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The SCSU Archives Sets Out to Record KVSC Trivia History . . . And More!
In another installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits once again with SCSU Archivist Tom Steman in a kind of a crossover story. The University Archives has just launched a new webpage all about KVSC Trivia which details posters, tee shirts, hamsters, and, of course, questions. Also, Tom and Jeff talk about the records of Minnesotans in World War I and World War II, plus what the Archive has going on in partnership with the SCSU Art Department and the Chronicle.Listen
Author Peter Gorton Talks About the Greatest Baseball Player You May Have Never Heard Of, Negro League Pitcher John Donaldson, and His History in Minnesota
Summer is the time for baseball all over the country, and in Minnesota that’s no different. The history of baseball in Minnesota, however, has included one of the greatest players you’ve probably never heard of, John Donaldson, African American pitcher in the Pre-Negro Leagues and Negro Leagues. In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with author Peter Gorton about John Donaldson during the very early days of baseball here in Minnesota and how he has established a network for collecting baseball's lost history. Gorton will be in St. Cloud on July 29, 2015, for the St. Cloud Rox/Mankato Moondogs game and then a discussion with the Granite City Book Club to follow.Listen
Judy McConnel to Discuss Her Book A Penny a Kiss: Memoir of a Minnesota Girl in the Forties and Fifties at the Granite City Book Club
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, we take a trip back to the 1940s and 50s as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Judy McConnel, author of the book A Penny a Kiss: Memoir of a Minnesota Girl in the Forties and Fifties. Judy visited the Granite City Book Club in June 2015 to discuss her book and the way culture shifted at the end of World War II and into the 1950s through the eyes of a girl growing up in Minnesota.Listen
Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Author Jodi Schwen Visits the Granite City Book Club
Through a joy from everyday creativity found in various venues and over fifteen years as the editor-in-chief of Brainerd’s Lake Country Journal, Jodi Schwen's stories of life in Minnesota will make you want to bust out the flannel and stake out your spot at a 4th of July Parade near you! In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Jodi about her appearance at the Granite City Book Club. Jodi’s book Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage is a collection of stories that we all live out simply by being here in Minnesota.Listen
Minnesota Historical Society Has Been Saving The Oral History of Minnesota for Decades. Here's How You Can Add Yours!
We’ve all got stories, but as the years go by sometimes these stories can get lost. The Minnesota Historical Society, however, has been actively collecting the oral history of everyday Minnesotans for years, and they need your help to add to this detailed and interesting archive. In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Ryan Barland from the Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project about some of the more interesting stories found within the archive, including tales from 100 year old lumberjacks and anecdote surrounding the Kensington Runestone, and helpful tips on how you can preserve your family’s oral history within the archive.Listen
Part 1 of 2: Annette Lee Hosts the Native Skywatchers Workshop at the Stearns History Museum
In this two-part installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, we are all made of stars as we look to the sky for Part 1 of 2 about the Native Skywatchers Workshop that was held at the Stearns History Museum in May of 2015. Today, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sits down with the facilitator of the workshop, SCSU Astronomy Professor Annette Lee, to discuss how Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe celestial culture complements the way American culture views the stars as well as how even the languages used to talk about the stars reflects modern scientific knowledge of where life on earth comes from.Listen
The Book Munsinger Clemens Gardens: The Jewel of St. Cloud and the Untold Story of Its Publication
As spring showers are truly bringing May flowers to St. Cloud, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack brings us an Untold Stories of Central Minnesota focusing upon a book about one of the best places around to experience these flowers: The Munsinger Clemens Gardens. Written by Stephen Fuller, former SCSU Music Professor who passed away this last February, The Munsinger Clemens Gardens: The Jewel of St. Cloud is a visually stunning history of one of St. Cloud’s most treasured places. Jeff sits down today with Timothy Fuller, son of the author, and Ozzie Mayers, husband of the author, to discuss St. Cloud’s floral oasis and the journey they had in order to get the book published following Stephen’s death.Listen
The Future of Sustainability in the St. Cloud Area Begins Now
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack brings us multiple perspectives about what it means to be sustainable.
Recently at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, the 5th Annual Sustainability Expo brought together individuals and organizations all with the intent of sharing their best practices on how we can develop a sustainable future.
From farmers’ markets in St. Cloud and St. Joseph and small businesses to larger organizations like St. Cloud State University and the City of St. Cloud, everyone is realizing that it is how we practice the concept of sustainability that drives us into a future of our own making.
