Great American Story
The lineup of finalists for the Great American Story storytelling contest recently changed from those previously announced. Finalists, who will be participating in the storytelling contest, are Maeve Bolton of Park Rapids, Noel LaBine of Andover, Nicolle LaFleur of Snellman and Donna Marie Todd of Black Mountain, NC. The live performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. The four will tell their winning stories and the audience will vote for the top two. Those two will be given a prompt and tell an impromptu story. The audience will vote again, and the winner gets the title. And the prize money: first prize of $1,000, first runner-up $500 and the other finalists $250. Master Storyteller Richard Rousseau, St. Paul, will serve as emcee and once again entertain while ballots are being counted. Tickets at $10 per person (18 and under free) will be available at the door. The storytelling contest is sponsored by Heartland Arts (formerly Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council) with funding provided, in part, with funding provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.