Tricounty News

‘Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux’ art exhibit

The Stearns History Museum is proud to host a traveling art exhibition by several prestigious South Dakota artists, June 5-Aug. 18. The artist collective known as “Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux” consists of the collaborative work of noted South Dakota artists Jerry Fogg, Ihanktonwan Nakota Oyate, mixed-media artist; Chad Nelson, printmaker and art educator; Angela Behrends, mixed-media sculptor, installation artist, and arts educator; impressionist oil painter Nancyjane Huehl; and Chris Francis, who works with a mixed-media appreciation, constantly skirting a line between painting and assemblage, with an emphasis on exploring mechanical elements. Cost is free formembers, non-members are $7.

The traveling art exhibition will be at the Stearns History Museum for three months. The majority of the exhibit features unique collaborative pieces that all five artists completed together. In addition, each artist contributed several individual original works. All of the art on display is also for sale. A closing reception featuring a gallery talk by all five artists is scheduled for August. Please visit the Museum website for details as the date gets closer.


Local Lions work to spruce up camp

Five members of the Luxemburg Lions put their talents to work “sprucing up Spruce,” their adopted cabin at Camp Friendship in Annandale. Camp Friendship is a part ofW-Luxemburg-Lions-at-Camp-Friendship True Friends, which provides camp services and other opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Supporters for many years, the Luxemburg Lions volunteered an entire Sunday to make sure the cabin is at its best for summer campers. The group stained the exterior, replaced rotten boards and fascia and also hopes to paint the interior before camp starts. The Lions donate or use proceeds from meat raffles to purchase most of the needed supplies.


Stearns History Museum to participate in Blue Star Museums

Today Stearns History Museum announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

The Stearns History Museum will officially launch the program with a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 31st, from
10 a.m.-5 p.m..  On this day, all veterans and their families, as well as all active duty military and their families, are offered free admission to the Stearns History Museum’s exhibit galleries, children’s play room, and research center. The Stearns History Museum thanks you for your service.

Neisen, Donnay honored for Legion membership

At right, Ed Neisen was presented a 60-year certificate of membership in the American Legion during the Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in Watkins.w-Ed Neisen




At left, Jim Donnay received a 50-year certificate at the same time. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.


May 28-29: Great River Chorale auditioning

Great River Chorale, a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud, announces auditions for the 2014-15 concert season. The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. Audition dates for the 2014-15 concert season are:

Wednesday, May 28, Thursday, May 29, Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, all at 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Auditions are at Salem Lutheran Church at 90 Riverside Drive SE, in St. Cloud. 

To schedule an audition, go to For more information, contact GRC business manager, Deb Ferrell, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (320) 515-4472.