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Murder mystery: Whodunnit?

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This past Saturday evening, February 22, I attended my first — but not last — Kanabec Area Chamber Foundation Fundraiser. I truly had no idea of what to expect, but boy was I pleasantly surprised. Thinking I really didn’t want to dress up for the festivities my partner-in-crime for the evening convinced me otherwise, and I’m grateful she did.  We quickly were deemed “Ladies in Red” and were asked numerous times during the evening if we were part of the play. The cast began interacting with me before I had even walked in the front door and it continued all night long. I found myself wishing at times that I was a part of their shenanigans; because there is something to be said about being able to be someone else…if even for a short time.

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Pandora (Laurie Anderson) & Jezebel (Shannon Jackson)

The amount of time and devotion that was put into this fundraiser is clearly immeasurable. To think that our small community can rise to this level of community involvement is one of the real reasons I call Mora “home.” Several times as I was looking around the room I was impressed by the many, many people of Mora there to support the Chamber. The actors were so engaged and involved with their parts that you couldn’t get them to break out of character even if you tried. And many of the audience members that were dressed up represented themselves very well too. I was blessed by a nun, given a flower by Mother Nature, and saw Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty as well. To say that there was a wide variety of costumes would be an understatement.

Following the storyline and trying to figure out who the real culprit behind the fire at the Mora feed mill was fun and full of finger-pointing. My theory is this – it always seems that the one person who appears the least likely to commit such a horrendous crime is generally the real culprit? It’s those quiet yet calculating people that you really need to keep an eye on. And my theory rang true on this occasion too.

Yep, you guessed it… Lester Dine did it!

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The cast of “A Party to Die For” Feb. 22, 2014 – Bowe’s Restaurant & Bar. Left to right: Toni Fulton, Annette Krist, Bill Daher, Britane Peterson, Bob Benes, Scott Moe, Lonnie Ness, Karen Amundson, Char Weidendorf, Kathy Drost, Patti Demuth, Kristin Lang

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