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‘Swingsation’ benefit gala to feature Prudence Johnson and the Swingsation Orchestra


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Prudence Johnson and the Swingsation Orchestra will wow attendees at this year’s annual gala fundraiser, supporting year-round arts programming of Lanesboro Arts Center. Swingsation will also feature unique auction items, a gourmet dinner prepared by internationally acclaimed chef Peter D’Souza, a cash bar and KTTC Television personalities Jess Abrahamson and Tom Overlie. The event will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Lanesboro Community Center (202 Parkway Ave S in Lanesboro, Minnesota). At $60 per person, tickets are sold in advance from Lanesboro Arts Center.

Always a spectacular event, Swingsation this year will bring internationally acclaimed singer Prudence Johnson back to Lanesboro. A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Prudence Johnson performed ‘A Girl Named Vincent’ to a full house at Lanesboro’s St. Mane Theatre in June, and she and her band rocked the dance floor at last year’s Swingsation event. Her 25-year career in music has taken Prudence Johnson from nightclubs and honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the Silver Screen (Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It), from the Midwest to the Middle East. At Swingsation, she will perform with her ‘Swingsation Orchestra,’ a hand-picked group of excellent musicians.

Silent, live, and sealed bid auction items will include artwork like paintings, stained glass, a life-size ceramic sculpture of a woman by Linda Lewis, handmade jewelry, a leather purse by Ilse Heider, and sculpture; special events like a Private Dinner Party by Gordy & Val at the Lanesboro Diner, 18 Holes at Somerby Golf in Byron, a Spanish Gourmet Dinner by David & Linda Tacke, a signed photograph by Vikings Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson; and other fantastic items. Real-life Lanesboro Sales Commission auctioneer Mert Boyum will work the live auction, along with KTTC Television news personalities Jess Abrahamson and Tom Overlie, who will serve as emcees throughout the evening. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, music by Prudence & the orchestra, appetizers, and the sealed bid and silent auctions.

Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m., a three-course gourmet meal prepared by internationally acclaimed chef and professor of culinary art Peter D’Souza. The live auction will begin at 8:15 p.m. with one-of-a-kind art and other unique items, followed by dancing to the music of Prudence Johnson and the Swingsation Or .....
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Journal writing project: My unique community

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Small towns may seem like a dime a dozen in Southeastern Minnesota. However that is simply not the case in Lanesboro. People come from all around the country to bike on the famous Root River bike trail that runs through the heart of the community. ..... 
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A cancer story: Striving for normalcy

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

To Karla Strom, “A normal day is a good day.” These normal days are now appreciated much more since a discovery of breast cancer from a routine mammogram around February 28, 2013. Strom had no real symptoms and did not suspect that she would be ..... 
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Lanesboro jewelry artist receives Minnesota State Arts Board grant

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

International award winner jewelry designer Liz Bucheit of Crown Trout Jewelers, Lanesboro, Minn. has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the area of Folk and Traditional Arts. Influenced by her Norwegian ancestry and traine ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at employee health insurance

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

At the regular city council meeting on October 8, City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council about the Affordable Care Act and city employee health insurance. According to Todd, the city has three choices. They can do nothing at all, since t ..... 
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‘Body Parts’ theme for “Over the Back Fence” community variety show

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Body Parts’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., with poems, songs and skits about hair, eyes, faces, and more perfo ..... 
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3rd annual Sheep & Fiber Farm Tour

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

Friday, October 11 5-9p.m. - $15.00 Saturday, October 12 FREE 10-4p.m. Sunday, October 13 FREE 10-4p.m. Brochure, Tickets & Info at: www.fiberfarmtour.co ..... 
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Lanesboro All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball Drag Show Fundraiser!

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Join us at All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball while the Rochester Girls perform an “Exquisite Drag Review” once again in Lanesboro, Minn.! This year’s event will be held October 26, 2013 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Doors will open at 6: ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton During their regular meeting on September 19, the Lanesboro School Board members approved the preliminary 2013 payable 2014 tax levy at the maximum amount. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the total levy is $336,776.08, but they a ..... 
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