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Pushing Chain, Boyd Blomberg (l.) & Adam Moe

Pushing Chain, the award-winning duo of Boyd Blomberg (guitar & vocals) and Adam Moe (fiddle & vocals), plays Americana roots music. They stopped by The Roadhouse recently to chat about what they've been up to, and played an all-Bob Dylan set. You can learn more about Pushing Chain...


Paul Imholte on the hammered dulcimer

St. Cloud-based musician Paul Imholte plays a wide variety of string instruments, including hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, and many more. He joined Dave TerSteeg and Ann Possis in Studio A to play original music and discuss his tour through the Arrowhead bringing music to libraries and...


Cover of Zaspalo Je Siroce
Zaspalo Je Siroce, Croatian for "an orphan has fallen asleep", is the title of the new double album from Joe Paulik, produced by Al Oikari. It's the product of several years of work, featuring 18 new original tracks, songs Joe has played live for years but never...
Common Ground
Common Ground is a relatively new musical trio in Cook County. Featuing Drew Heinonen on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Steckelberg on bass, and Bob Lamettry on cajon and percussion, they have a very unique, rhythmic sound complimented by Heinonen's raspy vocals. This is their first time on the...
Chris Gillis (left) and Gordon Thorne in Studio A

Local musicians Gordon Thorne (guitar) and Chris Gillis (keyboard) stopped by Studio A recently for fun chat and great tunes... old and quirky blues numbers as well as originals.

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North Shore Coloring Book by Mike Klein

Mike Klein is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, and community murals. When he's not creating art, he's an assistant professor in the Department of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He's just out with a...


New Deep Winter Greenhouse in Finland, Minn.
The first "Deep Winter Greenhouse" is done and ready to go in Finland, at the Organic Consumers Association. It's a project o...

Jeff Olson aka J. Francis Olson
J. Francis Olson is a blues and americana guitarist living in Burnsville. His album "One Long Tomorrow" was created through counseling after dealing with issues of sexual abuse in his childhood, and has gone on to be named 2016's best Americana album by the Akademia group in...
Liz Draper and Mumblin' Drew at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais.
Ahead of a show at the Art House B&B in Grand Marais, Twin Cities musicians Mumblin' Drew and Liz Draper play together on the air with Will Moore and Carl...
Illustration of the zodiacal light
Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota...

Hi. This is Patrick Krage, Engine Module Leader, Engine 621, with this week’s National...



How do some birds so expertly extract seeds from their shells and then digest them? WTIP’s...



The Grand Portage Passage was a long-distance sled dog race that was held from 1999...


Artist's Point
Artist's Point is a landmark in Grand Marais, a distinctive spit of land that extends into Lake...
Joan Farnam
Joan Farnam has been writing about the arts scene on the North Shore for more than 10 years. She is also a potter and the ceramics studio facilitator at the Grand Marais Art Colony and works as a...
Changing winter weather on the Gunflint
Month two of 2017 along the Gunflint is winding down meek as a “vernal lamb....
OCA Deep Winter Greenhouse in Finland

As is often stated, the West End communities are like a big family. Mostly happy, occasionally...


Photo by Bryan Hansel

Nature has its own array of "jewel tones" - whether colors, smells or sounds. In this...


The patient pine grosbeak.

Weather in the Wildersmith neighborhood has settled back into a more moderate tone...


Ethical owl photo

What do birders and Harry Potter fans have in common? Both are delighted with the irruption of...


The Gunflint area is bathed in the light of the full moon.
The Wildersmith two are back in the woods. After a swell visit with family and friends from border...
The 1982 Cook County Board of Commissioners, with the County Attorney and Auditor - Frank is far left
This is Bill Hansen. I’m best known for being the father of Clare Shirley, who is the normal...
Clare Shirley

Clare Shirley is the voice of the West End News. Clare is a fifth-generation local, and...