My Bemidji Roots

I was not born in Bemidji, but I do have some strong connections to here growing up. In the late 1970s, my grandparents (Gene and Delores Froemming) owned and operated the Singer Sewing Shop that was located downtown. They relocated from Alexandria, where my grandfather was a door-to-door salesman. After my father and uncles grew…
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Death Of A Record Store

It wasn’t a question of “if,” it was a question of “when?” From 1999 through 2010, I had worked in record stores in St. Cloud. The bulk of those years were at a used CD/DVD/Vinyl store called CD Warehouse.  The last two years were at the famous Electric Fetus. Working in record stores was truly…
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‘Fargo’ Coming To The Small Screen; Bemidji Will Be Representin’

I have to admit, I’m pretty psyched for the TV adaptation of the Coen brothers classic 1996 film, “Fargo.” Not just because I am a huge fan of the original film, but also because I’m a huge fan of the Coens in general. What I am also excited for is that one of my comedy…
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An Open Letter To Winter

Dear Winter, Just knock it off. Stop. We get it and we’ve had enough of you. This winter you have been a real pain. You overstayed your welcome last year by creeping into May and this year you’ve smacked us around with so many below zero temps that people are getting real cranky. You think…
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Harold Ramis

The news of Harold Ramis, whose comedic bent was a huge part of my childhood,  passing away put a dark cloud over my day. Growing up, he was Dr. Egon Spengler from “Ghostbusters.” He was the straight man to Bill Murray in that film and in “Stripes.” His deadpan still makes me laugh out loud…
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