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We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.  Each week our resident phenologist John Latimer's Phenology Report provides a comprehensive look at what's  happening in nature here in northern Minnesota.  Continued development of the paper birch, trembling aspen and black ash as well as ant activity, wildflowers beginning to grow and even a report on sturgeon spawning are all included in this week's report.  

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Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.  This week's observations included orioles, a black bear inside someone's garage, a skunk stinking up a car and maple leaves progressing. 

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Program 70  "The Future is Secure": Making The Big Switch to Ground Wood Papers, 1940s

A radio series produced by historian Don Boese.   Don is the author of eight books dealing with local history in Itasca County, including "John C. Greenway and the Opening of the Western Mesabi", and the main source for this series,  "Papermakers: the Blandin Paper Company and Grand Rapids, Minnesota".

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The Ikidowin Indigenous People's Task Force(IPTF) Youth Theater Ensemble brings their production,"We will do it for the Water!"to the Reif Center Grand Rapids Friday morning at 10a.m. and again Friday afternoon at 1p.m. The multi-modal experience illuminates the culture and history of Ojibwe and Dakota people in terms of their commitment to protecting water.

Jesse Davis

Grand Rapids' Farmers' Market has opened for the season in a new location, next to the south branch of Grand Rapids State Bank. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Their new space is right off the intersection of Pokegama Avenue and Golf Course Road.

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Senator Amy Klobucher  joined us on Making Sausage this week to talk about the recent vote on net neutrality and a fire fighter cancer registry.

Grant Frashier

The Grand Rapids bike share program is beginning it's first full season of operation.  Ashley Runge of Get Fit Itasca talks with host Grant Frashier.

Every May 17th Norwegians worldwide celebrate Norway's independence with a day similar to our 4th of July - only theirs is called Syttende Mai (the 17th of May).  George "Ole" Olson stopped by the studio to talk about this special Norwegian holiday.  Ole gave us a history lesson on the complicated relationship between Norway and Sweden and told us about the events related to the day. 

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