Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Born of humble beginnings to Eastern European immigrants on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Veda attended college, served in World War II, and returned to her hometown to start the Chisholm Free Press. She is a life-long advocate for workers, children and the mentally disabled. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt journeyed up north to talk to this 93-year-old icon.
As parents and adult role models, we want our children to have fulfilling, happy, successful lives. We want what’s best for them, for ourselves, and for our communities. How many times have you told your child…or yourself to: Change your attitude! Believe in yourself! Get rid of that habit! Make wise choices! Set a goal! Be creative! Hang in there! This is what we tell ourselves and our children to do. But where did we learn how to do it? Did anybody ever teach you exactly how to change your attitude when it was negative? Did anyone ever explain to you exactly how to believe in yourself, erase self-defeating behaviors, make wise choices, set and achieve goals, use your creative imagination, and be persistent?
The Lost Planeteers – Ziplow Productions brought us Daniel Cline’s stories in the Sci-Fi Trilogy, and this is the tale of a spaceship which is supposed to be delivering colonists to a suitable planet. Things don’t go as planned, starting with finding the fuel tank half-full of Moon Pies.
Time Zone – Although it says these are made by Act One Audio, they are really created by Jim French Productions. It’s part of a selection of science fiction stories. And, of course, time travel is the main theme.