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Arts & More
3:15 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The real lobstermen of Maine

Lobstermen Chip Zeiner and Tim Yonuschot aboard the 'Helen D'
Credit Chris Killian

The TV ads often pretend that those lobsters you just ate are hauled from the sea by smiling guys on neat and sparkling boats. Reality is rather different, as Kalamazoo writer Chris Killian discovered when he visited two lobstermen in Maine.

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Arts & More
6:20 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Seeking lutefisk in Sunburg, Minnesota

Sunburg, Minnesota, hardware store owner Marsha Skindelien
Credit Chris Killian

Garrison Keillor has gentle fun with the people and folkways of rural Minnesota in his long-running radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Kalamazoo writer Chris Killian encountered the lives of the real people there during a recent stop in Sunburg, Minnesota.

I ended up in Sunburg, Minnesota because of a bumper sticker I saw while driving through the sugar beet fields of south-central Minnesota. It read: “Lutefisk is Legal in Sunburg,” a slogan too tasty not to look into.

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Arts & More
1:41 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A day at world's end

Life's litter lingers along the Salton Sea shore in Bombay Beach
Credit Chris Killian

What would the end of the world look like? Writer Chris Killian of Kalamazoo may have seen it. While roaming the nation from coast to coast looking for the stories of ordinary Americans, he found Bombay Beach. He sends this audio postcard from the forlorn former resort town on the shore of southern California’s Salton Sea. Read more at his blog Types of America.

At first glance, Bombay Beach looks like a corpse that’s had its flesh ripped clean off, the skeleton left to bake and rot in the flaming desert sun.

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