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A Feast For The Eyes

BY MERILEE GRAGE
IN BEMIDJI

Marilee Grage had the adventure of her lifetime exploring the exceptional caves around lake Superior and realizing she has a frost fetish. An incredible feast for the eyes, frost is changing angles and geometry and frozen waterfalls are colored in different hues. Marilee gives us her secret - watercolors can freeze and let you go abstract!

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Am I a cyclist now?

BY MELINDA NEVILLE
IN BEMIDJI

A sense of direction, purpose  and belonging keeps Melinda Neville in Bemidji. She made it home and became an active member of the community.

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Donating Creatively

BY TRISH BARTHORPE
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 18, 2014

Trish Barthorpe is a professional photographer interested in using her superpower to contribute to the community she lives in. She urges you to be the change you want to see in your world.

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No Pain, No Brain: Zombie Survival

BY AARON JOHNSON
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 18, 2014

Aaron Johnson loves all kinds of movies but his favored ones are good zombie movies.  He gives hilarious preparation advice of how to handle zombie encounter and increase survival capabilities both in zombie and everyday life worlds.

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Music

BY STEPHANIE BARTHORPE
IN BEMIDJI

Stephanie Barthorpe shares her love for music and how it is changing over the years. She appreciates how misic takes people through hard times. Family is like music! Grab an instrument, love your music and make your own song!

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Traipsing About Solo

BY MARGOT KELSEY
IN BEMIDJI

Margot Kelsey loves to travel and took a spring trip on her own. She met amasing people along the way visiting Stockholm, London, Ireland, but getting to know herself was the most important part.

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Be Happy with Yourself

BY STACY PITTMAN
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 18, 2014

Knowing who you are and being OK with it is really the true key to happiness, says Stacy Pittman who learned to be happy with herself while raising her son.

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The People Factor

BY LAURALEE TUPA
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 18, 2014

The only difference from one company to the next, or one group to the next, or one family to the next is the people within, makes a point Lauralee Tupa. Connecting people, building relationships, accepting the people factor,having fun in what we are doing and learning from everything we meet provides positive connection for success.

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Build It With Bales

BY JAMIE LEE
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 23, 2015

Milt and Jamie Lee's presentation is "Build it with Bales" and they describe it this way: "We started building in our 50s, you are never too old to do something new."

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Dakota Commemorative March

BY AMY STOREY
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 23, 2015

Amy Storey's presentation is about her experience in commemorating Minnesota's Trail of Tears. Her hope is that after hearing this presentation, we are more aware of the history that happened in our own back yard that we are not taught in our history books.

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The Write Flavor

BY JULIA OXENREIDER
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 23, 2015

Poetry is cooking with words and cooking is the poetry of flavor, marvels Julia Oxenreider. She shares two slam poems and talks about the merging of her life passions.

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Cyber Bullying

BY STEPHANIE BARTHORPE
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 23, 2015

Social media can be a hunting ground for cyber bullying, explains Stephanie Barthorpe. "Feathers everywhere" is what gossip is, ignore bullying and do not lash back. She had the privillege to work for STAR ( Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect) program recently and gave presentations to college and school students about cyber bullying.

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