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Playlist: Northern Voices with Leah Lemm

Compiled By: Leah Lemm

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Created for Northern Community Radio (KAXE/KBXE). Conversations about tradition, sustainability, and indigenous and ancestral ways of life in Northern Minnesota.

Northern Voices: Episode 1 - Laurie Benge and Brad Jones

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today’s episode, I talk with partners Laurie Benge and Brad Jones. Laurie is a public health nurse with Itasca County. Brad is a Natural Resources instructor at Itasca Community College. They live and work on their own farm.

Laurie_and_brad_image_small Today’s episode, I talk with partners Laurie Benge and Brad Jones. Laurie is a public health nurse with Itasca County. Brad is a Natural Resources instructor at Itasca Community College. They live and work on their own farm.

Northern Voices: Episode 2 - Annie Humphrey

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today’s episode, I talk with Annie Humphrey, musician, artist, self-described Queen of the Side Hustle. She lives in a way that embodies many aspects of what these episodes are about: sustainable living, traditions, and indigenous lifeways.

Annie_image_small Today’s episode, I talk with Annie Humphrey, musician, artist, self-described Queen of the Side Hustle. She lives in a way that embodies many aspects of what these episodes are about: sustainable living, traditions, and indigenous lifeways.

Northern Voices: Episode 3 - Gitigaanike Red Lake Local Foods Initiative

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today’s episode, I talk with David Manuel and Michael VanHorn, both work with the Gitigaanike/Red Lake Local Foods Initiative.

The foods initiative is a few years old, but they already have multiple land plots to farm and garden, they distribute seeds to community members, and they partner with other groups to bring local food practices to more and more people. They also interact with the community largely through their Gitigaanike Facebook page. And they also hold a yearly food summit.

Gitigaanike_image_small Today’s episode, I talk with David Manuel and Michael VanHorn, both work with the Gitigaanike/Red Lake Local Foods Initiative. The foods initiative is a few years old, but they already have multiple land plots to farm and garden, they distribute seeds to community members, and they partner with other groups to bring local food practices to more and more people. They also interact with the community largely through their Gitigaanike Facebook page. And they also hold a yearly food summit.

Northern Voices: Episode 4 - JoDan Rousu

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I talk with JoDan Rousu, whose family has been collecting and preparing maple syrup, or sugarbushing, for years. I meet up with him in Callaway, MN at the Indigenous Farming Conference held at the Maplelag Resort.

Square_4k-wallpaper-blur-close-up-837266_small Today, I talk with JoDan Rousu, whose family has been collecting and preparing maple syrup, or sugarbushing, for years. I meet up with him in Callaway, MN at the Indigenous Farming Conference held at the Maplelag Resort.

Northern Voices: Episode 5 - Sara Pajunen

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I talk with Sara Pajunen ( pī yŏŏ nĭn ) - violinist, composer and sound artist who lives in Duluth. Today we’re going to talk about her Finnish ancestry, and the traditional music that she plays and writes, plus about a project of hers that incorporates family history, landscape and sound.

Img_6825_sara_pic_edit_small Today, I talk with Sara Pajunen ( pī yŏŏ nĭn ) - violinist, composer and sound artist who lives in Duluth. Today we’re going to talk about her Finnish ancestry, and the traditional music that she plays and writes, plus about a project of hers that incorporates family history, landscape and sound.

Northern Voices: Episode 6 - Frank Bibeau

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I talk with Frank Bibeau, he is an attorney with an incredible depth of knowledge and he and his wife are water protectors. Frank has inherited a wild rice and smoked white fish operation from Tim Holm.

Img_0487__1__frank_bibeau_episode_small Today, I talk with Frank Bibeau, he is an attorney with an incredible depth of knowledge and he and his wife are water protectors. Frank has inherited a wild rice and smoked white fish operation from Tim Holm.

Northern Voices: Episode 7 - Rose Arrowsmith Decoux

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today I get to spend some time at Great Expectations School in Grand Marias where storyteller and children’s book author, Rose Arrowsmith Decoux is joining a second grade class... to tell stories.

Img_7725_rose_picture_nvr_small Today I get to spend some time at Great Expectations School in Grand Marias where storyteller and children’s book author, Rose Arrowsmith Decoux is joining a second grade class... to tell stories.

Northern Voices: Episode 8 - The Rutabaga Project

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

I visit Virginia, MN to speak with the Rutabaga Project Manager, Kelsey Gantzer. She tells me all about the various initiatives that the Rutabaga project is developing.

