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Area Voices: True Stories From the Edge

Mural in downtown Ely, MN

Julie Nester and Terry Cooper started True Stories from the Edge in Ely last winter.  The monthly, wintertime story-telling event was a wildly successful from the get-go.  Regular people gather together to share and celebrate stories.  Folks who wish to share a story of 6 minutes or less, put their names in a hat and what happens after that is literally the luck of the draw.  Each month's stories fall under a specific theme and this first round of stories all relate to the phrase, "I didn't see that coming!"  This year's story-telling season kicked off last night in Ely.  We spoke with Julie Nester on the morning show about how it got started, what happens at an event and why she thinks it's been such a success.  

Upcoming story nights will be held at the Ely Senior Center from 6-8pm on the following dates: 

  • February 21 - Repairs of All Kinds
  • March 21 - It’s Mine: Tales of Ownership

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.
John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director from 1995-2022. Now semi-retired and writing, sculpting and enjoying the good life, you can hear him on the Morning Show Fridays.
Jennifer has worked at Northern Community Radio since 2006. She maintains our member database, member payments, and makes sure everyone gets their tote bags or other swag. She also enjoys on-air programming: hosting New Music once a week, plus the occasional On the River and Green Cheese Trivia shows. She loves music from the 1960s, classic TV sitcoms, words games, and her son and two cats. Jennifer graduated from Bemidji State University, majoring in Mass Communications. She lives in Grand Rapids, and she grew up in Spicer, Minnesota.