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The Brokedown Dollys perform as the special musical guests for the third installment of “Goin’ Coastal,” a live radio variety show out of Stockholm, Wis., at 7 p.m. Sunday April 6. (Photo by Lynn Richter)

Set in the traditional Grand Ole Opry format, host Mike Slygh and the Goin' Coastal Players present their third live radio variety show “Goin’ Coastal” 7 p.m. Sunday April 6 at Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm.

Audiences get a taste of the Lake Pepin area during the one-hour show with sketches, music and spoken word.

“We're really excited about this show and think it will be the best one yet,” Slygh said.

Listen closely for clues in “Patty the Postmistress,” an ongoing tale of a working woman in a small town who can always be counted on to get to the bottom of any mystery, particularly who murdered that guy in Stalkhome. The tale is written by Mary Logue of Stockholm, who appears as a special guest for the upcoming show.

Slygh said Logue also has just had published her ninth Claire Watkins novel. The main character is a deputy sheriff, living and working along Lake Pepin and solving crimes.

Get caught up in “Romancing the Sandstone,” written by Lu Lippold of Pepin. It’s the charming story of two female TV reporters visiting the Lake Pepin area for the first time and the local characters they meet, like Sandy, the gorgeous hunk-of-a-frac-sand-truck driver or stereotypical Swedish farmer Floyd Torgeson, the local long-winded Stockholm historian.

Musical guests include the Minneapolis-based Brokedown Dollys, featuring vocalists Joanna Jahn, Kari Shaw and Megan Shaw. The trio harmonizes to the music of female singers of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, folk and Americana hits of the past.

“The lead singer, Joanna Jahn, lives in the Stockholm area, which really makes it consistent with our goal of featuring the tremendous talent that lives in the local area,” Slygh said.

To learn more about the band or to hear them song, check out the website

“There will be great music from our house musician, Emily Huppert, a surprise visit from a local wild mushroom expert, and more - all lead us to expect this to be a fun-filled show,” Slygh said.

This is the third radio show of the year; the first two aired last fall.

Previous radio recordings can be heard on the Widespot website at

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by mail or online. Due to a limited number of seats, reservations are strongly recommended.

If you go …

What: “Goin’ Coastal” live radio show

Who: Host Mike Slygh, author Mary Logue, trio Brokedown Dollys and the Goin’ Coastal Players.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday April 6

Where: Widespot Performing Arts and Community Center, second story of N2030 Spring St., Stockholm

Cost: $10

More info: 715-307-8941 or

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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