A lifelong and accomplished poet, Donna Salli's first novel A Notion of Pelicans hit bookstores in September.   In this segment of Area Voices we learn about her longtime love of language and her leap from poems to books.

Contemporary Ojibwe Artist Jim Denomie uses his art as a means of social and cultural commentary.  In this segment of Area Voices, he discusses his craft, his intent and how re-discovering his identity helped him navigate through life. 

Artist Jessie Marianiello talks about her path as an artist and the roads she's traveled that have taken her to the lands of wild horses and on to Africa.  Her nonprofit The Joy Collective helps Ugandan widows rebuild their lives through education, creativity and agriculture.

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On our weekly segment Making Sausage we find out about the messy business of government and politics.  We also meet our elected officials and find out about elections and voting.  This week, longtime DFL commentator and election judge Colleen Nardone on what the constitutional amendment on the ballot is all about.  One thing we know:  if you don't vote for it you are voting NO.  The questions is:  should MN Legislators have the ability to raise their own salaries?

Milt Lee talks to Jenn Anderson about her work in Uganda and at The Least of These, a social change boutique located in downtown Bemidji.

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Jim Gallagher talks with Brainerd resident Barry Christenson about the Minnesota Wooden Canoe Heritage Association and his fleet of vintage wooden canoes.

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Steve visits the Edge Center for the Performing Arts in Big Fork, to see Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and also John Bauer's Exhibit "What's Left: Lives Touched by Suidice".

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Grant Frashier visits with Cameron Feaster, wolf specialist at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline expansion and the protests against it have garnered local, national and world-wide attention since summer. In this segment of Area Voices, host Katie Carter talks with professor and author Anton Treuer who's written several books, one of which is titled Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask. Katie asked Dr. Treuer about the Dakota Access Pipeline project and asked him about its impact on the Native community and much more. Their conversation will be broken into segments.

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Donald Trump promised something new in American politics.

His strategists said his brash "America First" approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist "Workers Party."

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As the White House pushes Congress to fund President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could stymie parts of the massive project.

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The Trump administration announced it will impose a 20 percent tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada.

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Several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture.

The vote was 87 to 11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote.

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