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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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Incognito and Author Michael Fedo will take the stage on "Lanesboro Live"

Tue, May 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The 11-member powerhouse band Incognito will rock the stage at the St. Mane Theatre at the upcoming “Lanesboro Live! Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams . . .” show on Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Host Damon Prestemon will also welc ..... 
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‘Gospel’ is the theme for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

Tue, May 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Gospel’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Show highlights will include a visit from Lena Ann (portrayed by Nancy Huis ..... 
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Letter about kindness

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I was ready to make cookies only to find the package of almond bark didn’t have the recipe I needed. What to do?? I called Preston Foods, greeted with a pleasant hello. Explained my dilemma and asked if she would be so kind as to ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center receives $313,000 grant from ArtPlace America

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - ArtPlace America announces the award of a $313,000 grant to Lanesboro Arts Center for the Lanesboro Arts Campus, the vision of engaging a rural region and its visitors in the arts while simultaneously promoting economic developmen ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents the 33rd Annual ‘Art in the Park’ Father’s Day Festival

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

A Father’s Day tradition for more than 30 years, the ‘Art in the Park’ Festival will take place again this year in beautiful Sylvan Park, Lanesboro. Presented by the Lanesboro Arts Center, the festival will be held Sunday, June 16, 2013 from ..... 
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"I Left My Heart in Rhubarb Country" Concert

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - Back by popular demand, “I Left My Heart in Rhubarb Country” will showcase the Rhubarb Sisters at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature familiar tunes set to creative lyrics, crea ..... 
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St. Mane Theatre Undergoes Air Quality Test for Renovation

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - Between January 21 and February 6, 2013, a complete facility assessment and air quality test was conducted at the St. Mane Theatre, 206 Parkway Ave. N. in Lanesboro, in preparation for its renovation to begin in December 2013. Lan ..... 
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Friends cut down 200-year-old tree in Lanesboro

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Home & Garden

By Jade Sexton The huge white oak tree fell over during a storm last summer in the backyard of Dona Conway. The fallen tree took up much of the backyard, and it remained there most of the summer until a group of Amish cut it up and hauled the brush ..... 
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