Minnesota Sounds and Voices

  • St. Paul: State Fair chickens
    Dawn approaches, and a symphony of clucks and crows heads for a crescendo in the poultry barn.September 3, 2010
  • Maplewood: Where pitching horseshoes is a passion
    For die-hards, pitching horseshoes is way more than a backyard game. At the St. Paul Ramsey Co. Horseshoe Club in Maplewood, ringers are a way of life.September 2, 2010
  • Rochester: Carillon bells ring out from Mayo Clinic tower
    Rochester is home to one of three carillons in the state. The massive instrument lives Mayo Clinic's Plummer Building bell tower. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, Mayo's resident carilloneur and his understudies play 30-minute sets eight times each week.August 25, 2010
  • Fort Snelling: Gun powder, fuses and the boom of a cannon
    When Fort Snelling was an actual workaday fort, soldiers never fired the cannon in battle. But these days, soldiers fire the old gun all the time. In this audio feature, you can hear how reenactors use period equipment to set off a big boom.August 17, 2010
  • Waite Park: Cannonballs and belly flops at the quarry
    A former granite quarry near St. Cloud is a haven for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, scuba diving and swimming. Dive in ... the water's nice and cool.August 10, 2010
  • Richfield: Pickin' party at the strip mall music shop
    Bluegrass, country, Cajun, Celtic, and Tejano music might not be the first thing you think of when you see the strip mall located near 66th Street and Penn Avenue South in Richfield, but that's what you'll find at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor.July 30, 2010
  • St. Paul: Skilled hands make a wooden canoe
    In an old warehouse in downtown St. Paul's Lowertown, Dennis Davidson and George Weed make canoes the old-fashioned way. They cut, plane and tap planks onto a hull in a trance-inducing rhythm. Their finished products are marvelous watercraft.July 23, 2010
  • Stillwater: Up up and away
    Scott Aamodt has been piloting hot air balloons for more 20 years, and he still enjoys the view. Check out the sights and sounds as he voyages up and away.July 20, 2010
  • Rollag: Preserving the power of steam
    In the tiny community of Rollag, about 20 miles east of Moorhead, people are crazy about one thing: steam. This is where steam-powered locomotives, tractors, boilers, diggers and other vintage machines live on.July 12, 2010
  • New York Mills: Sheep are par for the course
    Retired veterinarian Howard Legried built his very own field of dreams. But his masterpiece is not a ball diamond. Instead, he carved a nine-hole golf course on his sheep farm.July 7, 2010
  • Red Wing: Poetry, one letter at a time
    For Scott King at Red Dragonfly Press, poetry is a blue-collar job. He prints poetry the old-fashioned way, painstakingly setting type letter by letter and printing poems on vintage presses.July 1, 2010
  • New Ulm: Bring on the polka
    From polka to Prince, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm plays host to all styles of music. Come for a visit and Charlie Braunreiter will show you around. If you're lucky, he'll play his concertina for you.June 28, 2010
  • Richfield: Hearing nature in the city
    Above the din of cars and planes, the red-winged blackbird sings loud and clear at the Wood Lake Nature Center.June 23, 2010
  • Stillwater: Iconic lift bridge hums right along
    The Stillwater Lift Bridge hums, creaks and clangs as it goes up and down over the St. Croix River. Bridge tender Mike Byard loves every sound.June 17, 2010
  • Northfield: Memorial wind chimes ring through St. Olaf
    Breezes set off 21 sets of chimes in a wooden tower at St. Olaf College. The chimes play to remember students who have died.June 14, 2010

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