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WINONA: New Smith wood carvings on display

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is displaying new artifacts from its collection of wood carvings from Leo and Marilyn Smith beginning June 3 and will also have a storytelling time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 31.

The folk art of the Smiths, who live and work along the Mississippi River in the area, will include about three dozen sculptures and carved wooden wall reliefs. Some will be from the "Our Town" series of portraits of people, both real and imagined.

During the story-telling time, the museum staff and volunteers will read from family-friendly stories in front of original works of art and lead participants in a hands-on art project.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays; it is closed Mondays and major holidays such as Independence Day. Admission is $6 for adults and senior citizens, $3 students and is free for children age 4 and under.

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For more information, call (507) 474-6626 or go to www.minnesotamarineart.org.

LEROY: Meeting will discuss design team

A public meeting to discuss what was learned from the Minnesota Design Team that came to LeRoy to help it get more tourists, and businesses, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the LeRoy Community Center.

A supper of hot dogs, chips, beans and dessert will be served.

Some of the topics include guiding principals, sharing the community and open space, connecting LeRoy and nearby Lake Louise State Park, transportation, amenities and attractions, business retention and marketing.

The meeting will last two to three hours.

AUSTIN: Blues singer coming to Paramount

Marcia Ball — a blues musician, singer and entertainer — is slated to perform Saturday at Austin’s Paramount Theatre.

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Ball, an Alligator Records recording artist, can switch from "elegant to raucous Little Richard in a heartbeat," according to a Paramount news release. She also has earned good reviews as one of the most flamboyant and talented keyboardists performing today, the release says.

Tickets are $18 and are available at the Paramount box office, Hy-Vee Food Store, B&J Bar & Grill and The Hardy Geranium.

Paramount Theatre is located at 125 Fourth Ave. N.E.

CHATFIELD: New sewing machines donated

The Chatfield Booster Club has donated nine state-of-the-art sewing machines to the Chatfield High School family and consumer sciences department, according to the Chatfield News.

The school also purchased three more new machines to update its sewing machine fleet.

Students in grades 7 to 9 will use the machines to make pajama pants, quilt blocks, fleece hats and other useful items.

In Saturday’s Post-Bulletin

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It appears the rise in gas prices is causing more Americans to rethink their travel habits. The number of Americans traveling this Memorial Day weekend is projected to drop slightly by nearly 1 percent.

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