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Lanesboro American Legion remembers American heroes


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro American Legion members carry out a gun firing salute to pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

On the morning of Memorial Day, communities, American Legion posts from around the country, and similar organizations commemorate the country’s military heroes who no longer with us. The community of Lanesboro, Minn., American Legion Post #40, the American Legion Sons, and the women of the Lanesboro Auxiliary did the same in its annual Memorial Day service held in the Lanesboro Community Center.

In a program lead by Lanesboro Legion Commander Deane Benson, veterans and the public gathered for song, prayer, and remembrance of the fallen service men and women. The Lanesboro High School Band began the program with the National Anthem while the flags were presented. The band also performed a piece titled “The Normandy Carol.”

Three Lanesboro High School seniors, Kirsten Ruen, Megan Kiehne, and Michael Holst, were also present to give reflections on America from the experience of their senior class trip to Washington, D.C.

This year’s guest speaker for the program was Lanesboro High School’s principal, Brett Clarke. Clarke is originally from South Dakota but now resides in Fountain, Minn. Although Clarke does not have a military background, he is familiar with what it is like to be part of a family where service to our country is not uncommon.

Recently, at his 100th family reunion, Clarke discovered that he had numerous relatives in addition to his father who dedicated their service to the security and prosperity of the United States.

In his speech, Clarke recognized that there is a difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, but also explained that they are closely linked as, “The veterans and those closest to our nation’s heroes are those who make sure legacies live on.”

Clarke also explained the importance of expressing gratitude to our veterans and those who serve our country. “Credit was not the objective even though it is well deserved,” he said, “Greatness is all around us, and it’s up to us to recognize it.”

Clarke concluded his speech with the theme, “See a need, fill a need,” meaning that even though we may not be serving by military action, each of us has a civic responsibility to better our country.

Following the program, Legion members proceeded outside of the Community Center for the gun firing salute and the playing of taps as the Boy and Girl Scouts and other children laid flowers on the d .....
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Mock Crash has an impact on Lanesboro students

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Mitchell Walbridge “Mothers and daughters have a very special bond. From the moment Sydney was born, she was a true light in my life. Every day was a wonderful day because Sydney was a part of it… Sydney had dreams of becoming a wife and mot ..... 
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Early childhood programs in Lanesboro strive to emphasize early learning

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The early childhood programs at Lanesboro strive to meet the goals of emphasizing the importance of early learning and early literacy. We welcome you to learn more about our programs and would love you to join us! Early Childhood Family Educatio ..... 
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Lanesboro City Administrator embarking on a new adventure

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

For almost ten years, Bobbie Vickerman has been a vital part of the city of Lanesboro as the City Administrator/Clerk. Her life is going to change drastically however, when she begins her new job working for Winona County. As of April 2, Vickerman w ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The bridge shown in Karen Reisner’s article, “Campground expansion planned at Old Barn Resort,” in the March 18 Fillmore County Journal is the Old Barn Resort’s golf course bridge for the back 9. This is not the bridge that has been closed. ..... 
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Silver Anniversary for the Commonweal Theatre

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, Minn. is celebrating its 25th season in 2013. Founded in 1989 by Eric Lorentz Bunge, by request of the Lanesboro Arts Council, the Commonweal Theatre has had huge success and has seen many changes. In its first ..... 
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GetFresh Vintage

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Many people are familiar with the expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” and this may just be the case for those shoppers who find themselves entering Lanesboro’s recently opened store called GETFRESH Vintage. Sue Whitney, ..... 
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2012 Holiday Inn Tour in Lanesboro

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Although the citizens of Fillmore County are awaiting a couple of inches of snow to get them into the holiday spirit, the bed and breakfast owners and inn keepers in Lanesboro kicked off the festive season with the annual Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tou ..... 
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Not your ordinary Joe

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers A large benefit was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, for Joe Rodgers from Lanesboro, Minn. with many activities that occurred throughout the day to benefit Joe and his wife Sue. Joe, who was employed by the City of Lanesboro u ..... 
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