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Bakkes selected as grand marshals


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Duane and Angel Bakke of Lanesboro, Minn. have been chosen as the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro and look forward to the annual celebration which will include the couple riding in the Buffalo Bill Days parade on Sunday, August 4, 2014.

Duane grew up in Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1972. He then attended college at the University of Minnesota which explains his and his wife’s passion and loyalty to the Minnesota Gophers. After finishing college Duane moved back to the area and married Angel in 1977. The couple then began farming and raising a family in rural Lanesboro.

Having been a softball player from a young age and managing the Lanesboro Softball League for years, Duane took on the challenge of running the Buffalo Bill Days Softball Tournament since the inception of Buffalo Bills Days and he has continued spearheading the tournament for the last 30 years with no plans to stop anytime soon. The softball tournament during Buffalo Bill Days is the most successful tournament in the area in large part due to Duane’s hard work and dedication.

Not only has Duane organized the Buffalo Bill Days Softball Tournament by himself ,every year he has also been in charge of many other tournaments over the years including Trout Days in Preston, Minn., Memorial Day and Labor Day tournaments in Lanesboro, Trail Days in Fountain, Minn., and other tournaments. He credits volunteers that have helped him with the concession stand and maintaining the field with the success of the tournaments he has managed. There was a time when Duane was running six different tournaments a year.

Bakke has spent countless hours over the years recruiting teams, making brackets, scheduling games, and managing the tournaments. Duane has kept notebooks with information about softball each year since 1984. While looking through the notebooks and reminiscing he sees the names of players whose grandchildren are now playing softball. Duane states he “has the history of Lanesboro softball” in the notebooks he keeps.

Duane gives credit to Allen and Lilah Ellingson, Bill Hanson, Jim and Charolyn Hanson, Allen Holland, Hans and Mike Torgerson, and others from Lanesboro for taking the initiative in 1978 to have the old baseball field in Lanesboro re-done and turned into a softball field. He said, “People may remember me running softball but there wouldn’t be anything th .....
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Damon Prestemon’s “Lanesboro Live” Show features the Slick Newhouse Band and more

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon’s upcoming “Lanesboro Live” show will feature Chef Johnny Mango -- of catering fame in Rochester, Minn., and University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse Political Science Professor -- and frequent Wisconsin Public ..... 
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Elinor M. Olson

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Elinor M. Olson, age 95 of Lanesboro, Minn., died Tuesday July 23 at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony, Minn. Elinor was born April 16, 1919 in Waseca, MN to John and Bertha (Stone) Wendland. She grew up in St. Charles, Minn. where she ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board passes referendum

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

At their regular meeting on July 17, the Lanesboro School Board adopted a resolution authorizing a board approved referendum authority. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the state allows school boards to pass up to $424 per pupil unit without g ..... 
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Small Government vs. Big Government...

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to extend an invitation to the Readers of the Fillmore County Journal to send “to the Editor” their opinion on the question “What do we mean when we talk about “smaller” government? The Journal provides a forum ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Rafe Andrew Horihan

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Liam and Fiona are proud to announce the birth of their baby brother! Rafe Andrew Horihan was born on June 8, 2014 to Kevin and Laura Horihan of Lanesboro, Minn. He weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are John and ..... 
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30th Annual Buffalo Bill Days coming soon

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro, Minn. is fast approaching and this year’s celebration is a special one being that this year marks the 30th year that Lanesboro has hosted the celebration. The reason behind the name of the event is due to the fact ..... 
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Agnes Christine Bothun

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Agnes Christine Bothun, 98, of Lanesboro, Minn. died unexpectedly, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford, Minn., passing through death into the eternal care of our Lord on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. She was 98 years young. Agnes was born on Nove ..... 
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Lillian D. Turner

Wed, Jul 16th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Lilllian D. Turner, 101, formerly of Lanesboro, Minn. passed away July 13, 2014 at the Green Lea Manor in Mabel, Minn. Lillian was born October 15, 1912 in Kendallville, Iowa to Edward and Jane (Ellingson) Hoiness, the sixth of 11 children. The fa ..... 
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