People come from all over the world to play the organ at Sacred Heart in Duluth. They love the sound. Bluegrass bands and punk rockers like the sound, too. The Sacred Heart Music Center spent more than 100 years as a cathedral. It has different acoustics from most concert halls and recording studios. And musicians say it has a different feel.
On Thursdays they're out there, somewhere in the city of Duluth. The Cigar Club from the University of Minnesota, Duluth meets once a week. The club members can't smoke inside on campus, so they take their meetings on the road. Each week, they choose a different outdoor spot to light up and just hang around. The club is an official student organization, but the rules are few, and the meetings are mellow.
People around Minnesota are remembering the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. Saturday was the first anniversary of the plane crash that killed the senator, his wife and daughter, and four others. About 200 people gathered at the site of the crash for a remembrance ceremony.
You've never heard the Piece Symphonique. But then, Jean Langlais never heard it either, and he composed it. Now its finally getting its world premier in Minnesota.
Duluth has a new park. It's a small plaza, on a street corner, right downtown. But this is an unusual place. There probably isn't anything like it anywhere else in the country. It's a memorial to three men who were hanged from a lamppost across the street in the infamous Duluth lynching.
Brad Williams is back in school after 30 years at the iron mine in Eveleth. He wants to stay on the Iron Range, so he's becoming a nurse. Hundreds of former mine workers are switching gears in mid-life.
It seems like some endangered species get all the attention. Lots of people get excited about wolves and bald eagles, but who gets excited about tiger beetles? Ron Huber does. He lives in Bloomington, but scientists from around the world consult him about tiger beetles. The surprise is, Ron Huber is self-taught. He's an amateur, but he's a top-notch field biologist. We talked with him for our latest installment of our series, "The Enthusiasts."
Thousands of "rock hounds" are converging on the Twin Cities this weekend. The Minnesota Mineral Club is sponsoring a convention. The subject is: Rocks of the Great Lakes. At the same time, thousands of tourists will be on the beaches of Lake Superior's north shore. But most of them will be enjoying rocks in a less scientific way. They'll be throwing them into the lake.
The town of Two Harbors has a lot going for it. It has a great view of Lake Superior, and it has the Sandpaper Museum. And now it has a self-service pet wash.
John Latimer is a phenologist. He records the coming and going of animals, when plants bloom, and when the lakes freeze. He drives a mail route in the north woods near Grand Rapids, and once a week, before he drives his route, he hosts a program about phenology on a local community radio station.
The men of B Company made the front page of the newspaper when they marched through downtown Duluth to the train station. That was the summer of 1950, and they were Marine Reserves on their way to the Korean War. When the war ended, 80 percent of them were injured or wounded, and 10 of them were dead.
Socialists need exercise, too. It's a lot of work to smash capitalism, but it doesn't do much for the lungs or the legs. So a bunch of young socialists in Duluth get together to kick around a soccer ball. They call it, "Commie Soccer."
Grand Rapids is hoping to lure a couple thousand Judy Garland fans to town this weekend. It's the annual Judy Garland Festival. And this year, the town is unveiling its new Judy Garland Museum.
Cities on the Iron Range say they're getting a double dose of cuts from the Legislature, just when the Range is facing more mine closures. But the Pawlenty administration says the Iron Range has been getting more aid than it deserves for years.
Hundreds of workers at the EVTAC mine in Eveleth will probably be out of work this week. They'll follow in the footsteps of workers at the LTV Steel mine near Hoyt Lakes. More than 1,000 people lost their jobs at LTV two and-a-half years ago, and many of them are still looking for work.