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The cast from "Steel Magnolias" is shown in a scene in Truvy's Beauty Shop. From left in front are Julie Kaiser as Annelle, Julie Quanrud as Truvy, Vicki Wangberg as M'Lynn and Emily Quanrud as Shelby. In the background, Sarah Einerson, left, as Ouiser and Vicki Stenerson as Clairee look on. The play will open Thursday, Jan. 20, with performances until the Sunday, Jan. 23, matinee, at the Wild Rose Theater. Pioneer Photo/Patt Rall

'Steel Magnolias' emphasizes strength through difficult times

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The more we think we are different, the more obvious it is that we much more alike.

Take, for instance, the story of five women who have known each other for so long that they went to school together, were bridesmaids in each other's weddings, brought hotdishes to help out in times of happiness or stress and tolerated the behavior of an errant spouse out of loyalty to each other.


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