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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune
  • River Ramblings.....

  • The weekends seem to nearly always have something going on. I’m not complaining. All spring and summer and well into the fall it seems like there is a town celebration in the area, a rodeo or two, golf tournaments, air shows, threshing shows, the Wacipi, horse plowing and on and on. All of these events dra...
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  •     The weekends seem to nearly always have something going on. I’m not complaining.
        All spring and summer and well into the fall it seems like there is a town celebration in the area, a rodeo or two, golf tournaments, air shows, threshing shows, the Wacipi, horse plowing and on and on.
        All of these events draw people to our area and we all benefit from a better economy as a result of that.
        We are fortunate.
        Last weekend saw an influx of visitors to see the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum and judging from the comments I heard, they were wowed and had more than their share to see.
         The crowd was huge and they stayed around. Looking around while in line and in the museum buildings, we were amazed at how many folks we didn’t know. They came from far and wide to see what can only be called a unique and world-class collection of vintage operating aircraft.
        Judging from what I was hearing, many of those visitors will come back to spend more time and learn more about the airplanes and the people who flew them and the support personnel who were grinding it out on the ground in Europe and the Pacific.
        Throughout the event, airplanes were lined up, waiting for runway times. It all seemed to be going smoothly.
        When we climbed the stairs to the vintage World War II airfield tower for a bigger look, we could hear Fagen, Inc. pilot Rob Ator talking on his hand held radio, the voice of the airfield an air traffic controller for what must have been as busy an airport as there was in Minnesota that day.
        It was fascinating to watch and the view from the tower was spectacular.
        The Fagen Fighters World War II Museum is more than another attraction. It is a destination of its own. We are fortunate to be the home of this wonderful new destination.
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        The Meander opening night kick-off event is another example of a homegrown event. It’s the product of a large effort by a ;ot of folks to make something special happen and to call attention to the incredible setting that downtown Granite Falls enjoys.
        The live music and the short program will be a lot of fun and the musical play “The Meandering River Walk” will be something to remember.
        Stories about many of the local folks who were here nearly 150 years ago are woven into the lively and entertaining tale about settling here along the river and the many ups and downs and the characters who lived through it all over the years. We have a history that is compelling and well worth telling. Young playwrights Ashley Hansen and Andrew Gordon listened carefully to the stories that they heard and have done an amazing job of weaving those tales into a 45 minute production that folks will talk about for years  to come.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Plan to join the crowd and see the “Meandering River Walk” at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Friday evening and celebrate the opening of another Meander.

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