Podcast Tuesdays with Mara 2017-2018

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12.18.18 Patty Mickelson

Patty Mickelson, Music Director at Red Lake County Central School System, spoke with Rom about music and a grant they received from the NWMAC for a sound shell for their music. Listen to their chat below!

Red Lake County Music Teacher Patty Mickelson

12.11.18 Sarah Meisinger

Sarah Meisinger owner of En Liten Svensk (Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau, spoke with Ron West this week. Sarah’s shop features and sells many works of area artists. They also hold events where artists demonstrate their craft. Listen below to learn more!

En Liten Svensk Shoppe in Roseau Owner Sarah Meisinger

12.04.18 Connie Hannesson

Connie Hannesson spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West about receiving a quick turnaround grant for her 1850s costume that she wears when re-enacting Sarah Sibley. Learn more about Sarah Sibley and Connie below!

Connie Hannesson as Sarah Sibley

11.27.2018 Jeanne Cooney

Do you like Minnesota country cooking and murder mysteries? Author Jeanne Cooney was Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West’s guest this week. Jeanne talked about her book series that takes place in northwestern Minnesota. Jeanne also shared information about the writing retreat she attended last summer with financial support of the NWMAC. Jeanne has completed the Teaching Artist Roster Program training offered by the NWMAC and is available to teach school residencies on humor writing.

11.20.2018 Elwyn Ruud

This week NWMAC Board Member Elwyn Ruud of Karlstad discussed the Artists in Residency opportunities for schools in our area. Elwyn is a regular artist in residency in the Roseau school. She also coordinates residencies for COMPAS. Listen to the podcast to hear all about them.

Elwyn Ruud

11.13.2018 Britt Dahl

Roseau County Historical Society Director and Curator Britt Dahl told Ron West about the interesting events they held this past year that were supported with funding by the NWMAC. They also discussed Roseau County history. Listen below!

Britt Dahl


11.06.2018 Jayne Flaagan

Author Jayne Flaagan talked with on Ron West this week about being an author and her books. She has a series of 8 books about her dog Ella. Jayne is the featured author at the Northwest Arts Council Gallery in the Riverwalk Gallery in East Grand Forks. Stop by the gallery to see her books and listen to their discussion below!

10.30.2018 Heather Sabian and Jane Anderson

We had two radio interviews and podcasts this week. First, Ron West spoke with Artist Heather Sabian about her art (made out of goat skin) that is featured in the SKIN exhibit at the Northwest Minnesota Art’s Council Gallery in the Riverwalk Gallery. Listen to their conversation to hear all about it and visit the gallery to see the exhibit.

Artist Heather Sabian


Our second podcast is with Jane Anderson. Jane fills Ron in about the Thief River Falls Area Theater and their upcoming schedule. She also explains the Radio Reader’s Theater that is being aired on Pioneer 90.1. Listen to learn about what goes into performances on the radio.

TRFACT’s Jane Anderson


10.16.2018 Mara Hanel

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel and Ron West had a lively discussion about the history and purpose of the NWMAC, the upcoming grant deadline of November 1st and an update on the We Are Water workshops. Listen below!

NWMAC Ex Director Mara Hanel

10.9.2018 Stephanie Olson

Artist and Showcase Specialist Stephanie Olson talked with Ron West about her art, the current exhibits — SKIN and featured author Jayne Flaagan at our NWMAC Gallery, the traveling art exhibit, the We Are Water Workshops and her position at the Arts Council. Listen below to learn more!

Artist and NWMAC Showcase Specialist Stephanie Olson


10.2.2018 Trey Everett

Artist Trey Everett spoke with Ron West this week about the We Are Water Workshops that he is leading throughout the region. Listen to learn more and RSVP for a workshop.

9.25.2018 Barb Geer

Barb Geer, Publisher of the Middle River Honker, talked to Ron West about the upcoming Goosefest in Middle River and the Goosefest production of How to Talk Minnesotan. Listen to the podcast and make a plan to attend the play and all the other activities there.


9.11.2018 Debbie Aune

Greenbush Middle River School Art Teacher Debbie Aune and Student Issie Brockhouse talked with Ron West about the Bemidji Plein Air Watercolor Workshop that transpired on the streets of Bemidji this summer. Listen to the discussion below.

