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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".

Cruisin the Blues EP 105 Christone Kingfish

Cruisin the Blues EP 105 Christone Kingfish

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has made it to the “big Leagues” of the music industry with his talents. He just released his first major label album on the infamous “Alligator Records” Label in May of 2019. He’s a young artist with a traditional-yet “current” sound.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 104 Rockin’ Johnny Bergin

Cruisin the Blues EP 104 Rockin’ Johnny Bergin

Johnny Burgin has earned his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny started his career in the rough and tumble neighborhood blues joints on Chicago’s West Side with Howlin’ Wolf disciple Tail Dragger, and today is well known by all in the blues community as a modern day corner stone of the blues genre of music.

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Cruisin the Blues EP 103 Tribute to Otis Rush

Cruisin the Blues EP 103 Tribute to Otis Rush

On September 29 of 2018 the Blues world lost one of it’s Iconic artists of the West-side Chicago Blues sound Otis Rush. Although he had not performed or recorded since 2003 due to a stroke that robbed him of his ability to perform, he was always considered a cornerstone of the blues development in Chicago for his almost 50 year career in performance and recording.

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Blackberry Farm Show, Blackberry, MN

Blackberry Farm Show, Blackberry, MN

Close to Home visits the North Central Farm & Antique Association show in Blackberry and host Grant Frashier contemplates technology.

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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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