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Unnasch art installation sign-posts in downtown Lanesboro are functional and aesthetic


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro was the recipient of a Town Meeting Initiative (TMI) Grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). According to Tim Penny, SMIF President & CEO, "Through TMI, we encourage communities and organizations to draw on their own assets to create change rather than looking to 'outside experts' for answers and assistance." This initiative brought community members together to consider Lanesboro's assets, set goals, and accomplish projects.

One identified project, presented by Adrienne Sweeney, involved improving signage in the downtown district. Several community members had the vision of merging signage functionality with art. This is when Karl Unnasch from Pilot Mound Design brought his talent to the table. Karl finds value and effective use in quite possibly everything he comes across. His experience with reclaimed materials is vast and continues to expand. Raw materials are collected, categorized and then recycled into new materials. Found objects are repurposed into clever new designs for living architectural flair, pure aesthetics, and functional gear. The conversion of material and objects is limitless. According to Karl, "The Lanesboro signage project came into being during the downturn of the economy. The symbols of the Egg, Berry, and Nut were chosen for their elemental significance to life cycles, nourishment, and natural potential."

The three new signposts with unique finials in Downtown Lanesboro were made possible through a collaboration of designers, builders and funders. In addition to the Town Meeting Initiative support, Karl Unnasch received a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) grant. The finials, hangers and posts were made possible by SEMAC, NRB Metals and Pilot Mound Design. Aluminum signs were funded by Root River Valley Friends of the Arts, Inc. (RRVFOTA), a non-profit corporation in Lanesboro dedicated to propagating the public enjoyment of the arts within Lanesboro and surrounding communities through collaboration.

All installation and prep was made possible by Andy Bunge of Bunge Construction and Sheldon Kinneberg of Preston Iron Works. Eric and Andy Bunge donated both materials and labor for the project to come to fruition. Lanesboro City employee, Andy Drake, ran the city equipment to assist with the installation. It took all partners to ultimately accomplish the goals of the project.

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Director, Julie Kiehne, commented "As Lanesboro .....
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"Cornucopia Artist Spotlight" at Lanesboro Arts Center: Jewelry by Laura Stamper

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will feature "Wearable Sculpture: The Feminine Form," Jewelry by Laura Stamper in the Cornucopia Artist Spotlight. A program of the Juried Sales Gallery, the Spotlight will run July 10 - Sept. 6, 2010, with an artist reception ..... 
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Old Tyme Night in the Park

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass Band, in conjunction with Old Tyme Cafe, invites the public to an "Old Tyme Night in the Park" on Thusday, July 1st in the Chatfield City Park. The Old Tyme Cafe will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs with the fixins' starting at ..... 
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Local program on Norwegian-American photographer Mathias Bue

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The director of the Fillmore County History Center, Debra J. Richardson, will bring a PowerPoint presentation on the photography of Lanesboro's Norwegian-American photographer, Matthias Bue, at the regular monthly meeting of the Rushford Area Histor ..... 
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Harmony's July 4th medallion hunt starts June 28th

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Get ready to join the fun because the search is about to begin! The annual Harmony 4th of July Medallion Hunt will start on Monday, June 28th. Clues to find the medallion (a laminated plastic disk with the button design) will be available daily at t ..... 
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2010 Mower County Fair Is Affordable Fun For Everyone!

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Mower County Fair will kick off August 10 and run through August 15! With free admission, the Mower County Fair is Affordable Fun For Everyone!

New this year is the Grand Pass! Six grandstand admissions, a $60 value, for only $36! Plus the ..... 
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Laura Days in Burr Oak

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum is pleased to announce the candidates for this year's Little Miss Laura contest. They are alphabetically, Rose Gullekson of Decorah, daughter of Justin Gullekson; Katelyn Leiran of Waterville, daughter of Ste ..... 
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Harmony in the Park Summer concert series

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Harmony Park Board will be kicking off their 9th annual Summer Concert Series - "Harmony in the Park" - on Wednesday, June 23. Folk/country musician Charlie Warner will begin playing at 7:00 PM at the Selvig Park Gazebo. As an added attraction f ..... 
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T is for...Fountain Trail Days

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

I attended my first-ever Trail Days in Fountain on Saturday, June 12. Seeing as the founders of such a fine community event probably thought long and hard about their festival's name before officially creating it, I've decided that the only way to t ..... 
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