Nicollet County arts groups
The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council announced grants to three Nicollet County organizations. The Minnesota Over 60 Band received $6,000 and will perform in parades and concerts in Minnesota cities during their 2014 season. The Rock Bend Folk Festival received $4,000 and will sponsor a two-day festival Sept. 6 and 7 at Minnesota Square Park featuring local and regional Minnesota folk musicians on two stages and local artists displaying their work. South Central College received $4,000 and will sponsor Iny Asian Dance Theater Oct. 9 led by internationally renowned Hmong artist Iny Mai Vang to perform at the Global Connections Conference. Pictured are, from left, Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director; Amy Magnus, South Central College; John Ganey, Rock Bend Folk Festival and Bonnie Jaster, Minnesota Over 60 Band. (Submitted photo)