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May 14, 2019

It's not the "hook and bullet" crowd it once was, says this week's guest News Tribune outdoors reporter John Myers about the outdoor scene in northern Minnesota.

While he is still out there writing stories about fishing openers and deer camp, in the first 53 weeks in his new position at the paper he has found people enjoy the outdoors in many other ways too. Such as this Sunday's story about "glamping." 

Fresh off a warbler walk, Myers shares some of his favorite stories so far along with a few hidden treasures that may come in handy as you explore the Northland this summer. 

May 8, 2019

“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men,” recites this week’s guest Jim Ouray.

The artist behind one of Duluth’s quirkiest events, the Smelt Parade, Ouray joins us on the podcast this week to tell us more about how the event got started, smelting and his background in puppet making.

The parade, now in its 8th year, is Sunday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Canal Park. The parade ends with a smelt fry at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress in silver.

May 1, 2019

This week Brittany Lind, creator of Ellipsis Duluth on Twitter and host of The Duluth Local Show on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, joins the podcast to share how she takes on Homegrown Music Festival, which is happening right now.

Not a musician herself, unless you count playing the bass clarinet in high school, we learn how music became such a big part of her life, how Ellipsis came to be, and her goal of getting local music into the ears of more Minnesotans.  

Apr 24, 2019

This week we have with us one of Duluth’s top free agents and a trusted source in a rich history of well-regarded television news anchors who worked in Duluth.

Edward Moody, former news anchor at CBS 3 Duluth, has been out of the business for a month now but he is still in the area and he’s still consuming the news. He tells us how he digests and reacts to news now that he’s not in a newsroom and tells us about his future plans. He also recounts his favorite moments and stories from working in television news for 17 years.

Apr 17, 2019

Opera, UMD, Sammy’s Pizza, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, eating lunch with Bill Paxton, there's not much we didn't talk about during this week’s episode with actor Joel McKinnon Miller.  

McKinnon Miller, who stars as detective Norm Scully on the NBC sitcom and visits Duluth fairly regularly, shares snippets of life as an actor in Los Angeles and offers “deep Blu-Ray commentary” on movies and shows he has had a role in.

He also shares an epic smelting story from his college days as a Bulldog.

Apr 10, 2019

It’s been about a year since he retired from a long career as the News Tribune’s outdoors reporter. This week, we catch up with Sam Cook to see if he set a new record of nights slept on the ground.

Cook, who still writes a weekly column for the paper, fills us in on his retirement adventures, what (if anything) he misses about reporting, and the great mustard purge of 2018.

Apr 3, 2019

Hockey continues into April. For the third year in a row.  

This week it’s a crossover episode between the News Tribune’s two podcasts. Sports reporter Matt Wellens, host of the Bulldogs Insider Podcast, joins fellow reporters Christa Lawler and Brady Slater along with KDAL radio guest Bruce Ciskie for a tournament primer as the UMD Bulldogs make a run in their third consecutive NCAA Frozen Four.

We talk about the four teams in the tournament, the secret to UMD and the NCHC’s success in the postseason, and what the chances are the defending champs win it all in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mar 27, 2019

We blame him when we get dumped on with snow and call him a liar when it rains when he said it would be sunny.

But that’s what comes with the job title says WDIO chief meteorologist Justin Liles. He’s been forecasting the Northland for 14 years and he’s learned a thing or two along the way, like how Lake Superior influences the weather in the strangest ways.

In this episode, Liles recalls some of his favorite obscure weather events, shares how he works with the big lake to provide more accurate forecasts, and lets us know if winter is indeed over.

Mar 20, 2019

In 2018, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad responded to over 400 emergency calls, 73 of which were missing persons cases.

 

“It’s very easy to get lost,” said this week’s guest, Captain Rick Slatten, about St. Louis County.

 

Slatten leads the 66-person volunteer squad made up of engineers, OR docs, funeral directors and college students all responding to their “inner Saint Bernard.” He shares the origin story of the squad, which was started by his father in 1958, recalls a few of his more memorable missions, and gives us a few pointers so we don’t become a person that needs rescuing.  

Mar 13, 2019

"We are all just people," says our guest Duluth Mayor Emily Larson on this week's episode.

It's a theme she keeps referring to when talking about people's opinions about the city's search for a new flag, or their opinions about women in leadership roles, or their opinions with her end of year column. 

We explore those opinions, in which we get an apology out of Brady, and get to know Mayor Larson better with some more trivial conversation, like her idea to measure the temperature only in "feels like" units. 

Mar 6, 2019

When she first moved to the Twin Ports, Jessica McCarthy said it was really easy to find drugs. All she had to do was one loop around town and in about a half an hour she had access to opioids.

Now the opioid technician with the Duluth Police Department, McCarthy is tasked with getting overdose victims immediate interventions.

This week on the podcast, we learn more about McCarthy’s job,  the opioid crisis in the Northland, and her own struggles with addiction.

 

Feb 27, 2019

This week we have with us two winter enthusiasts unafraid to take a dip in Lake Superior — even if it means cutting through the ice. Rich Narum and Troy Rogers take a leap into the big lake once a month no matter how cold the temperature.

Partaking in this ritual since 1995, Narum is a veteran jumper. Rogers on the other hand is a little more relaxed on his meetings with the big lake. But on this they both agree, each dip is a memorable one.

