Notes from Reservation River

Series produced by WTIP

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Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.

Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.


19 Pieces

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“So, what have you been up to?” Jess ponders where writing fits into the three types of fun, with type one being enjoyable, type two being less enj...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2022
  • Length: 05:30
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Grand Portage writer Jess Koski tells us about the life and times of Hansi, (a.k.a. Pup D, Puppenhauser D, chnock Du, Buddy Boy or Mr. Handsome), h...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2022
  • Length: 07:01
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Grand Portage writer (and non-cold-water swimmer) Jess Koski ponders the size and scope of Lake Superior’s gifts, from humans to hummingbirds.

  • Added: Nov 11, 2022
  • Length: 04:45
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A retired English professor, Jess reflects on the circular nature of reading books, as it relates to life at Reservation River.

  • Added: Nov 11, 2022
  • Length: 04:09
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Writer Jess Koski reports from a community pow wow at Grand Portage, where he finds a steady drumbeat and a shift in his to-do list for the day.

  • Added: Nov 11, 2022
  • Length: 04:38
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Jess asks the question: What is living the good life–mino bimaadiziwin? A few of his neighbors share what living a good life means to them, in this...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2022
  • Length: 05:20
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In this late-winter episode of Notes from Reservation River, Jess sets some personal goals ahead of the warm season, makes resolutions and breaks t...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2022
  • Length: 04:31
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Writer Jess Koski shares his views on the gift of nibi (water) and how tribal treaty rights enter into the bigger conversations about land, hunting...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2022
  • Length: 04:30
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Running the backroads of the Rez with Jess Koski. Plus, news about his next attempt at a 100 mile run!

  • Added: Jan 29, 2022
  • Length: 05:12
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Winter berry picking and the story of the Bear Berry tree, from the perspective of Grand Portage writer Jess Koski.

  • Added: Jan 09, 2022
  • Length: 04:18
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Travel the highways and byways with Jess Koski, from Big Bend to Reservation River Road and back again.

  • Added: Jan 09, 2022
  • Length: 05:00
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Jess visits Minong (Isle Royale), and ponders the ancient migration routes of Monarch butterflies.

  • Added: Oct 02, 2021
  • Length: 04:45
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Jess asks about the condition of birch trees on the Shore and explains what it means when a friend has a case of birch envy.

  • Added: Sep 26, 2021
  • Length: 04:49
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Jess ponders the history and cultural value of an old, iron pot.

  • Added: Sep 26, 2021
  • Length: 04:38
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In this segment, Jess returns home from an East Coast visit, avoiding a plane crash and following the migration route of the Lake Superior Anishina...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2021
  • Length: 04:59
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Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 04:30
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Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 05:20
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Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 04:45
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Writer Jess Koski is a Grand Portage tribal member and dispatches his “Jessays,” from his home on the shore of Lake Superior, in Chi Oni Gaming.

  • Added: Jun 30, 2021
  • Length: 04:35