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Arts Campus Initiative takes root in Lanesboro


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Progress Edition

After 10 years in the making, the Lanesboro Arts Campus Project progresses to expand art, as well as boost the local economy and tourism. Photo submitted

Lanesboro’s trails, access to the Root River, and small town charm has made it a popular tourist destination throughout the years. Named one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America” and one of the “Top Twelve Small-Town Art Places in the Nation”, these accolades are due in large part to the work of the Lanesboro Arts Center (LAC). Now the Arts Center has created a new initiative that will help Lanesboro stand out among the rest.

The Lanesboro Arts Campus project was designed strategically to immerse Lanesboro residents and visitors in the arts all while making an investment into the economic growth of the town. Sara Baskett, the Arts Center’s Program and Marketing Director elaborated on the project saying, “The project includes buildings that house the arts (Lanesboro Arts Gallery and St. Mane Theatre), pedestrian walkways, and arts in public spaces.”

For instance, they will be adding sculptures and seating areas and possibly even an amphitheater to the green space by the historic walking bridge along the river. “It will serve as an artful wayfinding system throughout downtown -- promoting walkability and expanding upon the existing three signs by artist Karl Unnasch, and the Discover Sculpture Explore Lanesboro medallion walking tour,” added Baskett.

“The Lanesboro Arts Campus is about interweaving the arts into the fabric of a community,” says John Davis. “By integrating arts into city infrastructure and in public spaces, the Arts Campus project provides new opportunities for people to experience art, to inspire and be inspired.”

This elaborate project is not only exciting for art enthusiasts, but also for the community as a whole. “By creating new and vibrant spaces for people, and by revitalizing city infrastructure to make parking and walking more welcoming to community members and visitors, the Lanesboro Arts Campus project will offer a boost to the local tourism economy,” said Baskett. She added, “Research has shown that arts and cultural events boost Minnesota’s economy. Tourists are drawn to Minnesota and Fillmore County for the arts, the Root River State Trail, the wonderful B&Bs, great restaurants, and more. The arts are a big piece of the puzzle that attract folks to spend money in Lanesboro and Fillmore County, either by visiting here or relocating here.”

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Commonweal Theatre to refinance debt

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held prior to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 6. Councilman Keith Eide was absent. The hearing was in regard to the nonprofit theatre corporation’s request to amend and reissue its commercial development note th ..... 
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Lanesboro mourns the loss of three

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As the story topped many media outlets’ broadcasts and headlines across southeastern Minnesota for days, those in the community of Lanesboro were hoping for the best, or at least some piece of good news, as law enforcement officials, dive teams, a ..... 
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Jeffery Lynn Strom

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Jeffrey Lynn Strom, 59 died January 1, 2014 at his home in Rohnert, Calif. of natural causes. Jeffrey Strom was born July 20, 1954 in Preston, Minn. Raised in Lanesboro, Minn., he was a 1972 graduate of Lanesboro High. After graduation he move ..... 
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Documentary Films featuring Action/Adventure in Lanesboro January 18

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Sit back and experience big-screen action-packed adventure in films featuring everything from mountain bike jumps to Yosemite Valley rock climbing to Mexican jungle kayaking to extreme skiing to wingsuit flying. To kick off the 2014 Frozen River Fi ..... 
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Blake Erik Overland

Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Blake Erik Overland, 28, of Stewartville, Minn., died Sunday, January 5, 2014 in an automobile accident near Winona, Minn. Blake was born December 30,1985, to Erik and Laurie (Jorde) Overland. He attended school in Lanesboro, Minn. and graduated ..... 
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Vacancies

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Legals

The City of Lanesboro is seeking qualified candidates to fill two vacancies; one on the Historic Preservation Commission and one on the Economic Development Authority Commission. Interested candidates should apply in person at City Office by submitt ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show at Lanesboro Arts Center

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Juried High School Art Show at Lanesboro Arts Center January 11 – February 8, 2014: Featuring Art by 9-12th grade students from four regional schools. Opening Reception Saturday, January 11, 6-8 p.m. Artwork by 9th-12th grade students from throu ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board sets 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board certified their levy and approved the budget at their regular meeting on December 19. The levy for 2014 was set at $373,445.53. Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the levy has gone down this year, and has been doing so for t ..... 
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