Podcast -Tuesdays with Mara 2015-2016

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12.27.2016 Mara Hanel

Ron West talks with Executive Director Mara Hanel to learn about art happenings in the area and upcoming grant workshops and deadlines.

12.20.2016 Scott Larson

Scott Larson of Newfolden talks with Ron West about his artwork, which includes portraits of ballerinas.

12.13.2016 Dale Mackowick

Dale Mackowick of Fertile is Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1 this week. Dale has an exhibit of his oil paintings at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks.

11.29.2016 George French

George French is Ron West’s guest. George directs the music and theater department at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. He is also involved in Save the Carnegie. Listen to the podcast for details!

11.22.2016 Ross Hier

Ross Hier is Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1. Ross is a long-time employee of the Minnesota DNR and a wildlife artist. The current exhibit at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks includes some of Ross’s art.

11.15.2016 Courtney Olson

Ron West talks to Courtney Olson, a Crookston artist and graphic designer. Courtney has five paintings displayed in the current exhibit, Creative Artworks of Crookston, at the Riverwalk Artist’s Gallery in East Grand Forks.

11.08.2016 Lorraine Klaasen

South African performer Lorraine Klaasen talks with Ron West about her music, current residency and upcoming concert in Thief River Falls.

11.01.2016 Mara Hanel

Executive Director Mara Hanel talks with Ron West about the grants deadline, the exhibit of Crookston artists at the River Walk Gallery, and the upcoming residency workshops starting Nov 6 and community concert Nov 12 by South African performer Lorraine Klaasen and her band.

10.25.2016 Renee Jensen

Choir Teacher Renee Jensen talks with Ron West about how the Stephen-Argyle Schools have benefitted from grants from the NWMAC and gives an update on upcoming arts events in the area.

10.18.2016 Jesse Adelman

Jesse Adelman talks with Ron West about the Haunted Woods in Red Lake Falls and the drama and acting students from Lafayette High School who have been given an opportunity to participate in the haunted woods experience.

10.11.2016 Christine Foster

Christine Foster is Ron West’s guest this week. Christine’s artwork tells the stories of abuse survivors who have not only survived but have experienced hope and freedom.

10.04.2016 Megan Sugden

Megan Sugden of Kittson County Skies talks about her photography and exhibit at Far North Spirits in Hallock.


09.27.2016 KayDell Super

KayDell Super is Ron West’s guest this week. She discusses Middle River Community Theatre’s Goose Festival production of Interruptions.

Interruptions Poster

09.20.2016 Paula Foley

Paula Foley, Warroad Public School Superintendent, talks about the mural in their cafeteria that 6th grade students and Artist Victor Yepez visioned, brainstormed,  and painted.


09.13.2016 Alicia Spilde

Alicia Spilde of Karlstad talks about her art. Her piece Northwoods Carnival is currently in the traveling art exhibit.




Ron West talks about concerts at Fun in Flatlands, Ada on September 10, Heritage Days in Fosston on September 9 and Jean Honl’s rosemaling exhibit at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks through September 25.

08.23.2016 Jodi Peterson

Jodi Peterson, teacher at Norman County West and featured artist at the River Walk Gallery, talks about her art.


08.16.2016 Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson, Community Ed Director at WAO discusses Summer Arts Safari “Alice in Wonderland.”

08.02.2016 Jane and Emma Anderson 

Jane and Emma Anderson of the Thief River Area Community Theater talk about the show Bye Bye Birdie.


07.26.2016 Pam Hetteen

Pam Hetteen talks about the Riverview Park Concerts taking place in Roseau this summer.


07.19.2016 Paul Tandberg

Paul Tandberg talks about the play Over the River and Through the Woods showing until July 21, 2016 at Northland Community College. Ron West talks about the entertainment at the upcoming Marshall County Fair.


07.12.2016 Bonnie Nordvall

Bonnie Nordvall talks about Warroad Summer Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins.  This exciting musical is available for audience enjoyment until July 17, 2016.

WST Mary Poppins

06.21.2016 Kim Hruba

Kim Hruba

Kim Hruba of Red Shoes Writing talks about how she became and author and about her Artists Retreat coming up in September!

