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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

In Focus: Nisswa’s Scandinavian Folk Music Festival

It was an European delight in the heart of Nisswa the past weekend. The Nisswa-stamman, which also means a ‘bunch of people playing music together,’ was exactly what it was. It attracts fiddlers, nyckelharpers, and accordionists from all over the world. It celebrates...
Posted On Jun. 17 2016

In Focus: Mural Painting Encourages Reading in Eagle View Elementary School

An elementary school library has been attracting more students than usual – thanks to mural artist Greg Preslicka. The mural features a series of Minnesota animals coming together to share and encourage reading. Eagle View Elementary School faculty member Pat Kvale has...
Posted On Apr. 22 2016

In Focus: Leech Lake Arts League

Members of a Walker group have been meeting together for the last half a century. They aren’t the Walker Art Group’s original members, but the now-called Leech Lake Arts League holds sessions every Thursday for creative expression and critique. In the summer, they...

In Focus: Warm Your Heart with a Little Art

February is Warm Your Heart with a Little Art month at Gallery North in Bemidji, which means free art classes each week. For this week’s In Focus, we took a look at a felt bear-making class just in time for Valentine’s Day.

In Focus: Bemidji High School Winter Concert

The Bemidji High School annual winter concert took place on Monday, December 14.

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