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Putting the “international” in International Owl Festival; March 4-6, 2016


Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Features

By Karla Bloem,

Executive Director of the

International Owl Center

Most people find it hard to believe that a rural community with a population of only 979 could host something more international than a lutefisk supper. But Houston, Minn. (or should we say “Hooston”?) certainly does, and they do it with pride (and the help of the entire town).

The Festival started way back in 2003 simply as a hatch-day party for Alice the Great Horned Owl, who worked at the Houston Nature Center. There were some other live owls invited, some kids activities and it was called the “Festival of Owls”. Three hundred people showed up. Not bad for a little town.

Within a few years, owl-crazy people started flying to Houston in early March from Alabama, California, and other warm places that people go TO in winter FROM Minnesota, not vice versa. After some initial head scratching, festival organizers realized there was no other event like it in North America.

In 2006, the Festival added a World Owl Hall of Fame to present awards to humans and owls who were working diligently to make the world a better place for owls. And guess what? The winners usually come to Houston to receive their awards in person and speak at the Festival. Little Houston has played host to the top names in “owlology” from Nepal, Taiwan, South Africa, Kenya, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, England, Norway, Finland, Canada and of course, the good old U.S. of A.

This year, Hall of Famers coming to the International Festival of Owls include Pertti Saurola from Finland, who has been climbing trees, putting up nest boxes, and studying owls in depth for a whopping 50 years (and he still climbs trees, although now he has to resort to using some climbing equipment). Joining him will be Ronald van Harxen and Pascal Stroeken from The Netherlands, co-founders of the Dutch Little Owl Working Group.

Some of you may be familiar with Canadian Jim Duncan’s long-term work with Great Gray Owls and the citizen science nocturnal owl surveys he’s coordinated for 25 years. Although Jim is already in the Hall of Fame, his former Long-eared Owl ambassador Nemo is joining him this year. And last but not least, Jim Warren, Executive Director of the Carolina Raptor Center, will be receiving an award on behalf of Dudley, a Great Horned Owl who lived to a ripe old age working as a foster parent and educator.
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World Day of Prayer service to be held in Lanesboro on March 4

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lanesboro, will hold a World Day of Prayer service Friday, March 4, at 1 p.m. This year’s service features the women and children of Cuba. The service will feature a guest speaker who has visited Cuba. Refreshments wi ..... 
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Unique benefit held at Amish Valley Cabin

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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After a devastating fire at the Yost Hershberger family home near Canton, Minn. on January 11, 2016, which is presumed to have tragically taken the lives of Yost Hershberger and his eighteen-year-old son, Benjamin, and left three other family membe ..... 
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County learns about PACE financing

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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Peter Lindstrom, Clean Energy Resource Teams local government outreach coordinator, gave a presentation on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing at the board’s February 9 meeting. Lindstrom was introduced by Don Farrow and Sam Smith of C ..... 
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Lanesboro Public Library to create a reading garden

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Features

LANESBORO, MN – Lanesboro Public Library has been awarded a Legacy Community Collaboration grant from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) to create a reading garden that will frame the entrance to the library. Located on the south side of t ..... 
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Fillmore Central students chosen for Dorian Honor Band

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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Fillmore Central High School is proud to have eight students selected to the 2016 Dorian Honor Band at Luther College. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 - Monday, February 29, 2016 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. ..... 
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Free water testing at National Trout Center

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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On Saturday, Feb 20, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the National Trout Center will be conducting free water testing at our location in Preston, Minn. We will be working with the Fillmore County SWCD experts to test water for nitrate concentrations. Th ..... 
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Newburg combined charities results

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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The 2015 Newburg Combined Charities has ended with a total of $915. The money will be divided among the following charities: American Cancer Society, $243; American Heart Association, $213; Arthritis Foundation, $168; Courage Center for Children wit ..... 
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365 days

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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By Magnolia Decker “Love is not a big enough word.” A quote from one of my favorite movies, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, this captures the idea that love can be for everyone and can be shown every day to let the important individuals in ou ..... 
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