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News and information featuring interviews with prominent newsmakers from Minnesota, across the U.S. and the St. Croix Valley of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hosted by Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson, with technical director Matt Quast.

River Radio Jim Maher & Gayle Knutson

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News and information featuring interviews with prominent newsmakers from Minnesota, across the U.S. and the St. Croix Valley of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hosted by Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson, with technical director Matt Quast.

    May 7, 2022 – Being good stewards of our land and water; combatting library book bans.

    May 7, 2022 – Being good stewards of our land and water; combatting library book bans.

    Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson talk to Angie Hong of the Washington Conservation District on good land use strategies and preserving our water resources (4:00), and Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom on the recent surge in book banning efforts (29:00). Also included is an update of local news (23:00). Matt Quast is technical director.

    This Week’s Guests
    Angie Hong, Washington Conservation District
    http://www.mnwcd.org/angie-hong

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone, American Library Association
    https://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/oif
    Ten most challenged books of 2021
    https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10
    Unite Against Book Bans
    https://uniteagainstbookbans.org
    Government Links:
    City of Marine on St. Croix
    https://www.marineonstcroix.org

    City of Scandia
    https://www.cityofscandia.com

    May Township:
    https://www.townofmay.org

    Washington County
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/
    Business/Organization Links:
    Marine Community Library
    https://marinecommunitylibrary.org
    Washington County Heritage Center
    https://www.wchsmn.org/home/heritagecenter/
    Plant Trade in Marine
    Laurel Smith – 651-433-2485 or email: laurelsmith361@gmail.com
    Christ Lutheran Church
    https://www.clcmarine.org
    Scandia Farmer’s Market Plant Sale
    https://scandiafarmersmarket.squarespace.com/
    Red Cross Blood Drive in Scandia
    https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive
    Hazardous Waste Collection in Stillwater
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/50965/Stillwater_Collection-2021
    Tropical Wings
    https://tropicalwings.org

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    April 23, 2022 – Life coach Richard Leider on finding purpose; Cameron Hewitt of Rick Steves' Europe

    April 23, 2022 – Life coach Richard Leider on finding purpose; Cameron Hewitt of Rick Steves' Europe

    Hosts Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson have in-depth discussions with world-renowned executive life coach Richard Leider, author of "Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Old – The Path of Purposeful Aging,"  (6:00); and Cameron Hewitt, travel writer with Rick Steves' Europe and author of "The Temporary European: Lessons And Confessions of a Professional Traveler," (36:30). Also included is a rundown of local news (28:00). Matt Quast is technical director.

    This Week’s Guests
    Richard Leider, Executive Life Coach
    https://richardleider.com
    Richard’s April 28th event – “An evening of purpose”
    https://cbo.io/tickets/endinmindproject/tix
    Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves’ Europe
    http://blog.ricksteves.com/cameron/

    Government Links:
    City of Marine on St. Croix
    https://www.marineonstcroix.org
    City of Scandia
    https://www.cityofscandia.com
    May Township:
    https://www.townofmay.org
    Washington County
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/
    Washington County update on Manning Interchange
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/2662/TH-36-and-Manning-Avenue-Interchange

    Event Links
    Scandia/Mellerud, Sweden Sister City Signing Ceremony (video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apajyC3P8_E

    Christ Lutheran Church Giving Day of Service – April 30
    Contact Jody Nyenhuis – 651-308-6051 or email) jodynyenhuis@icloud.com 

    The Big Read
    https://www.stcroixsplash.org/categories/bigreadscv/

    Business/Organization Links:
    Marine Community Library
    https://marinecommunitylibrary.org

    Brookside Bar & Grill, Marine
    https://www.facebook.com/brooksidebarandgrill

    Scandia Cleaning Week
    https://www.mytrashservice.com

    Franconia Sculpture Park
    https://www.franconia.org

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    April 9, 2022 – Where the Russia-Ukraine conflict is headed with Prof. Nick Hayes; Poets-of-Place Heidi Barr and Rosie Peters

    April 9, 2022 – Where the Russia-Ukraine conflict is headed with Prof. Nick Hayes; Poets-of-Place Heidi Barr and Rosie Peters

    Co-host Jim Maher talks with Prof. Nick Hayes of St. John's University about the tragic developments in Eastern Europe (5:30) and co-host Gayle Knutson explores the world of poetry with two of the St. Croix Big Read program's Poets of Place, Heidi Barr of Lindstrom and Rosie Peters of Marine on St. Croix (34:00). Also included is Gayle's news update (28:00). Matt Quast is technical director.

