A princess, is a princess, is a princess...until she's not. In her poem "For Ilene Woods (born Jaqueline)", Ali O'Reilly details the long life of one princess in particular.

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Today we visited with Erik Elsea from Cape Coral, FL - he's paddling the length of the Mississippi River to raise money for ShelterBox USA.  ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes.  ShelterBox USA is a rotary club project. 

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In our July series we'll take up the topic of immigration with our liberal commentator Aaron Brown and conservative Chuck Marohn.  They look at their immigrant roots in MN.  They reminded us that unless you are a Native American or an ancestor of a slave - you are an immigrant in America.  What stories do you know from your family?  What DIDN'T they tell you?  We'll keep this conversation going all week and get into current immigration policies and politics. 

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World Cup coverage from our intrepid soccer reporter Dan Gannon.  Who were you rooting for? 

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 Marshall Helmberger talks Vacation Rentals by Owner on Vermilion, Spruce Grouse and the bounty of this year's berry season. 

We continue our monthly conversation about homes - buying, selling and all things in between.  Real estate agent Jesse Davis introduced us to Amanda Tretter from Woodlands National Bank in Onamia to tell us more about HUD-184 loans on tribal lands. 

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We continued our Making sausage candidate series with lawyer Matt Pelikan today.  After a dramatic DFL convention, he was endorsed, but then the field became very crowded with candidates. Matt tells us what he thinks is important about the role of MN Attorney General. 

Frank Gatusky of Grand Rapids joined Heidi and John to share a breakfast waffle from the toaster, smothered in syrup. He did seem intrigued about Heidi's suggestion to add fruit and whip before the gallons of syrup. Frank also admitted that the upcoming birth of twins at his house is a bit concerning. All in all, though, he seemed to have everything under control.

Aaron Brown, host of The Great Northern Radio Show, joined John and Heidi to talk about local talent, a little politics, and breakfast. Daisy (not heard in the interview) somehow intervened to remind everyone that she has a banana for breakfast every day, or there will be consequences.

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DFL Representative Debra Hilstrom is traveling the state talking with Minnesotans as she campaigns to become Minnesota's next Attorney General.  She stopped by the KBXE studio in Bemidji to discuss why she's running.

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