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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary space.

Trout Center Chairman, George Spangler, presented the proposal during a House Capital Investment Committee hearing at the State Capital last week. Spangler requested dollars to design, equip, and construct the hands-on experiential learning center along the south branch of the Root River in southeast Minnesota.

Plans for the proposed center include a 10,000 square foot building with exhibit space, a multi-purpose conference room, and classrooms designed to educate the public about the regional ecology, geology, and climate that exists along more than 450 miles of trout streams in the four state driftless area. The center could also include the only cold-water living stream exhibit in the nation.

Lawmakers were each given a paper trout containing trout related statistics:

•Trout fishing generates $1.1 Billion in annual economic benefit to local communities in the driftless region.

•There are over 155,000 Trout Stamp holders in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

•For every dollar spent on stream restoration, $24.50 is returned annually to the regional economy.

•There are over 530 miles of public access easements on Minnesota trout streams.

•Non-resident anglers contribute 47 percent of direct expenditures to the trout fishery.

Spangler believes an expanded center would quickly become a regional and statewide asset, as well as, an economic engine for southeast Minnesota.

Bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Greg Davids, said the area is known nationally for its pristine trout streams and currently draws visitors from near and far. He went on to say that this is not a local trout center, or a state trout center, but rather a national trout center.

A companion bill, sponsored by Senator Jeremy Miller awaits action by the Senate Finance Committee.

Committee Chairwoman, Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, said she’s planning to unveil an $800 million borrowing package when lawmakers return from their spring recess in early April. She said the trout bill could be included.

Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 29th, 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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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Recycling aluminum

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The recycling of aluminum started in the early 1900s. Then, during WWII, great amounts of metal were needed, and it became quite extensive. Then, after a bit of a lull, the introduction of the alu ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $3,000 to local causes

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on March 1 and elected to donate $3,000 to the following worthy organizations: •$1,000, Local Food Shelves, to help purchase food for residents in need. The am ..... 
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Earth Day Event Planned at historic Lenora Church

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

Tired of winter? Ready for spring? There will be a celebration of New Life in conjunction with Earth Day on April 21st at 3:00p.m. at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. This will ..... 
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Jewelry Designer Liz Bucheit Receives “Dazzle Diva” Award at the Women’s Jewelry Association Spring Gala Event in New York City

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Jewelry designer and goldsmith Liz Bucheit of Lanesboro, MN was awarded first place in the Bridal Wear Category of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s “Dazzle Diva” Design Competition. Bucheit received her award at the Women’s Jewelry Associ ..... 
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Shakespeare Festival Production Honored

Wed, Mar 20th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival-originated production of The Comedy of Errors was honored with three St. Louis Critics Circle Awards at a gathering Monday evening, March 18. The production featured a New Orleans at Mardi Gras, circa 1936, setti ..... 
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