Local blog still breathing, feeling fine

For a community college instructor, the end of the school year is a wondrous time — but not particularly conducive to blog output. News, views and cultural tidbits swirl about as always, yet my keystrokes are needed elsewhere. Look for my Sunday column, followed by some new content next week that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ll be here if… Read More →

Another Range boy heads down highway for blood & spoils

Today I am on my way to the Twin Cities to prepare for tomorrow night’s Great Northern Radio Show in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. It’s our 14th program, the first show we’ve done in the metro area after almost four years of touring small towns and cities in Northern Minnesota. Growing up on the Iron Range — especially as… Read More →

Unique story of underground mine radio show in Iowa

Photo / Martin Marietta Materials A longtime reader from Iowa, Fred Borgen, shared this story of a radio broadcast from an underground mine located under, of all places, the cornfields of his home state. I hadn’t heard about any mines in Iowa until this, and now I’m deeply upset that I haven’t done a radio… Read More →

Richard III found under parking lot; Paul Harvey found on Super Bowl

Behold, a feast of links I don’t entirely know what to do with. The bones of Richard III, one of the shortest-lived English monarchs and the last to die on the battlefield, were found in a shallow grave below a parking lot in England. The story and photos will give you something to think about…. Read More →

Keeping ‘Wits’ about us

I’m late to the party, but I caught the recent buzz over Minnesota Public Radio’s third-year, limited run show “Wits” and finally took in an episode of the comedy variety show. Hosted by veteran public radio anchor and all-around witty guy John Moe the program’s June 30 episode was an enjoyable listen with some hilarious… Read More →

More from the Great Northern Radio Show preview week

This will be a busy week for the Great Northern Radio Show, slated to go live from 5-7 this Saturday, April 7, from the Chief Theatre in Bemidji, Minnesota. This will be our second episode of what is now a quarterly variety show on Northern Community Radio and other independent public radio outlets. You can… Read More →

Keillor, Prairie Home dodge the snow for big show

You can hear the Duluth episode of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” here. I wrote last week about the program’s expedition to the head of the lakes over the weekend. The DNT and Star Tribune reviewed “Prairie Home’s” stop at the DECC. Naturally, everyone’s talking about the “10 Things to Know Before you Move… Read More →

Duluth welcomes Prairie Home Companion this Saturday

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” broadcasts live from the symphony hall at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center this Saturday evening. The show is iconic to public radio, and this broadcast features some great local talent including Duluth’s Trampled by Turtles and the Grand Rapids High School Jazz Ensemble. (My kids could be in… Read More →

MPR: Beating the daylight-savings time system

I have the daily commentary over at Minnesota Public Radio’s site this morning. The topic is my experience with daylight-savings time (which is this weekend, by the way) dating back to my stint as an overnight disc jockey in my high school years on the Iron Range. There’s a lot that goes on for daylight-savings… Read More →

Great Northern Radio Show moves up the shore

If I failed to mention it before, the Great Northern Radio Show has been picked up by 91.7 KAXE for a 2012 season. If you missed our October 2011 debut in Hibbing you can still hear the program online (Hour 1 and Hour 2). We’ve been trying to build an audience for the show on… Read More →