraising goal and the greater community will enjoy this prominent Rushford holiday symbol for many years to come.

A grant in the amount of $150 was approved for the Semcac Retired & Senior Volunteer Program’s substance abuse prevention initiative with 8th graders at R-P Middle School. The program involves monthly discussions with people who have experienced first-hand the effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Volunteer speakers have included probation officers, law enforcement, and individuals or families that share their personal stories. The program’s intended outcome is to help young people understand the impacts of their decisions and make positive choices. The RCF grant will allow the project to offer awards for the top essays written by the 8th grade participants this spring.

The RCF has granted the City of Rushford, in partnership with the R-P School District, up to $3,000 towards the process to apply for a planning grant from the MN Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Safe Routes to School Program. If the planning grant is awarded, Mn/DOT would contract with a planning company to develop—with significant public involvement and input—a comprehensive, community-wide plan for the creation of safe biking and walking routes to schools. These new routes would improve student safety, potentially reduce transportation costs, and increase recreational opportunities for the entire community.

Lastly, the Foundation for R-P Schools will receive a $500 grant for the development of its website. The Foundation for R-P Schools was organized within the past year and is under the umbrella of the Southern MN Initiative Foundation and the RCF. Once firmly established, the Foundation for R-P Schools intends to return the granted funds to the RCF. The new website will inform parents, students, alumni, and area residents about the Foundation for R-P Schools’ efforts to raise money to establis .....
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The Lanesboro Barn Dance starts it’s 19th season

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday, March 23, at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI w ..... 
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Houston County Historical Society book sale

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Houston County Historical Society will hold its 18th annual used book sale on Saturday, March 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The sale will be held at 104 History Lane (East Main Street entrance) by the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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Announcing auditions for Home and Community Options

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Home and Community Options of Winona is pleased to announce that Fiddler on the Roof has been selected as its 2013 summer musical production. Written by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is th ..... 
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Preschoolers are Invited to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to “Peek into the Past” during Barnetimen (Children's Hour) on March 13 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Led by Lea Lovelace from ..... 
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Northern Gael to perform a powerful blast of traditional Irish & Scottish music: Concert at the St. Mane Theatre

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The stage at the St. Mane Theatre will come alive with the songs, music and traditional dance steps of the Irish and Scottish countrysides in a performance by Northern Gael on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Ross Sutter (vo ..... 
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THE LANESBORO BARN DANCE STARTS ITS NINETEENTH SEASON

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday March 23 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI wi ..... 
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Center Stage Series: The Hot Club of San Francisco to perform March 15 at Luther College

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa – Be swept away to a smoky 1930s Paris jazz club by the seductive sounds of Hot Club's gypsy swing as The Hot Club of San Francisco presents their sometimes flamboyant, sometimes melancholy gypsy jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m. ..... 
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