St. Cloud Residents Devour the 5th Annual Edible Book Festival
Have you ever wanted to see someone eat their words? In this tasty installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack brings us an untold story that does just that. It’s the 5th Annual Edible Book Contest at SCSU’s Miller Center. The Edible Book Contest began as part of the celebration of the Miller Center’s 10 year anniversary and has continued to grow in participation and attendance every year as librarians and book lovers pull out all the Pinterest and “puny” stops to bring their favorite books to life. Bon appetite!Listen
The School of the Arts at St. Cloud State University Engages the Community Throughout the Year
During this past year, the School of the Arts has brought a wide variety of multidiscipline events to the community through its Creative Arts Series, a collaboration between various departments on the SCSU Campus. In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Dan Huwe, Experiential Learning and Outreach Coordinator for St. Cloud State University’s School of the Arts. The season wraps up in the month of April with a juried art exhibit in the Kiehle Gallery, a Student Film Festival in the Performing Arts Center, and Her Story, Her Song presented by the Department of Music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. Jeff and Dan also discuss other highlights of the Creative Arts Series season as well as what is to come next year.Listen
Behind the Scenes of KVSC's 36th Annual Trivia Weekend: Game of Trivia, Quest for Futile Facts Part 1
Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack takes us on a two part journey through KVSC’s 36th Annual Trivia Weekend, Game of Trivia: A Quest for Futile Facts, which took place back on the weekend of February 13th through the 15th, 2015. In Part 1, we get a behind the scenes look at the machinery that builds up to the launch of Trivia, we experience a little bit of the phone bank as Trivia opens up, and we get to visit with a couple of teams right around the half-way point of Hour 24.Listen
BEHIND THE SCENES OF KVSC'S 36TH ANNUAL TRIVIA WEEKEND: GAME OF TRIVIA, QUEST FOR FUTILE FACTS PART 2
Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack continues with Part 2 of KVSC’s 36th Annual Trivia Weekend, Game of Trivia: A Quest for Futile Facts with more behind the scenes action through interviews with the Shake a Hamster Band and DJs coping with sleep deprivation. There’s also a look into question writing and a sampling of the “Red Speed Round” and its psychological effects upon players and volunteers. Another team gets a visit, and finally, we get a wrap-up of the whole weekend with some rather heartwarming anecdotes that truly reflect how this contest has continued every February since 1980.Listen
Creative Minnesota Report Finds Arts Industry in Minnesota to have $1.2 Billion Impact
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, it’s all about a great investment, the arts! Recently, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, after compiling information from 1,269 partner organizations through the Cultural Data Project, released its first Creative Minnesota Report on the economic impact of the arts within the State of Minnesota, and the news is impressive. With an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion, the arts industry is thriving and increasing the quality of life within every corner of the state. With a great sense of gratitude to the voters of Minnesota who approved the Legacy Amendment in 2008, Sheila Smith from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Tony Goddart from the City of St. Cloud, and Dave Glenn, a visual artist and State of Minnesota Arts Board Member, describe just why these findings are so impressive and what the dollars actually translate into, a finer essence of community.Listen
Brian Fox Ellis Brings Charles Darwin to SCSU
In this new installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis. Ellis, who has brought historic character performances to town in the past, developed the character of Charles Darwin through the writings of Darwin and is performing on the eve of his 206th birthday at St. Cloud State’s Miller Learning Resource Center. In today’s discussion, Jeff and Brain discuss how history remembers scientists, the unique personality of Charles Darwin, and where we come from as the human race.Listen
Independent Quarry Cinema in Cold Spring Defies Corporate Censorship and Fears, Becomes One of a Handful of Minnesota Theaters to Screen Sony's The Interview
Recently, Sony was hacked, and because of this hack and the ensuing threats that followed, the company decided not to widely release their film “The Interview.” However, right before Christmas, Sony decided to allow the release of the movie to independent theaters, and within the state of Minnesota there were ten that showed it, including the Quarry Cinema in Cold Spring. Today as cinematic history unfolds on an international and local level, the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota heads to the movies as Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Chuck Wiser, the manager of Quarry Cinema, and gets a perspective on “The Interview” scandal from KVSC’s very own Movies on the Radio duo, Dick Hill and the Man in the Box.Listen
Paul Baker Hernandez brings peace and music to Central Minnesota
For the final instalment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota of 2014, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Paul Baker Hernandez, a rather unique activist and musician who travels to the area from time to time spreading a message of peace, love, happiness and most of all justice. Originally a Trappist monk in Europe, Paul Baker Hernandez has lived in Nicaragua for more than 30 years, and through his revolutionary experiences, his music and message has evolved into a very contemplative reflection upon life and politics.Listen
Jim Landwehr's book Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir at the Stearns History Museum's Book Club
Sometimes the fish really does get away, but the adventure in losing it makes for solid family bonding. In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with author Jim Landwehr about his book Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir. Dirty Shirt is a multi-generational journey through one of the most unique landscapes that Minnesota has to offer.
