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Comic duo capture all that is madcap 'Minnesotan'

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Even northwest Iowans have to admit that there is something way funny about those Minnesotans.

And "Tina and Lena," two of the zaniest characters around, are quick to exploit all that is Minnesotan in a variety show "Minnesota Music and Fun" that ranges from clever to musical to cornball. The act was born in 1984, and these 40-year friends are perennial favorites at corporate outings, state and national conventions, fairs, festivals and performing arts theatres.

Catch all the free fun at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Sept. 12, 13 and 14.

They may appear to be an "ethnic" act, because of their German, Swedish, Norwegian and other accents. But as they say, "We're a Minnesota act, don't cha know. Ya sure, ya betcha!

Both grandmothers and former teachers, the act is kept to good clean family fun.

Their passion lies with performing, or as they say, "celebrating others and celebrating humor in life."

The two spout off about everything from woodstoves to websites. And just when you think you can't laugh any longer, their beautiful blend of two-part harmony brings a smile of sweet "moose-ic" to your ears. There's always plenty of audience interaction.

Dressed in their Sunday~go~to~meetin' clothes, Tina and Lena have taken their hometown humor and harmony from Manitoba to Arizona, and from Massachusetts to Washington state. The comediennes add guitar pickin', banjo strummin', ivory ticklin'...and "yes" a bit of hip shakin' to their repertoire.

Annette "Lena" Hustad has degrees in Music Therapy and in Music Education. She taught K-12 music for 10 years, and served on the Minnewaska School Board for 12 years. She and her husband, Grant, live in Glenwood, Minnesota.

Susan "Tina" Edwards taught K-12 Physical Education and Elementary Music and coached after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

She worked in radio and advertising for 15 years. Sue's husband, Allen, and she live in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Annette and Sue met as high school classmates in Canby, Minnesota and went on to sing and act together in many productions. They are now very active in their communities, along with their full time careers as entertainers.