Brainerd

Joni Kabana / http://www.clcmn.edu/vlw/

Steve Downing is an area writer and arts enthusiast.  He recently had the chance to get to Central Lakes College in Brainerd for the opening of their season of Verse Like Water directed by Jeff Johnson. 

School has just begin or will start next week in northern Minnesota and John Bauer and I took the time to thank some of the teachers that meant the most to us.  We had a chance to talk with the husband-wife duo from Brainerd that had a huge impact on my growing up there - Andre and Marilyn LaMourea.  They were mentioned in the Brainerd paper for retiring 20 years ago...

Northland Arboretum

Today John Latimer and I had the chance to talk about the events going on at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd with executive director Vicki Foss. 

Crow Wing County Historical Society

Our liberal commentator Aaron Brown from Minnesota Brown and our conservative commentator from Strong Towns Chuck Marohn wax nostalgic on department stores of their youth and then move into the impact of the closings of Herbergers Stores across the region. 

In our next segment we'll talk about the effects on workers. 

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ERA MN

This morning we took a tour of northern MN in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.  Tourism is a $15 billion dollar industry in MN and generates more than 265,000 jobs - making up for 11% of private sector employment.  Today we visited with the fine folks that work in the tourism industry in northern MN. 

Megan Christenson from Visit Grand Rapids

Tim Johnson from Edge of the Wilderness Lodging Association

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