Area Voices

The Big Winnie Store and RV Park along Highway 2 at Bena is a place you can't miss.  Its Bavarian style architecture combined with the pagoda style gas pumps are architectural elements you won't soon forget if you've ever driven past.  We spoke with Arnold J. Dahl-Wooley on the morning show today.  The Big Winnie Store and RV Campground has been in his family for 5 generations.  He shared some fascinating history about the place that includes Frank Lloyd Wright, ghosthunters, and German prisoners...

Bonfires and stringed instruments go hand in hand... there's something familiar about that combination of a camp fire and a guitar or ukelele.  A group in Grand Rapids, MN is taking this notion to the next level adding chamber music to the mix with the first ever Bonfire Chamber Music Festival.  We spoke with Mary Ellen Haupert, Heidi Wick, Nancy Oliveros, and David Marty on the morning show about this unique, intimate and cultural phenomenon taking place in Grand Rapids July 27th and 28th at the Reif Center.

Lori Forshay-Donnay of the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji stopped by the KBXE studio to discuss the community's 50th Art in Park.   Vendors include jewelers, guitar makers, canoe builders, pottery, photography, shadow-boxes and whole lot more.  The Bemidji Art in Park is going on this weekend, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4 at Library Park in Bemidji. 

Beltrami Historical Society Executive Director Gary Rozman and Board Secretary Sue Bruns, stopped by the studio during our morning show to talk about the historical society, what goes on there and the many upcoming events happening.

We caught up with Lorie Yourd, Board President of the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  She filled us in on what is happening with the renovation of the new art center!  Multiple dedicated gallery spaces, rooms for workshops,  opportunities for community experiences, and a comprehensive retail space will all make up the new art center.   

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