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Edge Center for the Arts, Big Fork, MN

Edge Center for the Arts, Big Fork, MN

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Grant Frashier travels to the Edge Center for the Arts in Big Fork to see the exhibit "First They Cut Your Hair: Remembering Indian Boarding Schools".

The Untold Story of the 2019 Common Roots Festival in Downtown St. Cloud

The Untold Story of the 2019 Common Roots Festival in Downtown St. Cloud

What makes for a vibrant music scene? In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with a couple of folk who’ve got a pretty good idea. Dawn Yilek and Zachary Dorholt are both part of the organizing force behind the 2019 Common Roots Festival in downtown St. Cloud, and they are here to let us know where the festival came from, what is in store for this weekend, and how we can expect the future of live music in St. Cloud to continue to develop.

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The Untold Story of Dealing with Racism and Xenophobia in St. Cloud with Mayor Dave Kleis

The Untold Story of Dealing with Racism and Xenophobia in St. Cloud with Mayor Dave Kleis

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sits down with St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis to talk about racism, xenophobia, and the perception of the city of St. Cloud on the national stage. In light of somewhat recent negative attention generated by an article in the New York Times, there is a discussion to be had about what actually goes on here in the Granite City, as it is very different from what a small, fearful group of people would have us believe. In fact, an opposing force works against racism and xenophobia. It’s called community, and as Mayor Kleis will tell us, it starts in our back yards but can grow to affect the nation.

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North American Bear Center, Ely, MN

North American Bear Center, Ely, MN

Grant Frashier visits the North American Bear Center in Ely.

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A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned

A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned

During the summer of 1967, Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis went up in flames. This was during a period known as the Long, Hot Summer when frustrations about racial discrimination and a lack of opportunity for black Americans erupted on city streets across the U.S.

In Minneapolis, those tensions came to a head on Plymouth Avenue. This was the commercial heart of a racially and ethnically mixed Near North neighborhood that was home to the city’s largest concentration of African-American residents as well as many Jewish-owned businesses. For some black Minnesotans, Plymouth Avenue was a brick and mortar reminder of racial inequality that could no longer be silently tolerated.

There are people who remember July 19-21, 1967 as the Plymouth Avenue riots, while others describe these events as a revolution, uprising or rebellion.

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The Untold Story of the Richard C. Wilson St. Cloud Community Outpost

The Untold Story of the Richard C. Wilson St. Cloud Community Outpost

In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits and then revisits the Richard C. Wilson St. Cloud Community Outpost, otherwise known as the COP House, on the Southside of St. Cloud. Back in 2017, city officials and community partners held a dedication and open house for the COP House where numerous speeches promised that this innovative program would make a difference is this difficult neighborhood. Two years later, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and Officer Dan McClure discuss how those promises appear to have been kept as the city has just been awarded the Justice Anthony L. Sutin Civic Imagination Award by the U.S. Justice Department.

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The Untold Story of University Archivist Tom Steman and the Oral History Project

The Untold Story of University Archivist Tom Steman and the Oral History Project

In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack hangs out with St. Cloud State University Archivist Tom Steman.
In their eighth conversation over the years, they talk about SCSU’s Sesquicentennial, Tom’s experience writing questions for KVSC Trivia, exciting news from the Minnesota Historical Society, a re-invigoration of collecting Oral Histories from SCSU grads and faculty, and much more!

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Free Range Film Festival, Wrenshall, MN

Free Range Film Festival, Wrenshall, MN

Grant Frashier visits with Annie Dugan from the Free Range Film Festival, a showing of independent films in a century old barn near Wrenshall.

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The Untold Story of PechaKucha St. Cloud

The Untold Story of PechaKucha St. Cloud

In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack encounters a new community-building phenomenon in St. Cloud called PechaKucha. Originating from a Japanese architectural firm as a way of trimming down boring meetings and presentations, PechaKucha is now in over 1,000 cities worldwide and uses a simple guideline to produce something incredible.

Speakers from the community are allotted 20 PowerPoint slides that advance every 20 seconds to provide a six-minute, forty-second framework for presentations upon any topic where they find their passion. From learning from toddlers to traveling the world to exploring the deepest meaning within ourselves, PechaKucha St. Cloud revealed the passions within our community and looks to be a quarterly event that will continue to do so out into the future.

This program is funded in part by a Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.

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The Untold Story of PRIDE in Central Minnesota 2019

The Untold Story of PRIDE in Central Minnesota 2019

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks about Pride because it is Pride month, and how there are many, many lives within our community that are very much tied to the concept of being the individual that they truly are.

Yad Aira from St. Cloud talks about her coming out process and the effects it had upon her conservative family and friends, as well as how it radically changed her life for the better even though it was a long, strange journey.

And then Seth Kaempfer, Director of the SCSU LGBT Resource Center talks about the history of Pride, why it is so important, the direction of the movement today, and resources that LGBT youth might need as they address this issue within their lives.

This program is funded in part by a Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.

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The EXTENDED Untold Story of Title IX with Dr. Lori Ulferts and Carol Howe-Veenstra at the Stearns History Museum Breakfast Club

The EXTENDED Untold Story of Title IX with Dr. Lori Ulferts and Carol Howe-Veenstra at the Stearns History Museum Breakfast Club

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits the Stearns History Museum for their monthly Breakfast Club. This time, the presentation featured Dr. Lori Ulferts, SCSU Professor and former Women’s Basketball coach, and Carol Howe-Veenstra, former Director of Athletics at the College of St. Benedict and volleyball coach.

Title IX as a law is 47 years old this June, and was passed as a guarantee of equal treatment based upon sex. These two women have been pioneers in this area and were able to speak from the perspectives of being girls in sports before Title IX as well as being academic sports professionals following its passage.

In this extended podcast, all of their hour long Breakfast Club has been made available including the question and answer section.

This program is funded in part by a Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.

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