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West End News: May 24

Congratulations to Birch Grove Community School graduates Ashley Ross, Michael Sjogren and Bradley Van Doren.  The congratulations might seem a little late, as the three finished their studies at


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Titambe Dance Ensemble brings West African drum rhythms to Studio A

Buck and Bob hosted four members of the Titambe Dance Ensemble May 18 for chat and music. Director Christian Adeti and his group drummed and danced at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais the next evening.


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Author and theologian James Douglass on his new book, "Gandhi and the Unspeakable"

Bob spoke May 18 with James Douglass, theologian, teacher, and author of "Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth," about Gandhi's remarkable life and what made his non-violent practice so powerful.


30- to 49-year-olds are increasingly moving to rural communities like ours

U of M study finds increase in 30- to 49-year-olds moving to rural communities

There’s a lot of talk about how more and more young people are leaving rural communities like ours.


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Julia Herz of the Brewers Association & craftbeer.com on craft beer...it's American Craft Beer Week May 14-20

Buck chatted May 11 with Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, and publisher of craftbeer.com, about the huge rise in popularity of craft beers, which beer to serve with what food, and lots more.


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Artist Hazel Belvo on her creative process and inspiration

Dave Seaton spoke Apr. 13 with artist, master teacher and mentor Hazel Belvo, who is serving as artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, about her artistic influences, vision, and process.


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Anishinaabe Way: Anna Deschampe & Allan Aubid

Anna Deschampe and Allan Aubid are the parents of two young sons. They live on the Grand Portage Reservation in northern Minnesota.

In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Deschampe and Aubid discuss raising children to have traditional values while living in mainstream society, and the role of the community and elders in parenting. They also share the lessons they have learned along the way and the dreams they have for their kids.


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Michael Gulezian brings gorgeous & unique guitar stylings to The Roadhouse

Buck Benson and Ann Possis welcomed Michael Gulezian and local favorite Michael Monroe to Studio A Apr. 27 in advance of their joint Log Cabin Concert near Grand Marais that evening.


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Local writer & life coach Berta Bauer talks about writing her first novel, "Genie's Bottle"

Buck chatted recently with local writer Berta Bauer about the process and challenges involved in writing her first novel, "Genie's Bottle." There's a book reading and signing by Berta May 1 at 7 p.m. at Cook County Higher Education.


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Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson come to Minnesota in series from U of MN Press

Ann Possis chatted Apr. 20 with Larry Millett, former reporter and architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. His books, published by the U of MN Press, feature Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solving mysteries right here in Minnesota. He talks about the joys and challenges of writing about one of the world's most well-known and beloved fictional characters.