Teacher and Artist Debbie Tune and Student Issie Brockhouse


9.04.2018 Jess Bengtson

Jess Bengtson and Ron West discussed the Queen City Arts Festival in Crookston on Sept 7 and 8. Jess is the Marketing & Tourism Coordinator for the Crookston Area Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau as well as the Assistant Editor of the Crookston Daily Times newspaper. Listen below to learn all about the Arts Festival!


8.28.2018 Chris Kirchner

Sculptor and Warren Art Teacher Chris Kirchner talked with Ron West this week. He was a teacher recently at Art Camp in Warren. He talked about art, art camp, receiving a Quick Turn Around Grant for his art and a grant for Arts Equipment in the Schools. Listen below!


8.21.2018 Virgil Benoit

Virgil Benoit filled Ron West in on the history and all the happenings at the Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival happening this weekend. Listen below!


8.14.2018 Jill Levene

Artist-Printmaker Jill Levene was Ron West’s guest this week. Jill has an exhibit at the Riverwalk Gallery right now. She also has a piece of art in our traveling exhibit and can be found in the newest artists booklet. Listen to their chat below.

Art by Jill Levene


8.7.2018 Bert Foster

Photographer Bert Foster and Ron West talked about the NW Art Exhibit (Bert won 3rd place), his photography, and receiving a Quick Turn-Around grant from the NWMAC. Listen below to their conversation!

At the Lighthouse by Bert Foster



7.31.2018 Sherri Kruger

Artist Sherri Kruger spoke with Ron West this week about Badger’s Heritage Wall. She received a merit award in our latest art exhibit and is also in our newest edition of Artists of NW Minnesota booklet. Listen to their chat below!

Art by Sherri Kruger


7.24.2018 Darcey Engen

Darcey Engen, co- founder of Sod House Theater and Augsburg University Theater Dept Chair, spoke with Ron West today. Sod House is visiting Hallock this week to perform An Enemy of the People that incorporates original blue grass music and features professional and local actors. Listen to their chat below and make sure you attend the show on Wednesday or Thursday evening this week!

Sod House Theater Co-founder and Director Darcey Engen

7.17.2018 Joe Kezar

Part 2 of Joe Kezar‘s interview is our podcast this week. Ron West and Joe talk about The WoodPicks and even play some of the music. Listen to the discussion and the music below!

The Wood picks


7.10.2018 Joe Kezar

Joe Kezar, owner of Kezar Music and WoodPicks musician, was Ron West’s guest this week. Joe and Ron spoke about music and Kezar’s. Listen to Part 1 of their chat (Part 2 is next week) and some WoodPick’s music below.

6.26.2018 Judy Szklarski

Artist Judy Szklarski of Argyle spoke with Ron West this week about her art and her current exhibit at the Riverwalk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks open until July 14. Listen to their discussion below and make sure you stop by the gallery to see her artwork!

Artist Judy Szklarski


6.19.2018 Pam Gunnerson

Pam Gunnerson was Ron West’s guest this week. With a grant from the NWMAC, Pam coordinated a barn quilt workshop and trail in Norman County. What’s a barn quilt and a barn quilt trail? Visit https://barnquiltsmn.org/ and listen below to find out! The quilts will be exhibited at the Norman County Fair (Fair is June 20-23).


6.12.2018 Tami Lee

Tami Lee of Tami Lee and the Northern Lights spoke with Ron West this week about her music. She is listed in our new Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet. Listen to the podcast below!

Tami Lee and the Northern Lights


6.5.2018 Kim Hruba

Writer Kim Hruba was Pioneer 90.1’s guest this week. She spoke with Ron West about her writing and an artist retreat that she coordinates each fall. This year the retreat is September 6-9 and is still accepting participants. Listen to find out more!

Writer Kim Hruba


5.29.2018 Rock Bakken

Artist and Hallock Business Owner Rock Bakken spoke with Ron West this week about his art, his business, color and his philosophy about art. Rock received 1st place in the NW Art Exhibit for his portrait of a Hereford bull. Listen to their chat below and visit Rock at Bakken Boots in Hallock to see his artwork!

