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As the daughter of a music teacher and a band member, Kat Perkins grew up surrounded by music. "I just always knew that I wanted to be in music," said Perkins, who is now a full-time singer-songwriter and motivational speaker. Perkins is one of three headliners for the annual Rolling River Music Festival, which will begin 5 p.m. July 13 in Red Wing's Central Park.
Lou Chicquette was newly graduated from high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. "We people who were of that age knew that we would be somehow involved if it came to a war, and of course it did. And so I enlisted in the summer, probably July of '42; Army Air Corp." When Chicquette enlisted he passed the physical and written tests but, due to the large number of men enlisting at the same time, Chicquette was told that he would hear back from the Army Air Corp at a later date.
Andy Evansen and his wife live in Hastings. Lately though, the Minnesota city has become more of a home base for Evansen than a fulltime abode. Evansen has been drawing and painting since he was a child. Like most beginning artists, he could not make a living solely on his paintings, so after college he began working as a medical illustrator. Watercolor painting continued to be his hobby. Slowly, as Evansen began honing-in on his style, he began winning local awards.
Sarah Kiani is the founder and director of Enchanted Forest Children's Theater. The organization, new to Hastings this year, hosts classes, camps, workshops and parties. Now, Kiani has registration open for a summer acting camp. Hastings students entering grades 2-8 are invited to sign up for a theater camp the week of Aug. 5.
HASTINGS—"I saw a lot of poverty because village people were coming to my Mom for help," said Ann Makena-Daggett, who was born and raised in Kenya and now lives in Hastings. The need in rural Kenya and its villages stayed with Makena-Daggett even after she moved to Minnesota. So in May 2018, doors opened at Loving Home in Nkubu, Kenya, an orphanage that Makena-Daggett worked to start.
Clinton Toughill has been interested in movies and their creation for the majority of his life. After buying a camera, gaining editing skills, taking a few business classes and launching Practical Matter Films, he said he felt ready to jump into the world of movies with his first documentary: "Different Roads to Heaven." The majority of this film focuses on interviews with religious leaders in four different Christian denominations: two Roman Catholic priests and pastors at Lutheran, Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches.
Seniors in high school to senior citizens elbowed their way into Angry Inch Brewing to ensure that they could see presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke when he entered the building for a meet-and-greet Wednesday, May 8. Those who arrived after the building was at capacity stood in the doorway and in a line outside, huddled under umbrellas and an awning to avoid the continuous rain.
(lumin) Theater's production of "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer" was even more unique than the show's title. Instead of staging this performance on a traditional stage, it rotated through private homes in the metro. Those who wanted to attend the play drove to an unknown address and hoped that they were walking into the correct packed-house, not a graduation or birthday party.
"Sold Out," an independent movie filmed in Minnesota, follows a talent scout and "a down-on-his-luck construction worker" that she discovers and tries to help. Most of the movie is set indoors at bars, theaters, etc. so writer and producer Susan Brightbill Dahlseid, and her husband, Tim Dahlseid (also the director), wanted to incorporate a couple of scenes shot outside. The cast and crew drove down from the Twin Cities to a farmhouse in Hastings for the exterior shots.
Red Wing Ignite's successes have landed the incubator a spot in the Rural Innovation Initiative. The Center for Rural Innovation and the Rural Innovation Strategies launched the new program with the intent of supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy. Red Wing learned Thursday it is one of only nine communities selected. More than 130 communities applied.