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The St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro will remain as a performing arts center and maybe provide more offerings, such as dance or films, after Commonweal Theater goes into its new building in summer.

The Lanesboro Arts Council polled people in the city and found most wanted to see the theater not be sold. "People really think of the theater building itself as a community asset, and they want it to remain as a community asset," said Frank Wright, a council board member.

The plan now is to have the council use the year after Commonweal leaves to rent out the building for about $150 per event. If it can get about a dozen, it can pay for insurance and utilities.

In that year, it can then evaluate what is needed to upgrade the St. Mane, which has been used mostly by Commonweal for 15 years. The theater used the main floor and a little of the upper floor but that upper floor needs a lot of work, Wright said. Just how much will be known after Commonweal moves out.


Loss of Commonweal at the St. Mane will actually be an opportunity to expand arts offerings in the Lanesboro area. The mission of the council, after all, is "nurturing diverse artistic endeavors in the greater Lanesboro area." Adding things like dance, town hall meetings, speaker forums and films would add to the diversity, Wright said.

Wabasha County

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To prepare for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April, several members of Respect Children of Wabasha County (the child abuse prevention council) recently attended the Minnesota statewide video conference training, "Effective Messaging for Prevention." From left to right are Judy Siebenaler, Anne Pflaum and Kathy Brehmer, of Respect Children of Wabasha County, and Theresa Davis, program specialist with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Respect Children of Wabasha County is planning free workshops about positive parenting in April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

The presentations will be given by Jeff Fink and Jon Halpern, co-founders of ChildSense and faculty for Saint Mary’s University in Winona and Hamline University in St. Paul.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 3 in Wabasha-Kellogg High School’s library, there will be a program titled "Setting Limits and Boundaries: How to Say No to Your Kids." The workshop will explore the importance of staying firm and offer effective positive parenting techniques for saying "no."

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 16, a program titled "Managing Conflict: Keeping Small Problems Small" will be held at the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Pre-K-3rd Grade Elementary School media center in Plainview.


From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 23 in Bluff View Elementary School’s media center in Lake City, there will be a program titled "Stress of Parenting: Balancing a Busy Life." The workshop will offer techniques on how to reduce stress. It also will provide tools for connecting with children in a meaningful way when time is limited.

The three presentations are free to all parents, grandparents, child care providers and professionals who influence children’s lives. There will be light refreshments, child care, entertainment, crafts for kids and parenting materials.

To register, contact Anne Pflaum at (651) 565-5170 or


Do you want to get children interested in going outside to look for birds or just see birds at a feeder?

Gwyn Calvetti can help.

The La Crosse, Wis., birder will talk about how to teach youths about birding at 7 p.m. March 7 at Lake Park Lodge in Winona. The meeting is part of the monthly program of the Hiawatha Valley Audubon Society.

Calvetti is a professional storyteller who has taught 25 years in the La Crosse school district.


To get the lodge from U.S. 61, go to Huff Street and go north into the city. You will go on the causeway between the two parts of Lake Winona. Once past the lake, go right on West Lake Street about three blocks.

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