Area Voices

...In this heightened sense of anxiety, this heightened sense of the unknown...we don't have a clear vision of the future and we need to hold that close and give ourselves more space, more time, more patience ... giving ourselves grace and remembering that there's so much going on right now... we just really need to be kinder to ourselves... because of all the factors happening in our world.  It's extra important to slow down, to give ourselves space to just be and to just process everything that's going on.    And as parents, give our children that space to process... when you're seeing more behaviors from your children or even within yourself or other family members, remember that there are just so many more charged emotions in our world that affect how we are able to regulate ourselves, how we're able to handle different situations...A good first step is to slow down and give yourself and your loved ones a little bit more space. – Chelsea Ottman Rak, Peacemakers Resources

Sarah Stonich originally released her book Fishing with RayAnne under the psuedonym Ava Finch.  It's recently been re-released as simply Fishing!

Mark and Amanda Haugen began their second summer as owners of Fox Lake Campground near Bemidji recently.  Just before Covid-19 took over our lives, Katie Carter interviewed them to find out  how they got into the resort business and what life is like as resort owners. In this extended interview, Katie  re-connects with Amanda to discuss how Covid-19 changed things for them and their patrons year.  

My grandmother was pregnant with my mother. The father, the man who impregnated her, was 35 years old. She was 15. She's the one who served this six year sentence. -Sheila O'Connor

Sheila O’Connor’s grandmother’s story was the impetus behind her new book Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions.

Writing can be very solitary. Most often it's a very solitary endeavor and a writing conference can give you community and a sense of being in a community, being among people who are endeavoring on the same path as you are... you get those nuts and bolts, craft things, those little things you didn't understand about the craft of writing... and then there's that organism that is the workshop and then there's the greater organism of the learn things with everyone. - Sean Hill, Poet and MN Northwoods Writers Conference Director