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Southern Minnesota Magazine Winter 2011 edition.
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  • editors note

    Publishersscott schmeltzer

    Crystal Miller

    EditorialEditor in Chief tim engstrom

    Editor Amanda LillieEditor trey Mewes

    Contributing WritersAndrew dyrdal

    Michelle Haackerocky Hulne

    Alexandra KlosterKelli LagesonMatt Peterson

    terri schlichenmeyerJason schoonover

    sarah stultzGarrett Wampler

    Contributing Photographereric Johnson

    ArtArt Director stacey Bahr

    Graphic Designerssusan downeyColby HansenKathy Johnson

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    Winter 2011Volume 5, number 5

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    Theres something about winter that makes people stop and think. Maybe its the certain change from one year to the next. Maybe its the cold that keeps us pent up inside. Regardless, when winter comes to Southern Minnesota, its time to get a little introspective.

    Thats what the great actors and actresses south of the Guthrie do when they walk the boards in Albert Lea and Austin. When they stop rehearsing for a Southern Minnesota photo shoot, each thes-pian brings their flair and personality to life while sharing what got them motivated to take the stage. Take a look on page 22 at our selection of seven actors and actresses in the area we think you would enjoy watching perform. Get inspired to try something new.

    Hopefully, youll pause, look up and say to that person across the room, Say, lets go take in a play this weekend.

    When you are done making plans, reflect on how thought and effort it takes to help a special education student succeed. Thats what the parents and teacher of Will Noterman, an Austin teen with Down syndrome, do when they consider his needs every day. Theres a reason why the saying It takes a village to raise a child, exists, and theres no bet-ter example than Will and the caring people around him. Will is a special teen with a special story, which you can read on page 36.

    Want to observe the beauty of the wild? John Duran can show you how.

    Hes spent years observing and photographing nature settings to find breathtaking stills of wood-land animals. His secret isnt so secret anymore: Duren shows how patience pays off by waiting for the right moment. Check out Durens story on page 9 while pondering his lessons.

    Finally, re-think your living space with some top tips from local designers. Whether its incorporat-ing a grand piano in your home (see page 7) or dramatically improving your home design for next to nothing (on page 14), Southern Minnesota has your next home decorating inspiration covered.

    So let it snow this winter without a care. Theres more important things to consider than the cold and the heating bill, and the electic bill, etc. Find a way to relax for a minute or five and meditate on whats here in your back-yard. Feel free to curl up beside the fire with some hot cocoa and the latest copy of Southern Minnesota.

    The people in the conversation

    Trey Meweseditor

    Send us your most valuable relationship advice!Southern Minnesota Magazine is collecting short tips on what you think is the key to a healthy and happy relationship. The collection of your advice will be published in Southern Minnesota Venus edition in April. Please send your advice to:

    Wise Sagesc/o Southern Minnesota Magazine808 West Front StreetAlbert Lea, MN 56007or e-mail to [email protected] with the subject: Wise Sages




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    Cover photograph: Eric JohnsonCover model: Sam Gustine

    Cover layout: Stacey Bahr

    Sam Gustine is a student at Riverland Community College who also has appeared in the colleges shows and in Austins Summerset Community Theatre productions. He says:

    Theater will always be a part of my life.

    Be sure to catch him and the six other actors featured on page 22 by visiting stages in Southern Minnesota.

    Beauty on a budgetA.L. woman improves her home a little bit at a time.


    Book reviewVisit this thriller set in our great state of Minnesota.


    The Magnificent SevenActors light up the stages in Albert Lea and Austin. Be sure to watch for these stars.


    Along for the ride13-year-old Will Noterman shows how special needs students shine.


    Make yourself at homeFrom Alexandra Kloster



    Art & Fine Wine in Austin; Naeve Gala in Albert Lea. 4The Red Power Roundup floods Albert Lea. 5


    FinAL Word

    Capture the wildTaking pictures of animals is not easy.

    Foodball heroHow to tailgate the weight off.


    sAVor A shrine for wineClarks Grove man has his own cellar. 8

    Make fit fun5 activities to get off the couch.

    Nordic needsSkiing in a winter wonderland.

    Good gearSnowboard with swagger.



    A grand holidayHow to decorate a room with a grand piano.



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    You never really intended to get involved.

    You know how it goes, though. Whatever it was, you were just going to mind your business. You were staying out of the whole thing. You had other, better missions you wanted to accomplish, and you were going to do that just that but one thing led to another to another, and pretty soon, you were up to your hairline in something you never asked for.

    Corcoran Cork OConnor only wanted to spend some meaningful time with his family, but nothing ever happened the way he thought it might. And in the new book, Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger, things turned out even worse.

    A little family time is all Cork OConnor wanted. Hed rented a houseboat and had gathered his in-laws and his children on a trip to Minnesotas Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It was supposed to be a relaxing vaca-tion, though Cork knew his daughter Jenny was struggling with a problem. He wanted to give her some fatherly advice and the best way to do it, he figured, was to take her to one of the BWCA islands, where they could talk.

    And then the storm hit.Without warning, the sky turned black as

    straight-line winds sheared off limbs and separated Jenny and her father. Dazed, Jenny went looking for Cork and stumbled upon a cabin. Inside it was the body of a woman who had obviously been tortured, and a hid-den baby.

    Clutching the child, Jenny found shelter before Cork found Jenny. Staying where they were even temporarily wasnt an option, though, a notion underscored by the sudden, unwelcome presence of a man with a high-powered rifle who seemed to want nothing but the baby.

    But Jenny wasnt going to let anything hap-pen to the little guy, and by the time she and Cork were rescued, she was already smitten. So whose child was he? Local officials sur-mised that the baby was the son of Noah Smalldog, an Ojibwe native with a fast boat and a willingness to break the law. Others say

    the child belonged to Sonny Chickaway, Smalldogs friend.

    There was no time to wait and find out. Somebody wanted that baby, and he was going to kill everybody in his path to get it.

    Do you like to read before you go to sleep? Do not take it from me do not drag Northwest Angle to bed with you. You wont get one Z if you do.

    Author William Kent Kruger explores the fictional lives of some of his lesser characters in this book; namely, Cork OConnors eldest daughter, Jenny. Readers have known Jenny from past novels, but this book delves more into her life. If youre a fan, youll be happy to know that other beloved characters are present, too. If youre not a fan well, what are you waiting for?

    If youre up for a book that will keep you up all night, Northwest Angle is it. For you, this is an easy book to get involved in.

    Terri Schlichenmeyer


    Trouble in the Boundary Waters?

    northwest angle by william kent krueger

    2011, atria books, 357 pages$24.99

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    Above: The Austin Area Art Center put on its first annual Evening of Art & Wine fundraising event on Aug. 25. The AAAC hoped to showcase the efforts of local artists and raise extra funding for more art classes and artist opportunities. Organizers say the night was a smashing success.

    Below: People from southern Minnesota gathered at the Naeve Hospitals an

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