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Meander kickoff to feature downtown Granite Falls, Minn., with music, food, history, art

Many of Kolke-Bonk's most popular works focus on buildings and places that hold special meaning to those who know them from childhood. This image of the entrance to the former Appleton High School hints at the bustle and activity once found inside. (Submitted image)

GRANITE FALLS -- The K.K. Berge building will be the center of activities as Granite Falls hosts the kick-off events for the eighth annual Meander Upper Minnesota River Arts Crawl.

The Meander takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at locations throughout the counties of the Upper Minnesota River Valley. This year's Meander offers opportunities for self-guided tours to 35 locations featuring 45 regional artists.

The kick-off activities get under way from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday on Prentice Street in downtown Granite Falls.

Musical artists Jerry Ostensoe and the Strollers and Luther Cole will be playing on Prentice Street throughout the evening.

Wine and appetizers, catered by Bootleggers Supper Club will be available at the K.K. Berge building and other businesses on Prentice Street will be serving food. An open house of the KK Berge building will allow everyone to view progress on the remodeling and re-purposing of the building.

The K.K. Berge building will also host an exhibit featuring works by many of the Meander artists.

There will be a 4:30 p.m. walking tour of downtown Granite Falls. It includes a visit to the historic Andrew Volstead House. Congressman Volstead was known as the father of Prohibition and the farm co-operative movement. The tour will continue to the historic footbridge -- a steel suspension bridge crossing the Minnesota River -- and conclude with a walk to the popcorn stand at 5:30 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m. participants are asked to gather at the footbridge for a short celebratory ceremony that will feature music by Emma Woods and Andrew McCormick, dance by members of the Treasured Talents Dance studio and the poetry of Florence Dacey.

For more information on the event, contact Nicole Zempel at 320-564-4039.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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