Img_7434_rutabaga_project_small I visit Virginia, MN to speak with the Rutabaga Project Manager, Kelsey Gantzer. She tells me all about the various initiatives that the Rutabaga project is developing.

Northern Voices: Episode 9 - Jay Rigdon and Erik Heimark

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I get to visit a bakery and a small farm both operated by Jay Rigdon and Erik Heimark. I expect there to be many ways in which they’re resourceful and work sustainably, but I’m hoping for some surprises as well.

Img_7468_erik_and_jay_nvr_picture_small Today, I get to visit a bakery and a small farm both operated by Jay Rigdon and Erik Heimark. I expect there to be many ways in which they’re resourceful and work sustainably, but I’m hoping for some surprises as well.

Northern Voices: Episode 10 - Marlise Riffel and EarthFest

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I head up 169 to Mountain Iron for the annual Earth Fest put on by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability. I’ll highlight a few of the sessions that I visit while I’m there.

But the along way I visit Virginia MN to speak with Marlise Riffel with the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability or IRPS.

Img_7504_earthfest_small Today, I head up 169 to Mountain Iron for the annual Earth Fest put on by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability. I’ll highlight a few of the sessions that I visit while I’m there. But the along way I visit Virginia MN to speak with Marlise Riffel with the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability or IRPS.

Northern Voices: Episode 11 - Marco Good

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Marco Good went out on his own many years ago to live more simply and to learn the old logging style using horses. He’s done a lot, and now he passes along the knowledge he’s learned. We’ll hear a little about his journey into logging but also reflections on what he’s learned.

Img_7541_marco__1__small Marco Good went out on his own many years ago to live more simply and to learn the old logging style using horses. He’s done a lot, and now he passes along the knowledge he’s learned. We’ll hear a little about his journey into logging but also reflections on what he’s learned.

Northern Voices: Episode 12 - Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I head out to Cass Lake to talk with Brandy Toft, she’s the Environmental Deputy Director for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She works on several solar energy projects that the band has.

Later, I also speak to Lisa Hemachandra about life with a solar furnace that she had installed through the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s solar furnace project.

Blue-bright-clouds-3768_leech_lake_small Today, I head out to Cass Lake to talk with Brandy Toft, she’s the Environmental Deputy Director for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She works on several solar energy projects that the band has. Later, I also speak to Lisa Hemachandra about life with a solar furnace that she had installed through the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s solar furnace project.

Northern Voices: Episode 13 - Udom's Thai Restaurant

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I drive down to Hackensack to talk to a family that is cooking up traditional Thai food. I’ve been to the restaurant a few times with my family since moving up north, and the flavors of the dishes were always worth the drive.

Img_8465_udom_small Today, I drive down to Hackensack to talk to a family that is cooking up traditional Thai food. I’ve been to the restaurant a few times with my family since moving up north, and the flavors of the dishes were always worth the drive.

Northern Voices: Episode 14 - Lutefisk Dinner

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I join the Lutefisk Guy, Bill Bauman, to talk about the annual Lutefisk dinner, a tradition that many look forward to for many reasons, and all for the benefit of community. Lucky for me, I’m greeted with song.

Northern_voices_-_lutefisk_-_ep_1_photo_1_copy_small Today, I join the Lutefisk Guy, Bill Bauman, to talk about the annual Lutefisk dinner, a tradition that many look forward to for many reasons, and all for the benefit of community. Lucky for me, I’m greeted with song.

Northern Voices: Episode 15 - Moccasins with Michelle

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today I talk with Michelle Defoe, artist and moccasin maker. Her work is intricate, vibrant, and tells a story. I meet up with Michelle at her artist studio in Duluth.

Northern_voices_-_mocassins_with_michelle_-_ep_2_photo_2_small Today I talk with Michelle Defoe, artist and moccasin maker. Her work is intricate, vibrant, and tells a story. I meet up with Michelle at her artist studio in Duluth.

Northern Voices: Episode 16 - Mesabi East Environmental Education Center

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I’m heading to Aurora to check out the Mesabi East Environmental Education Center where students are building confidence in their growing abilities and are providing fellow students with delicious foods that they grow with their own hands.

Northern_voices_-_mesabi_east_school_-_ep_3_photo_3_copy_small Today, I’m heading to Aurora to check out the Mesabi East Environmental Education Center where students are building confidence in their growing abilities and are providing fellow students with delicious foods that they grow with their own hands.

Northern Voices: Episode 17 - Oshkii Giizhik Singers

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, before hunkering down, I get to hang out with Oshkii Gizhik Singers as they go through the process of learning a new song and then recording it here at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. They have quite a special project going on.

