Former Luverne resident Derek Boeve's tree atop Blue Mounds State Park was named winning photo for May.Kelly Sandager of Hills picture of a dragonfly was named May winner of Luverne Area Chamber's photo contest.

First Prairie Photo Contest winners chosen

Board members of the Luverne Convention and Visitors Bureau selected the May winners of the Prairie Photo Contest.

With over 50 entries submitted, the board selected two photos, which will be made into postcards and sold to support programs at Blue Mounds State Park and Touch the Sky Prairie.

The winning photographers — Kelly Sandager of Hills (dragonfly) and former Luverne resident Derek Boeve (tree atop Blue Mounds) — will receive a check for $50.

The Prairie Photo Contest continues every month through October as part of this summer’s celebration of state and national parks. It’s the 150th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks and the 100th anniversary of American’s national parks.

To participate in the Prairie Photo Contest, submit digital entries on or before the first day of the month to

Include a name, address, phone, email and the title of the photo. There is a maximum of five entries accepted per person each month.

All photos entered must be digital images of 300 PPI or higher. All photos not selected will be retained in the pool of photos for the next month’s judging.


Photographer Brian Peterson hosts prairie photo walk

Prairie celebration events in June include photographer Brian Peterson’s photo program and prairie photography walk on June 11.

Peterson is a photojournalist who recently published “Minnesota State of Wonders,” a 2014 adventure of photographing the four corners of Minnesota.

Peterson, a Star Tribune photographer, will be at the Palace Theatre at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for a show on nature in Minnesota.

He’ll talk about his work, other photos he has taken and how impressed he was by the beauty of the prairie when he was taking photos here two summers ago.

Saturday night, register for a photo walk with Peterson at Blue Mounds State Park. The evening begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Brandenburg Gallery followed by the photo walk. Cost to participate is $30. Call the Chamber for reservations, 507-283-4061.


Manfred’s “Lord Grizzly” compared with “Revenant”

Also this weekend, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, the late author Fred Manfred’s story of “Lord Grizzly” will come to life in a presentation by his children, Fred and Freya.

They will read excerpts from the novel based on the true story of Hugh Glass and provide a comparative narrative of the book with the Academy Award-winning movie, “Revenant.”

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