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5/25 Where's Art with Annie Dugan

A rainy Memorial Day is a great excuse to stay in and make art, and here's a little "art exercise" anyone can do - automatic drawing. Pick something to draw and look only at it while you sketch, not the paper. Whether it's doodling, coloring books (they're not just for kids anymore), Annie Dugan says we need to be encouraged to make things the way we're encouraged to journal. "Permission to do it every day just because it's a good thing to do," she says.
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Photos by Brian Downing and Bryan French

5/22 Duluth is (basically) the most bicycle-friendly city in the country

Everytime you turn around, it seems, Duluth is out-performing other cities twice its size. Here's another example: Duluth it's 13th in the nation of cities with bicycle-friendly businesses. And if you break it down to businesses-per-capita, it ranks first. Healthy Duluth Coalition has presented awards to the most bicycle-friendly businesses in the city, and Active Transportation Coordinator Shawna Mullen Early says nominees were evaluated by the Four E's of Bicycling: education,...
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5/15 Live From Studio A: Jillian Rae

Listen to our session with this Iron Range native from May 15, 2015. A singer, songwriter, and violinist, Rae has performed with group including Two Many Banjos; currently she's based in Minneapolis and has her own band. Jillian Rae
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Join us for a session with this Minnesota roots artist on Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm. He performs the same night as the opening act for Charlie Parr's CD release show at the Red Herring in Duluth.

Brady on Reverbnation

Red Herring Lounge

  Women's Words on May 24nd, 2015 features Jocelyn Pihlaja of Duluth reading her short story, "Clicking."

In 2006, when she was 86 years old, Dorothy Dora Whipple was looking for a new challenge.  A fluent and lifelong Ojibwe speaker, Dorothy had just finished a three-year project for the University of Minnesota,  making and transcribing recordings of her language. But she knew right away what she wanted to tackle next: a book of her stories, in Ojibwe and English, with drawings to illustrate the stories and perhaps interest younger people in learning the language.

Duluth's Poet Laureate - and second term poet laureate at that, Jim Johnson, is interested in the idea of local and regional voices in writing, so it's not really a surprise that he was asked to deliver the keynote address at tonight's 27th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards at UMD.

Here, he talks about the "Midwest voice," a writing style he characterizes as, among other things, "honest" and "practical."

Some wins ... some losses and a fresh list of priorities for next session.  Representative Jen Schultz joins us this morning to talk about the highs and lows of her freshman year in the Minnesota House, and how the cards are stacking to create a more partisan - not less - legislature.

Northlanders can join the international March on Monsanto this Saturday.  The multinational agrochemical corporation is under fire for, among other things,  genetically modified seeds and the herbicide Roundup, found by the World Health Organization to be a "probably carcinogen."

Abby Splittstoesser is the event organizer here in Duluth.  And while she agrees the protests won't shutter Monsanto, she says there is a surprising amount of change people can effect right here in the Northland.

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Ice-out actually happened before the Minnesota fishing opener this year ... the water is warm and the fish are active.   John Chalstrom of Chalstrom Bait says there are always new baits and lures coming out ... but he's still recommending the classics.

5/21 Forever Home

May 20, 2015

Sammy:

Sammy is a Spaniel mix, male, D.O.B. 9/7/04. Sammys' owner moved away and decided not to take Sammy.  How could anyone leave such a  kind, gentle , loving boy. He just wants a home again. Do you have room for a good boy who only wants some affection, food, and an occasional stroll with you? Come meet Sammy; you will fall in love!

Salmon:

Fond du Lac Tribal College

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Dan Jones shares with host Erik Redix an amusing story about miscommunication, and some thoughts on storytelling.  The first 12 minutes of the program are Dan's telling the story in Ojibwe, followed by his retelling of the story in English.

Dan Jones is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota.

5/20 Radio Gallery: Nissa Ellen Wick

May 19, 2015

Minnesota native Nissa Ellen Wick joins Radio Gallery to talk about her new set of paintings inspired by nature and the cityscapes of Duluth. Her first public art show opens with a reception on June 4 from 5-7 pm at the Red Mug Coffee House and Gallery.    

Nissa Ellen Wick

Red Mug Coffee House

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Dedric Clark and the Social Animals join us in the studio, Wednesday June 10th, at 2pm