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Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

GR Obsession and Sofie Lind enjoying a ride in Norway. Photo by Kim Viker

By Kim Viker

This is the story of a Morgan horse and her incredible journey from Lanesboro to Norway.

My husband and I have a small farm outside of Lanesboro and raise Angus cattle and Morgan horses, our farm name is Genetic Resources. There aren’t too many Morgan breeders in the Southeastern part of Minn., so the best way to stay in touch with everyone is the internet. Before Facebook became such a popular entity, one of the best ways to meet and stay in touch with other Morgan horse enthusiasts was through Yahoo, more specifically, Yahoo Groups. I belonged to the group, “Morgan Horse Friends”. People would share pictures of their horses, bloodlines, and a few good recipes to boot! People from all over the world were on this group, and we all shared one passion; the Morgan horse. Since the Morgan horse was a breed that originated in the United States, people from other parts of the world with a Morgan had imported them. One of the people that I met and admired on my Yahoo group was Helen Clargarden from Sjobo, Sweden. Helen and I had similar thoughts about Morgan horses as far as type, bloodlines and breeding. She had imported several wonderful Morgans to her farm, known as “Tullesbo”. Helen greatly admired our senior stallion, AOM Sundays’ Magic, and had hopes of getting frozen semen on him to breed with some of her mares. Although we did have frozen semen on Magic, it was not for export, as the regulations for exporting semen required a lengthy stay in Quarantine for the stallion. Magic was an older stallion, and I did not feel comfortable about having him stay too far from us, so his semen was never collected for exportation. Helen still had hopes of getting some of Magic to Sweden, and one day we came up with a plan.

Helen had a good friend in Norway, Marit Bulling Lind, who already had Morgan horses, but was also interested in our stallion, Magic. Helen put Marit in touch with me via e-mail, and we starting discussing potential options. We did not have many Magic daughters, and they had become precious producers for us, so we were not anxious to part with them. However, we decided that we could part with one of the younger mares since we still owned both her sire and dam and could potentially rebreed them. Marit and I discussed this at great length, and we struck a deal. Our mare, GR Obsession, was going to go to Norway! Marit decided that since Obsession was coming anyway she might as well come .....
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Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company Presents MARY’S WEDDING

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone production of the 2014 Apprentice Company, Mary’s Wedding playing March 19 through March 29. From Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte, Mary’s Wedding tells th ..... 
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Marion Glenna

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Marion J. Glenna, age 91, of Mabel, formerly of rural Lanesboro, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Marion was born January, 5, 1924 in Winneshiek County, Iowa near Burr Oak to Russell and Florence (Serfling) ..... 
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Gloria M. Ruen

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Gloria M. Ruen of Lanesboro peacefully went to meet her savior at Green Lea Manor in Mabel. Gloria was born June 22, 1938 in Rushford to Clifford and Dora Rustad. Gloria was baptized and confirmed at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church. It was here i ..... 
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Water rates a major concern for Lanesboro residents

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

It was a crowded house Monday evening as several Lanesboro residents and business owners came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting to voice concerns over the new water rates. The state recently mandated Lanesboro do something to reduce the radiu ..... 
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Lanesboro EDA to work with school board

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Don Bell from the Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) attended the school board meeting on February 19. Bell talked about the efforts of the EDA, the Chamber, the city council, and the school board to come up with ways to recruit families ..... 
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‘Windows into Wonderment’ exhibit opens Feb. 7

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN. – Lanesboro Arts will present ‘Windows into Wonderment’, an exhibit of colorful mixed media work by artist Layl McDill. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 6-8 p.m., and runs through Ma ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Mardi Gras 101

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Last Tuesday, February 17, was the celebration of Mardi Gras. Most of the Midwest is unaware of the traditions that happen at the celebration of Mardi Gras. When most people think about Mardi Gras, they think of beads, parties, ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Jayden Michael Opitz

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Lori and Michael Opitz are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jayden Michael Opitz, born Friday, February 13, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, Minn. Jayden weighed 9 lbs 11oz and was 22 inches long. His grandparents are Nancy ..... 
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