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‘Blood Brother’ documentary film will be shown at the St. Mane Theatre


Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Rocky Braat has changed his own life and the lives of HIV-positive children by picking up his life in Pittsburgh and moving to India, as documented by filmmaker Steve Hoover

In a partnership with Frozen River Film Festival, Lanesboro Arts Center will host a screening of ‘Blood Brother’, which won the 1st Place and People’s Choice Winner of the January 2014 festival held in Winona, Minn. The film will be shown on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Tickets are $5/$3 for LAC members, available in advance at Lanesboro Arts Center, 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. on film night.

The film tells the story of Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, who went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV-positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him. “To be honest with you, I didn’t really like kids,” writes Rocky in a blog post. “I went to an orphanage for HIV- positive children in Chennai, India off a recommendation from a friend-of-a-friend. The only reason we flew into Chennai was because the flights were cheaper. Shortly after a week, my friend and I both wanted to leave. The suffering at the orphanage was more than I could bear; the heat, the smell, the discomfort and the mosquitoes. We booked flights and said goodbye to the kids. But on the train ride to the airport, something hit me: I’m turning the suffering off, but those kids can’t. I knew I couldn’t take any of them out of that situation, but I could put myself into it. The thought was enough to cancel our flights and turn us around.” Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India. He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy. And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it. ‘Blood Brother’ is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.

‘Blood Brother’” has won numerous national and international awards, such as the Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, Hot Docs 2013 Audience Award, The .....
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‘Big Top’ is theme this month for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – It’s a circus-themed ‘Big Top’ show this month for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, on Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The ‘Big Top’ show will feature circus antics, poem ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center presents a new exhibit: Selections from Minnesota Museum of American Art’s ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The upcoming exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Center features selections from the ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’, a juried exhibit of the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA). The exhibit, just finishing up its run at MMAA in St. Pau ..... 
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Lanesboro, Minn. named in Foder’s Travel as one of “10 Charming Midwestern Towns to Visit This Year” list

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Population: 743. Dubbed the bed-and-breakfast capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro features eateries that are just as charming as its B&Bs. From old-time pies at The Aroma Pie Shop to housemade root beer at Pedal Pushers Café, you w ..... 
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Robert “Bob” Anthony Petrillo

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Anthony Petrillo, 61, of Lanesboro, Minn., died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in a motorcycle accident near Lanesboro. Bob was born July 22, 1953 in Chicago, Ill. to Caesar and Delores (Kimbrell) Petrillo. He attended schools in Winnetk ..... 
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Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

A new business in Lanesboro is creating a lot of excitement in town as an old building gets a new (old) look. The proprietors of Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn will have a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Bill Days celebration coming up August 1, 2, ..... 
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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, A ..... 
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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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