Area Voices

In celebration of Earth Day, all humans are invited to stop by Hobson Union on the Bemidji State University campus Sunday, April 22 between 12:30 and 3:30p.m.  The Bemidji State University  Sustainability Coordinator Erica Bailey-Johnson stopped by to tell us all about it.

Gaelynn Lea is a singer, a songwriter, a musician and a woman living with a disability.   Since the age of 2, her electric wheelchair has moved her through the world as a result of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease.  For the past 24 years, she's been playing the violin.  Her profound talent has become a successful, globetrotting career as a musician.  In recent years, Gaelynn has become a passionate and public advocate for people with disabilities, promoting positive social change in terms of how individuals and societies understand the experience of living with disabilities. This weekend, Gaelynn will perform her music at the Iron Range Earth Fest and she will host a presentation titled "ABCs of Disability: Raising awareness, eliminating barriers and shaping cultures."

Wendell Affield was forbidden to go into the chickenhouse.  Once his mother passed away, he was able to enter.  What he discovered was a treasure trove of family history that connected him to his past in ways he couldn't have imagined.  He's spent several years piecing together the information and the result has become a series he calls The Chickhouse Chronicles.  Book one Herman: 1940s Lonely Hearts Search, takes the reader into the early years of his mother and step-father's relationship while book two is calle

As gallery director of both the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University(BSU) and the Harlow-Kleven Gallery inside the Watermark Art Center, Laura Goliaszewski's day job has her steeped in fine art.   In addition to her gallery director responsibilities, Goliaszewski also maintains the permanent art collections at BSU.  In this Area Voices segment she discusses her job, how art elevates the human condition, the current exhibits at both galleries and the similarities between art and science.  Click on the interview to hear all about it!

Frannie Tjader

Canoeing has long been part of the culture in northern Minnesota and continues to attract paddlers young and old. With summer just around the corner enthusiasts are looking forward to their next adventure on the water.   In  this segment of Area Voices we speak with Harvey Tjader from the Headwaters Canoe Club.  The club kicks off their season of Tuesday night cruises April 24th at Knutson Dam with Jack Gustafson hosting the paddle.

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