Feb 20, 2019

Back in town after living in California for awhile, Actual Wolf, aka Eric Pollard, stops by the podcast this week to talk about his new music and a wide array of other topics.

The new dad and regular sauna goer offers sound parenting advice (“just keep ‘em alive and be nice”), the theory of adulthood, his take on social media, and the best people to come out of Hibbing (sorry Kevin McHale, not you).

Feb 13, 2019

She’s been teaching us about the port for the better part of a decade.

This week, Adele Yorde, recently retired marketing specialist with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, gives us an inside look at the port and the people who work on the vessels and on the docks.

Not knowing much about the shipping industry before she started the job, Yorde says it took her “about two days” to fall in love with the port and the “characters on the waterfront.”

Feb 6, 2019

This week’s guest calls her recent teaching experience “faith restoring” and a good reminder that “innocence still exists.”

Back from a five month stint in Belarus, Fulbright Scholar and Lake Superior College English teacher Jocelyn Pihlaja shares her experience with us. From starting a lending library with books written in English to navigating the squat toilets in fancy shoes, Pihlaja opens our minds to what life is like in the Eastern European country.

Jan 30, 2019

It’s been almost a year since his team took home the gold in South Korea. This week we catch up with Olympic curler John Shuster to hear how his life has changed since his team embraced their underdog story, took out the competition and climbed to the top of the podium.

 

The Chisholm native tells us about his whirlwind year and how he tries not to get used to the pinch-me moments, which have included a White House state dinner and celebrity golf tournaments where he is the celebrity.

 

We also get answers to your top questions. Will there be a movie? Is another Olympic trial in his future?

Jan 23, 2019

Find firewood, carry firewood back to camp, split said firewood, place firewood in stove. Repeat. Sounds like a lot of work, but for those who enjoy winter camping it’s all part of the experience.

This week we are joined by Molly and Shannon Solberg of Duluth who started winter camping years ago by digging a hole in a snowbank and crawling inside for warmth. They’ve since graduated to a tent with Thai curry simmering on a wood stove.

The Solbergs share their tips and tricks to camping in the cold. Tip: Cotton is rotten. And what’s the main draw. Think no bugs, no people, lots of fish and lots of stars. And maybe a wolf or two.  

Jan 16, 2019

If you want to hang out with Jessica Rossing you better be up for something active.

The seven-time amateur Team USA triathlete turned boutique fitness studio owner did something she doesn’t normally do. She sat. She sat down with us this week to help us focus in on our fitness goals for 2019.

Rossing, owner of Movo Studio, which she described as a “high intensity complimented with yoga,” space in Duluth, shares some tips and tricks to hold yourself accountable in the new year.

Jan 9, 2019

No matter how you pronounce it, northern Minnesotans love their saunas. But if you don’t have one in your basement or at your cabin then you might be missing out on the Finnish steam bath. Until now.

 

This week on the podcast we meet Whitney and Kelby Sundquist, who own Duluth’s new portable sauna Hiki Hut. Hear about how their new business works, how they renovated an old ice house, and where you can find them around town.

Jan 2, 2019

We are taking a quick break, but we will be back next week with some hot new content. 

Dec 26, 2018

A presidential visit, a giant refinery fire, bringing home Olympic gold, winning national titles, an historic theater reopening. The list goes on and on. 2018 was a very newsy year.

This week we discuss those top stories, how they were covered, and how they affected our readers with News Tribune executive editor Rick Lubbers and managing editor Peter Baumann.

Dec 19, 2018

This week we are catching up with a Pressroom Podcast veteran. Duluth musician Rachael Kilgour’s new song, “Holy Are We,” recently attracted the attention of Rolling Stone magazine.

They may have spelled her name incorrectly and used the same word twice in one sentence, but Kilgour says she is pleased with the recognition.

We talk about the song, her upcoming EP and what life has been like since we last visited with her in March of 2017.

Dec 12, 2018

This week we talk with an adventurer who recently drove more than 6,000 miles in 28 days visiting 14 states and flying in 11 of them.

Whitney Horky is a paramotorer — she tours the sky from something she has described as a “glorified lawn mower and a bedsheet.”

When she found herself “less employed than usual” this fall she packed up her paramotor and traveled state to state on a solo “recommended trail” flying with other pilots/hobbyists she met along the way.

Whitney tells us about her trip, what it’s like up there and what she thinks about when she is flying on this week’s episode.

Dec 5, 2018

Whether you paddle, pole, pedal or plod (that's hiking), Jake Boyce and his team of adventurers has you covered.

Boyce, co-owner of Day Tripper of Duluth, has turned the North Shore into his playground and takes the public along for the ride. But it’s his love of surfing on Lake Superior that he keeps all to himself.

On this week’s episode, the native Duluthian shares what it’s like to surf on the big lake and what new thrill seeking ideas he has up his sleeves.

Nov 28, 2018

Whether you know him as Bob King or Astro Bob, everyone’s favorite photographer is retiring in December after a 39 year career at the Duluth News Tribune.

Bob tells us how a guy from Illinois with a German major got into photography. He shares some of his favorite assignments and the great lengths he has gone to in order to get the perfect shot, including the famous grave digger photo.

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