Lanesboro Rhubarb Fest Sat., June 1st, 2013

Entertainment Schedule

10 a.m. – Festival begins

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Singing of the Rhubarb National Anthem

Rhubarb Run: Welcome/Awards

Bee-Bop-a-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie sing-along

Welcome from Bob of Cock-A-Doodle Zoo

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the contests:
Tasting, Games, Minute-to-Win-IT, Pie-making

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the Story Tree
and Fashion Show

10:30 a.m.

Rhubarb Games begin. KTTC’s Morning News Team Jess
Abrahamson and Ted Schmidt throw out the first stalk. Olympics
run continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Rhubarb Jugglers Will they juggle flaming rhubarb?

Rhubarb Tasting begins.Taste everything rhubarb from savories to
sweets to drinks. Tasting continues until gone.

Minute-to-Win-it Rhubarb-Chopstick Contest begins. Contest
runs continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. WALTER BRADLEY AND STEVE ARNOLD
will entertain with song.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RHUBARB SISTERS will sing original
rhubarb songs.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. TOM SCHRAMM, well-known local artist, will
sing and entertain.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rhubarb Zumba with Melinda Lutes

1:30 p.m. Prizes awarded for Rhubarb Games, Tasting Contest,
Minute-to-Win-It Rhubarb Chopstick Contest, and Largest Leaf and
Heaviest Stalk Contests. Remember – winners must be present to

take home prizes!

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rhubarb Fashion Show

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. RUTABAGA BROTHERS will sing and entertain.

The Rhubarb Rant will be going on at the top of the hour every hour
during the Festival so tell us your personal Rhubarb story.

Don’t forget to visit The Story Tree, where local storytellers will entertain
at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo will run continuously throughout the festival, but for
informational talks about the animals stop there at 11:00
or 1:00.

And check out to find out about helicopter
rides over Lanesboro departing from our nearby football field.
Their rates and schedule will be available the day of the festival.


Rhubarb Games Sponsors

  • Associated Bank
  • Cottage House Inn
  • Krage Insurance Agency
  • Rhinos Pizza and Subs
  • Scenic Valley Winery
Rhubarb Run Sponsors

  • Road ID
  • Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Artesian Fresh
  • Fillmore County Journal
  • Frank Wright
  • Lanesboro Fire Department
  • Joe Deden / Eagle Bluff Environmental
    Learning Center

Rhubarb Sponsors

  • Commonweal Theatre
  • Inn at Sacred Clay Farm
  • Lanesboro Web Management Group
  • O’Leary’s B & B
  • Ace Communication



Lanesboro – Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota!

“Everything Rhubarb” – The Book

Rhubarb Run

Rhubarb Games

Cock-a-Doodle Zoo


Call for Entries

Schedule of Events



Rhubarb Recipes

Poet N sends The First

(coming from the heart)

   An end
      A beginning.

Re-arrange the furniture
Re-fill the drawers and closets
Paint the kitchen
     Fill that void
A hole has been created.

Another woman?
An other man?

First puppy love and naivete
      Second love and hope
          Third love or money?

Have I learned lessons?
Will I remember?

It's the core that cries.

a friend sends a poem…

Anatomy Of Divorce: A Poem Cycle

by N

The Last Poem

We decided the only way to figure out the situation
was to meet in a motel room. .
Each pay half.
Lock ourselves in until we figured it out.
I tried calling a motel to see if they had a room
with a door that could be locked from the outside.
Motels not only consider that unfriendly,
but unsafe.

It is not safe to lock oneself away with the
divorcing spouse.
All that ugliness, “I want a garbage can,
how could you possibly not give me a garbage can,
You selfish, greedy bitch.
I want one of the big pillows and some of the plants,
You have more than enoh.’

He says the divorce is my fault.
I was wrong.
Does he get some perverse pleasure in knowing that I hurt?
And yet I know it was all my fault.
I had 100% responsibility for myself and
my relationship with him.

The potential to make love one more time.
The temptation to touch in those familiar ways once again.
An end.
The fear of a beginning.
With all those scars
How could anything grow?
Would we cry? Would :we, fight? Would we come?
Has my body gotten older under the strain?
Would he compare me to his new bed partner?

The last time we made love was after he moved out
of our home.
We went for dinner.
He rented a Cadillac and on the way home
We stopped to kiss.
I thought making love in the front seat of a
Rented Cadillac was an appropriate end to an
unconventional relationship.

He thought it was kinky and told his best friend.
I thought it was sad and desperate.

It was two days ago that we jointly considered this
as a way to settle the divorce ourselves.
Eliminate the cost and trauma of having lawyers
fight it out for us
The phone has remained silent like the previous five
months of separation.
I suspect he has reconsidered the risk.
Surely he has doubts as great as mine.
He is probably more afraid to gamble.

Why lock myself away with a man that once loved me
and now shows deep signs of hatred and pain.
Could we hurt each other more?

Last night, my friend of thirty years called.
Lovey said that I sounded softer.
And that her divorced husband of four years
died during the Christmas holiday.

It is important to cleanse
before it is too late.

Lady, My Flat Coated Retriever, Heads For A Swim

Lady’s a little over 14 years old in this clip, shot by Red Cedar Lake in NW Wisconsin in April, 2007. A shelter rescue, she’d been pretty seriously injured – chest crushed – before I met her 6 years before this video… that’s why she walks the way she does. Lost her a few months later; she just didn’t wake up one morning. Miss her.

Warren On Social Security

(M) We <3 @[38471053686:274:Elizabeth Warren]! Image from @[367166820019664:274:Lady Liberals]. Posted on the @[177486166274:274:Being Liberal] fan page.

Budget Cuts Devastate Meals On Wheels

Budget Cuts Devastate Meals On Wheels: Enrollment Slashed, Services Cancelled

By Bryce Covert ThinkProgress

Congress recently passed a bill to undo furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) caused by sequestration, but it left cuts to many other programs intact, including Meals on Wheels. The program brings hot meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities, thus providing them with nutrition and helping many of them live independently.

Directors of Meals on Wheels programs across the country spoke with ThinkProgress about how they are coping with decreased funding. Some, like Meals on Wheels of Western Broome in New York, are private nonprofits that don’t rely on government funding and will therefore be shielded. But by and large, the heads of these programs described facing deep cuts after having already slimmed down in response to lean times over the past few years. Continue reading

Paul’s 1st Birthday, February 1957

Clockwise, from lower left, Ragna, Harry, Putz, Tom, Paul, Mia

Christmas 1959

L to R Mia, Putz, Tom, Ragna, Paul and Harry