Arts & Entertainment

The Norseman Band of St. Olaf College, conducted by Paul Niemisto, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake. The 85-piece symphonic band will play both traditional band music and new pieces, including traditional marches and selections by American composers Frank Ticheli and Leonard Bernstein. In observation [...]

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Veronica Mahnke, an eighth-grader at Century Junior High, was  selected to receive the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Silver Key. The Minnesota program, affiliated with the national Scholastic Art Awards, offers early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The competition is open to all Minnesota students in grades 7 through [...]

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Don Reese’s outlook on life “hangs on the fine line between reality and the Twilight Zone,” according to a Running Aces press release. “Take a boy born in the Midwest, feed him a steady diet of comic books, monster magazines, horror and science fiction movies, and what do you get? The comedy of Don Reese,” [...]

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When Flake Festival made its debut as Forest Lake’s winter celebration in 2011, the schedule comprised a few loosely arranged events. As the growing tradition opens for a fourth year on Saturday, that same amount of events is represented in just ones new to the festival. Major first-time activities on the ice include a family Olympics competition, a luminary-lined 5K, an ice golf tournament and a vintage snowmobile show.

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On most days, Dan Bellows can be found working on electrical projects on skyscrapers in New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles. Such is the life of the building controls engineer and co-owner of Integrated Information Systems of Forest Lake. But for a month last summer, Bellows, 50, and his wife, Lisa, were in the wilds of Alaska mining for gold and helping a reality television star improve efficiency in his mining operation.

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