SOAR Regional Arts to present ‘The Wizard of Oz!’ Sept. 14-16 & 21-23
Everyone’s favorite characters are back in this beautiful stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.
Performances will take place at STMA Middle School West, 11343 – Fiftieth St. NE, Albertville, on Friday, September 14, at 7:00 pm; Saturday, September 15, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm; Sunday, September 16, at 2:00 pm; Friday, September 21, at 7:00 pm; Saturday, September 22, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm; Sunday, September 23, at 2:00 pm.
After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of Oz, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz, who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister... but are now on Dorothy’s feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.
Please visit SOARarts.com for more information.
American Legion Post 270 celebrating centennial on September 8
The American Legion is turning 100, and American Legion Post 270 in Buffalo is planning to celebrate locally, even though they’ve been celebrating already throughout the year.
The post, located in Buffalo, was chartered on October 13, 1919. The organization, as a whole, can trace its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I. The American Legion was federally chartered on Sept. 16, 1919, and quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated to service to veterans, strong national defense, youth and patriotism.
Post 270, currently numbers: 264 members plus 134 in the affiliated American Legion Auxiliary, 33 Sons of The American Legion, and 11 Legion Riders.
To kick-off this centennial celebration, there will be hosting a family event, and all are invited on Saturday, September 8, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Brats, dogs, burgers, and sides, as well as kid and adult beverages will be served. A jumping house, climbing wall and dunk tank will also be featured. Live music starts at 4 p.m. by the “Everett Smithson Band.” Admission is FREE; western parking lot of the Legion.
Hanover Historical Society to host community corn feed on Sat., September 8
Fall is coming, but there’s nothing like corn on the cob and watermelon to help prolong the end of summer.
The Hanover Historical Society is sponsoring the first-ever Community Corn Feed on Saturday, September 8, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hanover Area History Center at 1010 East River Road in Hanover.
Families are welcome to enjoy the corn on the cob and watermelon and listen to music. Children will be entertained by the balloon animals created by Campie of Clown Arounds.
A free-will offering is suggested.
The Hanover Historical Society is “bridging the past with the future while preserving history and enhancing a sense of community.
More information can be found online at their website: hanoverhistoricalsociety.org.
Buffalo council discusses upcoming events, and project proposals
By Arynn Maznio
Due to Labor Day weekend, the Buffalo City Council met on Tuesday, September 4, at 7:00pm. The meeting was opened by Mayor Teri Lachermeier. Lachermeier shared her enthusiasm with the final summer Concert in the Park, which took place on Thursday, August 30 at Sturges Park. Several hundred people attended and members of the community were encouraged to make donations, which fund the events. Concerts in the Park will begin again next summer after Buffalo Days. Council member Eric Anderson shared excitement for the Classics by the Lake event taking place at Buffalo Lake this coming Saturday, September 8. Council member Scott Enter urges the community to drive safely, as school begins this week for students. Pay attention for school buses and vans.
During the open forum, Jackie Prigge, a volunteer for S.A.V.E., presented the upcoming S.A.V.E. event, “Let’s Talk About It” at Buffalo High School on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Center. S.A.V.E. is partnering with Bounce Back to provide the suicide awareness event in order to create awareness by bringing concerned individuals together to hear from various healthcare organizations and an adult and student panel for a discussion on mental health. Additionally, Carol Sendzik and a group of Buffalo residents shared concerns over the ongoing dog park project. Senzik shared about recent concerns regarding the health and safety of park users, community gardeners, and pet owners. She urges the Council to reconsider the project planning in light of residents’ concerns.
The Council members shared reports of upcoming projects and proposals. Linda Kittock reported that the Parks Advisory Board met on Monday, August 27 at 7:00pm and approved the Greenbriar Hills park housing plan. A meeting with Friends of the Dog Park had positive results and while no final plans have been made, ideas have been generated to consider the Friends’ concerns. Kittock reported that planning for terrace seating at the bandshell is needed and planning for the Bella Vista hockey rink is in progress. Council member Scott Enter will meet with Bounce Back on Wednesday, September 5 at Buffalo High School to represent the City of Buffalo. Steve Downer reported that the Wild Marsh Advisory Board met and is planning to meet again to discuss operations.
The City Council approved the Architect Professional Services Agreement for the downtown fire station. The proposed project site is the old St. Francis School lot across from the current fire station. Due to new state building and plumbing code changes, the Council decided that the fire station updates are necessary for the city. Brian Bergstrom, from Short Elliot Hendrickson Architects (SEH), addressed the Council to answer questions regarding the proposed fire station and to recommend its approval. According to Bergstrom, upon approval of the project SEH would begin working directly with Administrator Merton Auger and the fire department to create a plan. The Council should expect a financial proposal in four to six months, with construction completion estimated to be the end of 2019.
