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FAMILY IN SIX TONES is a duel memoir co-authored by writer and law professor at the Chapman University School of Law, Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao. The idea of the memoir grew out of an episode of National Public Radio’s Storycorp that Lan and Harlan recorded in 2015 on Lan’s experience as a refugee from Vietnam during the war. The memoir is a very personal look at the unique struggles of refugees as well as the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters.

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Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report. What a week of phenological changes! This week John gives an animal track report as well as much more! 

Let us know what you are noticing outside by leaving a voicemail at 218-999-9876 or sending us an email.  We would love to hear from you!

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Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for our community to connect with the station thru nature… Each week listeners and students report observations and present questions to our resident phenologist John Latimer. 

What are you noticing? Send your observations via email or voicemail at 218-999-9876.  You could even record a voice memo on your phone and send your thought that way!


I really enjoy helping people. That's the bottom line. And I think that's really the mentality of a lot of people that do this job. We just want to help… we really want to help people find justice or find or find some comfort in something bad that's happening… unfortunately, a lot of our job deals with tragedy and we don't see people in the best of light or in the best of circumstances for them....that's really at the essence of why I became an officer. And I think the majority of those that work for us, that's why. They just want to help. - Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin

Meet Senator Tina Smith - DFL Candidate for US Senate

Oct 28, 2020

*We are continuing our Meet the Candidates conversations for the November 3rd 2020 elections.  We recently talked with Senator Tina Smith (DFL) who is running for reelection.  She is running against Jason Lewis (R).  You can hear our interview with him here.

It is our goal to give you information so you can go to the polls ready to vote.

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo: How the Beaver Got His Tail

Oct 26, 2020

This week on Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo we learn the story of “amik” the beaver.  In the Anishinaabe way, they say to wait until the snow is on the ground before telling stories.  With the snow here to stay Nana Boozhoo tells the story of how the beaver got his tail.

More on Nana Boozhoo here.

Reporters Recount An Infamous Murder-For-Hire Case

Oct 25, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer reporters George Anasatsia and Ralph Cipriano talk about their new book: Doctor Dealer -- a true crime story about Dr, James Kauffman, a doctor dealing opioids to a notorious motorcycle gang, and the murder of his wife April Kauffman.  

Each week John and Heidi pull up a chair to one of our member’s kitchen tables and get to know them a little bit better. This week’s caller, Cathy from north of Grand Rapids was eagerly await bacon, eggs and sourdough bread with fresh apple butter she made herself.

Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Kelsie LaSharr is a biologist for the DNR Wildlife Health Program.  She joins Heidi and John on the Friday Morning Show to talk about Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD.  Kelsie is stationed at the chronic wasting disease surveillance area near Brainerd.  She gives us an overview of the DNR’s response to CWD and gives us the location of where the surveillance areas are throughout Minnesota.  She talks about how they are collecting samples this year during the pandemic.  Kelsie gives us advice to plan ahead this season when making decisions for processing or transporting your deer.  She also re

Marshall Helmberger and the Border News Roundup

Oct 23, 2020

Marshall Helmberger, Editor and publisher of the Timberjay newspaper, joins Heidi Holtan with news from northeastern Minnesota.  This week Marshall talks about the impact the passing of the bonding bill will have in his area.  It includes funding for the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, the Correctional facility in Togo and the Ely trailhead complex including funds for biking and hiking trails throughout NE Minnesota.  Marshall tells us about the winter warning from the forest service telling folks to be aware of the weather especially when traveling in the BCA.