Bonfires and stringed instruments go hand in hand... there's something ubiquitously familiar about that combination of a camp fire and a guitar or ukelele.  A group in Grand Rapids, MN is taking this notion to the next level adding chamber music to the mix with the first ever Bonfire Chamber Music Festival.  We spoke with Mary Ellen Haupert, Heidi Wick, Nancy Oliveros, and David Marty on the morning show about this unique, intimate and cultural phenomenon taking place in Grand Rapids July 27th and 28th at the Reif Center.

We reported live from the rain garden outside the KAXE studios this morning.  We also live-fed the video to Facebook.. here's how it went...

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The woods and waters around us are dynamic right now!  Click on the link to hear the full phenology talkback report for this week to hear what people around the area have been noticing.   

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Each week Marshall Helmberger fills us in on the news from NE Minnesota.  This week he filled us in on a new study commissioned by the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.  It takes a look at the economic costs of copper nickel mining. There is a public meeting on Tuesday July 25th at the Virginia High School from 5-7pm.  

John Bauer

Program 28: Marking Change in 1916; "Potatoes Did It!"

A radio series produced by historian Don Boese.   Don is the author of eight books dealing with local history in Itasca County, including "John C. Greenway and the Opening of the Western Mesabi", and the main source for this series,  "Papermakers: the Blandin Paper Company and Grand Rapids, Minnesota".

Lori Forshay-Donnay of the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji stopped by the KBXE studio to discuss the community's 50th Art in Park.   Vendors include jewelers, guitar makers, canoe builders, pottery, photography, shadow-boxes and whole lot more.  The Bemidji Art in Park is going on this weekend, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4 at Library Park in Bemidji. 

In her poem "Chicken Without a Cause" Linda Back McKay brings us a surreal account of a transformation

Beltrami Historical Society Executive Director Gary Rozman and Board Secretary Sue Bruns, stopped by the studio during our morning show to talk about the historical society, what goes on there and the many upcoming events happening.

Grant Frashier

Close to Home visits Mr. Ed's Farm near Hibbing for Supper on the Farm an event that wants to connect people with local farmers for an evening of food, learning, music and fun.

John Latimer

Each week we take a close look at the natural world around us in the weekly Phenology Report.  Have a question, comment or observation about what you are noticing outside?  We'd love to hear from you!  Send an email, leave a voice message at 218-999-9876 or connect with us on the KAXE/KBXE Season Watch Page on Facebook.   Your thoughts help tell the phenology story of our amazing region! 

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