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A trio of viewers previews the animated short "Sheepdog Wanted," directed on Twin Cities filmmaker John Akre, on one of the three movie screens in the Free Range Film Festival barn near Wrenshall. The festival runs Friday and Saturday and will include Q&A sessions with several filmmakers, including Akre. (Steve Kuchera /

Free Range Film Festival tweaks the fun for 10th year

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This weekend, as they've done the last weekend in July for the past 10 years, Annie Dugan and her husband, Janaki Fisher-Merritt, will invite 500 of their closest friends to their home in Wrenshall. They'll squeeze into a barn on their property and watch a couple dozen movies, snacking on Cajun popcorn and delicacies from the Rambler food truck.


The movie night on steroids is known as the Free Range Film Festival.

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LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native that began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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