Today we visit with the proprietor of Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm. Their meatball is a featured item on the Target Field menu this year!
Also, Nathan Bergstedt drops by to give us a poem. He’s hosting a Spoken Word Event at the MacRostie Art Center Thursday April 19th at 7 p.m. for National Poetry Month. Local writers are invited to read their own work or their favorite poems.
Members of the Itasca Community Chorus tell us about their Minnesota-focused concert, coming up ths Sunday. We’ll hear excerpts from their selections, recorded at a recent rehearsal.
Contributor Amy Clark shares a story about a new documentary about Duluth resident, artist, and Scandinavian indigenous (Sami) person Solveig Arneng.
Thursday, April 12
Cheryl Sawyer, Bemidji, 7 p.m.
Musical: The Magical Pied Piper, at the Chief Theater, 7:30 Fri and Sat, 2 Sun.
The 7th annual "Celebrate the Young at Art" show will be in the Q Gallery from April 12-20th. A reception for the young artists and their families will be held on Thursday April 12th at 3:30 at the Q Gallery.
Friday, April 13
Vocalists and instrumentalists from Minnesota Community Colleges come together for a mass concert at Breezy Point Convention Center, in the Whitebirch Room. 5 p.m. Friday.
Peter & the Wolf presented by The Pushcart Players, 7p @ Reif Center
Community theater in Pequot Lakes Friday night at 7: it’s “Stuart Little” at the high school auditorium.
Saturday, April 14
Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show aims to recapture the magic of Frank Sinatra and company, 7:30 p.m. at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.
Sunday, April 15
Bemidji State University Pow Wow at the John Glas Fieldhouse, with the grand entry at 1 p.m.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra performs at Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, 2 p.m.
Monday, April 16
Cal Rice shows his photography from his trip to Bhutan at the Bemidji Public Library, 7 p.m.
Minnesota History Datebook
April 11, 1680 Father Louis Hennepin, exploring the Mississippi River north from Illinois by canoe, is captured by a group of Dakota. During his captivity he is the first white man to see the Falls of St. Anthony, which he names for his patron saint. On July 25, explorer Daniel Greysolon, the Sieur Du Luth, would arrange for Hennepin's release.
April 14, 1894 Organizer Eugene Debs calls a strike by the workers of the Great Northern Railway. The railroad had imposed wage cuts despite healthy profits the previous year. Other railroads refuse to help company president James J. Hill move his stalled trains, following the lead of the Great Northern in other strike situations. On May 1 Charles A. Pillsbury negotiates an agreement. Hill consents to restore seventy–five percent of the wage cuts.
April 12, 1937 Dennis J. Banks is born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation. In 1968, he co-founded the American Indian Movement with Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt (from White Earth Reservation) and George Mitchell. The members of AIM would focus attention on the plight of Native Americans with the occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Wounded Knee in South Dakota, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. For these activities, Banks would spend time in prison, after which he would remain active in Indian matters. Recently he has served as a trustee of Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake.