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Cabin Fever Reliever benefits community radio

Shane Dickey of Duluth shares the short story "Eyeballs Down" to the crowd. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News Chronicle)1 / 5
Sam Knight, 17, and Austin Engelhardt, 15, both of Two Harbors, play at the Cabin Fever Reliever on Sunday. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle)2 / 5
Duluth folk musician Kyle Ollah plays guitar and sings Sunday. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle3 / 5
Members of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group (THUG) perform in between acts at Sunday's radio variety show. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle)4 / 5
Dave Slattery and Paul Hanson joke with members of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group (THUG) in between songs at the Cabin Fever Reliever on Sunday, March 4, in the Two Harbors High School Auditorium. (Photos by Jimmy Lovrien/News-Chronicle)5 / 5

Local musicians, performers and supporters of community radio gathered in the Two Harbors High School Auditorium on Sunday, March 4, to celebrate the fourth-annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a radio variety show and fundraiser for KTWH 99.5.

Between each act, ranging from songs, to dance, to a radio theater performance, the Two Harbors Ukulele Group entertained the crowd. The group is also known by their acronym — THUG.

"They're not your mother's ukulele group," co-host Kathy Heltzer told the crowd Sunday.

Kyle Ollah, a Duluth folk musician, said he was accustomed to being the youngest guy playing old songs, but he was encouraged to see a number of students perform.

"It's nice to see these young guys playing old tunes," he said.

The youngest performer, 9-year-old pianist Edward H. Odjard, played several songs.

Later in the show, guitar and violin duo Sam Knight and Austin Engelhardt, both high school students, also performed. So did seventh-grade pianists Grace Swanson and Olivia Hendren.

"There must be something in the water in Two Harbors," Heltzer said of all the student performers.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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