Northern_voices_-_ohkii_giizhik_singers_-_ep_4__photo_small Today, before hunkering down, I get to hang out with Oshkii Gizhik Singers as they go through the process of learning a new song and then recording it here at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. They have quite a special project going on.

Northern Voices: Episode 18 - Doubting Thomas Farms

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I talk to Noreen Thomas, an organic farmer outside of Moorhead, MN, with Doubting Thomas Farms.

It’s the very beginning of March, and I’m in Callaway, MN at the Indigenous Farming Conference, hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

At this time, the COVID-19 pandemic is just starting to really take a foothold in the US, it’s the same weekend at the cancellation of SXSW. And I’m pretty sure that this conference will be my last large gathering for a while.

But I’m relaxed and hopeful as I see all the work people are doing in Northern Minnesota and around the country to ensure healthy local foods are available to their communities. But there are many unique ways in which they’re going about it, as well.

Northern_voices_-_doubting_thomas_farms_-_ep_5_photo_1_small Today, I talk to Noreen Thomas, an organic farmer outside of Moorhead, MN, with Doubting Thomas Farms. It’s the very beginning of March, and I’m in Callaway, MN at the Indigenous Farming Conference, hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. At this time, the COVID-19 pandemic is just starting to really take a foothold in the US, it’s the same weekend at the cancellation of SXSW. And I’m pretty sure that this conference will be my last large gathering for a while. But I’m relaxed and hopeful as I see all the work people are doing in Northern Minnesota and around the country to ensure healthy local foods are available to their communities. But there are many unique ways in which they’re going about it, as well.

Northern Voices: Episode 19 - 8th Fire Solar

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today at the conference, before Stay At Home, before social distancing, I meet up with John Shimek from 8th Fire Solar. John is giving a presentation on what 8th Fire Solar does.

Northern_voices_-_8th_fire_solar_-_ep_6_photo_logo_small Today at the conference, before Stay At Home, before social distancing, I meet up with John Shimek from 8th Fire Solar. John is giving a presentation on what 8th Fire Solar does.

Northern Voices: Episode 20 - Duluth Folk School

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Before we had to get used to the “new normal” due to the pandemic… I visited the Duluth Folk School… It’s been closed in recent weeks, but join me on this tour and you’ll see why lots of people are eager for it to re-open soon.

The Duluth Folks school is a great place to learn more about the traditions, sustainable practices and indigenous and ancestral ways of life of my neighbors…

Okay. Let’s transport ourselves back to mid-January. I’m running through the frigid Duluth winds, to get from my car to the inviting warmth of the Duluth Folk School.

It smells of coffee and other treats coming from the cafe on the first floor, the high ceilings above the seating area open and extend to a second floor just past the cafe. To my right as I enter the door is an indoor cabin, providing a bit a privacy from the large main room.

I order a hot tea and sit with my thoughts until the time come for me to meet with the director of the folk school. I can see why one would want to spend time here. Soft music comes from somewhere, the whole place looks meticulously crafted with various woods and that I hope to learn more about.

Northern_voices_-_duluth_folk_school_-_ep_7_-_photo_1_small Before we had to get used to the “new normal” due to the pandemic… I visited the Duluth Folk School… It’s been closed in recent weeks, but join me on this tour and you’ll see why lots of people are eager for it to re-open soon. The Duluth Folks school is a great place to learn more about the traditions, sustainable practices and indigenous and ancestral ways of life of my neighbors… Okay. Let’s transport ourselves back to mid-January. I’m running through the frigid Duluth winds, to get from my car to the inviting warmth of the Duluth Folk School. It smells of coffee and other treats coming from the cafe on the first floor, the high ceilings above the seating area open and extend to a second floor just past the cafe. To my right as I enter the door is an indoor cabin, providing a bit a privacy from the large main room. I order a hot tea and sit with my thoughts until the time come for me to meet with the director of the folk school. I can see why one would want to spend time here. Soft music comes from somewhere, the whole place looks meticulously crafted with various woods and that I hope to learn more about.

Northern Voices: Episode 21 - Irish Jam

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Fiona Robinson is from Scotland and has been living in Duluth for 2 years. She leads the music jam, but before she does, she sits down with me to talk about the tradition of sharing music. First, I continue my conversation with Kyle Ollah, who works at the Duluth Folk School and puts together the music programming...

