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Minnesota Sounds and Voices

  • Remembering ornithologist Thomas Sadler Roberts: Minnesota Sounds and Voices
    Along with spring, migratory birds are back. More than a century ago, their seasonal arrival was the object of intense interest by one of the state's most important ornithologists, Thomas Sadler Roberts.May 14, 2013
  • St. Paul piper takes love for Celtic music around the state
    St. Paul bagpipe player Dick Hensold is inspired by the traditional Celtic music heard in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Hensold wants more Minnesotans to hear the music, so he's invited a Cape Breton fiddler to join him on a swing around Minnesota.May 2, 2013
  • Drama of real Holocaust survival brought to Twin Cities stage
    Erwin Farkas was 10 years old when World War II began in 1939. His subsequent Holocaust survival is one of eight that have been woven together in a new Twin Cities theatrical production.April 24, 2013
  • A passion for falconry: Minnesota Sounds and Voices
    A White Bear Lake man has a passion for an activity -- falconry -- that dates back thousands of years. Falconry is the practice of capturing and training raptors to hunt. It's a way of life for Frank Taylor, the man we meet in this installment of our series Minnesota Sounds and Voices.April 11, 2013
  • Photos: A falconer in Minnesota
    Master falconer Frank Taylor, in his backyard with his red-tailed hawk Mim. Taylor and Mim and have been training and hunting together for the past eight years. Taylor is passionate about falconry, an activity that's been around for thousands of years.April 11, 2013
  • African-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk'
    Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.April 5, 2013
  • At Bridging, Fran Heitzman connects the needy with furnishings others discard
    A non-profit founded in 1987 by the 88-year-old Heitzman at a suburban Twin Cities church, Bridging has grown into one of North America's largest furniture stores in which customers too poor to pay can shop for free.March 27, 2013
  • Yearning for spring? It's always summer at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
    "Think about it. We're in Minnesota. It's snowing," Margaret Yeakel-Twum said the other day from the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, next to the Como Zoo in St. Paul. "And you walk in here and it's 75 degrees. It's green."March 20, 2013
  • Dulcimer virtuoso Karen Mueller tunes up for a classical excursion
    Karen Mueller is one of the country's top dulcimer and autoharp players, classically trained, steeped in Appalachian, Celtic and folk music. But this weekend, the Minneapolis musician tries something new: performing a rarely heard classical work with a chamber group.March 15, 2013
  • Cathedral of St. Paul's new, mighty pipe organ: Minnesota Sounds and Voices
    A pipe organ worth the name should cause dress hems and pant cuffs to flutter just a bit. And the refurbished instrument at the Cathedral of St. Paul ought to do just that when it goes into service on March 30.March 1, 2013
  • Yong Jiang tends the Minnesota bridge to China: Minnesota Sounds and Voices
    Minnesota is about 6,000 miles from China, but a 93-year-old Chinese scholar has made the state his home. In the process, he's become one of the University of Minnesota's oldest and most loyal alums and played a supporting role with a new wave of Chinese students flocking to the state.February 20, 2013
  • Photos: Lau Hawaiian Collective
    Minnesotans who want to hear an authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can enjoy the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. The five-member band from St. Paul, co-founded by vocalist Kim Sueoka and guitarist David Burk, has found receptive listeners thousands of miles from the islands. We caught up with them at a recent rehearsal.February 13, 2013
  • Band brings Hawaiian music to Minnesota
    The closest many people in the continental United States come to the Hawaiian Islands and their music is likely from poor interpretations offered by television shows or old movies. Minnesotans who want to hear a more authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can take heart in the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. WeFebruary 13, 2013
  • Meet Mel Dickie, a 92-year-old substitute teacher and fishing rod master
    Rochester resident Mel Dickie, 92, has taught hundreds of kids how to make custom fishing rods in community education classes. And two years ago, at age 90, he became a substitute teacher.January 31, 2013
  • Minnesota artist Charles Beck celebrates 90 with strong artistic vision
    Nature is often the subject of Minnesotan Charles Beck's art. Beck, a master woodcut artist, draws on the natural environment in prints that capture his modern views of the surrounding landscape -- with its wooded hills and lakes, and nearby flat farm fields of the Red River valley. Beck is being honored this weekend as he celebrates his 90th birthday.January 25, 2013

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