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FCLMC’s Anderson ‘pins’ state runner-up title


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

Niko Anderson is a junior at Lanesboro High School and a wrestler for the Fillmore Central-Lanesboro-Mabel-Canton Wolves’ wrestling team. Now a person can tag the title “Class A 170 pound state runner-up” to his list of titles after the individual state wrestling tournament that took place the first weekend of March at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Wrestling is a sport that sometimes has its popularity overlooked in Minnesota. Nonetheless, it definitely draws its crowds of avid fans. Just ask Niko’s mother, Lori Anderson, who was cheering Niko on in the stands throughout his entire state run. “Most parents are more composed, but my excitement was uncontainable,” she described the experience. As the sport is intense for the fans, there is even more intensity on the shoulders of the participants. Anderson described the state tournament as having an exciting atmosphere, stating, “It took awhile to take everything in… the lights, the noise.”

Anderson went into the beginning of his season with the goal of being a state tournament entrant, never expecting to come out with the title of “second in state.” The thought of actually placing never really entered his mind. He faced some tough competition at the state tournament as he worked his way through the championship bracket. Two of his matches resulted in overtime wins. His championship match took place Saturday evening at around nine o’clock, which resulted in a 5-2 loss against Jackson County Central’s senior Darick Vancura (who was also last year’s Class A 160 weight class champion).

Anderson said he was very thankful for his support network throughout his wrestling season including his parents and the Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Mabel-Canton communities. When he arrived at the state tournament he was told, “You have nothing to lose.” He lived by this theme throughout the entire duration of the tournament.

On Sunday, March 3 a reception was held for Anderson in the Fillmore Central cafeteria where FCLMC’s head wrestling coach, Jim Love, formally congratulated Niko for a tremendous job and the team for a great year. Assistant Coach Joe Cullen commented on Niko’s success, “Niko is a great natural athlete… His success comes from many years of hard work, not just one weekend of wanting to do well. There are very few who can match his dedication to improving himself in the weight room.” When asked about h .....
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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Northern Gael to perform a powerful blast of traditional Irish & Scottish music: Concert at the St. Mane Theatre

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The stage at the St. Mane Theatre will come alive with the songs, music and traditional dance steps of the Irish and Scottish countrysides in a performance by Northern Gael on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Ross Sutter (vo ..... 
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THE LANESBORO BARN DANCE STARTS ITS NINETEENTH SEASON

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday March 23 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI wi ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about Texas/Mexico trip

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro School Board members called to order their regular monthly meeting on February 21 at 5:30 P.M., a change from the regular schedule to accommodate the girls basketball tournament game with Rushford-Peterson. In addition to regular business ..... 
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Local high school student to attend Naval Academy Summer Seminar program

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company presents Miss Julie

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone production of the 2013 Apprentice Company, Miss Julie by August Strindberg, in a new translation by Ethan Bjelland. Performances run March 21 through March 30, with an ..... 
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Ardis B. Swinger

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Ardis B. Swinger Ardis B. Swinger, 88, of Coon Rapids, formerly of Lanesboro, died Thursday January 31, 2013, at her home surrounded by family. She was born September 17, 1924, in Preble Township, to Olaf and Gilma Nelson. She went to Grubtown co ..... 
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“Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady” with Sarah Guy-Levar

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Some know her as “The Root Beer Lady,” others, the Florence Nightingale of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dorothy Molter is a Northwood’s Minnesota icon. Hear about the making of the wilderness area as it pertained to her 57 year history on t ..... 
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