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Brenda Weiler - The Fall

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Brenda Weiler originally started writing songs after graduating from high school in her hometown of Fargo, ND. Choosing the open road over college, she spent the next eight years touring and writing, releasing five albums to critical acclaim and great regional success.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to Brass

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Using a few measures from the Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe, conductor Jane Linde Capistran introduces the different brass instruments along with vocabulary words: fanfare, melody, and cadenza.

Elisa Korenne: Hormel Girls

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In 1947, Jay Hormel founded the Hormel Girls to create jobs for women veterans of World War II and to promote Hormel products like Spam and Dinty Moore. The glamourous group of musicians and singers grew to include 60 members and was a top rated show on three national radio networks. The Hormel Girls are a true treasure of Minnesota history and an early symbol of the independent woman.

Elisa Korenne: Who was I

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Susan Frenier Brown was a mixed-blood Dakota Indian, and although she was surrounded by influential people who had an impact on politics in the mid and late 1800’s, her own identity and story has been somewhat lost to history. Minnesota musician Elisa Korenne explores this shadowy figure in her original song "Who Was I?"

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Bill Patrie

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Learn how Bill Patrie, a North Dakota economic developer, looks for an anchor or signature building which personifies a community, has structural integrity, and is located in a town where residents believe in the future.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Saint John’s Pottery Program

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Learn about the people and concepts involved in the development of the pottery program, and the unique clay used, at Saint John's University.

Kevin Muiderman: Guitar Maker, Thompson ND

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Kevin Muiderman is a reconstructive plastic surgeon by day, and a guitar maker by night. After medical school, Kevin decided to learn more about guitar building and trained with master builders at the Leeds Guitar Maker's School in Massachusetts. By combining advanced materials like kevlar and carbon fiber with wood and traditional guitar building wisdom, Kevin builds double-top acoustic guitars that are as technically brilliant as they are beautiful.

Herd About the Prairie: A Visual Art Stampede | Buffalo Path

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Monte Yellow Bird talks about bison sculpture he created for Herd About the Prairie project. It is named Buffalo Path, the gathering. To Native American people, Buffalo is the very significant part of their culture.

Kim Brewster: Ice Carving

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Transforming a 300 pound block of ice into a work of art is quite an accomplishment, but Culinary Arts Instructor Kim Brewster loves his work. He uses a chainsaw and various chisels to carve ice into spectacular sculptures for his customers' special events.

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