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Silver Anniversary for the Commonweal Theatre


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The ceiling of the Commonweal Theatre ticket booth area. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 year, the Commonweal presented forty total performances of two shows in the eleven week season which included Crimes of the Heart and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Commonweal Theatre’s budget its first year was $20,782 and has now risen to a budget of $750,000 according to its website, www.commonwealtheatre.org, which is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the Commonweal and its history. According to Jeremy van Meter, Marketing Assistant for the Commonweal Theatre, “The record number for patrons attending the theatre is at 22,440 times as of 2012,” which is an impressive number of viewings.

The Commonweal Theatre has seen other changes over the last 25 years. In 1997 the Commonweal Theatre started an Elderhostel program with Winona State University with the purpose of reaching out to life-long learners. In 1998 the company began the annual Ibsen Festival highlighting the works of Henrik Ibsen. Consequently, because of the theatre company’s dedication to the work of Henrik Ibsen, the Commonweal Theatre received an Ibsen Scholarship from the Norwegian Government in 2008.

An Artists Residence was added in 1998 which not only provides housing but also provided much needed space for a rehearsal room/classroom. Undoubtedly the biggest change through the Commonweals 25 years in existence has been the opening of the new Commonweal building in July 2007. These are just a few examples of the transformation of the Commonweal Theatre into what it has become today.

Perhaps the Commonweal says it best on www.commonwealtheatre.org when the website states “from simple beginnings the Commonweal has evolved into a major cultural, educational, and economic force for the region - one of the leading rural professional theatre companies in America” and area residents are lucky enough to have the Commonweal right at their fingertips.

Performers and attendees alike are looking forward to the coming season of the Commonweal Theatre Company. Jeremy van Meter states, “On behalf of the entire Commonweal Company, I can .....
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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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Lanesboro High School Class of 1942

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Lanesboro High School Class of 1942 held their 70th class reunion at Judy’s Country Kitchen in Peterson October 23. Members left to right are Hazel (Holtet) Riehl, Eleanor (Johnson) Davidson, Lois (Bremseth) Peterson, Robert Lawstuen, (Irving) ..... 
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GETFRESH Girl’s Weekend

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A group of Ladies in Lanesboro wanted to help children and the rest, as they say, is history. Or, at least it will be, after the weekend of November 2, 3, and 4, 2012. The GETFRESH Girl’s Weekend is for women to do what they like to do: shopping, ..... 
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A Dog Spot in Lanesboro

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a business in Lanesboro, Minn. that is for the dogs. “A Dog Spot” is a small boarding facility for canines. The business is owned by Jill Kelly, Shalise Keating and Sandy Cattanach, who have been involved with dogs their entire lives. ..... 
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Buffalo Bill Days 2012

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers Weather played an important role in this year’s Buffalo Bill Days celebration in Lanesboro, Minn. With activities getting started on Friday in some brisk wind, and Saturday being slightly soggy. Sunday, however, was “a beautifu ..... 
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Wounded veteran sale running for second consecutive year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

During a time of unsettled conflict in the world, recognition to those who defend our country cannot be given too often. However, wounded veterans need more than just recognition, and that is why River Rats Outfitters is continuing its Wounded Veter ..... 
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