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U of MN researchers develop new technology to make car tires from trees & grasses

A team at the U of MN has invented a new technology to produce renewable  car tires from trees and grasses. Lead researcher Prof. Paul Dauenhauer joined CJ to explain how it works and why it's an important breakthrough. 


Todd Zins and Holly Johnson

Outpost Motel under new ownership

The Outpost Motel east of Grand Marais was owned by Jim and Jennifer Plahuta for over 25 years. In January, Holly Johnson and Todd Zins became the new owners.


New Deep Winter Greenhouse in Finland, Minn.

New 'Deep Winter Greenhouse' in Finland enables food production all winter long

The first "Deep Winter Greenhouse" is done and ready to go in Finland, at the Organic Consumers Association. It's a project of the NE MN Regional Sustainable Development program, which has several more planned for other areas in the state. Two of the leaders of the project, Dan Handeen and Greg Schweser, chatted with Dave about the greenhouse, what it's meant to do, and the special features of its construction. Local carpenters Gordon Thorne and Hans Mueller built the greenhouse.

Energy-efficient passive building in Isabella

Passive building techniques: What they are and why they matter

The Cook County Local Energy Project & Cook County Extension will offer a workshop on best energy construction practices Thursday, Feb. 9, in Grand Marais. Sean Meyers is an architect with CR-BPS, a firm located in Isabella that specializes in passive building techniques, and he'll be in town to present at the workshop. He spoke with Dave about passive building, energy conservation, and more. You can contact Cook County Extension at 387-3015 to register. 


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Saving a part of Americana--old diners restored and repurposed

Steve Harwin bought his first diner in 1987..and has been preserving this special part of American history ever since. Dave caught up with him to learn how he got into the business, why it's important to save these unique structures, and much more. You can learn more about Steve's business, Diversified Diners, here


Angry Trout sign

Angry Trout Cafe to distribute salad dressings this winter

Usually closed through the winter, the Angry Trout Cafe is trying something new this year.


Crooked Spoon Cafe

Crooked Spoon's 10 Year Anniversary

The Crooked Spoon Cafe is celebrating 10 years of bringing unique foods to downtown Grand Marais.


 

Circular economy's goal moves way beyond recycling

The basic idea of the circular economy is that in production, nothing should be wasted, and everything at the end of its life should be made into something else. Dave talked with Nathaniel Springer, an economist in the U of MN Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, to learn more. Here's a great article about it from the Institute on the Environment (U of MN). Nat also recommends the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a place to learn more.


World's Best Donuts

Everything you ever wanted to know about World's Best Donuts

Everybody loves Grand Marais' World's Best Donuts--so Julie Carlson invited second- and third-generation donut makers Dee Brazell and Stacey Hawkins, and their mom, Sherrie Lindskog, to stop by The Roadhouse and chat about the fun stories and history behind this family-run business. Their first 'cash register' was a tackle box.

***WARNING***: Listening to this story may cause severe cravings and/or sudden trips to downtown Grand Marais. 


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Avoid being 'greenwashed' when looking for environmentally-friendly products

What do those labels on 'ecofriendly' products really mean? Dave chatted with Dr. Tim Smith of the U of MN Institute on the Environment's NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise to learn what to look for and how to better read those labels. Dr. Smith suggests the Good Guide phone app as one of many tools to help make more environmentally-friendly buying decisions.