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Group creates polka about Northstar Commuter Rail Line

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:28:00 PM
Josh Larson, who wrote "I Love the Northstar," at the Anoka Station.

With support from Achieve Services, Inc., a group of Minnesotans with developmental disabilities are encouraged to express themselves through song in an ensemble called “Dance at Your Own Risk.”

The group’s latest album, “Changing Attitudes,” includes a quintessential Minnesotan piece of music: a German polka about Metro Transit. The song, “I Love the Northstar,” is one of five that group member Josh Larson wrote for the new collection.

“It’s really well written. He came up with the melody and how the song is structured,” Musical Director Joe Loskota said. “He’s really good at understanding musical styles.”

The song is not only catchy, but well written and performed. Even so, Larson maintains a humble Midwestern attitude. “I usually do instrumentals. I’m occasionally a singer,” Larson said. “I’m practicing my vocals.”

To celebrate the release of the new album, a CD release party will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a laundromat run by Achieve Services, Achieve Clean, 7500 University NE, Fridley.

Listen, download and purchase the album online at, iTunes, CD Baby, and Spotify or at any Achieve Services location​