Thursday morning show

Iron Range cookbook author Mona Abel joins Heidi and John on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about her new cookbook “Let’s Party”.  Mona tells us about her love for making and eating pasties, when to enjoy cocktail hour, she shares some new recipes and old favorites and most importantly answers the question of gravy or no gravy with pasties.

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City Clerk Kim Gibeau on Voting in Grand Rapids

Oct 29, 2020

Grand Rapids city clerk Kim Gibeau joins John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about upcoming elections in the Grand Rapids area.  Kim tells us about the Covid-19 safety precautions the polling places have put in place.  The use of plexiglass dividers, masks and the sanitization processes used to keep voters safe.

Listen here for voting times and locations in the City of Grand Rapids.

Local Election Judge Sonja Merrild

Oct 29, 2020

Sonja Merrild, a local election judge in the Grand Rapids area, joins Heidi Holtan on Making Sausage.  Sonja moved here from Denmark years ago, then become a US citizen in 2016, in time to vote in that year’s election. 

This election year she asked herself what she could do to help her community and made the decision to become an election judge.  Sonja talks about what it means for her to serve in this position and she tells us she feels confident that in her county, things will remain fair and safe on election day.

Mandy Alto from Advocates for Family Peace on Domestic Violence

Oct 8, 2020

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Mandy Alto, the Executive Director of Advocates for Family Peace, joins John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the state of domestic violence in northern Minnesota.  With the surge in Covid-19 cases limiting personal movement and confining people to their homes, domestic violence is sometimes called the pandemic within a pandemic because of the potential increase in intimate partner violence. 

Making Sausage: The First Presidential Debate

Oct 2, 2020

DFL commentator Colleen Nardone joins John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show for Making Sausage.  They look at the messy business of politics and discuss the first of the 2020 presidential debates held last Tuesday.  They compare the recent debate to presidential debates from the past.  Colleen comments on the changes in the moderators, audience participation and type of questions asked.  They discuss what should be done moving forward to negotiate the terms of future presidential debates.

Steve Purdum Director of Camp Mishawaka: Changes During the Pandemic

Sep 25, 2020

Steve Purdum is owner and director of Camp Mishawaka, located on the shores of Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids.  Steve joins John on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the suspended operations they underwent during the pandemic.  Camp Mishawaka is a traditional residential summer camp offering two, four, six and eight week sessions for boys and girls ages 8 to 16.  The camp has been operating since 1910 with this being the first closed season since opening.  Steve talks about the unknowns they faced during these times, the ability they had to keep some staff on to work on projects and th

Essays by Steve Downing: Election Terms

Sep 18, 2020

Steve Downing shares his essay on how the terms “the American people” and “the American way of life” are being loosely tossed around during these election times.

Senator Tina Smith joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the issues of childcare and the lack of availability and affordability in rural Minnesota during the pandemic.   Sen. Smith's Child Care is Essential Act passed the House with bipartisan support earlier this summer and now needs to move through the Senate.

Making Sausage: Democratic National Convention

Aug 31, 2020

Making Sausage on the Thursday Morning Show.  Heidi Holtan talks with DFL commentator Colleen Nardone on the Democratic National Convention and the Rally for MN Correctional Facility in Togo.

Senator Tina Smith on the COVID-19 Treatment Coverage Act

Aug 31, 2020

Senator Tina Smith joins Heidi and John on the Thursday Morning Show.  Senator Smith talks about the new bill she has introduced, the COVID-19 Treatment Coverage Act, that will help protect Americans from COVID-19 expenses so that they can get the eventual vaccine without worrying about how they are going to afford it.

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