Jill Parson

 Every Tuesday we hear from people around the listening region and discover what they've noticed out in nature.  Today marks the last of the student reports for the schoolyear and we are already looking forward to hearing from the kids next fall.   If you have a classroom or know of a teacher who would like to incorporate our phenology program into the school schedule, send an email and we'll get you hooked up! 

Francine Sterle dives into the specific, and the ocean inside, in this poem called "Reverie."

MN Historical Society

Infrastructure can mean a lot of things - roads, sewers, power, broadband.  This week we begin our Dig Deep series with liberal Aaron Brown and conservative Chuck Marohn.  We begin the conversation by talking about the history of infrastructure in our region.  When did the roads get paved?  When did sewers come in?  How was it paid for? 

John Bauer

Program 21: Early Years of Grand Rapids High School Sports and Music; Game Warden Stories

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".

Two interviews mark this episode of Centerstage Minnesota. In the first hour, hear Siama and Dallas Johnson singing and telling the stories of the journey from the Congo to Minnesota.

On the first Friday of each month we connect with people across the listening region to find out what is going on in the arts scenes in their towns.  In this segment, we make our way from Grand Rapids to Ely to Bemidji, Brainerd and Bagley! So much happening.  Get out and enjoy the creative spirit of northern Minnesota!

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Each week editor/publisher Marshall Helmberger fills us in on the top stories from his newspaper The Timberjay.  This week mineral leases in the Superior National Forest, Dayton's line item veto and new mining of iron titanium oxide on the Iron Range.

Aaron Spangler

Aaron Spangler grew up in Park Rapids, graduated from MCAD and went on to become a world renowned artist.  He lives with his wife-author and chef Amy Thielen and their son in a home he built himself nestled deep in the forest between Park Rapids and Two Inlets.

Annie Humphrey has created a giant puppet she calls Daughter Water.  She'll be walking Daughter Water between Grand Rapids and Bemidji beginning June 8.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to walk along the roadsides with her and this magnificent puppet!  Annie stopped by the studio to talk about her project. Click on the link to hear the interview.  Below is Daughter Water's travel schedule.

When Tim O'Brien looks around the vegetable house at Prairie River Greenhouse, he sees  "a sea of tomatoes." This makes sense; he and his wife Lynn are offering 70 varieties of heirloom tomatoes this year at their 2-person operation located on a city lot in the town of LaPrairie MN.

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"We grant the petitions for certiorari and grant the stay applications in part," the court said Monday. The court's clerk will set a date for the cases — which will be consolidated — to be heard in the session that begins in October.

"Both petitions for certiorari and both stay applications are accordingly ripe for consideration," the court said on Monday.

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