Album Season 4

Album #401

Gold Town to Ghost Town: Rainy Lake City

One hundred years ago, gold was discovered on an island in Rainy Lake. A few months later, Rainy Lake City was born; a boomtown to rival any that had sprung up in California. The city was a haven for hundreds of people who followed the gold rush. In a few years the boom turned to bust, and the city died along with the dream that had given it life. On the next edition of ALBUM, Juli Kellner will tell the story of Rainy Lake City, and take a look at current archaeological efforts at the site.

Album #402

Twin Ports' Connections: A Century of Bridges Between Duluth and Superior

You probably don't think twice about traveling between Duluth and Superior. Modern highway bridges make the trip fast and convenient. That hasn't always been the case. This edition of Album looks at the ups and downs of the early draw-spans, which first linked the Twin Ports. You'll see how the Interstate and Arrowhead bridges were constructed, their importance to the communities, and how they took their "tolls" on residents.

Album #403

Frontier Justice: The Advocates

Frontier justice didn't always happen with a gun in one hand and a rope in the other. As civilization pushed westward, so did the judicial system...and where there are courts, there are lawyers. Lawyers played an important role in the development of our own region. As the law firm of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith, and Frederick celebrates a century of service in Duluth, host Juli Kellner takes the opportunity to chronicle the history of the legal profession in our port town.

Album #404

The Blacklocks: Nature's Photographers

To capture a nature scene at the crucial moment, with just the right light, and composition takes more than raw talent. Being a nature photographer requires skill, vision, and discipline. Craig and Nadine Blacklock are well-known nature photographers, continuing a family tradition established by Craig's father, Les Blacklock. On this edition of ALBUM, we'll feature the photography, and philosophy of this couple that work so well together.

Album #405

East Meets West: The Grand Portage Fur Trade

Two hundred years ago, Grand Portage was headquarters for the famous North West Company. Furs trapped by Native Americans all across the half continent between Lake Superior and the Rocky Mountains were channeled through a stockade on this spot. For a few months every summer, Grand Portage was the site of a great rendezvous, and saw over a thousand voyageurs, Indians, clerks, and company officials. On this edition of ALBUM, we'll focus on the role the Grand Portage played in the fur trade...and also take a look at modern archaeological efforts to study and rebuild the stockade.

Album #406

"Silent Cal" Goes Fishing

The national spotlight shone on Northern Wisconsin during the summer of 1928, when the First Family came to visit. The famous Brule River and its reputation for trout fishing lured President Calvin Coolidge here. On this edition of ALBUM, you'll relive the excitement of those three months, with people who remember it first hand. You'll be there, too, as we follow the pomp and circumstance through old film clips and rare photographs.

Album #407

Morgan Park a Company Town Part I

It was called the Model City, designed to provide a stable workforce for the newly constructed U.S. Steel plant. Later, the town was named after financier J.P. Morgan. Between 1914 and 1919 two thousand people moved into Morgan Park, where rules were set and enforced by the company that every man worked for. On this edition of ALBUM, we'll chronicle the epic building project of the plant and the town, and take a look at workers' lives and the special sense of community, which developed, in Morgan Park.

Album #408

Morgan Park After the Company Part II

On this edition of ALBUM we continue the story of Morgan Park, as the company begins to withdraw from the community, with the sale of the houses. We'll also look at how workers' lives were changed with the rise of the union, and then how they faced the inevitable closing of the plant. How does a "company town" survive after the company leaves? The answer may surprise you. Vintage film and photographs make the plant come alive again on this week's ALBUM.

Album #409

Sam Cook Natural Writer

How did a Kansas native end up in Duluth as an outdoors writer? The journey is only part of Sam Cook's story. Now, the columnist and writer has four books to his name. Join host Juli Kellner for a candid interview with Sam Cook on this week's ALBUM.

Album #410

"Normal" to Extraordinary: The Story of U.W.S.

It opened in 1896 as Superior Normal School, a place where young men and women could learn the basics of teaching. Nearly 100 years, and several name changes later, University of Wisconsin, Superior continues turning out some of the country's finest educators.
This week on ALBUM you'll get a private lesson on the history of UWS. It has served an impressive list of people, including Dick "The Ace of Aces" Bong, Arnold "The Terminator" Schwarzenegger, and the New York Giants football teams of 1939-1949.

Album #411


You hardly have to mention the last part of his name; it seems everyone knows Willard Munger, and with good reason. Munger has held political office in Duluth for decades...perhaps longer than any other Representative in Minnesota. What is it that drives this man? What else could he possibly have to accomplish? We'll shed some light on the subject as ALBUM host Juli Kellner interviews an area political legend.

Album #412

Tofte at 100

Did you know that, a century ago, Tofte, Minnesota was settled by just about half of the population of Tofte, Norway? Not only that, but a large portion of the Tofte family set their roots down here...and a number still live in Tofte. That's right, the Tofte's of Tofte. Their story of survival, and success, despite the odds on Lake Superior's tempestuous North Shore is the subject of this week's ALBUM.

Album #413

A Woman of Faith: Sister Noami

Duluth's celebrated Sister Noami talks about her faith, as well as her photography, during a fascinating interview with Album host, Juli Kellner.

Album #414

Boom to Bust: Copper Country

There's a small stretch of land in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that has yielded some of the world's richest copper deposits. The Keweenaw was the site of America's first mineral rush, a few years before the famed California Gold Rush. On this edition of ALBUM, you'll see how the promise of wealth turned a rugged frontier into a thriving community. You'll visit the dark recesses of mine shafts that sometimes plunged two miles underground, and you'll come face to face with immigrant peoples who lived and died by mining.

