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When a Beatles tribute band takes the stage at Theatre L'Homme Dieu on Thursday and Friday, they'll tread brand-new boards. "Our stage was in major need of repair," said Nicole Mulder, the theater's interim executive director. "It wasn't safe. It wasn't level."
Faith Lutheran Church of Miltona, 5500 County Road 14 NE, will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. It will accept a freewill donation, with proceeds going to a rapid response fund for local emergencies. A bake sale held at the same time will benefit local food shelves. Two on Tuesday Ukulele Group will entertain. For more information, call (218) 943-2891.
Keith Redfield never had the chance to play music in high school. Now the retired school superintendent and Jefferson High School principal will serve as grand marshal of the Vikingland Band Festival. "I'm very honored," said Redfield. "I'm really looking forward to it. I appreciate the sponsors of it and actually I was very surprised to be asked to do it having been out of the Alexandria system for over 30 years."
Every Memorial Day, veterans and their spouses bring trumpet and rifles to cemeteries in northern Douglas and southern Otter Tail counties. The adjutant barks commands. Riflemen fire blanks. The haunting notes of "Taps" float over the graves of veterans of long-ago wars. "I just feel I owe it to those veterans of years past, so they're not forgotten," said Ray W. Wille, adjutant for the Inspiration Peak American Legion Post 527, which conducts the honors. Sometimes big crowds attend the ceremonies. Sometimes, no-one comes.
Alexandria 8:30 a.m.-noon Annual pancake breakfast at First Congregational church, 221 7th Ave. W. 10 a.m. Parade starts at Eighth and Broadway and marches to Kinkead Cemetery. 11 a.m. Service at Kinkead Cemetery. Parade: American Legion Post 87, VFW Post 936, Marine Corps League Runestone Detachment 1409, Vietnam Veterans of America 235.
Cindy and John Haffner snapped this photo of a two-week-old spotted donkey, Afib, with his mamma, Cruiser, by Rose City, Minn. If you have a great photo, email it with a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Guitarist Kevin Klimek will perform for the First Friday concert on June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Evansville Art Center at 111 Main St. Klimek first picked up a guitar around age 13. At age 14, in 1965, he began performing professionally. He once opened for Buck Owens. In later years, he opened for Bill Haley's Comets and others. His musical influences include Chet Atkins, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton. He plays classic country, ballads, blues and original music and welcomes requests.
There'll be a family reunion at Ole Oppe Fest in Alexandria this year. Sort of. Big Ole will meet his little brother, Little Ole. Didn't know about Little Ole? Big Ole didn't either. Little Ole is what you might call a "surprise." He's very young, only a few months old, and he's inflatable. When he's blown up, he's 14 feet tall, half the size of his big brother. When he's deflated, he spends his time in a suitcase being hauled to events around the region.
For the eighth consecutive summer, free concerts will be performed at the Douglas County Courthouse lawn on Thursday evenings. Running May 25 through Aug. 31, the weekly 7 p.m. concerts are organized by the Red Willow Arts Coalition and sponsored by Anderson Funeral Home and Elden's Fresh Food, as well as performance night sponsors.