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COURTESY OF BEBE KEITH
A portion of the crowd from last year’s silent movies event is shown enjoying the pre-movie entertainment in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park.
COURTESY OF BEBE KEITH A portion of the crowd from last year’s silent movies event is shown enjoying the pre-movie entertainment in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:04 AM
Persons will be able to take a step back to a simpler time before smart phones, Facebook, Twitter, self parallel-parking cars and computer-animated movies during Lanesboro’s Silent Movies in the Park After Dark. Eight short black and white silent movie shorts, written and directed by local residents, will be presented at Sylvan Park on Saturday and Sunday evenings, Sept. 10 and 11.
  • Lanesboro once again hosting silent movies
    Persons will be able to take a step back to a simpler time before smart phones, Facebook, Twitter, self parallel-parking cars and computer-animated movies during Lanesboro’s Silent Movies in the Park After Dark. Eight short black and white silent movie shorts, written and directed by local residents, will be presented at Sylvan Park on Saturday and Sunday evenings, Sept. 10 and 11.
  • During its August meeting, the Harmony City Council was updated on the receipt of a significant grant that will allow the Harmony Fire Department to purchase needed equipment in the coming years.
  • The Preston City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Preston City Hall. The council members spent significant time discussing the 2017 budget and possible levy.
  • Renovation work progressing on historic Canton depot
    “They were pleasantly surprised when they found that a good portion of the floor joists were still in good shape after all these years. That’s going to make this project a little easier,” said LeRoy Haynes last week. Haynes was referring to the floor joists under the Canton Depot that the Canton Area Historical Society is resurrecting.
  • The Fillmore County commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23, was a busy one, with budgets, solid waste hauling, grants and granny pods on the agenda. 
  • The movies are family-friendly, Keith noted. Many of them have a “fairytale” theme. The novice movie producers all took a class to learn how to use the digital recording equipment. The digital images are downloaded onto a computer and edited. Word cards are utilized, just like in the days of silent films, motion is sped up slightly to provide that old-fashion movie feel and music dubbed in at the appropriate times. 
  • School is just around the corner and much of the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23, centered around final preparations before the kids return.
  • Harmony man distributes fresh produce, spreading much cheer and good will
    When Mike Peters of Harmony saw trucks filled with excess produce, after a day selling in area communities, he saw an opportunity to help those in need and to brighten the day of other local residents. He arranged to purchase the leftover sweet corn, onions, tomatoes, melons and other fresh fruit and vegetables, and found ways to distribute those items to area seniors and families who may need a bit of helping hand.
  • Enjoy samples of heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes, fresh from the gardens at Seed Savers Exchange near Decorah, Iowa.
  • The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in La Crosse will be hosting an open house on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 7 p.m.  
  • Harmony Area Historical Society member Paula Michel is in search of a missing item from the society’s collection.
  • Steam Engine Days Queen, attendants to be chosen next week
    As Steam Engine Days quickly approaches, eight young women from the Mabel and Hesper area have chosen to be candidates for the 2016-2017 Steam Engine Days Queen. 
  • The Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro announces its fall production of “Pride’s Crossing” by Tina Howe, opening Saturday, Sept. 17, and playing through Nov. 13. Discounted tickets are available for preview performances Sept. 9 through 16. 
  • The Lanesboro football team is a little light on numbers but heavy on experienced players coming back from last year’s 4-5 season. The team finished 4-4 in the sub-district, good for the number six spot out of 10 total teams.
  • Lane Powell of Harmony has been awarded the 2016 Established Artist grant through the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). Individual artists are eligible to apply for this award every three years. Powell last received this award through the McKnight Foundation in 2013. Since that time, the composer has completed six other private concert band commissions for Minnesota schools. All of them were created to highlight and honor a specific cause or group in Minnesota. 
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