Top: Orabel Thortvedt as a young girl carving sculptures into the banks of the Buffalo River near Georgetown, Minnesota, c. 1910.

Bottom: Annie Stein taking a picture of herself in the mirror, c. 1900.

These women were born in the Red River Valley a generation apart, but both pursued unconventional paths for women of their times. Neither married and both were renaissance women, pursuing painting, music, sculpture and photography.

The work of Orabel and Annie is being featured in “Prairie Daughters,” an exhibit at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Hear more about it on Art Hounds.

Catholic teacher fired for same-sex marriage views prays for dialogue

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Trish Cameron comes from a strong Catholic tradition. She attended Catholic schools in Moorhead for 12 years. She regularly attends Mass.

But after losing her job at a Catholic elementary school for challenging the church’s position on same sex-marriage, Cameron, 46, now prays for healthy dialogue on a “closed and painful” topic.

After 11 years teaching fifth graders at St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Moorhead, the same-sex marriage issue was on Cameron’s mind as she filled out her annual self-evaluation form this spring.

Part of the evaluation asked teachers to rate how well they support the teachings of the church. In the comment box, Cameron wrote, “I do not agree with all church teachings on a personal level, but I do not bring my own opinions into religion classes.”

Read more from reporter Dan Gunderson.

Record Store Day! This Saturday!
The Local Current blog has a breakdown of all the local record stores participating in Record Store Day 2012.
And Andrea Swensson has a guide to the highlights and happenings in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Record Store Day! This Saturday!

The Local Current blog has a breakdown of all the local record stores participating in Record Store Day 2012.

And Andrea Swensson has a guide to the highlights and happenings in the Twin Cities and beyond.