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Masterful at storytelling: Farm By The Lake to hold Master Storyteller series

BAGLEY -- A new series featuring storytelling kicks off today at Farm By The Lake in Bagley. The Master Storyteller Series will feature six storytellers and a story writing workshop over the next three months.

During each performance, a storyteller will spin an artistic tale from the comfort of a warm cabin.

While considering ideas for different events to hold in the winter, Dawn Loeffler, caretaker and executive director at Farm by the Lake, began to think about storytelling.

“This setting is an amazing place for writers retreats and storytelling is primarily a winter activity,” she said. “So I thought how fun would that to be have”

Steve Maanum, a writer, wildlife photographer, storyteller, will be the first to tell his tale beginning at 4 p.m. today.

“It's amazing the amount of performance that goes into storytelling, these are people that are not just read a script, they just not reading off the paper, they are actually performing their story and living their story,” Loeffler said.

The Master Storyteller Series schedule is: Jan. 22: Loren Niemi; Feb. 5: Sonja Kosler; Feb. 19: Richard Rousseau; March 5: Anne Dunn; March 19: Beverly Cottman and  March 26: Jamie Lee, a writing your own stories workshop.

“It's a great art form and I don't think a lot of people know about it,” Loeffler said, “Connecting the community with anything that enriches their life is a good thing.”

The series is intended for all ages. The events are family-friendly.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund.

If you go...

What: Master Storyteller Series

When: 4 p.m. today and Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19 and March 26. All performances are open to the public and free of charge.

Where: The Farm By The Lake, 17797 366th St. in Bagley.

Maggi Stivers

Maggi Stivers is a Multi-Media Journalist at the Bemidji Pioneer. She covers art and entertainment in the Bemidji area. She is a 2013 Bemidji State graduate majoring in mass communications with a minor in sociology. Contact her at (218) 333-9790 or

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