Editor’s Mailbag

Minnesota Valley Chorale announces 40th anniversary concert series

MANKATO — Join Minnesota Valley Chorale for their Fall Concert Series celebrating its 40th season. The concert features the world premiere of “In Glory Everlasting” by David Von Kampen, commissioned for the chorale’s 40th anniversary. Other favorite pieces from the 40 year history will also be performed.

Concert dates are:

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Chapel, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato

Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Mankato

Tickets are available online on minnesotavalleychorale.org, from any chorale member, or at the door. Save by purchasing in advance.

Carrie Nation impersonator

NEW ULM — Ellie Carlson, a professional historical impersonator, will be in New Ulm on Nov. 8 and 9.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, she will visit the B&L Bar downtown at 4 p.m. as “Carry Nation,” famous prohibitionist.

Nation was famous for coming into bars and beating them up with her hatchet as she tried to spread her message of alcohol’s damaging effects to individuals and society.

On July 6, 1909 Nation actually did stop in New Ulm and, during a train schedule break en-route to Redwood Falls, she came uptown to rail against two bars, calling them “disreputable joints” and “hell holes.” Carlson will do her best to lecture the patrons of the B&L about the evils of alcohol in her guise as Carry Nation!

That same evening, Carlson will present a program on World War I at the New Ulm’s Public Library at 6:30pm. The presentation is called, “A Hundred Years Ago on the Homefront: How Families Faced the War to End All Wars.”

The next day, Friday, Nov. 9, Carlson will be on local radio station KNUJ (860am) talking about her life and Carry Nation portrayal at 1:15pm.