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Cottage Grove native Melissa Ferlaak has carved out a unique vocal niche, teaches vocal lessons and works for the Hennepin Theatre Trust. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Ferlaak)

Metal health: Cottage Grove native Ferlaak releases eighth album

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A suburban community such as Cottage Grove doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would breed a heavy metal nightingale like Melissa Ferlaak.


Her music defies easy categorization. If a rocker chick saddled up and rode with composer Richard Wagner’s warrior Valkyries into the Norse netherworld, she might look and sound something like this.

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William Loeffler
William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 
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