06.14.2016 Berta Bergeron

Stephen, MN Arts Center

Berta Bergeron, a NWMAC Board member takes time out of her day to sit with Ron West and talk about her involvement on the board as well as all the fun and exciting things happening with Stephen Community Arts!

06.07.2016 Joe Wavra


After a short break, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s weekly feature is back on Pioneer 90.1 this time with Klondike Carvings, Joe Wavra. Joe’s unique works are being displayed now at Riverwalk Artists Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks.

05.24.2016 Mara Hanel

Executive Director Mara Hanel is this week’s guest! Listen in!

05.17.2016 Therese Masters Jacobson

Therese Masters Jacobson, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s exhibit specialist is this week’s guest talking about the traveling art exhibit and the artist exhibits coming up!

05.10.2016 Beau Bakken


Beau Bakken, our Artist of the Year sits down with Ron West of Pioneer 90.1 to talk about his art and where he comes from!

04.26.2016 Barb Geer


Barb Geer is on this week talking about her much deserved, Star Artist of the Year award! Barb has been a driving force in the arts for many years and her work is much appreciated.

04.19.2016 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, talks about the Annual Spring Art Exhibit! It’s ongoing through May 18th in Roseau at the Public Library!

04.05.2016 Shelley Grove

Shelley Grove of Warroad Summer Theatre talks about what’s cooking in the North Country! Listen in!

03.29.2016 Jayne Flaagan

Jayne Flaagan is our weekly guest on Pioner 90.1. Ron West catches up with Jayne to talk a bout what’s going on in the world of publishing and what she’s been working on.

03.22.2016 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is this week’s guest and she discusses the upcoming arts events as well as Arts Advocacy Day 2016!

03.15.2016 Therese Jacobson

Therese Jacobson is this week’s guest talking about the exhibits in our gallery space at River Walk Artists Gallery as well as other events happening in Northwest Minnesota.

03.08.2016 Ron Woolever

Ron Woolever talks with Ron West and they’re both from Crookston! Ron is one of 2 artists to be featured this month at our exhibit space in the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery.

03.01.2016 Ken Carlson

Ken Carlson, Executive Director for Arts Midwest talks about what the program does and how it impacts, positively, the community it comes to with the Arts Midwest World Tour Fest.

02.23.2016 Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson, Executive director for TRFActs talks about their upcoming auditions and what’s in store for the future!  Listen in!

02.09.2016 Oliver Demers/Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord Visits Thief River Falls
Photo Cred: Photoman.ca
Le Vent du Nord

Olivier Demers from Le Vent du Nord of Quebec takes time in their very busy schedule to talk with Ron West of Pioneer 90.1.   The group has had an amazingly fast week in Wahpeton thanks to the weather and NWMAC is pleased Olivier was willing to be interviewed!  Listen in on what we can expect when they visit Thief River Falls next week!

01.26.2016 Mo Regalado

Mo Regalado, Marketing and Promotions Specialist talks about what is going on with the Arts Council this month!

01.19.2016 Irene Bertils

Irene Bertils of Crookston makes her debut on our weekly podcast.  She is the latest featured artist of the New Year at our Gallery Space in River Walk Artists Gallery.  Let’s hear how she’s doing…

01.12.2016 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is this weeks guest!  She talks about the upcoming grants deadlines!

01.05.2016 Elwyn Ruud

Elwyn Ruud is this weeks guest.  Elwynn is a recently retired teacher with a specialty in grant writing.  She is a brand new board member on NWMAC Board representing Kittson County.  Listen in!

12.29.2015 Aliza Olson-Novacek

Aliza Olson-Novacek is this week’s guest…she talks about her stint on the Arts Council Board and other matters…like being spotlighted on Prairie Public as a fiber artist 01-25-16!

12.22.2015 Therese Masters Jacobson

Therese Masters Jacobson is our guest this week and as NWMAC’s Gallery Specialist and Artist Liaison, she tells us what we can expect in the New Year!

12.15.2015 Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls and TRFACTs joins this week’s installment and talks about being on the NWMAC Board, TRFACTs and her life in TRF!

12.08.2015 Julie Elick

Julie Elick of Roseau and “Artists on Main” makes an appearance on this week’s installment!  Listen in and maybe you should join her welding class!

12.01.2015 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is this week’s guest.  She discusses the state of Arts Affairs!

