FRIDAY PICK | LauraPalooza celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder

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The itinerant nature of pioneer life means that multiple sites in multiple states can be legitimately identified as homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Minnesota is not failing to stake its claim. From July 12-14, Mankato State University is hosting a “LauraPalooza” event celebrating Wilder’s life, times, and legacy. Included in the event are a performance by Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson in the Little House TV show (“Confessions of a Prairie Bitch”); academic presentations; a “Camp Laura” for kids; and, natch, a spelling bee.