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Lanesboro Arts Center is 1 of 3 organizations nationwide to win innOVATION Award

Friday, November 16th, 2012


Lanesboro Arts Center’s St. Mane Theatre, with volunteer Bill Swanson at the sound & lights board and a full house for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Lanesboro, Minn.Lanesboro Arts Center is one of three organizations nationwide to receive a $25,000 innOVATION Award, from Ovation’s Inaugural InnOvation Grant Program.  The award, presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts, is recognizing Lanesboro Arts Center for its role in creating innovative art-based programs which are spurring economic development and revenue growth, as well as community revitalization.  Selected from a pool of 118 applicants nationwide, the innOVATION Awards were presented to Lanesboro Arts Center, Tacoma Arts Program (Tacoma, WA) and Beet Street (Ft. Collins, CO). Read more

Behind the "brain gain:" Ups and downs of going rural

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Posted at 11:43 AM on May 16, 2012 by Jennifer Vogel

MPR News

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“Without a doubt, the biggest challenge of living in rural areas or small towns is economic: making enough money to survive and thrive,” he wrote. “It’s very unlikely a high-paying job will even exist, let alone be handed to you. You have to dial down your financial expectations, while at the same time be ready to do whatever it takes to survive financially.”

Whether someone thrives in rural Minnesota seems to come down to priorities, what’s most important in a person’s life. Where some see social and economic restrictions, others see new opportunities to connect with people.

“My community is nothing like I expected and everything that I had hoped,” wrote Adrienne Sweeney, who moved to Lanesboro, Minnesota in 2002 from the Twin Cities and was raised in Philadelphia. “Growing up in a huge city like Philadelphia, I had no idea what to expect from a small (REALLY small) town. What I have found is that it is one of the most artistically creative places I have ever been… To be able to create a piece of theatre and then have an in-depth discussion about the work with the teller at your bank or your server at the diner the next day is a remarkable experience and makes your work feel so much more real and immediate.”

“To be able to participate in a molten iron pour or attend a barn dance or string quartet performance with your neighbors is so inspiring,” Sweeney wrote. “I have been more artistically energized here in this town of 750 than any of the ‘big cities’ I have lived in.”

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Morel Mushroom Season in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Friday, May 4th, 2012


May 04, 2012
By Peter Schuneman, Reporter

Photo courtesy myfox47
Photo courtesy myfox47

LANESBORO, Minn. (FOX 47) – They are the priceless gems of the deep forest… Definitely a sign of spring.  And for those who enjoy Morel mushroom hunting, time may be running out this year.  Put on your hiking boots, it’s time to hunt for Morels… with our guide of course.

One could call Frank Wright a professional mushroom hunter.  Morels don’t grow on trees, especially dead ones.  However, that’s what you want to find if you hope to be lead to the valued fungus.

The forests in southeast Minnesota have been known to produce the finest morels available thanks in part to high levels of limestone.  Wright knows these forests inside and out.

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Minnesota Happenings: Commonweal Theatre Company presents The Metal Children in Lanesboro, MN

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

MN Public Radio News

Posted at 1:02 PM on March 23, 2012 by Michael Olson

– Lis Pedersen, contributor, Minnesota Today

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This weekend the Commonweal Theater Company in Lanesboro, Minnesota will celebrate the opening of the play The Metal Children, written by the American playwright Adam Rapp. The cast includes Gary Danciu, Brandon Grayson, Carla Joseph, and Rachel Kuhnle, who are all a part of the 2012 Apprentice Company. The Metal Children presents a powerful story about the influence of literature, art, creation, and expression.

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