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April 12, 2013

Don't Miss: HBO making film of Waseca man's Earth walk; Riverblenders hold gospel performance

HBO Films making movie on Waseca man’s Earth walk

Former Waseca resident David Kunst’s walk around the world in the early 1970s is being developed into a movie by HBO Films.

The movie is based on Kunst’s book, “The Man Who Walked Around the World,” a chronicle of his four-year trek from 1970 to 1974.

The journey began in Waseca for Kunst and brother John, who was killed by bandits in Afghanistan in 1972. David was then joined by his other brother Peter, and the two completed the trip, walking into Waseca on Oct. 5, 1974.

The Caledonia native has said the Apollo moon landing in 1969 inspired him to take the global walk, during which he wore out 21 pairs of shoes.

Kunst became the first person confirmed to have circled the Earth’s land mass on foot.

Mankato Riverblenders gospel concert on Saturday

MANKATO -- The Mankato Riverblenders are hosting a pair of performances for their gospel show “Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven” on Saturday.

Performances — which include the Riverblenders 40-man choir as well as various quartets — will be held 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Crossview Covenant Church, 2000 Howard Drive. Tickets are $15 (adult), $13 (senior) and $5 (student), and are available at the door. Carol and Jerry Larson will provide entertainment a half hour before curtain.

The Riverblenders performances are held in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society, of which the Riverblenders are a chapter. North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen and Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson each issued proclamations to commemorate the anniversary.

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