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Location changes for Festival of Owls events in Houston

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HOUSTON, Minn. (WXOW) - A water main break forces changes in location for some of the activities for the International Festival of Owls.

The break resulted in the Houston Elementary School postponing classes for the day.

According to the district, repairs won't be finished in time for the festival's evening events scheduled at the school.
Instead, all the activities at the school are moved to the nearby Community Center building.

Crews continue to work on fixing the break.  If repairs aren't complete, events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will move to Houston High School.


HOUSTON, Minn. (AP) - Lots of folks will give a hoot about the far southeastern Minnesota community of Houston this weekend.

The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people.

It's a treat for bird lovers and a boon for local businesses. Cross Roads Cafe owner Dorothy Moldenhauer tells the La Crosse Tribune the festival weekend more than triples her business. She expects to serve customers from all over the U.S. and has already had some international visitors.

The cafe and other Houston businesses are decorated with hundreds of owl drawings from all over the world, submitted for the festival's owl drawing contest.

The festival offers a number of educational programs, including live owl displays and a Friday night Owl Prowl.


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