City Engineer Justin Kannas advised that the Council approve the bidding of work to be done on the Biosolids Maintenance plant. Three categories account for 75% of the proposed project, which is estimated to cost approximately $2.69 million. The three categories are a biosolids mixing system, two pre-treatment screens, and a self-leveling dumpster cover. Should the Council utilize an add- alternate plan, as well as wait until the dumpster cover patent runs out, the city could potentially save money on the project without compromising on quality equipment materials. The Council approved the proposal with a conditional motion that the project budget not exceed $2.256 million.
The meeting was adjourned by Mayor Teri Lachermeier at 7:52pm. The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 17 at 7:00pm.
• The Council approved the adoption of the ordinance to appoint future fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, and captains. It was noted that the role of the Council would create a “check and balance” for fire department leadership in order to keep the best interests of the city in mind.
• A call for a hearing on past due accounts will be held at the City Council meeting, scheduled for Monday, September 17 at 7:00pm.
• The Council accepted the following donations with gratitude:
• A total of $65 for the dog park
• A total of $1,450 for the Parks Department in memory of Kim Johnson
• The Council approved the Liquor and Beer licenses requested by the Buffalo American Legion Post 270 for their 100th Anniversary event, to be held on Saturday, September 8 from 1:00-8:00 pm.
Buffalo students head back to school
Pictured above, rain greeted students, (names not available) as they made their way to their classrooms during Tuesday’s first day of school at Parkside Elementary School.
Below left, two students, (names not available) share an umbrella as they make their way to class on Tuesday’s first day of school for new sixth graders at Buffalo Community Middle School.
Pictured below right, students (names not available) make their way from the bus to the classroom Tuesday morning at Parkside Elementary School. (Photos by Rob LaPlante)
10th Annual Street Party of Hope, September 13th
Buffalo Hospital Foundation has rebranded its annual event, which recognizes those receiving care for cancer.
Each year, Buffalo Hospital Foundation hosts the Street Party of Hope in Downtown Buffalo, Minn. This annual event, formerly called the Pink Street Party, elevates cancer awareness and raises money for Buffalo Hospital Foundation’s Community Cancer Care Fund, which provides financial support to individuals who have found their cancer diagnosis to be a financial burden. The new name was created to better recognize people experiencing any type of cancer. Along with the new name, the event is taking place this year on a new date: Thursday, September 13, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Throughout September, downtown Buffalo will be illuminated with lights in eight different colors, recognizing many of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, as well as caregivers. Community members are invited to sponsor a string of lights, as a tribute to loved ones who have experienced cancer, and will also have the opportunity to hang a medallion in their honor on one of the eight colored trees on the Splash Pad during the event. The highlight of the evening will be at 8 p.m. where organizers will throw the switch, illuminating downtown in lights that honor, support, celebrate and remember those who have experienced cancer. To learn more about these tributes and honor someone you love, go online and visit streetpartyofhope.org.
A variety of vendors will line the streets, and classic favorites and modern hits by “Crows Feet” will fill the air from the bandstand located near the Splash Pad. The event will also feature a performance by members of the Buffalo Community Theater, as they perform numbers from their fall show, “Company.” Over 60 business and organizations, in addition to food and beverage vendors, will be there in support of the Street Party of Hope. New this year is an Almost 5k Fun Run/Walk along the shores of Buffalo Lake, giving people another way to experience the event and honor loved ones by running or walking in their honor. Games, food, and festivities make this an event the whole family can enjoy. Be one of the most colorful guests or pets for a chance to win a prize!
Maple Lake Airport “Fly-In” lands September 8 and 9
On Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, members of Chapter 878 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (https://www.eaa.org) will be celebrating general aviation at the Maple Lake Airport. The public is invited to be a part of all events.
Saturday starts early with “Young Eagle” flights for youth ages eight through 17 (www.youngeagles.org), which includes an introduction to aviation and an aircraft ride, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Contact either Kyle Weatherly at email@example.com, 612-759-5227, or Kurt Pennuto, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-209-3478 for more info and to register for the flights.
Saturday evening is the Third Annual Airport Camp-Out in tents under aircraft wings or in campers. The evening includes burgers provided by the chapter, plus a “pot luck” meal (bring a dish to share) at 5 p.m. The evening concludes with a bonfire, socializing and recorded music.
Sunday, September 9, is the 32nd Annual Pork Chop Dinner, a noon meal served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a hot dog meal available. This popular fly-in event attracts pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around Minnesota with a wide variety of aircraft, as well as community supporters of the airport and those who want to see the airplanes, talk to pilots and learn about aviation.
This is a major fund-raising event for the chapter, which was formed in 1986 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Funds are used to support the education and safety missions of the chapter, as well as for youth aviation promotion.
Information about the Experimental Aircraft Association and EAA Chapter 878 will be available. Face painting and a bouncy house will help keep the youngsters entertained.
Persons 18 and older are invited to inquire about “Eagle Flights,” an EAA mentoring program for adults who are interested in learning to fly.
