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The milestones of Lanesboro


Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Progress Edition

The rural community of Lanesboro, located in the heart of bluff country, had an eventful year in 2011. The town is now looking forward to an exciting year in 2012. Again in 2011, strong leadership and cooperation has helped the Lanesboro community have a successful year. Progress was prominent in Lanesboro in 2011, and many milestones were met.

The Commonweal Theater of Lanesboro celebrated its most successful year in its twenty-three years of operation. The theater reported that more than 21,000 theatergoers attended a performance this year. Popular performances like the romantic comedy Parfumerie to Harper Lee's time-honored story To Kill a Mockingbird drew in record crowds in the theater's 2011 lineup. Two of the theater's productions, To Kill a Mockingbird and Sylvia, ranked in the top three performances that the theater has presented. In addition to the theater's achievements, $10,000 was awarded to the Commonweal from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council and an additional $38,250 was awarded from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The theater is excited to get its 2012 theatrical season underway with performance titles such as The 39 Steps, The Philadelphia Story, and the well-known Charles Dickens' production A Christmas Carol.

In addition to the Commonweal's success, Lanesboro also hosted two unique events in 2011. Lanesboro was located on the route of the MS Tram, a bike tour to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. The recognized event drew in around 900 bikers and several volunteers into the community. Also, the Model-T car show was a popular event. Around 200 owners showed off their valuable Model-T cars along Parkway Avenue in Lanesboro. Lanesboro and the area trail towns also had a local celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Root River State Bike Trail.

Looking ahead to 2012, Lanesboro is planning another great year as well. Along with annual traditions like Rhubarb Festival, Art in the Park, and Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro is working with neighboring communities to hold a special event in September which will be "Taste of the Trail." The goal of the event is to feature all of the local foods that each town on the trail is known for. Each weekend would feature two different communities. Also, more trail development is expected to take place this spring. The trail going from Lanesboro east to Rushford will be repaved and widened from eight to ten feet. That portion of the trail will then match the Fountain to Lanesb .....
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"What's up, Doc?"

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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While the current business climate may leave some thinking small towns can't support local business, there's at least one Whalan business proving them all wrong. Dale 'Doc' Peterson, of Doc's Auto Body and Repair humbly claims to be just a "Little g ..... 
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Root River Ag improving their Wykoff facility

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in All Progress Edition

Root River Ag Service in Lanesboro was started by Jeff Redalen in 2009. Redalen bought the Lanesboro Ag Service building and started his own company. That year, Root River Ag also bought a building in Wykoff.

According to Jeff's brother, Ste ..... 
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City of Ostrander has new website

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Rhonda Klapperich became the City Clerk/Treasurer for Ostrander in 2009. It wasn't long after she began that she suggested the city get its own website.

"I thought it would be nice to get some information out there," said Klepperich.
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Bringing wine country to Minnesota

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Driving on Minnesota State Highway 16 outside of Spring Valley, you can't help but notice the construction of a big building surrounded by several rows of a vineyard. This 9,000-square-foot building site will soon be the home of Four Daughters Viney ..... 
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Fresh meat in Harmony

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Residents of Harmony have been watching the new building go up for months and have heard stories of the new business that is now open. Oak Meadow Meats is a new meat locker to serve the farmers of the area, as well as people who want their meat proc ..... 
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NTLC fishing for its future in Preston

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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With a fairly successful first year of operation at its temporary location, the National Trout Learning Center is on a steady course toward development. Steering Committee co-chair George Spangler suggests it may take a decade to fully develop the c ..... 
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Wykoff is blazing with talent

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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If the winter has you feeling down and you're looking to learn something new and exciting, Wykoff has something for you. Michael and Maggie Blazing, owners of Magpie Studios and Blazingstar Pottery, have a whole lot of talent to share with the area. ..... 
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Peterson changes the guard

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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2010 was a year of growth for Peterson, even at the most basic level: city hall. The changing of the guard began in September 2009 with the resignation of former mayor Dick Lee, who had served the city for over 12 terms, the rough equivalent ..... 
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