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Gail Heil Memorial fiddle contest to be held July 18


Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Gail Heil passed away in May, 2013 leaving an amazing musical legacy. She came upon Old Time Country Music when she was in her late twenties, learning first to play backup guitar and sing in a string band. Within a few years she had mastered banjo, autoharp, dulcimer and, ultimately, fiddle, the most difficult and engaging of the traditional instruments.

After moving to Minn. in 1979, Gail was involved with starting the Monday Night Square Dance. That dance, as well as the Lanesboro Barn Dance which she began in 1995, continue to thrive. She taught scores of students to play fiddle, banjo, guitar, autoharp, and dulcimer, call square dances and clog dance.

Performing professionally from 1980 on Gail played from the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash. to Merlefest in N.C., the Winnipeg Folk Festival, San Diego Roots Festival, Ozark Folk Center, and many other large venues. But she also did shows in hundreds of schools, introducing a new generation to our American musical heritage, and countless shows for senior citizens.

In 1999 Gail founded the Bluff Country Gathering, a music camp and festival dedicated to passing along American traditional music and dance. This event in Lanesboro, Minn. draws musical students and enthusiasts from all over the country.

This year the Bluff Country Gathering is sponsoring a fiddle contest in Gail’s honor. It will be held in the Community Center in Lanesboro, Minn. on Saturday, July 18. Registration for contestants will begin at 9 a.m., drawing of numbers for order of play at 9:45, and the contest will start at 10 a.m.

There will be three divisions, with a preliminary round and a final round in each. Junior Fiddle (open to ages 17 and under) and Senior Fiddle (ages 60 and up) will each have first, second and third place prizes of $400, $200 and $100, respectively. Open Fiddle (any age) will have a $1000 first place prize, $400 for second and $100 for third. Fiddlers may enter only one division and the entry fee is $20.00.

This is a strictly old time fiddle contest. The judges will be accomplished fiddlers who understand this music and the judging criteria outlined in the rules. Rules are posted online at www.boveeheil.com.

Tickets for the public are only $10.00 and it’s sure to be an entertaining day!

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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will take place on Saturday, July 11, at the Sons of Norway Hall in beautiful Lanesboro, Minn. Guest caller Rina Rossi and fiddler AJ Srubas, both from Minneapolis, will be on hand, along with Bob Bovee on guitar. The danc ..... 
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AgStar announces county fair grant recipients

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
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The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $65,320 in grants for its County Fair Facility Upgrade grant program. Twenty-two county fair programs were awarded up to $3,000 grants to ..... 
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Third annual Tractor Ride

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
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Calling all tractor enthusiasts. The third annual Tractor Ride through the beautiful scenic valleys of Fillmore County is again being sponsored by the Preston Historical Society. The two-day ride will be held on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, ..... 
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The Fillmore County Historical Society presents “Coming of Age, the 1968 Generation”, a traveling exhibit on view from July 7- October 3, 2015.

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Come visit the Fillmore County History Center this summer and see “Coming of Age, the 1968 Generation”, a traveling exhibit that explores the self-expression, upheaval, change, and musical sounds of the 60s—set against the backdrop of the Vi ..... 
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Habberstad House has new owners

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

After fifteen years of operation, the Habberstad House Bed & Breakfast in Lanesboro transitioned to new owners on June 30, 2015. The previous owners, Dave and Nancy Huisenga, originally came to Habberstad as guests in June of 2000 for their annivers ..... 
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‘Red Hot’ is the theme for the “Over the Back Fence”

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

‘Red Hot’ will be the theme at this month’s “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Previews of upcoming summertime community theater productions “Mary Poppins” and ..... 
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Western Days Stampede hits the trail

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Features

Runners in the 2015 Chatfield Western Days Stampede will find the scenery a little different this year — the race is moving to the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. “Trail races are becoming more popular,” race director Chris Frye said. “The Stampe ..... 
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Lanesboro Art in the Park

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Josiah McCallson, age 5, of Minneapolis, Minn. made a terrific Father’s Day tie at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park 2015.
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