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It's part 2 of our podcast on jobs.  This time Aaron and Chuck are looking at what increased productivity that was supposed to mean workers would have more time for learning or families or becoming entrepreneurs.  But automation and increased productivity often meant a loss of jobs and a change in community. 

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Crosslake, MN celebrates St. Patrick's Day in a big way 

including a parade that attracts between 10,000 and 20,000 spectators.  Close to Home host Grant Frashier visits with Laura Stromberg and Cindy Myogeto who help organize the event.

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We talk a lot during our membership drives about what you hear when you tune in to Northern Community Radio.  It's people and music with passion.  Whether it's John Latimer, Colleen Nardone, Julie Crabb or Marshall Helmberger, it's people who are passionate about what they do in the world. 

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Monroe Crossing has been making bluegrass and mograss (motown and bluegrass) for the past 17 years. In this week's Centerstage Minnesota, I talk to Matt Thompson, who plays mandolin for the band and has been a bluegrass fan since childhood. Hear the interview as part of the whole show by clicking here. There is always a great mix of music on Centerstage Minnesota.

When David and Janet Gilbertson moved to their farm in 2002, Janet told her husband she'd like to grow some apple trees...so David planted 400 of them! Since then the Gilbertsons have been adding trees every year at what has become Gilby's Nursery and Orchard in Aitkin.

David Gilbertson talks about apple trees with knowledge and enthusiasm. He said it was a good winter for apple trees, and right now is the time to prune them. He recommends a 6-step pruning process:

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Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gives a full phenology report.  In this week's report, John discusses great horned owl and eagle nesting habits, gives an education on ticks, shares his longing to see a snowy owl, his love of walking frozen bogs and when we'll start to see wildlife including red tail hawks, killdear and blue herons. 

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Tuesday March 7th, 2017 was the U.S State Department's only public meeting on the proposed Line 67 (formerly known as the Alberta Clipper) .  Enbridge needs to get Presidential approval to cross from Canada into the U.S.   According to Enbridge, there's an increased need for oil and with Line 67 they will be able to transport 890,000 gallons of oil a day instead of 500,000 safely.  This oil will move into Enbridge's new Line 3 along this route

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Barry Simonson is the Director of Line 3 Pipeline Execution for Enbridge Energy and he recently talked with us about their expansion plans for transportation across northern MN.  Enbridge has had oil pipelines for over 60 years and they say that because of demand for increased oil and energy consumption what they currently operate can not adequately accommodate needs of their customers safely. 

News and Public Affairs Director Heidi Holtan talks with Minnesota author Kathleen Novak about her new book Do Not Find Me.  The book is up for a Minnesota Book Award.  The author shares her thoughts on the characters, the plot line and the inspiration behind the book.

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