Album #415

An Environmental Education: Wolf Ridge

When it was founded in Isabella, the Environmental Learning Center was an entity both ahead of it's time...and of it's time. Now, at a wonderful new facility at Wolf Ridge, the center provides a uniquely beautiful setting for school children, families, and adults to have an educational environmental experience. Join us for a look back at the history of the ELC, as well as some predictions about what the future may hold.

Album #416

Fire and Ice: The Duluth Fire Department

From the days of the volunteer bucket company back in the technologically advanced equipment of today's professional fire department... at least one thing remains the same, that is the spirit of the firefighter. On this very special edition of ALBUM, host Juli Kellner will focus on the history of the Duluth Fire Department. We'll trace the department from it's founding before the turn of the century, take a look at some of the city's great blazes which were captured on film, and honor the people who've spent their lives answering the call of duty.

Album #417

The Archer Brothers

Bobby and Tommy Archer are racing on the national scene now, but there was a time when they were tearing up the local tracks. On this edition of ALBUM, Juli Kellner interviews the two men about their start in racing...and the early years when the brothers were competitors, and not a team.
The Archers will also talk about their progression in the sport, and current experiences in the very competitive world of SCCA racing.

Album #418


The 1991 Halloween Megastorm that hit the Northland may have been "The Storm of the Century," but it has stiff competition for the title. This week on ALBUM, we'll brave the elements and travel back to some of the region's most memorable blizzards and winter storms. You'll see why the celebrated storm of March 9, 1892 paralyzed the Twin Ports for days, how the steamer Mataafa and dozens of other vessels were pounded by the elements in November of 1905, how Park Point residents hand-shoveled a path for the streetcars through ten foot drifts in 1922, and why the Armistice Day storm of 1940 still rages in the memories of many people.

Album #419

The Trailblazers

Nowadays, when we drive nearly anywhere on a winter weekend, it isn't unusual to see snowmobiles loaded onto trailers, on their way to a trail or cabin. Some people wonder how they ever got along without one. It's hard to imagine that just forty years ago almost no one knew what a snow machine was.
In 1955 Edgar Heteen built the first gas-powered sled for a customer at his business, Heteen Hoist and Derrick, in Roseau.
The machines developed rapidly from there, and so did their market. On the first of a special two-part edition of ALBUM, we chart the rise of Arctic Cat and Polaris snowmobile companies in Minnesota, and the building popularity of the snow machine.

Album #420

The Trailblazers: New Territory

On this second of a special two-part edition of ALBUM, we continue to tell the story of Arctic Cat and well as the many other companies which sold snowmobiles in the north country. We'll chart the beginning of the snowmobile clubs...and the sport of racing.
Come with us as we ride the old machines...and the fast new snowmobiles of today.

Album #421

Dr. Smith I Presume

How did a nice doctor from Wisconsin end up in a small clinic in Peru? That's what ALBUM host Juli Kellner aims to find out in a special interview with Dr. Linnea Smith. You may remember that a group of Duluth Rotarians helped to build this clinic. We'll get an update from Dr. Smith on how things are going.

Album #422

Charting the Corps

Almost anyone who has ever visited Duluth's Canal Park has stopped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Marine Museum; but the museum represents just a tiny part of the influence the Corps has had on the Twin Ports. This organization conducted the first federal survey of the Duluth-Superior harbor back in 1861, and since that time it's overseen channel dredging, bridge construction, and maintenance of the ship canal, among other things. This week on ALBUM we'll chart the local Corps history from its Revolutionary War roots to the present day.

Album #423

The Sundew: War Baby Still Riding the Waves

The Sundew was built here in the Twin Ports during the heat of World War II. From wartime Coast Guard buoy tender, the Sundew has served proudly. On this edition of ALBUM, Juli Kellner will follow the Coast Guard from their first days in these twin ports, tell the story of the building of the Sundew, and take you into the harbor for a day of buoy tending and ice breaking with the Sundew's captain and crew.

Album #424

Capturing the Moment: Jay Steinke

Perhaps you've seen Jay Steinke's lovely pictures featuring scenic views of the region.
On this edition of ALBUM, host Juli Kellner will talk to the photographer about his work, the inspiration for his photographs, and his new book.

Album #425

Postmark: Northland

We take mail delivery for granted, but it wasn't all that long ago that hearty frontiersmen carried the Northland's mail by boat, dogsled, horse, and on their backs. You never knew when, or if, your letters would be received. "Postmark: Northland" recounts the history of local mail service through old photographs, film clips, written correspondence and the eyes of veteran postal workers. It takes you through the days of hand-sorting mail to the high-tech computerized wizardry of today. Benjamin Franklin would be amazed at how far the U.S. Postal Service has come since his days as Postmaster General!

Album #426

Hartley: An Artist's Agenda

Jan Hartley's work touches the soul. It inspires and delights. Then again, that's Jan's intention. On this very special edition of ALBUM, host Juli Kellner will talk with this Duluth artist about her art and her philosophy.

Album #427

Once Upon a Time

For the first time in Duluth television history, a program produced in our Russian sister city Petrozavodsk, will be aired in its entirety. "Once Upon a Time" was produced by Russian journalist Elena Esman at a Russian Karelian television station. The program tells the story of an elderly couple that are caretakers of a remote park. In the wake of the downfall of the Soviet Union, the couple struggles to survive. The show offers a unique glimpse of their lives a world away.

Album #428

The Kitch

The Kitchi Gammi Club has been a Duluth landmark for decades. The architectural details of the place speak volumes of the care taken in its construction. Join host Juli Kellner as she tours the beautiful building, and delves into the colorful history of the Kitchi Gammi Club.