Ely MN

MacRostie Art Center

The first Friday of every month is special at Northern Community Radio.   We've come to know it as the First Friday Cavalcade of arts.  Checking in with folks from around the listening area, we do our best to let our listeners know about first Friday arts happenings near them and give an idea of what kinds of arts events are happening throughout the month.  Northern Minnesota's art scene is vibrant and flourishing.  

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 Jul

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Marshall Helmberger is the publisher of the Timberjay newspaper and this week he talked about the continuing story of connecting towns like Orr and Ely to rural broadband and the difficulty with reliable phone service and internet to businesses.

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This week Marshall Helmberger fills us in on the Ely company Wintergreen getting invited to the White House, the derailment of the Polymet Land Swap and visitors headed to Ely who have been blindly following their smartphone directions and have ended up stuck on a rough road that ends up in a mudhole. 

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