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In Focus: Pine River’s Lakes Bluegrass Festival

It started out as an idea in the kitchen for Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp. It is a husband and wife’s love for music that laid the foundation to what is known today as Lakes Bluegrass Festival. For 11 years, the down-home tunes of bluegrass gave the Pine River community an...
Posted On Aug. 26 2016

In Focus: Painting For Suicide Prevention

It was only two years ago when Cathy Nesh lost her oldest son to suicide. Since then she found support through Heartbeat, a Beltrami County suicide prevention group, who has helped her cope through tough times. Nesh knew in her heart she wanted to give back, so she reached out to...
Posted On Aug. 20 2016

In Focus: Paul Bunyan Playhouse Wraps Up 66th Summer Season

Summer season is ending so soon, and that also means we’re in the final weeks of the summer theatre season. Paul Bunyan Playhouse’s 66th summer season kicked off with Altar Boyz, and close to a thousand tickets were sold for Leaving Iowa. 10 weeks later, a classic...
Posted On Aug. 12 2016

In Focus: The Lakes Area Music Festival Is Sharing Their Love Of Music With Free Community Concerts

The Lakes Area Music Festival community out reach program is making classical music accessible to everyone through three weeks of daily activities. The performers have strong roots in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Today, they brought a carnival to the library. Children could easily...
Posted On Aug. 5 2016

In Focus: Steven McKnight New Solo Exhibit Explores How Our Memories Work

Steven McKnight decided to open his first solo exhibit called “Time And The Decay Of Memory” after being inspired by his numerous trips to New York and his admiration of graffiti. His exhibit explores the idea of how much our minds distort memories. McKnight’s technique includes...
Posted On Jul. 29 2016

In Focus: Pakistani Filmmaker Explores Atrocities Through Documentary

Upon graduating from Bemidji State University last May, one documentary filmmaker devoted his time to producing a story close to his heart. And just two weeks before he leaves for home in Pakistan, he was able to share it with the world. On this week’s In Focus, I sat down with...
Posted On Jul. 22 2016

In Focus: Hackensack Hot Jazz Festival

Big city entertainment in a small Northwoods town – now that’s something you don’t see everyday. Hackensack, a small town of 313, came to life to the tunes of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, to name a few. For one weekend, international jazz musician Josh Duffee...
Posted On Jul. 15 2016

In Focus: A Year With Frog and Toad by Pequot Lakes Theater

A children’s tale on friendship is brought to life on stage the past weekend. A Year With Frog and Toad is a story on two friends traveling through four seasons, performed by The Pequot Lakes Community Theater and Great Lakes Area Performing Arts for their annual summer...
Posted On Jul. 11 2016

In Focus: Learning Ojibwe Through Art

With an hour each day over the past week – six kids with sharpies were able to create a book – all while learning a new language. Using illustration, first and second graders took an hour over four days to draw their animal of choice, all eventually will be placed into a series...
Posted On Jul. 1 2016

In Focus: Bemidji’s Junior Theater Camp

Lights, camera, action. Bemidji children took the stage with confidence, ready to show off a remarkable production of the 4th annual Bemidji Community Theater (BCT) Junior Theater Camp. In less than two weeks, more than 50 kids age 8 to 12 were given the chance to explore their...
Posted On Jun. 24 2016

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