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Making It Up North Season 4

Thursdays at 7:30pm • Sundays at 11am on PBS North

Thursday, January 7, 2021 – Making It 401

Superfoods: Food industry veterans stake their future on local, natural food. Meet the founders of The Pharm, a vegan pop-up turned restaurant in Duluth that spawned the city’s first vegan food truck, Mama Roots. And a self-proclaimed, obsessive plant person, Josh Horky forages the fruits of the season and makes thousands of pints of kimchi under his Gitche Gumee Kimchi label.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 – Making It 402

Timber: Logging and the timber industry have long been a way of life for northern families. See how craftsmen continue the tradition even as the business shifts and changes over time. Step into the job with Holden Logging, Lester River Sawmill, and Ronning’s Lake Carvings..

Thursday, January 21, 2021 – Making It 403

Start-Up: When his first batch of hot sauce was gobbled up, Al Sands knew he was on to something. The professional boxer and culinary entrepreneur brings his recipes to a commercial kitchen in Floodwood to ramp up production. Before she had a driver's license, she took on running Lou's Smokehouse. Now Ashleigh Swanson and her team, all age 18 or under, leverage an iconic brand in the small, shore city of Two Harbors. A one-man band, Steven Solkela delights in entertaining an audience. When Covid struck he shifted his creativity into high gear across the Iron Range.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 – Making It 404

Warrior Women: Meet female entrepreneurs navigating the start-up world. Sarah Agaton Howes transformed her one-woman jewelry business into Heart Berry, a bustling e-commerce website. Coached by her mentor, see how she is building a future inspired by her indigenous roots. Kate Lindello built an online fashion empire offers access to fashion designers and clothes that help shoppers discover their style. Her reselling marketplace, Noihsaf Bazaar, is transforming into a media enterprise.

Thursday, February 2, 2021 – Making It 405

Recreation Transformation: Can new recreation amenities transform a town? Explore the Redhead Mountain Bike park outside Chisholm. MN, and the impact it is already having on the Range. The investment in reclaimed mine pits enhances opportunities for locals and tourists alike.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 – Making It 406

Invention: Work and play better with inspired entrepreneurs. Workout with Lightspeed Lift's exercise system; clean up with Crud Cloth; and hone your mushroom-hunting skills with Luke Durand.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 – Making It 407

Sauna Traditions: Sauna traditions are ingrained in northern cultures. From stove makers to sauna builders, explore the profound and practical influence of the sauna today.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Making It 408

Stiched: Discover makers who stitch functional, innovative gear. From stylish Dock 5 masks to warm Empire Canvas jackets and rad ROMP bags, these seamsters take sewing to a new level.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Making It 409

Outdoor Experiences:Inviting people to embrace the outdoors is big business up north. Meet entrepreneurs setting the table for beginners on snow and swift water with Swiftwater Adventures and Endurance Kennels of Duluth.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Making It 410

Making It: Building Neverland: Sixty miles up the Gunflint Trail, Ashley Bredemus runs a summer camp and is redefining the definition of the term outdoorswoman. A blogger and influencer, Bredemus joins neighbor Cassidy Ritter to help kids, families and women gain confidence in the wilderness.

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