Through a series of canoe trips in the Boundary Waters, Jim and his brothers have come to know more about their father, who died when they were all very young, and along the way they also discover how to develop lasting, strong bonds with their own children. Landwehr was in town in December of 2014 reading from his memoir at the Stearns History Museum’s Book Club and we spoke before his appearance.Listen
Backstage for Hamlet at St.Cloud State University
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota “the play is the thing.” Upon Shakespeare’s birth some fifty and four hundred years gone, Tis Hamlet!
And Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack catches up with the maids, squires, and masters of our very own St. Cloud State University Department of Theater and Film Studies the night before the opening of this masterpiece of the English cannon as part of SCSU’s School of the Arts’ Creative Arts Series.
While some may imagine Shakespeare to be intimidating, these SCSU students who are performing and the SCSU graduates who have directed have stepped up to this challenge, and in the process demonstrated how, through camaraderie and hard work, a group of people mostly from area small towns can do justice to one of the most difficult works of art that the world of theater has ever known.
Hamlet runs through Sunday, November 23 at SCSU’s Performing Arts Center with ticket information available at www.scsutickets.comListen
University Chronicle Celebrates 90 Years by evolving along with the rest of print media
In this October 2014 installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Jeramiah Graves and Vicki Ikeogu about the University Chronicle.
With its offices just down the hallway from KVSC, the University Chronicle is currently celebrating 90 years of reporting on the daily lives of St. Cloud State students by recently publishing an issue made up of stories from those past 90 years. And while this milestone has just been reached, the Chronicle is also experiencing the same issues that other print media are facing all over the world, that being the changing landscape of news and the internet.Listen
Veterans Voices Month brings student veterans together with the community
In a run up to Veterans Day 2014 on the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Jesse Abel, Derek Neumann, and Zach Mangus from the SCSU Veterans Resource Center about upcoming events on campus included within the state’s new Veterans’ Voices program.
With less than 1% of the population having served in the military, the events within this month long opportunity for veterans and the community to engage in conversation about the veteran experience include the screening of the award winning film “Restrepo” to be followed with a student veteran panel, the screening of the documentary “The Typist” followed by a conversation with the last surviving clerk of the Nuremburg Trials following World War II Larry Tillemans, and a Veteran Storytellers event in the Atwood Quarry.Listen
Spicy Small Business Ignites Area Taste Buds: Jim and Hazzy Tropical Habanero Jam
From a mother’s suggestion to make jam from a grapevine growing on the side of a house to a friend helping out another with a broken down van on the way to a music gig, this local St. Cloud business has been a random, spicy journey which is on the verge of changing the taste buds of central Minnesota.
In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with Jim and Hazzy from Jim and Hazzy’s Tropical Habanero Jam.Listen
The Art of Bela Petheo of St. John's University and St. Cloud
World renowned and local artist Bela Petheo came to St. John’s University as a teacher and artist in 1966 and has been a part of the central Minnesota community ever since, with many of his hundreds of paintings and etchings capturing the essences of people we see every day.
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits the Bela’s home studio to discuss his journey from communist Hungary to the United States, the changes in the art world, and how he went about creating his over 500 paintings throughout his career.Listen
Artists' Group Seeks funding for Sartell Paper Mill Memorial Project
Formerly known as the Verso Paper Mill, the Sartell Mill closed its doors after a major explosion on May 29, 2012, that took the life of one employee and required fourteen area fire departments to eventually extinguish. In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack joins a group of artists, Sartell city officials, and construction workers as they discuss the best way to memorialize the Sartell Paper Mill. Currently, the City of Sartell is working with area artists, including project head Heidi Jueb, in developing artistic ways to remember this local economic icon and landmark before it is completely demolished and has vanished from our horizon.Listen
Vietnam Veteran Jerry Hansen's "The Wedding of Tomorrow and Sorrow" to be performed at the Pioneer Place Theater
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Jerry Hansen, poet and author of the play The Wedding of Tomorrow and Sorrow, which is had its world premiere at the Pioneer Place Theater in St. Cloud in August of 2014.
