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Leather and Pipes ride to Lanesboro


Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Mike Fogarty and Julia Borgen hold the sign that welcomed the Leather and Pipes Rally to Lanesboro on August 17, 2013. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Leather and Pipes Motorcycle Run visited Lanesboro, Minn., on August 17, 2013 during this year’s sixth Annual fundraiser for the event with riders raising money for cancer awareness and to help find a cure.

The Leather and Pipes Rally began when a very special person was taken from this earth by Lung Cancer. Mike Bell, who grew up in Pine Island, Minn., married a Lanesboro native Carolyn “Kayno” Borgen and the couple built a home in Oronoco, Minn.

Mike was a partner in Dimension Plumbing and Heating in Rochester, Minn., and loved to ride his motorcycle in his spare time. Mike also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. Mike’s Mother-in-law, Julia Borgen of Lanesboro, Minn., quickly comes to tears when speaking of Mike stating that Mike was a “very outgoing and friendly guy” and enjoyed spending time with friends and family including his wife and three children Devon, Renee, and Jake whom he loved very much.

Mike passed away on July 22, 2007 at the age of 50 after a 12 month battle with Mesothelioma. Following Mike’s death his lifelong friend, Mike Fogarty, knew he needed to do something in Mike’s memory and so began the Leather and Pipes Rally Against Cancer in 2008. “Pipes” relates to Mike Bell’s work with Dimension Plumbing and Heating and also the pipes on not only Mike’s motorcycle but the pipes of all of those who ride in his memory.

The Leather and Pipes Rally does not include only motorcycles however. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome whether it be on a motorcycle, in a car, on a bus, or anything else. Mike Fogarty explains that the Rally is not only to honor Mike Bell but anyone who has been lost to cancer or is battling cancer.

On the website for the Rally, www.leatherandpipes.com, it states “Our mission is to raise awareness and funding for cancer research to our local Eagles Cancer Telethon in Rochester, Minn.” They have certainly met that mission with a total of $70,000 raised and donated to the Eagles Cancer Telethon since 2008.

The ride grows bigger each year with 230 registered riders this year and “is probably one of the top four or five rides in Minnesota” states Mike Fogarty. The Rally is held each year on the third Saturday in August and rides a different route each year which ranges from 130 to 150 miles beginning at the Pine Island Sports Bar .....
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Letter about “Love is Love”

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Going through a few back issue of the Journal, I just read the cover story from August 12 -- “Love is Love.” I offer you a hearty CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for choosing to run that story -- and on the cover, no less! Having ..... 
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Livestock: Life long passion

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

By Megan Kiehne Dedication and commitment can lead to great achievement as proven by Ashley Bue, Fillmore County 4-H’er and livestock shower. As soon as Bue was old enough to show beef cattle at the Fillmore County Fair, she was in the arena. Lov ..... 
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Lanesboro man accused of unauthorized practice of law

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Court

Seventy-one year old David Welford Williams Jr., of Lanesboro, Minn., made an appearance in Fillmore County Court. Williams is accused of practicing law in an unauthorized manor, which in this case is considered a misdemeanor level offense. Thoug ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

As summer draws toward its close, the Lanesboro Barn Dance presents the last dance of its 19th season. It’s a fine chance to kick up your heels.exercise while enjoying yourself! You can socialize with friends and new acquaintances while you glide ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board updated on laptop program

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School Principal Brett Clarke updated the school board on the one-to-one netbook program that was started at the high school this past school year. As they prepare for a new school year, Clarke said they will be instal ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts second annual Youth Fun Shoot

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

September 14, 2013 1p.m.-4p.m., Lanesboro Gun Club Stillwater Jim (aka Jim Martin), a member of the Cedar Valley Vigilantes, will give a demonstration of single-action cowboy shooting. Cowboy Action Shooting is a multifaceted amateur shooting spo ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents “The Memory of Water”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Shelagh Stephenson’s beautifully moving story, “The Memory of Water”, September 21 through November 10 with discounted tickets available for previews September 13 to September 20. Ca ..... 
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Artist Reception for Local Author Nancy Huesenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will host an artist reception on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. for local author Nancy Huisenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private” – Confessions of a Small Town Bed & Breakfast Owner.’ The ..... 
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