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Comedian in Dawson Saturday

DAWSON -- The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents comedian Mary Rowles at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium and part of Winterfest Weekend.

Rowles has been involved in comedy for 20 years. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Rowles' first career training was as a jazz vocalist. She studied music at the McPhail Center for the Arts. She got her start in comedy after taking improvisation classes at Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop and found she loved acting more than singing. Her comedy career has kept her busy performing at colleges, theaters as well as corporate events all over the country.

She has been described as a combination of Lily Tomlin, Andrea Martin and Celine Dion all rolled into one. Her show features heartwarming and funny characters and hilarious songs give audiences side-splitting laughter throughout the entire show.

Photos by Joyce Hustad of Dawson will be exhibited in the lobby.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 320-769-2955 ext. 246 or online at

'Daughters of Africa' in Paynesville

PAYNESVILLE -- The Great River Regional Library presents "Daughters of Africa" by the Mixed Blood Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday at the Paynesville High School Auditorium.

"Daughters of Africa" by Syl Jones is a musical performance encompassing three centuries in the lives of African American women, from slave woman to Oprah, featuring songs from Bessie Smith to Aretha Franklin and Lena Horne to Beyonce. The Mixed Blood Theatre is a multi-racial professional theater group based in Minneapolis.

The performance is suitable for adults and children of all ages. Contact the Paynesville Library for registration.

Floral exhibit opens in Morris

MORRIS -- Diane Nelson, longtime Morris resident, will share her love of flowers through an exhibit of floral photographs and prints at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery in Morris.

"Love Blooms in All Seasons" is a collection of photographs and prints she created by pounding petals and leaves onto linen, embellishing the dyed fabric with ink, and scanning to paper.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is free. There will be a closing reception from 10 a.m. to noon on March 13.

Nelson, who retired last spring from the Morris Area High School, served as yearbook adviser and taught business education classes that included desktop publishing, multimedia, and photography.

Comedian at WEAC Saturday

WILLMAR -- Comedian C. Willi Myles will appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at WEAC in Willmar.

Myles presents his take on family and holidays combining everyday people with everyday humor with a non-offensive flavor.

He grew up in a family of nine girls and two boys in a three bedroom, one bathroom house in Mobile, Ala. When you hear Willi talk about his family or his first experience ice fishing in a Minnesota winter, you are right there with him for the whole ride. He will take you to church, family reunions, weddings and funerals.

After graduating high school in Alabama, Willi moved to Minnesota to attend college on a football scholarship at St. Cloud State University. After college and a brief professional career, Willi became an assistant basketball and football coach at St. Cloud State. In his five years of coaching, the Huskies won three basketball and one football championship.

He got the comedy bug after coaching and traveling around the country scouting talent and meeting interesting people. A friend mentioned that a comedy club was opening and that they wanted him to host the shows because everyone knew him. Within two years he was spotted by the owner of a record label and was signed to a two year deal to open up for concerts throughout the Midwest.

He was once asked when was he going to be on Leno or Letterman and he said, "Never! They only give you seven minutes; it takes me five minutes to get to my name."

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those under 18. They are available at WEAC, North American State Bank and Walt's Car Wash in Willmar or at

Andersons win $3,000 on 'Deal'

WILLMAR -- Willmar native Devin Anderson and his wife, Alison, won $3,000 on the "Let's Make A Deal" game show which aired Jan. 28 on CBS.

The show is hosted by Wayne Brady in Las Vegas.

They were selected as a couple to try and pick the piggy banks with cash in them, as opposed to a "Zonk." They could have won up to $10,000.