Premiere ’72: The making of “It Ain’t Easy”

featured,MN Arts and Culture Interviews,Pioneer by markjohnson on November 13, 2019

In 1972, the news that a professional film crew would put Thief River Falls, Minnesota, some of its residents, and its chief export – the Arctic Cat Snowmobile – on the big screen, captured the imagination of the town. In the weeks leading up to the premiere, the TRF Times printed articles and photos of the movie’s stars, including Lance Hendrickson, who would later star in the “Terminator” films. The movie’s theme song, written by Dale Menten of the Twin Cities, was heard often on KTRF-AM. “It Ain’t Easy” was reported at the time to be the first feature film made completely in Minnesota. Aspiring filmmaker Maury Hurley wrote and directed the film. He would go on to write screenplays for “Miami Vice” and “Star Trek The Next Generation.” Pioneer 90.1’s production of “Premiere ’72” was made possible by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

“Premiere ’72” documentary produced by Pioneer 90.1 KSRQ, Thief River Falls
Interview with former Arctic Cat racer Ken Beito
Interview with Michael Hurley, son of “It Ain’t Easy” director Maurice Hurley
Interview with Arctic Cat racer Larry Coltom
Interview with Lee Lynch of the advertising agency that worked with Arctic Cat from 1969-1980

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) Update (4/23/19)

MN Arts and Culture Interviews by GlenBraget on May 26, 2019


Date of Broadcast: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Guest: Sherri Kukowski of Badger, MN
Topic: Sherri is originally from the Wannaska, MN area, is a mosaic artist
and teacher. She started teaching in Badger public school 16 years ago
and is the junior high and high school math teacher. There is no art
department, so she and another teacher started an art club shortly after
she arrived. The Art Club includes an art encampment in the spring.
Sherri approached the city in early 2016 to present her idea of a Badger
“Heritage Wall” that would tell the story of Badger through stained glass
depictions. “The huge mosaic wall has brought together community
members of all ages for the last 3 years.
Sherri Is the 2019 NWMAC Arts Advocate of the Year award winner

NW Minnesota Arts Council Update from 9-19-17

Area News and Events,MN Arts and Culture Interviews by GlenBraget on September 20, 2017


This week’s guests are Joe McDonald and Steve Reynolds from “The Raven”, a quarterly magazine that’s produced in Roseau County (MN). Joe and Steve share the origin/history of the publication, it’s content and purpose, plus the role that the NW Minnesota Arts Council has played in helping to fund the effort.

Update from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council 06/6/17

MN Arts and Culture Interviews by GlenBraget on June 8, 2017


Shannon Christenson is the Kindergarten teacher at Kittson Central School District in Hallock.

She also coordinates “Camp Art”, a summer art camp for elementary school-aged children. Shannon discusses an interesting mix of artists for the week-long event; Ross Sutter teaches Swedish folk music and instrument building. Susan Armington will be making a visual art collage with the children and Marie Olofsdotter will teach writing.

NorthWest Minnesota Arts Council Interview from 3-14-17

Area News and Events,MN Arts and Culture Interviews,Northwest MN Arts Council by GlenBraget on March 16, 2017


Guest Tom Pearce, manager of the Inner Mongolian musical group “Anda Union”, shares his insights as it pertains to the groups educational tour of northwest Minnesota schools.” Anda Union will also perform a public concert, at the Lincoln High School Auditorium on Saturday, March 18th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and everyone is welcome to attend!

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