The Wedding of Tomorrow and Sorrow is a multimedia journey about Hansen’s experiences during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne and his experiences in reflecting upon the war fifty years later, including recollecting about his friend David Papish, the first soldier from St. Cloud to be killed in Vietnam in 1967.
Traditional Low Tech Lives of the Fur Trading Rendezvous in Minnesota
It’s a trap! Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with a group of folk who have carried the traditions and skills of colonial fur traders into the modern world. Rendezvous Re-enacters are what they are called, and recently they came together in Clearwater, MN, for a Saturday of demonstrations and family fun. Rendezvous are plentiful during the summer months in Minnesota, including Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17th at the Forrest City Stockade, a fort that played a role in the Sioux Uprising in 1862 and is located only about 45 minutes from St. Cloud.Listen
Stearns History Museum's Downtown Pub Crawl visits four of the oldest buildings in St. Cloud
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack meanders along with the Stearns History Museum’s Historic Pub Crawl that took place this past June of 2014. This guided tour allowed over 70 people to explore the depths of four significant downtown buildings and the businesses that currently reside within each, the Red Carpet Night Club, DB Searle’s, the Pioneer Place Theater, and MC's Dugout, and it demonstrated that learning about history can be really, really fun!Listen
Non-Profit Friends of the Mississippi River wins 2014 Environmental Initiative Award for their State of the River Report
Recently, the Friends of the Mississippi River published their State of the River Report, which won the prestigious 2014 Environmental Initiative Award, and was instrumental in legislation that makes Minnesota the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of cleaning products containing triclosan, an anti-bacterial chemical that could have long lasting negative effects upon the river.
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark. Friends of the Mississippi River is a non-profit advocacy organization from the Twin Cities that focuses upon the health of the Mississippi and its watershed.
Another look into the SCSU Archives finds the 1827 John James Audubon book Birds of America
In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits again with SCSU Archivist Tom Steman. This time they talk about the history of the Lemonade Concert and Arts Fair, which happened on June 26, 2014, at St. Cloud State University, and the history of art around the SCSU Campus. Plus, Tom gives us a preview of some exciting historical projects the Archives are involved with including digitizing all of the SCSU Yearbooks and the upcoming display of a very rare reprint of the 1827 John James Audubon book Birds of America.Listen
The Tri-County Humane Society celebrates 40 years of Wagging Tails, purring fluff-balls, and community volunteer involvement
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack explores the world of puppies and kitties at the Tri-County Humane Society. Just months away from its 40th Year anniversary, the Tri-County Humane Society is a non-profit agency with a constant buzz of activity, placing over 3,500 animals per year into forever homes. In today’s feature, you’ll find out how they do it through volunteer involvement, community support, and tons of plain old fashioned cuteness!Listen
Tim Hoheisel talks about Summer programs at the Stearns History Museum
Stearns History Museum Executive Director Tim Hoheisel talks with Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack about upcoming events and programs that the museum has to offer for this summer of 2014. This includes a new Native American art exhibit, their Breakfast Club and Book Clubs, and some historic pub crawls, which will be featured in an upcoming Untold Story of Central Minnesota.
Takin' Time's Pickin' Parlor in Clearwater adds to the growing non-profit music scene
Just outside of Clearwater, MN, there is a new non-profit music venue called “Takin’ Time” where in the spirit of the current trend of people converting their homes into listening rooms for music, Mike and Barabara Nunke have expanded this concept to envelope their entire farm, including the barn so that even during the winter, the music never stops!
Eating your favorite author's words: four years of Edible Books at SCSU Miller Center
In this tasty installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack brings us the Edible Book Contest at SCSU’s Miller Center.
