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Lanesboro junior shares stories from Tanzania mission trip


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

Matthew Kiehne, of Lanesboro, Minn., was one of an eight-person mission group to travel to Tanzania July 1-16. Photo submitted

By Mitchell Walbirdge

The lifestyle lived in small-town southeastern Minnesota differs greatly from other regions of the world as 17 year-old Lanesboro junior Matthew Kiehne figured out after being immersed in Tanzanian culture for 16 days in early to mid-July.

Kiehne ventured to the African country as one of eight youths participating with the Minnesota Youth Servant Leadership Institute in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American and Good Earth Village Bible Camp.

With the goals of building leadership and partnership between American and Tanzanian youth, connecting with the partner congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Singida, Tanzania, and sharing the faith in Jesus Christ through ministry, Kiehne and his group traveled with two pastors, a nurse and a travel agent.

The mission group hosted bible camps in Arush, Singida, and Kijota. Kiehne explained that at the bible camps, he was in charge of running the games. “I think this was the best of the activities to get to be a part of.”

Beyond learning more about his faith, Kiehne also learned an extensive amount of knowledge about an unfamiliar culture. The universal necessity of sleep, which every human needs, is even conducted in a different style than here in the United States. Kiehne explained that he slept on a type of bunk-style bed, enclosed by a bug net for protection from malaria infected mosquitos. In Tanzania, they also do not utilize pillows. “I even fell through my bed one night,” chuckled Kiehne while telling about his adventure.

Church and faith are taken very seriously in Tanzania. “Church is an all-day event,” said Kiehne. It’s typical to have two church services in one day in the African country, some of them lasting three hours a piece.”

Taking in the landscape was another large part of Kiehne’s trip. The travel party visited areas such as the Ngorongora Crater, the land area remnants of a previously erupted volcano. Tarangire National Park was also the list to visit where the group saw the unique continental wildlife.

“It’s very different than over here,” stated Kiehne as he explained that the sights are significantly contrasting from the infrastructure-developed areas of the United States. “You can see the entire skyline,” explained Kiehne, “There are no buildings blocking your vie .....
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Whalan, Peterson & Lanesboro on September 14

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 14, the towns of Peterson, Minn., Whalan, Minn., an ..... 
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Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days 2013 was Ideal

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Barb Jeffers The weather for this year’s Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. was perfect for a weekend spent with family and friends. Everyone attending the event was blessed with sunshine and smiles from friendly faces. Friday, August ..... 
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Engagement - Severtson ~ Mabry

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Jim and Judy Severtson of Lanesboro, Minn. are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Becky Jo Severtson to James Christopher Mabry of Minneapolis, Minn.; son of Jim and Carol Mabry. The bride-to-be is a graduate of North Central Un ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves Conditional Use Permits

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on August 5. The first one was from Richard Horihan, owner of RLH Grain. Horihan had requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to put up a new drying b ..... 
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2012 annual tax increment disclosure statement City of Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

2012 annual tax increment disclosure statement City of Lanesboro Lanesboro economic development authority The following information represents the annual disclosure of tax increment districts for the year ended December 31, 2012 Dev Dist 2 TIF 2 ..... 
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2012 annual tax increment disclosure statement City of Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

2012 annual tax increment disclosure statement City of Lanesboro Lanesboro economic development authority The following information represents the annual disclosure of tax increment districts for the year ended December 31, 2012 TIF 2-2 Currren ..... 
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Vintage Baseball in Lanesboro - 1860’s Style

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

Baseball – the way it was played in the mid-1800’s – comes to Lanesboro, Minn. Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, this free event features the Quickstep Baseball Club of Minneapolis-St. Paul ver ..... 
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Lanesboro Up Close

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - ‘Lanesboro Up Close’ features Pastel Paintings by Fred Ginocchio in the Cornucopia Artist Spotlight Aug. 31 – Sept. 29, 2013 at Lanesboro Arts Center ‘Lanesboro Up Close’ features soft pastel and oil pastel paintings b ..... 
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