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Two Harbors Community Radio Presents Cabin Fever Reliever

The 7th “Cabin Fever Reliever,” a celebration of local musical talent and community radio, will be held Sunday, March 12, 4:00 pm, at the Two Harbors High School auditorium. The community celebration will benefit radio station KTWH in Two Harbors.

The two-hour program features nine performing acts and will be co-emceed by the one-man band Steve Solkela, and flutist and KTWH Beat Farm host Leslie Black.

The show’s producer, Kim Leon, is a long-time volunteer working with KTWH. She and husband Jose Leon, who own and operate Two Harbors Media, came to Two Harbors in 2012. She began organizing this event in November. Kim is an on-air volunteer at the station and works to showcase highlights of the music and artists in the region.

Kim is excited to bring a live performance to the stage this year. “Due to the pandemic, Cabin Fever Reliever was not done live for the last two years,” Kim said.

Local crowd favorite, THUG (Two Harbors Ukulele Group), is the “one-of-a-kind house band” for the performance.

KTWH is a radio station created after the US Congress passed legislation in 2010 authorizing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue low-power FM licenses to community-based non-profits. Current board member Fran Kaliher present­ed KTWH as an idea to fellow board member and co-founder Leo Babeu. The two leaders organized broad community support and filed the license application. The station went on the air in September 2015 and broadcasts over 5,000 hours of programming every year.

KTWH’s low-power community radio li­cense is limited to 100 watts, which allows coverage of a three to ten-mile radius from its antenna in downtown Two Harbors, depend­ing on weather and topography. The station has applied for and received a construction permit to build a full-power station, up to 20,000 watts, to expand its reach along the north shore. Board chairman Babeu says that engineering studies have been done, a budget is in place, and a campaign to “Raise the full power antenna” is underway. When completed to full power, the station will reach up the shore past Silver Bay and inland.

“We call ourselves ‘Radio with a lake view,’ Babeu says. “With 320 square miles of coverage, half of it is on Lake Superior.”

KTWH is a volunteer-run radio station. “It’s a labor of love all around,” Babeu says. “We have 50 or more volunteers helping out.”

Board chairman Babeu specifically acknowl­edges “Electron Bruce” Holmen who is the vol­unteer operating engineer making sure all the technology works to get programming on the air. Bruce (the Moose) Eckland runs daily operations at the station. Activities Manager Mychele An­derson coordinates the many volunteers working on the air and behind the scenes.

KTWH can be found at 99.5 on the FM dial, and you can listen live from anywhere and any­time with internet access at KTWH.org. KTWH is always looking for volunteers, in­cluding for on-air talent and programming ideas. Contact information is on their website.

Here is a snapshot of the acts appearing at Cabin Fever 2023:

Erin Aldridge: The Duluth Superior Sym­phony Orchestra Concertmaster, appear­ing on multiple stages in varied genres as violinist and fiddler.

New Salty Dog: Duluth-based Northwoods jam band featuring brothers Jacob and Owen Mahon.

Michael Anderson: Tenor vocalist, photog­rapher, and Duluth East Sider who enjoys elevating Northland non-profits.

Skarlett Woods: Singer/songwriter bring­ing folk, swing and jazz together with a 7-string guitar and entwining, mesmeriz­ing vocal passages.

Edward “Eddie” Ojard: Now 14 years old, he’s an accomplished concert pianist trained in the Suzuki method and classical forms who’s been playing since age three and composing music since age 4.

John Agacki: Indy and Irish music singer/ songwriter/ guitarist from Ashland, WI who transforms into John O’Gacki ahead of every March 17th.

Oshkii Giizhik Singers: Based out of the Fond du Lac/Duluth area, these Anishi­naabe women singers are an award-win­ning hand drum group founded in 2006.

Jeremy Lepak: Serving up family-friendly entertainment with comedy and musical ventriloquism.

Babie Eyes: An energetic and harmonic, im­provisational Twin Ports band led by sing­er/songwriter and guitarist Heidi Feroe.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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