Now in its fourth year, the Edible Book Contest began as part of the celebration of the Miller Center’s 10 year anniversary, and has been continued each year since because it is just so fun and interesting. Bon appetite!Listen
Service Learning in Central Minnesota Part 2: College of St. Benedict Saint John's University
In Part 2 of an ongoing series about Service Learning in Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack travels out to the College of St. Benedict to hear from three students about how Service Learning has changed their ideas about what they’d like to do not only with their college careers, but also with what they’d like to do with their lives. Jeff also speaks with Adia Zeeman, the Service Learning Coordinator for the College of St. Benedict St. John’s University, about the college’s history of service learning over its 100 years of being an institution.Listen
After 120 Years, Restoring the Old Mill in Sauk Centre is one man's dream
The Old Mill in Sauk Centre has gone through many changes in its 120 year existence, and these days it looks a little rough; however, Sauk Centre resident Jeremy Weber has a plan. And that plan is to turn this massive labyrinth of a building into a focal point of the community.
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack travels out to Sauk Centre to bring us a story about one man and his mission to restore this historical landmark.Listen
Florence Griffin takes us back to the farm during the great depression and brings us to the present through her life as a nurse in her husband's rural Minnesotan medical practice
In this extended installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with 90-year-old Florence Griffin about how life in Minnesota has changed over the years.
Florence grew up on a farm during the Depression and went on to become a nurse in her husband’s medical practice in rural Pope County, and over the years she has witnessed and learned much from life. While some things change, many, including how people look out for one another, seem to stay the same, and at the age of 90, she feels that it’s important for folk today to know this.Listen
Service Learning in Central Minnesota Part 1: Minnesota School of Business
Today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota is the first in a series covering a relatively new form of education and community involvement, Service Learning. While many within academia and the non-profit world have known about this movement for a few years, the larger public might not be aware that students today are developing a sense of community at the same time that they are learning skills that will carry them into their careers. In this interview, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack speaks with Tami DeLand from the Minnesota School of Business about the college’s efforts to engage the community while enriching their students’ lives.Listen
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Miller Center focuses on a surprisingly underrepresented group, women in history
Over the past few years, people have realized that while Wikipedia has become a massive online resource and opportunity for history to be written by the individuals living it, Wikipedia also has some very large holes within its content that correspond to underrepresented groups, most specifically women. In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with SCSU’s Rachael Wexelbaum about the recent Wikipedia-Edit-a-Thon held at the Miller Learning Resource Center which is part of an international effort to begin fixing that.Listen
The Stearns History Museum's Tim Hoheisel reflects on his first six months on the job
During the first six months of his tenure as Executive Director, the Stearns History Museum has been the site of some pretty exciting activity, including the development of a partnership with the Smithsonian Institute as well as receiving “The Reflection of the Year 2013 Award” from St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis. In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with Tim Hoheisel, Executive Director of the Stearns History Museum.Listen
2013 Year in Review reveals a common thread within collected stories: community!
From stories about the days of yore to innovative ideas about how to move into the future, the KVSC series the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota has covered a lot of ground during 2013. In today’s installment of the Untold Stories, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack takes a look back at 2013 for an audio recap of a common thread that ties all these different stories together: community. We create our community through the way we live, and after hearing about the concepts of community found with stories such as an interview with St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, the music and laughter of Weber’s Deck, a partnership with the SCAR Dolls to prevent suicide, as well as from a few others, you’ll agree that central Minnesota is a pretty darn nice place to live.Listen
Camphill Village of Sauk Centre weaves biodynamic farming and depth of heart together to form a unique community fabric
In this award winning installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits Camphill Village, a self-sustaining farm and community for adults with developmental disabilities that has existed outside of Sauk Centre for the past 33 years.
Based on a philosophy similar to that of the Waldorf educational system, this volunteer driven, multi-generational organization has brought a depth of heart to our area which is rare in the world today, but it may be just what the world needs.Listen
Another Sip of Minnesota 13 with Author Elaine Davis
The Untold Stories of Central Minnesota raises a glass to Minnesota 13, a nationally famous moonshine during Prohibition that was primarily distilled here in Stearns County. Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Elaine Davis six years after the original publication of her book entitled “Minnesota 13” and her initial interview with Jo McMullen on KVSC to see how this part of our cultural heritage has made its way back around to be very relevant again today. With the passage of the Surly Bill, distilling in the State of Minnesota is once again a viable reality. While the book delves deeply into some old family histories of Stearns County, since its publication more stories have surfaced from other families in the area who have found that they all share this cultural link with one another. In fact, this cultural link includes a traveling exhibit on its way to the Minnesota History Center as well as a fundraiser for the Stearns History Museum taking place at one of our old local speakeasies, Anton's Fish and Whiskey.Listen
Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack's 100th Feature Story Gets a little Rocky
This particular installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota marks a milestone for Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack as this is his 100th feature story for KVSC radio.