11.24.2015 Debra Aune and students

NWMAC is back with Deb Aune’s student’s of Greenbush-Middle River who are participating in the Student Art Exhibit at our gallery space in the Riverwalk Artist’s Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks, Mn.  Listen in!

11.17.2015 Karlee Westrem

After a brief respite, NWMAC is back on Pioneer 90.1’s show!  Ron West talks with East Grand Forks resident and UND college student, Karlee Westrem.  Karlee talks about her experiences and how she got involved in the arts!

11.03.2015 Therese Jacobson

NWMAC’s Specialist Therese Jacobson is this week’s guest!  She talks about what’s happening at Riverwalk Artists Gallery and Shop and the Art’s Council’s Galley!

10.27.2015 Jolene Juhl

Jolene Juhl of Greenbush, a fused glass artist, talks about her art and River Walk Artists Juried Art Exhibit.  Her new pieces sound fascinating…and include sand blasting!

10.20.2015 Jayne Flaagan

Ella the Doggy

Jayne Flaagan of East Grand Forks talks with Ron West about her family, her writing and her plans for the future.

10.13.2015 Mara Hanel

Executive Director Mara Hanel talks about the latest grant application deadline coming up on October 10.

10.06.2015 Yonnie from Baladino


This week, Ron West talks with Yonnie from Baladino, who are visiting Northwest Minnesota this week as part of an artist residency program.  There is a FREE public workshop on 10-08-2015 at 2p at Northland Community and Technical College Commons.  Concert is 10-10-2015 at 7pm at Lincoln High Schol School Auditorium.  Thanks to Arts Midwest World Tour Fest for being instrumental in making this happen!

09.27.2015 Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson from Roseau is this weeks guest…she talks her “Collaborations” exhibit, Malung Community Center and more!  Lots of information so you better get a pen!

09.22.2015 Barb Geer

Barb Geer is this week’s guest and she talks about Goosefest and Blithe Spirit.  Barb is absolutely infectious!!  Listen in!


Mara Hanel talks about our partnership with Arts Midwest Worldfest and the latest group coming into Thief River Falls, Mn.  The group is from Isreal and their name is Baladino…listen in!!

09.08.2015 Mara Hanel

Executive Director Mara Hanel talks about her grant writing workshop on September 10, 2015. Sign up today!

09.01.2015 Betty Pikop

Betty Pikop is this week’s guest and she talks about what is happening at the Stephen Arts Center.

08.25.2015 Nicholas Jackson

After another quick break, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s weekly update with Pionner 90.1 was back on air!  This week’s guest is Nicholas Jackson, who recently did an illustration workshop for us.  Listen in on how he goes about his craft!

N. Jackson Paul and Babe

08.11.2015 Jan Anderson

Quilter Jan Anderson talks about her experience as an exhibitor at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Quilts of Northwest Minnesota.  Her work will be on display at the exhibit through the end of August.

08.04.2015 Mo Regalado

Marketing and Promotions Specialist, Mo Regalado is this week’s guest.  Mo talks about what is going on…and Ron makes fun of her!  It’s a great relationship!

07.28.2015 Dale Jacobson

Poet Dale Jacobson of Alvarado talks with Ron West of Pioneer 90.1 about how he got started in poetry and how it has been with him through the years.

07.20.2015 Mo Regalado

Mo Regalado, NWMAC’s Marketing and Promotions Specialist is also a radio personality at TRF Radio (99.3FM KKDQ) in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  As such, she brings in guests from time to time and decided to interview Jane Anderson of TRFACT.org to talk about Seussical, The Musical…a children’s production to be put on August 4-6, 2015.

07.14.2015 Mara Hanel

After 1 week off, we get back into it!  Mara Hanel, Executive Director of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is talking with Ron this week about all the things that are happening in the 7 county service area.  Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants deadlines are August 1, 2015.

06.30.2015 Paul Koch

Paul Koch is a former pastor of Wannaska Lutheran Parish in rural northwestern Minnesota, near Roseau and a published author.  He has written a series of Christian faith-based stories called the Advent Adventures.

06.22.2015 Kristin Eggerling

Kristin Eggerling of Hallock is this weeks guest.  Kristin is an author, mother and advocate.  Her book titled, Breath of Wilderness – The Life of Sigurd Olson is available now.  Great interview with many thanks to Ron West of Pioneer 90.1!

