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Tuesdays are special around Northern Community Radio.  It's the time of the week when we dig thru our virtual mailbag and discover what listeners are noticing outside as they send in weekly Phenology observations.

Crow Wing County Historical Society

Our liberal commentator Aaron Brown from Minnesota Brown and our conservative commentator from Strong Towns Chuck Marohn wax nostalgic on department stores of their youth and then move into the impact of the closings of Herbergers Stores across the region. 

In our next segment we'll talk about the effects on workers. 

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Milt Lee heads to Ponemah to visit with artist Rob Fineday about his handcrafted birch bark picture frames.

John Bauer

Program 72:  Dam Break! September 3, 1948

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".

When John and Heidi pulled up a chair to Genevieve Radniecki's table for breakfast, they didn't know they'd be hiring out John for staining services this summer.

Last August, community marches were held across the country to show solidarity in response to the events that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA during a neo-nazi, white supremacy rally.  Dan Gannon was a key organizer in the Bemidji Unite Against Hate march back in August and he is on a mission to continue the conversation around diversity and the strength it brings to our lives and communities.  Dan has organized a special event that combines art and music - all in the name of bringing unity to the community.  He stopped by the morning show this week to talk about it. 

Katie Carter

On the First Friday of every month we check in with Katie Marshall of the MacRostie Art Center, Molly Olson from the Ely Folk School and KAXE Area Voices Producer Katie Carter...

The 14th Annual Mississippi River Festival is set for Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 under the Rotary Tent the KAXE Studios. Humbird will kick off our festival with eclectic folk music. Led by Siri Undlin (from Undlin & Wolfe) on vocals, the band has set themselves apart in the strong Americana scene in Minnesota as evolving and creative folksters. Their influences are wide-ranging, crediting Bjork, Bill Frisell and Aoife O’Donovan as inspirations.

The campaign to rebuild KAXE’s broadcast plant and tower got a big boost from the Minnesota Legislature on May 21. At the very end of the 2018 session, the House and Senate passed a bonding bill that included $514,000 for our project. Governor Dayton signed the bill on May 30th.

Strong Tasha

May 31, 2018
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We continue our series with strong women in northern MN with Grand Rapids Council member Tasha Connelly.  She tells us what led her to run for office and a couple of important issues facing the city of Grand Rapids. 

Do you know a strong women with a story to tell?  Email us! 

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The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.

With chants of "families united" and "free our children now," hundreds of people marched from El Paso, Texas, to the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, where children have been detained for immigration violations.

The Father's Day march was primarily organized by Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, who is also running for Senate. He says the march was the brainchild of Veronica Escobar, who is running to fill his seat in the House, as well as other community leaders.

In her first interview since resigning in May, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, gives a blistering critique of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration agenda. Jacobson tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro enforcement actions that result in children being separated from their parents, as well as a recent decision to narrow the definition of what qualifies someone for asylum, are "draconian" and "un-American."

Tom Krall lives on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the west end of the island, high on a ridge. That's where he was in September when Hurricane Irma roared through.

"We had the full blast," Krall says. "Twenty of the 30 houses in my neighborhood lost their roofs or worse."

The National Hurricane Center says Irma had sustained winds of 185 mph when it hit the Virgin Islands with gusts of 200 mph or higher. They were the most powerful winds ever recorded in that part of the Caribbean.

The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut — an addictive, natural chew — to passersby in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.

But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.

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