Jeff is joined by some of the cast and the director of Rooftop Theater’s production of the Rocky Horror Show being performed at the Pioneer Place Theater throughout the week of Halloween of 2013. The Rocky Horror Show is a musical that is a little different from the cult classic movie that many are used to, so dig out your garters and enjoy as Jeff and his guests discuss how laughter is the new sexy in St. Cloud.Listen
Author Walt Bachman talks about his book "Northern Slave Black Dakota"
In this episode of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with author Walt Bachman about his book "Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey." This book details the life of an escaped slave and his role in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 as well as the US Army’s pre-Civil War practice of paying officers to keep slaves. In a cosponsored event by the Stearns History Museum and the SCSU History Department, Walt Bachman gave a presentation on Oct 16, 2013, at SCSU in the Voyageurs Room in the Atwood Memorial Center about his research and findings.Listen
Iconic Music Venue Aunt Annie's Quilts & Silks Closing due to retirement
On the eve of the quilt shop’s closure due to retirement, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits Aunt Annie’s Quilts and Silks in Avon for one last time where Lucy Senstad and her husband Mopar recall how they got started with the fabric store and what led to it becoming a unique and popular music venue that has attracted national caliber folk and blues musicians. They also share some of their experiences from over the years, which turn out to be surprisingly interesting and spooky for a simple Central Minnesota quilt shop.Listen
University Archive Allows Visitors to Look Into the Past at Presidential Visits and strange local traditions
Located on the top floor of the Miller Learning Center, the University Archive welcomes new and returning students with a plethora of historic information that is continually being made available online.
Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits again with SCSU Archivist Tom Steman and their conversation this time concerns the founding of SCSU, a campaign visit where an eventual President of the United States partook in a university tradition, and a new addition to the archive that truly allows visitors to look into the past.Listen
St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Talks History, trolley rides, town hall meetings and cow tipping
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis talks with Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack about how an understanding of history can guide us into the future.
Along the way, we also discover some interesting things about St. Cloud’s past, including the consequences of cow tipping, and how you can learn more through the mayor’s historic trolley rides and weekly town hall meetings.Listen
Weber's Deck in French Lake Draws Thousands Of Music Lovers, Part 1: The Music
In Part 1 of 2 of a special Untold Story of Central Minnesota we’re focusing on Weber’s Deck, a non-profit, community supported, Sunday afternoon destination in French Lake for hundreds of music loving Minnesotans each week. This brainchild of host and “owner of the deck”, Casey Weber, is not just a hangout for bikers and grandmas who love their county, blues, and blue-grass, but it has also become a well-known oasis of “Minnesota Nice” for bands touring the country.
In this program from August 2013, we talk to some of the musicians dropping into The Deck including Charlie Roth, Tom Vandenavond, Grifters & Shills, and the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank about their impressions about this phenomenon.
Weber's Deck in French Lake Draws Thousands Of Music Lovers, Part 2: Community impact
In Part 2 of a special Untold Story of Central Minnesota focusing on Weber’s Deck, we’ll be talking with Casey Weber as well as other area community members about how this weekly gathering of like-minded folk has evolved over the past five years into such a life and community changing event.Listen
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg at the Melrose Area Museum
Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack travels to Melrose and visits with Jean and Roger Paschke from the Melrose Area Museum regarding their commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The event took place on August 11th and featured a uniformed Civil War interpreter, Civil War displays, free museum tours, live entertainment by local musicians, and refreshments as well as free tours of the Oak Hill, St. Mary’s, and St. Patrick’s Cemeteries that all had Veterans’ graves marked to pay homage to Civil War Veterans.Listen
The Peck Farm in Rockville preserves the natural environment through education and conservation
Over the years, John and Linda Peck have been involved with preserving the natural environment surrounding their farm as well as rehabilitating the wild animals that make central Minnesota home. In this episode of KVSC’s “Untold Stories of Central Minnesota,” Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with the Pecks on their farm outside of Rockville. Through education and planned giving, the Pecks are also ensuring that this gem of our pastoral surroundings is maintained and will be enjoyed far into the future.Listen
Upcoming Community Theater Company, Rooftop Theater, presents The Wedding Singer
In this feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Rooftop Theater Company actors Mackenzie Lahren and Johnny Packard as well as director Linda McGowan about their upcoming production of the Wedding Singer. This comedy from the late 90’s about music and love in the 80’s was made into a Broadway musical in the 2000’s and was performed on the Paramount Theater stage in the 2010’s . . . specifically in July to August of 2013.Listen
Author Chad Lewis and Minnesota's Guide to Mysterious Creatures
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, originally aired in July of 2013, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with author and paranormal researcher Chad Lewis about his experiences with bizarre and strange creature reports in Minnesota. Chad Lewis appeared at the St. Cloud Public Library on July 13 at 2:00pm to discuss his book “Minnesota’s Guide to Mysterious Creatures” which covers Bigfoot sightings, the witch of Loon Lake cemetery, and eye witness accounts of lake monsters from around the state.
