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Stearns History Museum's Downtown Pub Crawl
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
Friends of the Mississippi River
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Friends of the Mississippi River 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. Recently, the group 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.Listen
SCSU Archives Summer 2014
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
Tri-County Humane Society Wags Tails for 40 Years
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
Summer at the Stearns History Museum
In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack heads over to the Stearns History Museum to talk with museum Executive Director Tim Hoheisel about the upcoming events and programs that the museum has to offer for this summer. 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 next month.Listen
Takin' Time . . . For Good Music in Clearwater
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack takes us to just outside of Clearwater, MN, to visit a new non-profit music venue called “Takin’ Time.” In the spirit of the current trend of people converting their homes into listening rooms for music, Mike and Barabara Nunke have expanded this to envelope their entire farm, including the barn so that even during the winter, the music never stops!
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: CSB/SJU
This installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota is Part 2 of an ongoing series about Service Learning in Central Minnesota.
This time, 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
Restoring the Old Mill in Sauk Centre
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 an historical landmark.
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.Listen
A Conversation with Florence Griffin
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: MSB
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
In today’s 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. 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. This first time Edit-a-Thon at SCSU was part of an international effort to begin fixing that.Listen
The Stearns History Museum's Tim Hoheisel
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. 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.Listen
Community Year in Review 2013
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, MN
In this 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
This installment of 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 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 with the passage of the Surly Bill, which has made distilling in the State of Minnesota a viable reality again along. 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 speakeasies, Anton's Fish and Whiskey.Listen
100th Feature Story Gets 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
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
Aunt Annie's Quilts & Silks
Today’s installment of KVSC’s Untold Stories of Central Minnesota is bittersweet as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits Aunt Annie’s Quilts and Silks in Avon for one last time. On the eve of the quilt shop’s closure due to retirement, 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
Archive Allows Visitors to Look Into the Past
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits again with SCSU Archivist Tom Steman. 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.
Jeff and Tom’s 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
Kleis Talks St. Cloud History
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis 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, MN Draws Thousands Of Music Lovers, Part 1
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, MN Draws Thousands Of Music Lovers, Part 2
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
In this Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with Jean and Roger Paschke from the Melrose Area Museum regarding their commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The event took place on August 11th from 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 this episode of KVSC’s “Untold Stories of Central Minnesota,” Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with John and Linda Peck on their farm outside of Rockville.
Over the years, the Pecks have been involved with preserving the natural environment surrounding their farm as well as rehabilitating the wild animals that make central Minnesota home. 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
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
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
Homelessness is My Address... Not My Name
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
SCAR Dolls Team Up to Prevent Suicide
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
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 details these projects. Through a discussion about this history of our area, we find parallels, similarities, and differences with a bygone era.Listen
Journey Back to Vietnam with Veteran Jim Reischl
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 the University
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 again 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 is Remembered on Facebook
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.
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. 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
In this installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota; 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. 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
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 is 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
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 Archive Launches Timeline
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 Bowling Alley of Cream City Tattoo
In another installment of KVSC’s Legacy Funded “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
Restoration of the Paramount Theater
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
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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