For more information, contact Kurt at 612-209-3478, or email@example.com.
Fundraiser for ‘Maddi’s Mascots’
Madeline “Maddi” Teske, shortly before her second birthday, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her journey to combat this disease has been filled with costly treatments, joy, sorrow, and also Maddi’s positive spirit.
On Saturday, September 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Howard Lake American Legion Post 145 will be hosting a fundraiser to help offset some of the costs of treatment for Maddi and her family, in an attempt to alleviate the burden. For more information, venture over to the Howard Lake American Legion Post 145 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HowardLakeLegionPost145/.
The Legion is located at: 616 Seventh Avenue, in Howard Lake.
Delano Band Blitz II, September 8
Everyone is welcome to join the Delano American Legion and Greencare for Troops in presenting their Band Blitz II to the community on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 7 p.m.
The event will take place in Delano, at the American Legion parking lot, and runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will feature live music by “Little Chicago,” “West Highway,” as well as a special performance from two former members of the Delano River Band.
This event is a fundraiser for the Legion and Greencare for Troops, which provides complimentary lawn services for families of deployed military personnel. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at CorTrust Bank formerly Delano State Bank), the Legion, or at BandBlitz.net. Raffle tickets for TORO Lawn equipment will be available at the show as well.
11th Annual Classics by the Lake to roll into Buffalo
The 11th Annual Classics by the Lake car show is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sturges Park, Buffalo. Admission is free. Come and see hundreds of classic cars throughout the park overlooking Buffalo Lake.
Trophies are going to the top 75 cars chosen by the show car owners. Also, a Spectators Award, a Sponsors Award and a Best in Show Award are being presented.
All vehicles of interest are welcome. Parking spaces fill up quickly, and goody bags are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enjoy shopping and antiquing nearby in downtown Buffalo too!
Food and refreshments will be available on site at the car show. Entertainment to be provided by “Chopper, The World’s Nuttiest DJ.”
September is “Library Card Sign-Up Month”
September is “Library Card Sign-Up Month,” a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide, including all 32 Great River Regional Libraries (GRRL), join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
How can you celebrate this month? Head to your library in September to see what’s new and take part in the celebration.
The uniqueness of Indian Pipe
There is nothing better than spending a late summer morning walking the woods in search of whatever interesting you can find. Lately, I’ve been out wandering the thick, cool forests looking for some mushrooms. I’ve been successful at finding the mushrooms that I am seeking, but I also find other interesting things.
While walking, I enjoy seeing so many familiar natural objects, such as squirrel nests, various mushrooms, migrating birds, colorful wildflowers, all of which I consider to be old friends, and it’s always great to see old friends.
One of the more interesting things in the woods at this time of year is the Indian Pipe (Monotropa unifora). Also called the Ghost Plant or Corpse Plant, the Indian Pipe is a very unusual plant that grows late in the summer season, and is found on the forest floor. Standing only four-to-nine inches tall, you might overlook this unique plant. But what sets the Indian Pipe apart from all other plants in the forest, it is pure white, and sometimes pink.
You see, the Indian Pipe is a plant without chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the part of a plant that gives it the green color. It is also the part that takes in the sunlight and produces food for the plant. Without the green chlorophyll, all plants would be white. It doesn’t make food for itself like other plants, but instead, gets its nourishment through a mutually beneficial fungal and tree root (mycorrhizal) relationship. Ultimately, it gets nourishment from the trees. This is a very complex relationship that is still not completely understood.
Like all mycoheterotropic plants, it has a specific relationship with a fungal host. In this case, it is the Russulaceae group of mushrooms, often just referred to as the Russula mushrooms. These are often bright red or yellow mushrooms that are so common at this time of year.
It might be that these plants have evolved away from standard chlorophyll and utilizing sunlight to make food because they grow deep in the forest under the deep, dark shadows of the tall trees, where sunlight is unable to penetrate.
It is a perennial plant, native to temperate regions of North America, and other northern regions across the planet. Just like other plants, the Indian Pipe has a single flower on each stem. The species name, uniflora, means “one flower,” describing its one bell flower per stem. After pollination, the hanging flower turns upwards. The genus name Monotropa means “one turn,” and describes the single turn the flower makes. After the flower turns upward, the plant starts to turn black as the seeds start to mature.
It often grows in small clumps, but can be seen as a single stem. The stem is waxy with tiny, scale-like leaves that alternate on the stem. Of course, there is no reason to have large leaves if you don’t have to collect sunlight to make food.
In nature, there is never any absolutes. There is always an exception to the rule. The Indian Pipe is one of those rule breakers, and that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy seeing this plant. Also, I think the large clusters of Indian Pipe are very attractive and make good photographic subjects. Until next time...
Stan Tekiela is an author / naturalist and wildlife photographer who travels the world to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on www.facebook.com and twitter.com. He can be contacted via his web page at www.naturesmart.com.