    This Week’s Guests
    Nick Hayes, Chair in Critical Thinking, St. John’s University
    https://www.csbsju.edu/critical-thinking

    Heidi Barr and Rosie Peters, “Poets of Place”
    https://artreachstcroix.org/bigread/

    Government Links:
    City of Marine on St. Croix
    https://www.marineonstcroix.org
    City of Scandia
    https://www.cityofscandia.com

    May Township:
    https://www.townofmay.org
    Washington County
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/
    Event Links
    The Big Read
    https://www.stcroixsplash.org/categories/bigreadscv/
    Business/Organization Links:
    Marine Community Library
    https://marinecommunitylibrary.org

    Christ Lutheran Church, Marine
    https://www.clcmarine.org
    Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia
    https://www.elimscandia.org

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    March 26, 2022 – Jane Brody on her long career as Personal Health columnist for the New York Times; an update on invasive species in the St. Croix River

    March 26, 2022 – Jane Brody on her long career as Personal Health columnist for the New York Times; an update on invasive species in the St. Croix River

    Hosts Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson talk to longtime (and just retired) New York Times Personal Health columnist Jane Brody about her career, her thoughts on health and nutrition  matters and her time in the St. Croix Valley (4:00); and Katie Sickmann, invasive species coordinator for the Wild Rivers Conservancy on where things stand with invasives in and along the river (44:30). Also, an update of local news (38:30). Matt Quast is technical director.

    Show Links
    This Week’s Guests
    Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist, The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/by/jane-e-brody
    Katie Sickmann, Wild Rivers Conservancy
    https://wildriversconservancy.org
    Article Links
    Jane Brody’s final column for The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/21/well/health-advice-diet-smoking.html
    An ode to Jane by columnist Tara Parker Pope
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/well/live/jane-brody-personal-health-retires.html
    Wrap-up of Emily Ford’s journey in the Boundary Waters
    https://www.twincities.com/2022/03/23/mother-nature-cuts-short-duluth-adventurers-wintertime-trek-across-bwca/
    Star Tribune story on solar gardens in Scandia
    https://www.startribune.com/solar-garden-beauty-in-eye-of-beholder/600157619/?refresh=true&fbclid=IwAR3SKOjlqpZcxIExgZhStk8Ej0_GUFVgkq7ZAhO8U_PZuiPj2AldYBm2eVI
    Government Links:
    City of Marine on St. Croix
    https://www.marineonstcroix.org
    City of Scandia
    https://www.cityofscandia.com
    May Township:
    https://www.townofmay.org
    Washington County
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/
    William O’Brien State Park on prescribed burns
    651-539-4981
    Event Links
    Scandia Marine Lions Service Project Sampler Day
    https://www.scandiamarinelions.org/event/service-project-sampler-day-2022/
    The Big Read
    https://www.stcroixsplash.org/categories/bigreadscv/
    Business/Organization Links:
    Marine Community Library
    https://marinecommunitylibrary.org
    Marine Village School
    https://www.marinevillageschool.org
    Scandia Fire and Rescue Squad Application
    Call 651-433-4383
    National Park Service Osceola Landing Project
    https://www.nps.gov/sacn/getinvolved/osceola-plan.htm

    • 1 hr 3 min
    March 12, 2022 – Journalist Casey Michel on Oligarchs, Dirty Money and the War in Ukraine; Polar Explorer Ann Bancroft

    March 12, 2022 – Journalist Casey Michel on Oligarchs, Dirty Money and the War in Ukraine; Polar Explorer Ann Bancroft

    Hosts Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson talk to investigative journalist and author Casey Michel about Russian oligarchs, how the U.S. helps them launder their money and the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war (3:00); and polar explorer and educator Ann Bancroft on the world of expeditions and what it takes to make them work (34:00). Also included is an update of local news (28:30). Matt Quast is technical director. (Note - due to Internet issues, there are occasional sound distortions.)

