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I’m hosting the Local Current stream today until 6:00. Listen in for a song I loved playing this summer on Madeline Island, a Justin Vernon sandwich, two of the summer’s hottest local live acts, a Beatles cover from Minnesota’s most famous Beatles fan, a track by Minneapolis’s biggest Internet celebrities of 2012, a song I heard Jeremy Messersmith play on a rooftop, a Spooky Black chillout, and the song of the summer.
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10. Victoria Valley Orchard. There are lots of places to pick apples and fondle pumpkins in the Twin Cities, but none feel as charming or sincere as this little family-owned orchard in Shoreview. (Their motto: “Live happely.”) In the fall you can climb the hill with a basket to pick your…
Minnesota has more libraries than McDonald’s? I very much hope this is true!
That is absolutely true.
Lesbiopteryx is yelling Xena updates from the living room.
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Kelly Rowland texting Nelly via Microsoft Excel and then getting annoyed when he doesn’t text back.
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I love that they made a 43-minute video for this.
Meeting people at the Minnesota State Fair.
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This past May, Molly Kate Kestner—an 18-year-old high school senior in Austin, Minnesota—captured the hearts of millions of people with a wildly popular video, recorded off the cuff with a cracked iPhone, of herself singing and playing her original song “His Daughter.” The song, about a young girl who transcends a turbulent family situation thanks to her faith in herself and the Lord, rises to a soaring chorus that—as delivered in Kestner’s confident voice—earned comparisons to Adele and Jewel.
The Internet caught fire with the video, and Kestner was featured on local and national programs including Good Morning America. A fully orchestrated version of the song was released as a single on iTunes, where it entered the top 50 on the retailer’s U.S. sales chart. When a short blog post about the video became the Current’s most-read article of the month, I saw how fascinated people were by Kestner and her music, and I asked if she would sit down in our studios to talk about her inspiration and her roller-coaster ride.
She stopped by Thursday morning after sound-checking the National Anthem at Target Field, where she’ll sing before the Minnesota Twins game on Saturday. She’s also in the process of moving on-campus at North Central University, a Minneapolis Pentacostal school that was also attended by Jeremy Messersmith. With her clear conviction and articulate poise, I was unsurprised to learn that Kestner is interested in becoming a motivational speaker someday—but first, she has a freshman year to think about. Here’s our conversation.
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