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BEMIDJI -- Independent National Public Radio affiliate KAXE/KBXE presented a live radio show of spoken word and music Friday night. For the third year, “The Beat Cafe” was live from at the former train depot and fruit warehouse, the Rail River Folk School.

Amid assembled folding chairs and twinkling lights, poets and musicians created a community night of words and song. The Beat is a daily segment on Northern Community Radio where poetry is read by the poets themselves.

This year’s Beat Cafe was a gathering of chosen poets from northern Minnesota and beyond and hosted by arts and cultural heritage producer, Steve Downing. Sean Hill was the featured poet, who is widely published and has won several awards, according to a press release. He’s currently a visiting professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Featured music was Brian Laidlaw and The Family Trade. Laidlaw is a member of the songwriting faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.