In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack pays homage and respect to Doctor Rex Veeder, who passed away on September 2nd at a hospice in Arizona. A friend and mentor to numerous over his years with the SCSU English Department, Veeder’s creativity brought science and art together in surprising and effective ways that not only changed lives, but also saved lives. Joining Rex’s own words from KVSC features out of the past, local musician Leon Laudenbach talks about the Headwaters Blues Opry and political activist Justin Michael talks about the Survive and Thrive conference and journal in this glimpse into what it means to “Do This Work.”
Staci Lola Drouillard is a Minnesota writer and a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe. Her first book Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe was published in 2019 and now she has a second book out—it’s called Seven Aunts. It’s part memoir and part cultural history telling the story of her seven Anishanabee and European aunts who provided Staci a foundation of strength and sense of home, and who might have gone over-looked with out this book.
Tune in for local storytellers and great music on Stay Human, Sunday at 5, and Monday at 8 am. This week, stories of finding work-arounds, playing the hand you’re dealt and keeping it on the road, with Terry O’Brien, Rich McClear, Dan Hegstad and others. Keep on keepin’ on, with Stay Human.
Anthony Swann’s newest collection of poetry, Blue Trailings: Sparks and Cinders takes readers on a journey thru the jazz world that only a person who has experienced something from the inside can. The book is a whole vibe of a reading experience, a look at a world and scene Anthony is uniquely situated to share. From living in the Mission District in San Francisco and following the jazz scene there, to working as a cook on a passenger train following music across the country, to owning a jazz coffee shop and traveling to South America to lap up the beats there, Anthony’s soulful poems envelop a reader and groove right off the page simultaneously.
When you’re low income, housing is a huge problem. When you’re low income and in alcohol and drug recovery, housing can be an even greater problem. There is an initiative in the Bemidji area that aims to get landlords and tenants in the vulnerable position of chemical recovery, on the same page.