For more information about Chad Lewis, click here.Listen
The United Way of Central Minnesota and Catholic Charities present "Homelessness is My Address... Not My Name" at the Paramount's Gallery St. Germain
Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sat down with representatives from the United Way of Central Minnesota and Catholic Charities of St. Cloud to discuss a special photography exhibit hosted at the Paramount Theater’s St. Germain Gallery in June of 2013. It was called “Homeless is my Address . . . Not My Name” and it shed a new light on what is homelessness in our community and what we can do about it.Listen
The SCAR Dolls, also known as the St. Cloud Area Roller Dolls, Team Up to Prevent Suicide with SCSU Partner, Promoting a Caring Community
This Untold Story is presented with a bit of a twist... it’s about “preventing untold stories” as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sits down with a couple of the SCAR Dolls Roller Derby team members and a representative from their partner organization, Promoting a Caring Community, which is an SCSU grant funded organization dedicated to suicide prevention. The SCAR Dolls hosted a fundraising and awareness doubleheader bout at the Bernicks Arena in Sartell at the end of June in 2013.Listen
Bill Morgan and Adam Smith talk about FDR's New Deal Program
In this podcast that originally aired in June of 2013, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with retired SCSU Professor Bill Morgan and the Stearns History Museum’s Adam Smith about FDR’s New Deal program and its effect upon central Minnesota. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center hosted the exhibit “Uncle Sam’s New Deal” through August 4th that detailed these projects. Through a discussion about this history of our area, we find parallels, similarities, and differences with a bygone era.Listen
Veteran Jim Reischl Journeys Back to Vietnam in search of his past
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota from May 2013 Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talked with Vietnam Veteran Jim Reischl about his recent journey back to Vietnam.
Jim, like many other Vets of that era, left over 40 years ago without any thought of returning. However, memories of places and a particular person drew him back into this continuing story.Listen
SCSU Archivist Tom Steman Tells Stories of University involvement with vietnam peace protests, the letters of sinclair lewis and a tradition of students swimming across the Mississippi
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota. Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack climbs to the top of the Miller Learning Resource Center to talk with SCSU Archivist Tom Steman about a student peace protest during the Vietnam War, a daring and now forbidden tradition involving SCSU students and the Mississippi, and a treasure trove of letters written by Sinclair Lewis.
(Pictured left) A man speaks, Day of Peace protest, St. Cloud State University, May 11, 1972Listen
St. Cloud Remembered on Facebook by local historian John Lund
It’s called “St. Cloud Remembered” and it contains a myriad of photos and stories collected through local historical institutions as well as from residents who have found some very interesting artifacts that they’d like to share. In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with lifelong St. Cloud resident John Lund about a Facebook project that he’s begun documenting the history of our area. Over the first couple of months of its existence, the page has accumulated nearly 5,000 followers, and the online conversation is just beginning. This podcast originally aired on KVSC on April 18, 2013.Listen
Carnivale Revolver Reintroduces Burlesque to Central Minnesota
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with artists Scarlet Revolver and Dottie St. James about exploring the history of taboo through burlesque.
These local women are the driving force behind Carnivale Revolver, a dance group bringing a long absent form of entertainment back to St. Cloud.Listen
Pioneer Place Building Turns 100 years old
Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sits down with Dan Barth at the Pioneer Place Theatre to talk about the historic building in which the Pioneer Place resides.
