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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
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  • The big Ole and Lena Days weekend was lively and fun for a whole lot of folks. After being tied down during some cold snaps the not so warm weather seemed to inspire people to get out and about last weekend. I heard lots of good remarks about the Hometown Variety Show last Friday night. The Granite Area Arts Council spon...
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  •     The big Ole and Lena Days weekend was lively and fun for a whole lot of folks. After being tied down during some cold snaps the not so warm weather  seemed to inspire people to get out and about last weekend.
        I heard lots of good remarks about the Hometown Variety Show last Friday night. The Granite Area Arts Council sponsored the show and lined up some very good talent that attracted a large crowd on a cold night.
        Reporter Eric Monson took photos at the well-attended event and had plenty of good things to say about it.
        Kudos to them for sponsoring the show, and for making it a high quality production. The hundreds of folks who turned out for the good entertainment also deserve a thanks for supporting the Arts Council’s efforts and for helping them to raise funds to keep arts activities very much alive in Granite Falls.
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        I drew the tough assignment of taking photos at the 10th annual Ole and Lena beer tasting seminar at Bootlegger’s  Supper Club also on Friday night.
        More than 120 lively folks showed up to try samples of the latest batches of brewing creativity. The world of craft brewing and the many selections and new flavors has changed the American palate for beer - possibly forever.
        Once again the beer tasting guru for the evening was Neil Wegener of Locher Brothers Distributing in Arlington. He walked the crowd through 10 different selections that ranged from a fruity “hard” cider to a dark and bitter ale that went good with chocolate. Imagine that.
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        The Scandinavian Buffet at Prairie’s Edge Casino on Friday drew a crowd for Norwegian fare and then on Saturday morning, the Kiwanis Pancake Feed filled a lot of the chairs in the Minnesota West cafeteria.
        After their pancake breakfast, plenty of folks spent time milling through the craft show and in the Sons of Norway heritage room. For good reason. I can still smell the graceful aroma of  Krumkake that was hot off the iron. Uff-da!
        
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        The annual Firemen’s Dance capped off the Ole and Lena events with a nice crowd and some good music. The Harley  raffle made things interesting and the firemen raised a few bucks for their needs, too.
    Page 2 of 2 -     I think it’s safe to say that the Ole and Lena Days Winter Carnival still serves it original purpose: Getting folks out of the house and adding a little spice to the otherwise dreary days of mid-winter.  Thanks to the YME Community Ed department and to everyone who makes it all happen.
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        We got another wonderful taste of Norway on Saturday at Emma Volstad’s and Daryl Gregoire’s  wedding in Hanley Falls. A Norwegian friend of Emma’s, a young woman she met while spending a college semester in Norway, came here for the wedding dressed in a beautiful traditional Norwegian bunad. She read a prayer in Norwegian, something that seemed to fit in perfectly at Yellow Medicine Lutheran in Hanley. You could almost feel the presence of St. Olaf in the church.
        Jerry Ostensoe sang and played a sweet and tender song he wrote for those newlyweds. Later, at their reception, Emma’s dad Elmo played and sang Forever Young for them.
        All very nice.
        
     
        
     

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