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GALA – Season Opener . . .

The Beatles Return September 16th

“As close to the real deal as you may ever find in this lifetime.” – CBS LA

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute today, direct from Los Angles you won’t want to miss Britain’s Finest back for a second show at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center!

Britain’s Finest transcends far above other Beatles Tributes due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Yesterday,” “She Loves You,” “Twist And Shout,” “Hello Goodbye”, “Sgt. Pepper’s,” “Something,” and “Hey Jude,” Britain’s Finest will make you think and feel you are watching the real thing.

Their good looks, witty personalities, and amazing stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles’ career, and this admiring and faithful tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences nationally and internationally.

If you haven’t seen Britain’s Finest in action, you’ve been missing out on a terrific show that brings families and friends together for a wonderful time filled with singing and joy. The appeal of the music reaches all audiences of any age. You’ll notice that the chemistry between the lads is apparent to all who watch and is contagious to say the least.

If you’re a Beatles fan and have always wished you could see them, here is your chance. If you’ve seen the REAL Beatles an wish you could relive the magic, then Britain’s Finest will help transport you back to that wonderful moment in time. Their youthful appearance and their uncanny resemblance to the Lads themselves will keep you smiling throughout the show.

Tickets for “An Evening at the Arts Gala” are available at the Museum box office Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm or call 825-2020 or 877 722-2787. The tickets are reserved and are $40 each for the event. The 6:00 wine & hors d’oeuvres mixer is being limited to 75. Show only starts at 7:30. Be sure to get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Board members are selling advanced Gala tickets. You can also get tickets at the Museum box office. $40 Gala tickets must be paid for in advance. Those wanting to see only the show can get tickets at $18 in advance and $20 at the door each for adults and $5 for students. All seats are reserved. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, as this show is sure to be a sell-out!


Rebel Round Up

Homecoming 2017

The school year is just getting started and we are already gearing up for Homecoming!!  The Student Council has been very busy preparing for this annual event to celebrate our Rebel school spirit.  We invite all families, community members, businesses, and alumni to join our student body the week of September 9 through 15.

We kick off the week with Powderpuff football on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the MCC football field.  You won’t want to miss this!!  The girls are pumped and ready!  This is free and open to the public.  Concessions will be available.

Coronation takes place on TUESDAY (due to the home volleyball game on Monday), Sept. 12 at 8:00 in the high school auditorium.  Admission is one dollar.  The other events for the week include Float Building, Dodgeball, Iron Man Volleyball, Softball, Class Wars, and on Friday we have the Pepfest, Parade, Football game vs. the Sleepy Eye Indians, followed by the bonfire/dance for students in grades 7-12 at the softball complex.  

The dress up days for the week are:  Monday—America Day, Tuesday—Star Wars Day, Wednesday—Severe Weather Day:  we will be taking up a collection for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Thursday—Class Colors Day, and Friday—Spirit Day.  Daily prizes will be given at the high school for people who dress up.  We also have Homecoming buttons, which are numbered for daily prize drawings at the high school.  A special thanks goes out to all the local businesses, organizations, and individuals who have donated prizes for our Homecoming Week.  There is still time to donate, just contact the high school office.

You can view the complete Homecoming schedule of events on the MCC website at www.mcc.mntm.org.  We encourage the entire community to come out and support our Volleyball, Cross Country, and Football teams! Thanks to the MCC Cheerleaders for cheering them on!  Have a wonderful Homecoming Week!  Go Rebels!!


CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

The Southwest MN Arts Council and Southwest West Central Service Cooperative presents the 24th Annual Conference for Young Artists on October 26, 2017. Everyone who attends will get to see Mike Bliss, comedian and magician from Branson, MO; who will present the opening show. In addition to the keynote, students will attend three hands-on classes selected from a wide variety of topics, in the area of the visual and performing arts. Some of the topics include:  theatrical make-up art, painting, bucket drumming, wire sculpture, origami, abstract art, hand lettering, drawing and more. This is a great enrichment opportunity for students in grades K-8. Students and chaperones must be pre-registered on-line.

The early registration deadline is September 27 with the final registration deadline on October 4. Please go to  www.swsc.org/studentactivities for inclusive detail about the conference.  If you have questions, contact Andrea Anderson at andrea.anderson@swsc.org; 507-537-2257 or Laurie Fales at laurie.fales@swsc.org; 507-537-2270.


USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. 

USDA defines underserved applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, targeted underserved groups are women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and Asians and Pacific Islanders. 

Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for either FSA direct loans or guaranteed loans. Direct loans are made to applicants by FSA. Guaranteed loans are made by lending institutions who arrange for FSA to guarantee the loan. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. The FSA guarantee allows lenders to make agricultural credit available to producers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria. 

The direct and guaranteed loan program provides for two types of loans:  farm ownership loans and farm operating loans. In addition to customary farm operating and ownership loans, FSA now offers Microloans through the direct loan program. The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations. Microloans are available for both ownership and operating finance needs. To learn more about microloans, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans. 

To qualify as a beginning producer, the individual or entity must meet the eligibility requirements outlined for direct or guaranteed loans. Additionally, individuals and all entity members must have operated a farm for less than 10 years. Applicants must materially or substantially participate in the operation. 

For more information on FSA’s farm loan programs and targeted underserved and beginning farmer guidelines, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/farmloans.