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Happy Holidays From Lanesboro

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014




Happy Holidays!

Nostalgia seems to be a significant part of the Holiday Season for many people, myself included. I recently found myself thinking of the day I moved here last November…a light snow had fallen the night before and everything looked pristine. In the early morning hours, we decided breakfast was a good idea before we got too serious about putting our belongings away, and decided to walk downtown to the Pastry Shoppe to get a bite to eat. Walking along in the light chill of the morning, I found myself thinking that if Norman Rockwell was still alive, he’d have been living in Lanesboro!

Quaint and quiet, I was awestruck by the beauty and somewhat overwhelmed by the emotion this community inspired in me. I was feeling as if I had finally “come home.” I could hear the occasional scrape of a shovel against the sidewalk, reminding me that despite appearances, we weren’t completely alone…in fact, as we walked, quite a few of our new neighbors came out of their homes, introduced themselves, chatted for a bit, and made us feel welcome to our new community.

When I have mentioned that experience to people since then, I have often told them that I made more friends in that 3 hour walk than I did in 35 years of living in the Twin Cities. It’s just one of the many things that make Lanesboro special. I knew we had made a great decision in choosing to join this community. Our soon-to-be Mayor, Robin Krom, recently summed up the feelings this community creates in its residents rather well, as he stated that for him, coming to Lanesboro “felt like a hug.” I wholeheartedly agree!

I think we are all blessed to live in this community together, and a big part of it is that “hug” we feel. Probably even more important is the community’s willingness to share that “hug” with new residents and visitors throughout the year. It is a big part of what has made us a tourism and residential destination for so many.

If you are newer resident or vistor to Lanesboro, I would love to know what attracted you to the area, and if you were born/grew up here, I’d love to learn why you’ve stayed. Please share a “feel good” line or two in the reply area below and I will post them over the Holiday Season!

By Dee Slinde/Executive Director/Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce

A HUGE Congratulations to Lanesboro Arts!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014



Guest Post by Dee Slinde

Congratulations to Lanesboro Arts on receiving a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation! The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitment to creative, innovative problem-solving.

As residents of Lanesboro, we are blessed to have a higher than average number of visionaries amongst us, and the Bush Prize for Community Innovation is an incredible recognition for the hard work and extraordinary efforts of the Lanesboro Arts team shown above. Sara Baskett, Program/Marketing Director; John Davis, Executive Director; Courtney Bergey, Director of Advancement; Robbie Brokken, Gallery Director, have worked with the City of Lanesboro, the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, and the community as a whole to implement art in unique ways to resolve community challenges and opportunities.

Again, congratulations, and we will look forward to the innovations this can bring to our community!

Bush Prize Press Release


Lanesboro, MN: The “Write” Place!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Lanesboro, MN is a great place for writers to visit, live, and create! How do we know this? Because of all the great literary happenings in our sweet little hamlet!


Sometimes it’s amazing what you can overlook in your very own backyard. Recently it was pointed out to me that Lanesboro is a haven for writers. And it hit me that a) that person was absolutely correct and b) I should know this is true from personal experience. After all, I’m married to a playwright, who lives and works right here in Lanesboro.

Once a month I perform on “Lanesboro Live” and our producer and host, Damon Prestemon, brings in at least one author each month. I love listening to these fascinating, smart, and witty people as they speak passionately about the stories or topics which have stoked their creative fires, and I try never to miss a chance to add to my personal library when they do a book signing. And it’s wonderful to hear how each author is incredibly moved by their experience in Lanesboro! Authors come here to learn, to experience, to CREATE – just like the dozens of musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, et al who live and work in town. Maybe it’s the natural beauty of the bluffs and the river that inspires. Or the relaxed pace of life we enjoy here.

Yes, Lanesboro is a huge draw for artists of all kinds, but I never before stopped to think about what a mecca this is for writers as well. Just last week, the Commonweal Theatre hosted playwright Mark Brown from Los Angeles to lead audience discussion after a performance of his play adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. The Lanesboro Arts Center offers up to four two- or four-week residencies from November through May to artists, including poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. And did you know that Lanesboro has it’s own publishing company (Shipwreckt Books), as well as several local authors who have had their works published? We regularly have both local and guest authors speak at the Lanesboro Public Library or do book signings at our businesses.

And, of course, the best place in any community to find new books is the local library. The Lanesboro Public Library hosts local and nationally-known authors for public readings and book signings. And recently our library was awarded a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to have a mural painted in the entrance hallway, created by a local muralist working with local volunteers. The theme?  “Libraries Grow Community.” How perfect for Lanesboro!

Until next time,




*Bronze Workshop and Pour (July 18 & 19, 2014)

*”Fiddler on the Roof” at the St. Mane Theatre (July 18, 19, 20 & July 25, 26, and 27)

*Exhibit “Summer Dreams” at the Lanesboro Art Center (through August 10, 2014)

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

*”Around the World in 80 Days” at the Commonweal Theatre (through October 27, 2014)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro, 
please visit and check out our “Calendar of Events”. 


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