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Corey Medina

VIDEO:  "Using blues to shed light"

Corey Medina was born and raised in the small town of Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation, where he developed his particular brand of blues. In 2012 he relocated to Bemidji and continues to write songs and perform throughout the region. Growing up with a single mom and a rebellious heart, Corey quickly learned what the "blues" was and meant. He heard not only the passion in the blues, but the hurt as well. At age 12, Corey picked up the guitar, discovering blues riffs and scales that fueled his fire for music.Corey's difficult and dark young life turned around in high school, thanks to a church group and friends he met there. His music, he says, aims at spreading a message of hope and encouragement to every tribe and tongue that has felt hopeless and held back in life by fear, shame and hurt.

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Luca Clemente: "From tent city to tiny house village"

COL Scott St. Sauver: "A MN approach to helping veterans heal"

Benjamin Thwaits: "Focusing a lens on human potential"

Sara Sherman: "Horses see our armor"

Mike Link and Kate Crowley: "Full Circle: Hiking around Lake Superior" 

Jason Edens: "A long-term solution to fuel poverty"

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson: "Empathy and the power of virtual communities"

Arlene Jones: "Who's at your table?"

Corey Medina: "Using blues to shed light"

Tane Danger: "Improv, wicked problems, and the platypus"

Marie Johnson: "Listening to the (her) heart"

Matthew Fluharty: "Changing the face of rural"

Rick McLean: "Storytelling through song"

Jessica Willits: "Reaching out in our schools"