Artist Rock Bakken with his first place portrait


5.22.2018 Mara Hanel

Ron West hosted NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel this week. They talked about the newly published Artists of NW Minnesota Booklet and the Showcase Specialist contract position that is open at the Arts Council (Deadline to apply is June 1). Listen below!

Mara Hanel


5.15.2018 Jim Kent

Northwest Star Award Winner Jim Kent spoke with Ron West this week about his passion and commitment to music and receiving the award from the NWMAC.

NW Star Award Winner Jim Kent


5.8.2018 Scott Pream

Artist of the Year Scott Pream was Pioneer 90.1 Ron West’s guest this week. They spoke about the award and Scott’s acting and more. Listen below!

Artist of the Year Scott Pream


5.01.2018 Betsy Saurdiff

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff spoke with Ron West about her work advocating and creating art. She was also awarded a merit award in the recent NW Minnesota Art Exhibit. Congrats, Betsy and thank you for work on behalf of art! Listen to the podcast below.

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff


4.24.2018 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel and Ron West talk about the many activities happening this week — the NW Art Exhibit, the Arts Expo, and the Of the Year Awards, in addition to an upcoming grant deadline and openings on the NWMAC Board of Directors. Listen to below for the details!

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel


4.17.2018 Therese Masters Jacobson

Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West spoke with Therese Masters Jacobson this week about Mn Artists Online, a resource for artists and those looking to connect with them and other opportunities and Riverwalk Artists. Therese will be speaking at the Arts Expo on April 28 in Thief River Falls. Make sure you attend!


4.10.2018 Sue Gens

Sue Gens, Executive Director of the Minnesota State Arts Board, was Ron West’s guest this week. She talked about the role of the Arts Board, legacy funding and the arts in Minnesota. Sue will be at the Arts Expo on April 28. Listen to the podcast below and attend the Arts Expo to meet Sue and learn more about the State Arts Board.


4.3.2018 Ellen Stanley

Ellen Stanley is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Music Coalition. For the last ten years, she has produced and hosted Womenfolk, a weekly music show on KFAI Radio. She also performs her own music under the name Mother Banjo. She talked with Ron West about the Coalition, the importance of music, and the 2018 MN Music Summit that is happening April 12-14, which brings artists, fans and music professionals from across the Upper Midwest for 3 days of workshops, industry panels and performances by the state’s top artists. The Minnesota Music Coalition will be represented at our Arts Expo in Thief River Falls on April 28. Listen to the chat below!

Ellen Stanley, Minnesota Music Coalition


3.27.2018 Carl Unbehaun

Carl Unbehaun is the The Minnesota Association of Songwriters Social Media Director and serves on its Board of Directors, as well as hosting the Minnesota Homebrew radio show on Pioneer 90.1. He’s also known for his quirky tunes. He was Ron West’s guest this week. He’ll be at the Arts Expo in April. Make sure you come and meet Carl and hear him perform. Listen to the podcast below!

Carl Unbehaun of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters


3.20.2018 Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes

Julia Brown, Artistic Programs Administrator, and Alayna Barnes, Office Manager, of the Playwrights’ Center were Ron West’s guests this week. The Playwrights’ Center serves playwrights with seven fellowship programs, educational opportunities, a searchable database, professional guidance, and more. They will be at the Arts Expo in April. Listen to the podcast below.

The Playwright’s Center 2301 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis


3.13.2018 Michele Anderson

Michele Anderson of Springboard for the Arts spoke with Ron West about their services for artists. Springboard for the Arts will be represented at the Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River. Listen to the podcast to learn more!


3.07.2018 Debbie Aune

Greenbush-Middle River Teacher, Artist and Gatzke resident Debbie Aune and Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West talked about Debbie’s art and her current exhibit Midwest Grain: Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune at the Riverwalk Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen below to their interview:

Artist Debbie Aune pictured with her art


2.27.2018 Craig Dunn

Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, spoke with Ron West this week about VSA Minnesota’s mission to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts. Craig will be at NWMAC’s Arts Expo in Thief River Falls in April. Listen to the conversation here.

Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota


2.20.2018 Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Chair of Creative Minnesota, filled Ron West in about Arts Advocacy Day, Creative Minnesota and the upcoming Arts Expo that will take place in Thief River Falls. Listen to their chat below!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Ex Director Sheila Smith


2.13.18 Mara Hanel

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel and Ron West talked about many upcoming events and deadlines, including Of the Year Awards, the River Walk Gallery Exhibit, TARP, NW Minnesota Arts Exhibit, Arts Expo, Grants Deadline, Arts Advocacy Day 2018 and NWMAC Board openings. Listen to the podcast to hear about all the opportunities you could take advantage of!

NWMAC Ex Director Mara Hanel


2.06.18 Matt Kroulik

Matt Kroulik, Stephen-Argyle teacher and wood carver, spoke with Ron West this week about his woodworking. His work is in the current exhibit at the Riverwalk Artist Gallery.

Woodworking Exhibit at River Walk Gallery


1.30.18 Jim Johanneck

Woodworker Jim Johanneck of Red Lake Falls was Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1 this week. His work is featured in the current exhibit at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen to their discussion below!

1.23.2018 Candace Olson

Candace Osborn has an appreciation for nature and wildlife that is obvious in her creative and intricate carvings. The Ada resident spoke with Ron West earlier today about her artwork. Listen to their discussion below and see her carvings in person at the current Riverwalk Artists Gallery exhibit.

1.16.2018 Cliff Nelson

Cliff Nelson of Crookston was Ron West’s guest this week on Pioneer 90.1. He talked about wood turning and his pieces at the current exhibit at the Riverwalk Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen below and stop by the gallery to see Cliff’s work.

1.9.2018 Betsy Mowry Voss

Ron West spoke with Betsy Mowry Voss about COMPAS, a non-profit education organization that teaches through art, about their work connecting professional artists with students, teachers, schools, hospitals and more with residencies, workshops, performances, community impact projects/public art. They are currently seeking more artists for their Artist Roster Program. Listen to their discussion below!

12.19.17 Kat Allen


Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, talked with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West about the Art Council’s exhibition space at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks and her art work. Listen below!

Kat Allen NWMAC Exhibition Specialist


12.12.17 Alaina Clay Terwee

Alaina Clay Terwee was Ron West’s host this week. They talked about Alaina’s art and Hallock’s upcoming event ARTic Lights & Libations which features an art crawl of local artists, holiday lights tour, Rock n Bowl and more.

ARTic Lights & Libations in Hallock


11.28.17 Mara Hanel

Ron West and NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel talked about the Arts Council, the Teaching Artist Roster Program and the River Walk Gallery this week. Listen below!

11.21.17 Jeanne O’Neil

Jeanne O’Neil was Ron West’s guest this week. Jeanne is a talented musician and a print artist. She currently has an exhibit at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen to their chat below.

Work by Jeanne O’Neil


11.14.17 Bonnie Stewart

Bonnie Stewart filled Ron West in on the many arts-related activities, including theatre and opera happening in Fosston. Listen below!

Arts-related activities in Fosston


10.31.17 Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson, Training Specialist with the NWMAC and Executive Director of the Thief River Falls Area Community Theatre, talked with Ron West about the upcoming show Godspell and ended the interview with a performance of The Witch’s Lament from Into the Woods. You don’t want to miss this podcast!

Jane Anderson


10.24.17 Lucille Nelson
Artist Lucille Nelson of Argyle spoke with Ron West today about her art and her current exhibit Past and Present Passages at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen to their conversation and head over to the River Walk Gallery to see the exhibit in person!

Artwork by Lucille Nelson and Janet Johnson


10.17.17 Cathy Erickson
Musician Cathy Erickson secured a grant from the NWMAC for equipment to create a remote studio from her home. This allows her to broadcast her radio show from her farm. Listen to Ron West’s interview with her today!

Cathy Erickson


10.10.17 Janet Johnson
Malung Artist Janet Johnson spoke with Ron West about her current exhibit 30 Bowls in 30 Days at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen to their conversation below!

Artist Janet Johnson’s 30 Bowls in 30 Days along with art by Lucille Nelson


10.03.17 Kevin McKeever
Win-e-Mac Principal Kevin McKeever joined Ron West today on Pioneer 90.1 today. They spoke about promoting the arts in school, Prairie Fire Theater’s time at the school last spring, and the elementary school performance of Jack & the Beanstalk that was possible with a grant from the NWMAC. Make sure you listen below to hear the whole conversation!


9.26.2017 Candy Gram
Ron West interviews Candy Gram, Middle River Community Theatre’s Director of its Goose Fest show “Southern Hospitality” this week. Listen to their chat here!


9.19.2017 Steve Reynolds and Joe McDonald
Steve Reynolds and Joe McDonald of Northwest Minnesota’s “The Raven” were Ron West’s guests this week. You don’t want to miss this entertaining interview!


9.12.2017 Cathy Forgit
Cathy Forgit of rural Fertile spoke with Ron West. Cathy is a fiber artist who loves working with her hands. She purchased a warping mill with a grant from the NWMAC to help her create rugs, wall hangings, table runners and other weaved creations.

An example of Cathy Forgit’s weaving



9.5.2017 Jerry Amiot
Jerry Amiot was Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1 today. He spoke about Crookston’s Annual Pioneer Day (Sunday, Sept 10) and Saving the Carnegie and other arts activities he’s been involved in. Make plans to attend Pioneer Day and listen to the podcast below!


8.29.2017 Mara Hanel
Ron West interviewed Executive Director Mara Hanel about our Artists of NW Minnesota booklet, our Artist-in-Residency workshops and other issues. Listen below to learn more!


8.22.2017 Kaitlin Barbosa
Kaitlin Barbosa, Kittson County 4H Program Coordinator, spoke with Ron West about an art camp they held earlier this summer at Lake Bronson State Park with funding from the NWMAC. Listen to the podcast below!

Kaitlin Barbosa, Kittson County 4-H Program Coordinator


8.15.2017 Amy Holte and Betsy Saurdiff
Amy Holte and Betsy Saurdiff were Ron West’s guests this week. They spoke about the Grygla centennial celebration that is taking place Aug 25-27 and highlighted the arts events that received funding from the NWMAC. Listen to the podcast to hear all about it!


8.08.2017 Kristina Gray
Ron West spoke with NWMAC Board Member Kristina Gray about the Save the Carnegie efforts in Crookston and the arts activities that they will be hosting during Ox Cart Days in Crookston. Listen to the podcast below!

Kristina Gray


8.01.2017 Pat Heggen
Pat Heggen of Stephen was Ron West’s guest. She talked about the Stephen Arts Council and the Summer Music series and other arts activities in Stephen this summer and fall.

Stephen Arts Council


7.25.2017 Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson and a few student actors spoke with Ron West about Thief River Falls Area Community Theater upcoming show Sound of Music, as well as other theater productions. Unfortunately, the interview was not broadcast due to technical issues.

Sound of Music


7.18.2017 Misti Koop
Misti Koop, President of the Board of Summer Arts Stages and Safari and current Medora Musical performer, talked with Ron West about performing arts and Stages and Safari (children’s musical theater programs in our area). Listen to their chat below!


7.11.2017 Amanda Shulz
Amanda Shultz of Mahnomen was Ron West’s guest this week. Amanda received NWMAC funding to purchase an intermediate flute. She plays in the District 9 Legion Band. Listen to their talk here!


6.27.2017 Loren Younggren
Photographer Loren Younggren of Hallock spoke with Ron West about the Kittson County Fair and the activities that received NWMAC funding, as well as his experience with the Arts Council. Listen to learn more!


6.20.2017 Don Merkens and Dan Skanson
Ron West spoke with both Don Merkens about the upcoming Norman County Fair entertainment that received funding from the NWMAC (glass blower Jon Ofutt, plus 3 smaller events) and Dan Skanson about the Polk County Fair free stage entertainment (Skanson and Hansen) that also received NWMAC funding (fair starting July 5). Both fairs should be great fun! Listen below.

Don Merkens



6.13.2017 Faye Auchenpaugh
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Member Faye Auchenpaugh talked with Ron West about the Arts Council and what role board members play. Listen to their discussion below!

Faye Auchenpaugh


6.6.2017 Shannon Christenson
Kittson County Central Kindergarten teacher Shannon Christenson talked with Ron West about Camp Art in Hallock at the end of June, featuring artists Ross Sutter, Marie Olafsdotter, and Susan Armington. Listen to their chat now!

