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History
9:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Mary went blind: A 'Little House on the Prairie' investigation

This book of the series contains the shocking news that Mary Ingalls has gone blind.
Credit Little House Books

Hear a longer interview with Sarah Allexan

The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder have entertained kids for almost seventy five years, while teaching them a little about what life was like for pioneers during the late 1800s. While the books were published as fiction, most of the story was taken from Wilder’s own childhood. One of the biggest turning points in the books is when Laura’s older sister Mary goes blind after getting scarlet fever. But an article recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that scarlet fever did not cause Mary’s blindness at all. 

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Culture
7:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Cutting wood for lumber in the winter months

John Donaldson using a forklift to carry wood to the sawmill.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The month of January frees most farmers from field work, and if the snow is deep enough, even my husband, John and I stop pruning our blueberry bushes. Some farmers plow snow for extra cash, but traditionally, others head to their woods for a winter paycheck.

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Music
11:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Busy mandolinist Mike Compton to perform at Cooper's Glen Music Festival

Musicians David Grier (left) and Mike Compton (right)

Mandolinist Mike Compton will travel from Nashville, Tennessee to perform Saturday evening at the Cooper's Glen Music Festival. The festival takes place February 15 and 16 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo and is put on by the Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association.

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Dance
2:05 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Seniors have fun while tap dancing their way to health

The Time Steppers tap dancing at the senior center
Credit Nancy Camden

“You don’t even realize you are exercising,” one dancer offered. Another said, “My balance is better. My flexibility is better.” Bob Husser feels that a lot of people would like to tap dance but they’re afraid to try.

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One Billion Rising
9:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

One Billion Rising event in Kalamazoo

Rehearsal for One Billion Rising event
Credit Gordon Evans, WMUK

Valentine’s Day will mean dancing in the streets of Kalamazoo. The One Billion Rising event is being held Thursday to bring attention to the issue of violence against women. WMUK’s Gordon Evans reports. 

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