My contribution to this Saturday morning’s edition of “Between You and Me” on 91.7 KAXE will join the call-in and music program’s weekly topic of “favorite small towns.” Listeners will be able to share stories and insights about their favorite small towns, particularly the many excellent small towns here in Minnesota. This topic arrives in honor of Ely’s lead in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Town in America” online poll. Kudos to Budget Travel for figuring out a way to drive up web hits on the cheap.

I hit a wall this week. I write about the Iron Range all the time. All the damn time, to tell the truth. And rather than pick one Range town and try to be all cute and whimsical I had what appears to be some kind of breakdown. Instead of doing my usual bit, I wrote a monologue from the perspective of a grizzled resident of a town wholly dependent on the economic influence of a marshmallow factory. It’s every bit as good as that sounds.

Tune in for the madness, and the fun, and don’t forget to tell your small town story along the way. “Between You and Me” airs from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning on 91.7 FM in northern Minnesota or streaming online all over the world at You can check out past episodes and my previous essays at PRX, Public Radio Exchange.

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