Thursday morning show

Essays by Steve Downing: Election Terms

18 hours ago

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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Mary Ellen Haupert along with Ray and Nancy Shows join Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the Bonfire Chamber Music Festival happening outdoors tonight at the IRA Civic Center Pavilion in Grand Rapids. Artaria String Quartet will be performing an eclectic program of classical favorites, tonight, Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm.  The event will be outdoors with social distancing required and masks encouraged.

Listen here for the excitement a live concert brings to a community!

Psychiatrist, gardener and author Sue Stuart-Smith talks with Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show about her new book “The Well-Gardened Mind ”.  Sue talks about the healing effects that are achieved through nature and gardening.

Scott Newstok is a KAXE/KBXE member from Memphis, Tennessee who spends his summers in northern MN.  He's also a  professor of English and founding director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College.  A parent and an award-winning teacher, he is the author of Quoting Death in Early Modern England and the editor of several other books.

Farmers, miners, loggers and other rural workers and their families face a unique set of stresses in a normal time, but especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in rural areas where there is a higher suicide rate. 

Rich Tunell is the rural mental health program coordinator at the Lake Superior Community Mental Health Center, he joins Heidi and John to talk about this problem on the Thursday Morning Show.

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Brandy Lindquist is an english instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. She joined John and Heidi on the Thursday Morning Show.  Brandy is the advisor of the Bent Pine, a journal of art and writing by CLC’s students, faculty, and staff.  The 2020 spring journal is the first to be published since 1971.

John and Heidi also talk with Brandy about how teaching this last part of the  year on-line through Zoom has been challenging for both her and the students at CLC.

Heidi and John visit with Tobi Aiyedun, a 2020 graduate from Bemidji State University with a masters degree in Biology.  Tobi explains how a virtual graduation works, and how she felt about it compared to other graduations she has experienced in the past.  She talks about the difficulties of finishing out the school year virtually and gives other 2020 graduates encouragment in these trying times.