City of Grand Rapids

https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/police-department-home

During our extra hour of the Monday Morning Show we talked about local law enforcement with GR Police Chief Scott Johnson.  We asked about the department's policy on choke holds, de-escalation, the future of police officers and more.  Have a question for him?  Send it our way!  Or send us your ideas on policing now and the future.

Aaron Brown

We continue our conversation with Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn today on Dig Deep about Chuck's book that was recently released "Strong Towns - A Bottom Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity". 

You can meet Chuck and Aaron and ask them questions at the LIVE Dig Deep Event celebrating the publication of Strong Towns at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids December 10th at 7pm.

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This morning we had the chance to meet and talk with MN artist Nicole Camene.  Listen to our conversation and read a little more about her work to create a temporary public art installation at the new Grand Rapids pedestrian bridge, just in time for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit coming up October 3-5th, put on by Springboard for the Arts.  Check out the

Today in our Strong Women series on KAXE/KBXE we met Ashley Hanson and Joy Dolo.  They are in Grand Rapids this week learning about the town and working with local actors to put together a production at the Reif Center tonight, August 16th at 7pm.  It's the fictionalized story of the ruby slippers getting stolen, and a whole lot more - community identity, loss....

This morning we welcomed in Grand Rapids Deputy Mike Partlow and Advocates for Family Peace's Mandie Alto to talk about awareness for domestic violence in northern Minnesota. 

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Earlier this week we talked about the overabundance of plastic bags in the world.  Barb Veit and Pat Helmberger are experts when it comes to plastic bags - they've been working for years to get people to reuse cloth bags.  They came in to talk about the current legislation that would lift the ban on cities banning plastic bags on their own. 

From the House of Representatives site:

https://www.nps.gov/articles/the-nineteenth-amendment.htm

This weekend on The Give and Take (Saturday at 9am and Sunday at 8pm)  we look back out our new series of 2018 - Strong Women. 

Jesse Davis is a local real estate agent with Move It Real Estate Group and he hosts On the House - our monthly program about homes, housing and buying/selling real estate.  This month we looked at rental housing and talked with Barb Sanderson and Housing and Redevelopment Director Diane Larson about the outcomes from their rental housing task force.

https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/82-civic-center-expansion-articles/792-master-plan

Lack of childcare in rural MN is widespread and complex.  Often deemed as just a family issue, it affects the health of a small community and its ability to grow and welcome new workers to the regioin.