Archive for ‘culture / events’

October 17, 2011

Talk Derby to Me: Maidens 19, Babes 187

by Doug MacRostie

The enthusiastic explosion of Women’s Roller Derby is the best thing to happen in Northern Minnesota since Bob Dylan’s Hibbing disassociation fed a generation’s musical hunger for free expression. I love the fast action, energetic atmosphere of LOCAL teams playing their hearts out – something that’s lost even at the college level.


Bemidji’s Babe City Rollers (aka Babes) were the first team to get started in this region and helped inspire the founding of the Grand Rapid’s area Iron Range Maidens (aka Maidens), and it has been a long time coming to see these two teams finally go at it!

June 25, 2011

All Rise for The Brass Kings

by Doug MacRostie

I got an invite from Steve Kaul and found out The Brass Kings are playing at the Blue Ox in Bemidji tonight!

A trio of world class musicians out of Minneapolis, The Brass Kings are an acoustic roots band with Mikkel Beckman on washboard, refrigerator parts, hand drums and pieces of wood – it’s really fun to watch him make the rhythms. Brad Ptacekt plays a furious washtub bass and Steve Kaul, originally from Bemidji, plays acoustic and Resonator guitars & sings.

June 6, 2011

Let’s Celerbrate Some Lady Slippers

by Doug MacRostie

The Lady Slipper Celebration is a community event starting in Blackduck, MN that follows the Lady SlipperĀ  Scenic Byway through Pennington all the way to Cass Lake. Timed when Minnesota’s State Flower will likely be in peak bloom, the event also celebrates the history, rich cultural heritage, and the diverse arts of the area.

Photo by Sarah MacRostie.

June 3, 2011

Iron Range to Show Metro how to Rock

by Doug MacRostie

The first ever Iron Range Blast is Sat., June 25th at Cuzzy’s Bar and Grill in Minneapolis, “the concert event for and by Iron Rangers that are looking for a great musical experience in the Twin Cities”.


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