Northern_voices_-_irish_jam_-_ep_8_-_photo_1_small Fiona Robinson is from Scotland and has been living in Duluth for 2 years. She leads the music jam, but before she does, she sits down with me to talk about the tradition of sharing music. First, I continue my conversation with Kyle Ollah, who works at the Duluth Folk School and puts together the music programming...

Northern Voices: Episode 22 - Shirley Nordrum

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today, I’m back at the Indigenous Farming Conference in Callaway Minnesota. The conference is hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project and is surrounded by the idyllic Maplelag Resort. The resort is full of conversations about seed saving, solar power, foraging, and so much more. It’s early March, so we’re not yet in an official pandemic, but we’re having plenty of conversations about it! And we’re all spending extra extra time washing our hands.

It’s right after lunch and we all gather in a large room with couches to relax on as Shirley Nordrum begins her presentation…

Shirley’s presentation is called Unintended Consequences. There are good intentions when it comes to taking care of our environment, but Shirley looks at ways that that has created unforeseen results.

Northern_voices_-_shirley_nordrum_-_ep_9_photo_small Today, I’m back at the Indigenous Farming Conference in Callaway Minnesota. The conference is hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project and is surrounded by the idyllic Maplelag Resort. The resort is full of conversations about seed saving, solar power, foraging, and so much more. It’s early March, so we’re not yet in an official pandemic, but we’re having plenty of conversations about it! And we’re all spending extra extra time washing our hands. It’s right after lunch and we all gather in a large room with couches to relax on as Shirley Nordrum begins her presentation… Shirley’s presentation is called Unintended Consequences. There are good intentions when it comes to taking care of our environment, but Shirley looks at ways that that has created unforeseen results.

Northern Voices: Episode 23 - Herb Fineday

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today on Northern Voices, I talk with Herb Fineday, artist and owner of Round Lake Traditions a clothing shop based out of Brookston MN. Today, go as far as my living room to have a virtual chat with Herb, as at this time in late April we’re still under Stay at Home orders. But that’s partially the reason I’m talking with him today.

More and more artists among others across the world are taking to live social media streaming to reach their audiences, customers, friends, and relatives. And Northern MN is no exception.

Northern_voices_-_round_lake_traditions_-_ep_10_-_logo_small Today on Northern Voices, I talk with Herb Fineday, artist and owner of Round Lake Traditions a clothing shop based out of Brookston MN. Today, go as far as my living room to have a virtual chat with Herb, as at this time in late April we’re still under Stay at Home orders. But that’s partially the reason I’m talking with him today. More and more artists among others across the world are taking to live social media streaming to reach their audiences, customers, friends, and relatives. And Northern MN is no exception.

Northern Voices: Episode 24 - Harvest Nation Inc

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

And today, I’m talking with a family who’s combining their skills and passions to bring healthy and fresh foods to their communities.

Denise and Dani Pieratos, Tracy Dagon, and Nikki Love are all Anishinabekwe from Boise Fort Band and make up the Harvest Nation Team, It’s early January, when we sit around a table overlooking a beautiful, frozen Lake Vermillion. and I have the joy of meeting with three of the team members to chat about their up and coming business venture that been in the works for years.

Northern_voices_-_harvest_nation_-_ep_11_-_photo_small And today, I’m talking with a family who’s combining their skills and passions to bring healthy and fresh foods to their communities. Denise and Dani Pieratos, Tracy Dagon, and Nikki Love are all Anishinabekwe from Boise Fort Band and make up the Harvest Nation Team, It’s early January, when we sit around a table overlooking a beautiful, frozen Lake Vermillion. and I have the joy of meeting with three of the team members to chat about their up and coming business venture that been in the works for years.

Northern Voices: Episode 25 - Tashia Hart

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today on Northern Voices, I have the joy of talking with author Tashia Hart. Tashia has many talents and today we’ll explore her love of storytelling. Tashia has recently released her latest book into the world. Gidjie and the Wolves.

Img_2590_small Today on Northern Voices, I have the joy of talking with author Tashia Hart. Tashia has many talents and today we’ll explore her love of storytelling. Tashia has recently released her latest book into the world. Gidjie and the Wolves.

Northern Voices: Episode 26 - Esther Humphrey

From Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE | Part of the Northern Voices: Celebrating Ties to Minnesota's Northland series | 10:00

Today on Northern Voices, I’m honored to be joined by Esther Humphrey. We talk about reciprocity. Being grateful and showing our thanks for what has been provided.

Northern_voices_show_square_3_small Today on Northern Voices, I’m honored to be joined by Esther Humphrey. We talk about reciprocity. Being grateful and showing our thanks for what has been provided.