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'Lakes Country Living' to feature stories about west central Minnesota

A new video magazine about west central Minnesota is set to debut next Monday, September 13.

"Lakes Country Living" will showcase four key topics - the arts, green living, natural resources and local history - plus other unique stories associated with the high quality of life residents enjoy in this area.

Produced by local artist Stephen Henning, the weekly half-hour program was initially developed in cooperation with the Evansville Art Center through a Legacy Fund grant from Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) and with technical assistance from Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association.

"Our vision is to champion the artists, educators, farmers, entrepreneurs and small communities - the often-overlooked stories that should be celebrated," said Henning.

Henning and his crew have been filming since last February and continue to gather new material while finalizing episodes for the initial release this month. As of this date, program content has been gathered from 10 Minnesota counties.

The programs may be seen on cable through local access channels like Gardonville's Lakes Area Local Access Channel 4.

Lakes Country Living may also be seen over the Internet. Henning said, "We will be posting each program after it airs to our YouTube channel: LakesCountryTV. We are also working on a Facebook page and a content-rich interactive website,, will hopefully be up and running in October."

The public is invited to the Evansville Art Center on Sunday, September 12, when EAC will host a free preview party to view some of Lakes Country Living's arts features.

Artists showcased include Ellen Eilers and Roxann Sorenson of Alexandria, Jay McDougall of Fergus Falls, Patty Kakac of Evansville, Kent Scheer of Wadena and David Bengtson of Long Prairie.

A video featuring EAC's Third Thursday Music Night and the New York Mills Cultural Center may also be shown.

The program at EAC will begin at 2 p.m., with a brief introduction by Henning. Some of the featured artists may be present. For more information, contact EAC at (218) 948-2787.