Aitkin MN

The Jaques Art Center has been bringing visual art experiences to the Aitkin area for 22 years.  This weekend kicked off their latest exhibit, Community Canvas, created by people who live in and love the Aitkin area.  We spoke with Barden Heft the President of the Jaques Board of Directors.  He told us the history of the Jaques Art Center, explained the Community Canvas project and talked about what the Jaques Art Center brings to Aitkin. 

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The creative spirit is strong in northern Minnesota and here at Northern Community Radio we celebrate it!  On the First Friday of every month, our Area Voices segment connects you with the arts events happening around the listening region.

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: