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Circa 1950s Genevieve with musicians from the Barn Dance Crew. From left, Cactus Slim, Dusty Lane, Lou Skarning, Eddie, Genevieve, and Andy Walsh performing at KSTP Station. Submitted photo.

Days Gone By: Genevieve Hovde Rugo

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Genevieve Hovde Rugo

Genevieve Hovde Rugo started her singing career 70 years ago in 1943, when her brother Milt insisted she enter an amateur contest held each year during the Fall Festival in River Falls.


She couldn’t believe it when she was presented with first place prize of 20 silver dollars in a First National Bank cloth bag (which she still has).

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