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Owl Festival a hoot for families


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford All

If you’re tired of winter and are chomping at the bit to get out and do something fun, mark off March 1-3 on your calendar for the International Festival of Owls in Houston, MN.

While the “International” part of the name might make you think the Festival is only for stuffy researchers, you’ll find that it’s actually very fun for families of all interest levels. (You’ll also find that there isn’t such a thing as a “stuffy owl researcher” because these folks are all passionate about what they do.)

In addition to the excellent biological and cultural presentations from the World Owl Hall of Fame award winners from Germany, Kenya, and Taiwan, you’ll find a plethora of children’s activities: owl crafts, a kids’ owl calling contest, professional owl face painting, owl-themed food, and a hatch-day party for Alice the Great Horned Owl.

This year there are also two interactive programs for children. Friday night features the “Owls and Us Game Show” best for children ages 8-12 and Sunday morning offers a “Build an Owl” program aimed toward children ages 4-8. Both include an appearance by Alice the Great Horned Owl and plenty of participation by the kids.

As always, the live owl programs are the smash hit of the Festival with people of all ages and interest levels. After all, who isn’t wowed by seeing an owl up close or having one fly over their head? Jacques Nuzzo of the Illinois Raptor Center will present four high-energy, entertaining live owl programs featuring a variety of live owls and a few special guests.

If you’d like to avoid the crowds, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Festival on Friday or Sunday. Saturday’s events are so highly attended that sometimes the live owl programs are nearly standing room only in the back of the gymnasium.

Advanced registration is only required for the Banquet, Birding and Natural History Bus Trip, and Outdoor Photography Sessions with the Owls. (Registration fees increase after February 24.) An admission button is required for most other events, which can be purchased at the door. Additional fees apply for nest box building, pellet dissection, and face painting.

For more information and to see a short video with highlights of last year’s Festival, go to www.festivalofowls.com.
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Raymond de Souza coming to St. Mary’s, Houston

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

You are cordially invited to come to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Houston to hear Raymond de Souza speak on Sunday, March 3 and March 17 starting at 6:30 PM each evening. Raymond de Souza is the Director of the Office for Evangelization and Apologe ..... 
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Rushford Library hosts author

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Public Library is well-known for its on-going and varied programs. Keeping the pace going in the frigid winter, the library warms things up Tuesday, February 26 with a humorous evening with Minnesota writer Eric Dre ..... 
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Rushford looks at ambulance service needs

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While Rushford has a strong, viable ambulance service, other communities are not as fortunate and their need may prompt changes to the service’s coverage area. The state sets the coverage boundaries for municipal services and a lack of rural servi ..... 
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Elizabeth Colwell

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Elizabeth Ann Colwell, 80, of Rushford, Minn. died on Monday, February 11, 2013, at Winona Health in Winona, Minn. Elizabeth was born on June 16, 1932, in Saratoga, Iowa to Clifford and Phyllis (Louvar) Miles. She was raised in Saratoga. After high ..... 
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Rushford opens up discussion on Highway 43 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The state has slated 2014 for a major overhaul of Highway 43 running through the heart of Rushford. According to WHKS project engineer Tim Hruska, the cooperative effort between the city and MNDoT must be done due to rapidly aging water and utility ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Jackson William

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Ryan Grover and Katrina Johnson of Edina, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son Jackson William. Jackson was born January 30, 2013. Grandparents are Delaine Schendel of Isanti, Minn., Todd Johnson of Anoka, Minn., and Bill and Judi G ..... 
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Letter about liberal brilliance

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Here are a few gems highlighting liberal brilliance. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” -Nancy Pelosi “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?” -Barack Obama “Thank God, I ..... 
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R-P board takes a look forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Just six weeks past a rejected referendum for a new $15 million, early childhood through grade 5 facility, the R-P board once again took an in-depth look at what can be done with the district’s aging facilities. With four new members on the board, ..... 
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