06.16.2015 Henry Boucha

Henry Boucha has quite a storied career in Hockey even if his career was cut short because of an eye injury.  He is one of our Northwest Minnesota Arts Councils featured authors at our latest exhibit.  This is a great interview that you don’t want to miss!

06.09.2015 Jeanne Cooney

Jeanne Cooney grew up in Hallock and has recently moved back part-time.  She is one of the authors taking part in NWMAC “Authors of Northwest Minnesota” exhibit taking place at the Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks.

06.02.2015 Monique Arnesen

Monique Arnesen is channelling her inner “Sybil” in Warroad Summer Theatre’s rendition of The 39 Steps.   (She plays an amazing 3 characters…but wait till you hear about the two Clowns playing 21 characters!!) www.warroadsummertheatre.com


New Artist to Riverwalk Arts Gallery and Shop, Kat Allen talks about her influences, her type of art and what she likes about being back in the Upper Midwest!

05.19.2015 Jim and Jan Strandlie

2015 Arts Advocates of the Year Jim and Jan Strandlie of Thief River Falls.  They are a hoot…and this is one fun interview!  Listen in as to why they are very deserving of this honor!


2015 Star Artist of the Year Karen Engevik of Black Horse Pottery & Tile in Roseau takes time out of her busy day to talk art, horses and of course, pottery!

05.05.2015 LaVonne Forsberg

LaVonne Forsberg talks about her art on Pioneer 90.1!  She is the featured artist at River Walk Arts Gallery in East Grand Forks this month and her artist reception is May 09, 2015.

04.28.2015 Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith is the Executive Director for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and she talks about an exciting new report which will be unveiled at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Annual Spring Art Exhibit Reception on May 04.

04.21.2015 Jeanne O’Neil

Mark Johnson fills in for Ron West and has an incredible interview with Jeanne O’Neil from North Country Fiddle and Dance! Great interview and lots of great music!  Listen in!

04.14.2015 Carolyn Meisel

Carolyn Meisel of River Walk Artist Gallery talks about who she is, where she came from  and how she got involved in the arts.  She also talks about the RWAG juried art exhibit coming up!

04.07.2015 Therese Jacobson

Therese M. Jacobson, NWMAC’s Gallery Specialist is talking about what’s going on at the gallery, different events and more!

03.31.2015 Jenee Provance

Jenee Provance from Warroad Summer Theatre talks about their latest production, Escanaba in Love and what she does for WST…and maybe a name change since they’re not only a Summer Theatre group!

03.24.2015 Mo Regalado

Marketing/Promotions specialist Mo Regalado talk about what is happening at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council!

03.17.2015 Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson of Malung Community School in Roseau takes time out of her day to talk with Ron about events happening there; being on the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board and being under the weather. The show much go on!   jej@wiktel.com

03.10.2015 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel, Executive Director of NWMAC talks about what is happening in the listening area including art exhibits, workshops and more!

03.03.2015 Mo Regalado

Mo Regalado is this weeks guest.  She talks deadlines, shows and how to get yourself known using a FREE workshop given by MnArtists.org.

02.24.2015 Mary Ann Laxen

This weeks guest is Mary Ann Laxen of East Grand Forks.  She’s our representative for Polk County here at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  An amazing woman!  Listen in!

02.17.2015 Mara Hanel

Mara Hanel is on with Ron West talking about all the deadlines coming up! $50,000 in Arts Legacy Grants up for grabs! Check it out!

02.10.2015 Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson from TRFActs! is this week’s guest! They have so much going on, you may want to grab a pen and pencil to get it all down!  It’s a two parter…

Part 1

Part 2

02.03.2015 Jessica Pribula

Wow! Amazing interview with Jessica Pribula this week on the show!  2014 Artist of the Year and has so much going on!

01.27.2015 Therese Masters Jacobson

Therese Masters Jacobson is this weeks guest on Pioneer 90.1! She has so much information to share, you really need to listen in!!

01.21.2015 Kay Rosengren

NWMAC Board Member Kay Rosengren is this weeks featured guest.  Learn more about her, why she got involved with us, and what made her cry! 😉

01.13.2015 Mara Hanel

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel discusses upcoming events including application deadlines!  Listen in!-13

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