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Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd <i>The Falling of the Pine</i>.  Photo:  Brian Miller
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd The Falling of the Pine. Photo: Brian Miller

How traditional tunes connect the northeast to the midwest

A musician and folklorist from Minnesota is researching lumber camp songs and traditional music from Maine, throughout the North Country and to the north woods of the midwest.

Brian Miller grew up in the logging town of Bemidji, Minnesota. "In the shadow of the Paul Bunyan statue," he says. His research into 19th century lumber camp and Irish-American music has included singer Michael Dean, who was born and raised in St. Lawrence County.

Miller recently uncovered some of Dean's recordings (made back in the 1920s at Dean's sister's home in Canton) in the Library of Congress archives. The recordings had been lost for decades.

Todd Moe spoke with Miller about how these lost-and-found traditional songs can connect history, culture and regions.  Go to full article

Sticker campaign urges drivers to slow down

A new campaign is promoting what some drivers have known for years: slowing down saves gas and reduces carbon emissions. A group of Adirondack women is taking up an effort created by a Minnesota man to promote a "drive easy and conserve" motto for motorists. Todd Moe spoke with Jay Hanson who created green, triangular stickers that read "Drive, Easy, Conserve." The effort has gained momentum locally and around the world.  Go to full article

Wetlands to slow or grow global warming?

In northern Minnesota, a researcher says wetlands like bogs could be key to how fast the climate changes worldwide. And the areas like the upper United States and Canada in the bull's eye for rapidly changing temperatures and rainfall. The GLRC's Bob Kelleher reports.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton is Lucrative Fund-raising Subject, for Republicans and Democrats

Senator Hillary Clinton presented a broad critique of Republican policies at a weekend fundraiser in Minnesota. Her appearance Saturday night came one day after Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was in the state to raise money for Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty's re-election campaign.  Go to full article
An 8 week old bald eagle. Samples of feathers and blood are taken to check the bird's health. (Photo by Bob Kelleher)
An 8 week old bald eagle. Samples of feathers and blood are taken to check the bird's health. (Photo by Bob Kelleher)

Eagle Soaring Off Endangered Species List

The American Bald Eagle is expected to come off the endangered species list soon. Once a victim of hunting and pollution, the eagles are rebounding, but scientists say monitoring must continue, for the sake of the eagles and the sake of the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bob Kelleher reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway: The View From Duluth

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Transport Canada are about halfway through a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system. The study group is holding a series of public meetings across the Great Lakes to get input from stakeholders. Officials expect a large crowd at the public meeting tonight at 6 pm in Clayton. To hear what people are saying in another part of the Great Lakes, we called a colleague from Minnesota Public Radio, Stephanie Hemphill. She attended last month's meeting in Duluth, where many shippers and ports rely on the Seaway. She sent us this story.  Go to full article

Court Case Still Affecting Polluters

Thirty years ago, a court case on the far reaches of Lake Superior changed the balance of power between polluters and the government. For the first time ever, a judge issued an injunction closing a plant to prevent further pollution, forcing the business to clean up its mess. Since then, judicial power has played an important role in effective control of industrial polluters. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill takes us back.  Go to full article

Weeding Out Invasive Purple Loosestrife

We've all heard about exotic species invading the Great Lakes states. Zebra mussels, gypsy moths, and Asian carp all pose serious threats to the ecosystems they invade, but insects and fish aren't the only unwelcome visitors. Invasive plants are also creeping in. One U.S. Forest Service biologist is hoping to recruit a small army of volunteers to help him keep the invasive weeds under control. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports.  Go to full article

Turtle Numbers Down; Trapping Banned

Many Great Lakes states are taking steps to protect turtles. There's a big demand for turtles in Asia and Europe. But too much trapping can damage wild turtle populations. As a result, states are placing bans or restrictions on turtle trapping. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Gunderson reports.  Go to full article

Biologist Devotes Life to Island Wolves

It's been a cold winter this year, especially for Rolf Peterson. Peterson is a wildlife biologist who studies wolves and moose on Isle Royale. Every year starting in January Peterson spends several weeks on the island at the northernmost spot in Michigan surrounded by the frigid waters of Lake Superior. The environment is harsh, but Peterson says it's the best time to observe wild animals, and as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Gretchen Millich reports, as his research has uncovered some of our most basic knowledge about predators and their prey.  Go to full article

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