The building itself is turning 100 years old this year and during this interview, Dan and Jeff talk about this history of the building, the upcoming major celebration this summer that the Pioneer Place is hosting, as well as how over the last 15 years the Pioneer Place has tied the past, present, and future together in downtown St. Cloud. This podcast originally aired on KVSC 88.1FM on March 28, 2013.Listen
St. Cloud Rox Baseball, A View From 60 Years Ago With Nick Chanaka
This time around in the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, KVSC Station Manager, Jo McMullen, finds an untold story within a long time resident of St. Cloud, Nick Chanaka. Nick Chanaka originally came to St. Cloud in 1948 as part of the New York Giants’ Minor League team, the St. Cloud Rocks, and has been a part of the community ever since.
Listen to this podcast to hear stories of the history of baseball in St. Cloud, a glimpse of the area’s atmosphere of 60 years ago, and what it takes to succeed in not only baseball, but in life, all from one of our older neighbors. The interview was conducted in December 2010.Listen
The Historical Tradition of Quilts at the college of St. Benedict
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack keeps listeners nice and cozy and warm with quilts! The College of St. Benedict celebrated their centennial in 2013 with a number of events including a pairing of the musical Quilters, which combines music, dance movement, and scenes of dramatic, historical intensity to depict the frontier life of pioneers from 100 years ago, with the visual arts exhibition The Quilt: The Art of Our Community, which features quilts from our local community and honors the women who have continued this historical tradition throughout the years.Listen
Melrose Area Museum Preserves History with collections including soldiers' uniforms from the Spanish American War, printing presses, Lindberg memoribelia, and tons of assorted bowling paraphernalia
In this installment of KVSC’s Legacy Funded Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Jeff Carmack visits the Melrose Area Museum. Located across the street from St. Mary’s Church in Melrose, the museum is housed in an old convent and stocked full of memorabilia and artifacts. With items such as a Spanish American War uniform worn by an area resident all the way to Craig Schiffler’s bowling bag, shoes, and numerous 300 game commemorative bowling rings, the Melrose Area Museum gives the area’s rich history a clear and inclusive voice.Listen
SCSU's first full time professional archivist Tom Steman talks about the Archive Launching its new interactive online Timeline and all it has to offer
The SCSU Archive has just recently installed a new timeline component to their website, and Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack sat down with Tom Steman, the first full-time professional archivist at SCSU, to discuss this interactive tool that looks all the way back to 1869. Laid out throughout the timeline are photos and other information about notable people and occurrences such as the first principal of St Cloud State, Ira Moore; how armed forces veterans entered SCSU following World War II; and the wide array of concerts at SCSU featuring artists like John Denver, Louis Armstrong, and Pink Floyd.Listen
The Repurposed Spaniel Hotel basement Bowling Alley which is Ryan Schepp's Cream City Tattoo
In another installment of KVSC’s Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Jeff Carmack visits a new St. Cloud tattoo parlor with a history hidden literally under their feet. Ryan Schepp, owner of Cream City Tattoo, has an interesting perspective on how the repurposing of a space can actually preserve the history of that space . . . and this is exactly what he’s done with the former bowling alley in the basement of the old Spaniel Hotel that now houses a business, art gallery, and creative social gathering zone.Listen
Since opening on Christmas Eve 1921, the history and Restoration of the Paramount Theater continues into the 21st century
The Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud is one of our enduring community treasures. It first opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1921 as the Sherman Theater and its stage has seen thousands of performances including Vaudeville, operas, rock concerts, Broadway road shows, movies, speeches, and, of course, wrestling matches.
The Paramount, however, has not always been in the good shape that it is today. During the 1960’s through the 80’s, its state of disrepair nearly ended its existence, but a group of citizens and the city turned that fate around. This news feature (originally aired in December of 2012) comes from the Arts & Cultural Heritage funded program, the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota Art. Producer Jeff Carmack sits down with the Paramount Arts Resource Trust Executive Director Tony Goddard to discuss the fascinating history of the Paramount and its restoration.Listen
Steve Houle and the History of Ferries in Central Minnesota
In this news feature that aired in November of 2012, KVSC's Jeff Carmack begun a new Arts & Cultural Heritage funded program: the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota. Through partnering with the Stearns History Museum, Carmack will be bringing KVSC listeners a series of features about parts of Minnesota culture that may have been lost within the mist of history.
In this podcast, Carmack talks with Steve Houle about his research on the history of Minnesota's system of river ferries and how this system ended up being the driving force behind where the cities and towns we now call home came into being.Listen
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