    This Week’s Guests
    Casey Michel, investigative journalist
    http://www.caseymichel.com
    Casey’s Twitter account
    https://twitter.com/cjcmichel?lang=en
    Ann Bancroft, explorer and educator
    https://www.annbancroftfoundation.org
    Article Links
    Casey Michel article in The Atlantic on oligarchs and sanctions
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/03/russia-oligarchs-evade-sanctions-anonymous/626968/

    Government Links:
    City of Marine on St. Croix
    https://www.marineonstcroix.org

    City of Scandia
    https://www.cityofscandia.com

    May Township:
    https://www.townofmay.org
    Washington County
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/
    Redistricting information
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/3367/Redistricting
    Business/Organization Links:
    Marine Community Library
    https://marinecommunitylibrary.org
    Marine Village School
    https://www.marinevillageschool.org

    Event Links:
    Washington County Historical Society annual meeting
    https://www.wchsmn.org/event/washington-county-historical-society-annual-meeting/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    February 26, 2022 – What makes Olympic champion Jessie Diggins tick; How the "infodemic" of misinformation harms society;

    February 26, 2022 – What makes Olympic champion Jessie Diggins tick; How the "infodemic" of misinformation harms society;

    Hosts Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson discuss the flow of misinformation that is affecting everything from the war in Ukraine to the pandemic, with Stephen Maher of Maclean's Magazine (5:30); and the keys to Jessie Diggins remarkable Olympic success in Nordic skiing with Jessie's high school coach from Stillwater, Kris Hansen (36:30). Also included is an update of local news (28:30). Matt Quast is technical director.

    This Week’s Guests
    Stephen Maher, Maclean’s Magazine
    https://www.macleans.ca/author/stephen-maher/
     Kris Hansen, former ski coach for Jessie Diggins
    Article Links
    Stephen Maher essay in Maclean’s on misinformation
    https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/misinformation-from-the-u-s-is-the-next-virus-and-its-spreading-fast/
    Slate writer Justin Peters on Jessie Diggins
    https://slate.com/culture/2022/02/why-olympics-matter-jessie-diggins-pain-cave-beijing.html
    …and Justin Peters again on Chad Salmela
    https://slate.com/culture/2022/02/winter-olympics-nbc-announcers-chad-salmela-promote-him.html
    Government Links:
    City of Marine on St. Croix
    https://www.marineonstcroix.org
     City of Scandia
    https://www.cityofscandia.com
    May Township:
    https://www.townofmay.org
    Washington County
    https://www.co.washington.mn.us/
    Events
    Marine Ice-Out Contest – Ice-out dates for recent years:
    2021 – March 11, 12:00 pm
    2020 – March 12, 4:03 am
    2019 – March 24, 5:02 pm
    2018 – March 28, 3:30 pm
    2017 – Feb. 22, 2:58 pm
    2016 – March 7, 2:01 am
    American Birkebeiner
    https://www.birkie.com
    Business/Organization Links:
    Marine Community Library
    https://marinecommunitylibrary.org
    Marine Village School
    https://www.marinevillageschool.org
    Dunrovin Retreat Center
    Contact Emily – Guest Services Director – 651-433-2486, ext. 301

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Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Billbiter ,

The Podcast that Punches Above its Weight

For a show that is ostensibly about local matters in the St. Croix Valley, River Radio consistently brings in a broad range of guests (often with high profiles) and thoughtfully ties local and state concerns to those of the nation and the world. Listening live via the Marine Community Library’s site is a great way to spend an hour on a Saturday morning — that way, you can participate in their live polls — but having it available in podcast form is a welcome option!

DMorales123 ,

Informative and down to earth

Gayle and Jim are marvelous show hosts. I very much enjoy the mix of global scale stories and small town charm. They always invite very engaging guests to speak about a variety of topics. Love being able to hear this show during my Saturday afternoons.

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