Shannon Christenson


5.30.2017 Brock and Brayden Drevlow
Brock and Brayden Drevlow of L’Ambizioso Duo are performing classical music throughout our region this summer. They are also recipients of grant funding from NWMAC. They spoke to Ron West today. Listen to the podcast now!


5.23.2017 Jane Vigness
Jane Vigness, Northwest Minnesota Arts Advocate of the Year, was Ron West’s guest this week on Pioneer 90.1. Listen to their conversation about Jane’s efforts in the region’s arts world!



5.16.2017 Gayle Moen
Gayle Moen, Northwest Minnesota Artist of the Year, spoke with Ron West today. Listen to their talk here!


5.9.2017 Annelee Woodstrom
Northwest Star Award Winner Annelee Woodstrom of Ada was Ron West’s guest this week. They talked about growing up in Hitler’s Germany and receiving the award.

Annelee Woodstrom


5.02.2017 Jill Adolphson
Jill Adolphson, Stephen-Argyle teacher, shared information with Ron West about a residency with Visual Artist and Photographer Mica Lee Anders held at Stephen-Argyle Schools recently.


4.25.2017 Mara Hanel
Mara Hanel was Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1 this week. Their discussion included the NW Minnesota Art Exhibit, the upcoming “Of the Year” Awards and Art Reception in Halstad and the Equality and Respect for All Workshops and Exhibit. Listen below!



4.18.2017 Sue Suess and Abigail Kramer
Ron West interviewed two artists this week. Glass and metal artist Sue Suess and painter Abigail Kramer both have pieces in the NEW HUES: An Exhibition of Color at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen to their conversations!


4.11.2017 Justina Pietruszewski
Tri-County Teacher Justina Pietruszewski spoke with Ron West about the visual journaling residency they hosted at with Artist Heidi Jeub.


3.28.2017 Phyllis Kalliokowski
Phyllis Kalliokoski spoke with Ron West about being an artist, abstract art and her art on display at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. Listen to their chat below!

Secondary Triad by Phyllis Kalliokoski, East Grand Forks, MN.


3.21.2017 Andrew Fougner
Andrew Fougner, Principal at Red Lake County Central Elementary School in Plummer, spoke with Ron West about a school residency with Artist Jim Mondloch.


3.14.2017 Tim Pearce of Anda Union
Tim Pearce, Tour Manager of Anda Union, spoke with Ron West about Anda Union’s music, tour and experience in our area.

Anda Union


2.28.2017 Donovan Hanson
Donovan Hanson, middle school teacher in East Grand Forks and NWMAC grantee, spoke with Ron West about the grant they received.



2.21.2017 Virgil Benoit
Virgil Benoit spoke with Ron West this week about AFRAN and the French Canadian Metis Festival.

2.15.2017 Mara Hanel
Mara Hanel, NWMAC Executive Director, was Ron West’s guest. She talked about numerous deadlines and events that are coming up soon, including the 2017 NW MN Art Exhibit in Halstad, Of the Year Awards, Arts Advocacy Day, and Arts Midwest Worldfest Anda Union residency and concert.


2.7.2017 Eryn Gee Killough
Eryn Gee Killough, NWMAC Board Member, was Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1 this week.

Eryn Gee Killough


1.31.2017 Brad Thompson
Ron West interviewed Tri-County School’s Music Director Brad Thompson, Karlstad, about some of the grants they have received from the NWMAC that have enhanced their music program.


1.24.2017 Richard Tuttle
Ada Band Director and Music Teacher Richard Tuttle was Ron West’s guest this week. Richard has embraced technology and utilized grants from the NWMAC to further his student’s music education.



1.17.2017 Jeanne Cooney
Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West interviews Jeanne Cooney about her Hot Dish Heaven Mystery book series, including her most recent book A Potluck of Murder and Recipes. They also discussed the grant that Jeanne secured from the NWMAC for a mural in Kennedy that turned out to be a real community experience.

Jeanne Cooney, Author of the Hot Dish Mystery Series books.


1.10.2017 Aliza Novacek-Olson
Aliza Novacek-Olson is Ron West’s guest this week on Pioneer 90.1. Aliza is a fiber artist who received a Fellowship Grant.

Aliza Olson uses an antique family spinning wheel to make yarn from alpacas, angora rabbits and other animals raised on her famly farm.photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

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