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Continued: Rez Radio: 4 tribal stations thriving in northern Minnesota

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 29, 2014 - 11:33 PM

“I just love hearing the Ojibwe language,” said Kathy, 62, “and knowing this is my reservation and this is our radio station.”

Her neighbor across the Twin Lakes, Karen Wadena, recalls pulling into a gas station with Indian drums playing on her car radio.

“You notice someone in the next car has the same station on and we look at each and just smile,” said Wadena, 68.

She doesn’t own a computer. And her family’s array of cellphones are hit and miss. “You’ve got to go outside to get good reception or sit on a certain side of the house.”

But the radio down in her basement by the laundry machine comes in clearly.

When Dahl starts his afternoon show, “everybody runs downstairs, saying: ‘Mike’s on the air, telling a story,’ ” Wadena said. “My grandkids say, ‘I don’t know what he’s saying, but I want to hear the Ojibwe words.’ ”


Curt Brown • 612-673-4767


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