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OWATONNA — Owatonna’s Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum hosted a visitor from England last month: Jim Goddard, chairman of Care Leavers Association UK, spent roughly a week exploring the grounds and listening to stories from those who know the place best.

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OWATONNA — Local jazz aficionados can listen — or even play a few numbers — Sunday at the Steele County History Center during the Steele County Historical Society’s Jazz Jam.

OWATONNA—Sharon Stark loved the arts, she was an adroit baker, and she knew how to throw a magnificent party, so there was no better way to remember her life and legacy than for numerous members of the local arts community to gather for a feast, listen to music, and enjoy the company of one …

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OWATONNA — Bri Ulrich, India Enter, and Caroline Nelson, who all excelled musically at Owatonna High School and are continuing their pursuits in college, will perform in concert Saturday at the Owatonna Arts Center.

OWATONNA—Let’s Smile’s first foray into holding a comedy fundraiser last summer was so successful than the local non-profit is offering another edition Friday, this time featuring a pair of Twin Cities-based comedians, John DeBoer and Miss Shannan Paul.

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OWATONNA — Luke Berkley, who, among his accomplishments, was named the Hemp Family Prize recipient at Luther College for the 2019-2020 academic term, is back in his hometown of Owatonna for the summer, and he’ll perform a concert Sunday night at the Owatonna Arts Center.

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OWATONNA — Nearly two-dozen local children are receiving expert acting and storytelling instruction this week during a theater camp, and they’ll show off what they’ve learned Friday afternoon with an “informance” for an audience.

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OWATONNA — As part of Owatonna Hospital’s 10th anniversary celebration this year, the medical center called for art by local artists, and a number of those pieces are now on display for this season of Healing Arts, which officially opened Tuesday and runs through the end of October.

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Owatonna was represented with aplomb at Miss Minnesota last week, where Owatonna High School alumna Alyssa Crum was first runner-up, and Whitni Minton, a rising senior at OHS, was second runner-up for Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen.

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ELLENDALE — Ellendale Days 2019 will feature, among other highlights, a lineup of speakers who will discuss critical aspects of the city’s history, including a goldmine, a nightclub, and a tool company.

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OWATONNA — “Lapham Rising,” a movie that has been filming in Owatonna for the past few weeks and features actors Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, and Ashley Benson, is nearing completion.

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OWATONNA — Winter State Entertainment’s Hamid Torabpour has made it his mission to bring talented individuals to Owatonna and Steele County with his production company, and he’s delivering on that promise yet again, with actors Frank Langella and Ashley Benson currently in town to film the m…

OWATONNA — In addition to performances by Owatonna High School’s bands, choirs, and orchestras, Tuesday’s Pops Concert will also include recognition of the inaugural class of Owatonna Music Hall of Fame members.

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OWATONNA — Local residents who saw musician Bucky Covington — a top-10 finisher during season five of “American Idol” — driving around town in a classic Dodge late Monday night needn’t be perplexed: Covington was in Owatonna to shoot a video for his song, “Driving in the Dark,” which will al…

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — There was perhaps nowhere better for Blooming Prairie music students to take a trip this spring than the “Music City” itself, Nashville, and, indeed, it was “one of the best trips we’ve had,” said Ross Reishus, the band instructor.

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OWATONNA — The Owatonna Arts Center will provide “A Taste of Art” May 11, with several artists on hand to discuss their work.

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MEDFORD — “Oz,” Medford’s spring play, is truly a student production, directed by sophomore Roberta Domstrand and populated by a tight-knit cast who in addition to acting also perform any and all other duties associated with mounting a play.

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