August 11, 1998 — Rev. Ron Smith, co-pastor of University Baptist Church of St. Paul, and Dan McElroy, Minnesota state representative for Burnsville, discuss the campaign watchdog group organization "Political Racism is Offensive to All Citizens Task Force" (aka as Pro-Act). Task force monitors what it perceives as racism in Minnesota political campaigns. Smith and McElroy also answer listener questions.
August 7, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from Detroit Lakes. Program highlights the debate over recreational jet skis on the lakes. Rachel Reabe interviews Jim Madima, president of Jet Supporters Association of Minnesota; Dennis Lang of the DNR; and Kris Hasskamp, Minnesota State representative, discuss the controversary over personal watercraft use. Madima, Lang and Hasskamp also answers listener questions.
August 7, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from Detroit Lakes. Program highlights outdoor music festival WE Fest, the largest camping and country music extravaganza. Rachel Reabe interviews Jeff Creeger, WE Fest organizer, and Rand Levy, of Rose Productions. The history, phenomenon, efforts and challenges of running an outdoor festival are discussed.
July 17, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from Ely, Minnesota. Program highlights the northern Minnesota town and the BWCA, twenty years after major Congressional legislation in 1978; a controversial Act that banned mining, logging and most motor use. Rachel Reabe interviews Mike Hillman, a local historian, and Jim Krile, Director of the Blandin Community Leadership program. They discuss the renaissance and hard changes taking place in Ely and in other small northern towns. Hillman and Krile, also answers listener questions. Later in program, Reabe speaks with a trio of business owners, who reflect on Ely's past.
July 17, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from Ely, Minnesota. Program highlights the northern Minnesota town and the BWCA, twenty years after major Congressional legislation in 1978; a controversial Act that banned mining, logging and most motor use. Rachel Reabe interviews Mark Van Every and Barb Soderberg, representatives from the National Forest Service, and canoe outfitters John Waters and Gary Gotchnik about the various aspects of the BWCA. Group also answers listener questions. Program begins with a report from MPR’s Leif Enger on the long history and debate over the land and it’s use in this area. Enger interviews various Ely residents who share thoughts on BWCA, regulations, and changes in the town.
May 19, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from the small community of Comfrey, Minnesota, following the destructive March tornadoes that struck the area. Mark Steil talks with residents and local officials about recovery, rebuilding, and remembering.
April 15, 1998 — A special Mainstreet Radio program from East Grand Forks, one year after the flood. Dan Gunderson provides a report of the flood disaster that took place last year. This is followed by Rachel Reabe interviewing Pat Owens, Grand Forks mayor; Lynn Stauss, East Grand Forks mayor; Cliff Barth, Breckenridge mayor; and Morris Lanning of the Red River Basin Coalition. Group answer listener questions.
April 15, 1998 — A special Mainstreet Radio program from East Grand Forks, one year after the flood. MPR's Laura McCallum provides a report on three residents of the Lincoln Drive neighborhood in East Grand Forks, an area severely impacted by the flooding. This is followed by Rachel Reabe interviewing several business people and families who were affected by the flood-- some who rebuilt, and some who moved away.
April 6, 1998 — Grand Forks mayor Pat Owens speaking to St. Peter residents at First Lutheran Church. Owens empathizes with St. Peter’s tornado disaster by reflecting on the devastating flooding that impacted Grand Forks the prior year. Program then turns to Vincent Harding speech on Martin Luther King, presented as part of coverage on 30th anniversary of King’s assassination, and his legacy.
March 31, 1998 — A report on the tornadoes that went through southern Minnesota and destroyed large parts of St. Peter and Comfrey. Lynette Nyman gives an update on aftermath, followed by various interviews and accounts from listeners. This program was part two of Tornado Special, highlighting the areas impacted by tornado outbreak.