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Minnesota Arts, Culture and History programs created from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

A Festival of French and Native History in the Far North!

The Annual Chautauqua-French Canadian-Metis Festival at the Old Crossing Treaty Park in Huot, MN will burst with live music, traditional foods and tales of history on Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th! Event coordinator Virgil Benoit shares the details!

MN90: Funkytown is Definitely Not Near Wisconsin

At the dawn of disco’s demise in 1980, Minnesota musicians unleashed the disco sensation Funkytown. Thirty years later, the one-hit-wonder is still played worldwide and is used in TV, movies and advertisements. And just where is Funkytown? It doesn’t exist on a map or anywhere else. Funkytown is a state of mind, and a groovy one at that.


The powerhouse Jazz fusion group, HEYARLO, joins Behind The Scenes to speak on the various influences that inform their sound and the differences between playing large-scale and small-scale shows.

Civil Decline

The members of Civil Decline join the show to discuss their origins as a group and, later on, get into today’s culture of surface-level engagement with art via social media.

MN90: Pushed Out of Congress

Coya Knutson made history as the first woman from Minnesota to serve in Washington. But, as MN90 producer Marisa Helms reports, Knutson’s estranged husband and a coterie of political rivals conspired against her. They wrote the infamous “Coya come home!” letter, which caused Knutson to lose re-election and return to Oklee, Minnesota.

MN90: Zing Went the Strings of Her Heart

Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Judy Garland was destined for show business from the ripe old age of 2. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel takes a closer look at Garland’s career, and discovers what else one of our most famous Minnesotans is best remembered for

Counter Stories- Legislative Wrap Up: Driver’s Licenses for All

After more than two decades, Minnesota passed a law in 2023 allowing anyone in the state to get a driver’s license no matter their immigration status. A big win for the more than 80,000 undocumented immigrants in the state to finally be able to obtain a legal license to drive. Emilia Avalos Gonzalez, Unidos MN

The Untold Story of Reuse and Redevelopment with Melissa Wenzel for the MPCA

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, we look through the lenses of creativity, environment, and sustainability at what to do about vacant businesses around town as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Melissa Wenzel from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Wenzel recently gave a presentation at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud concerning “Built Environment Sustainability” where she discussed the concepts of reuse and redevelopment as well as guidelines, ideas, and financial assistance opportunities for communities around Minnesota.

And for a look at what reuse and redevelopment can look like in a small community, there’s another Untold Story of Central Minnesota from last year that highlights Farwell, MN, and the very successful development of their arts center, which is made up of a church, a gas station, a creamery, and a schoolhouse, all once abandoned.

The Untold Stories of Central Minnesota is made possible through support from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and Legacy Amendment of 2008.

MN Reads: “Sasquatch and Squirrel” by Chris Monroe

Author and Illustrator Chris Monroe talks about her new book “Sasquatch and Squirrel”

Camping and Art in Kittson County!

Shannon Christenson shares detail of the annual “Art Camp” in Hallock, Minnesota!

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