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"These are people who are in our community"

You've been locked up for domestic violence. You're released back to your community. How do you become a part of that community again? With people from the community helping you, in a Men As Peacemakers' program called Domestic Violence Restorative Circles. "It's a very powerful process," says Amy Brooks, Victim Advocacy Coordinator, "but it's very moving."

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7/21 Live from Studio A: WTF

Back in December, we met the members of the Minneapolis collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance, performing as 26Bats ! The drummer of that group, Warren Thomas Fenzi , is the creative force behind this band. We found out more about the project and heard some tunes when they joined us Live from Studio A on July 21, 2017. They performed the following night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth. WTF
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Backyard Almanac - A Beautiful July

Naturalist Larry Weber talks about his many finds this week, including Indian pipe (thriving in shady woods), basswood trees that are in bloom, mushrooms, and Queen Anne's Lace, blooming in northwestern Wisconsin. Many songbirds are quieting down now that the fledglings are leaving the nest, although goldfinches are only now starting to nest. Young frogs are maturing, fawns and bear cubs are out exploring with their mothers, and masses of mayflies are emerging to briefly breed before they die.

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Along with many short films and animations playing this weekend at the Free Range Film Festival, Minneapolis native Dean Peterson brings his second feature length film, "What Children Do," a dark comedy tale of two estranged sisters.  We are joined this week by writer and director, Dean Peterson who will be at the Free Range Film Festival for a post-show Q & A.

Forever Home 7/20

Jul 20, 2017

Oakley | Contented Critters

Oakley is a 7 year old male Lab mix. Oakley was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is affectionate, playful, and listens well. He would make a great addition to any family.

Chevelle | Animal Allies

Friends of the Bird Sanctuary (FOTBS) of the Douglas County Wildlife Area in Gordon, Wisconsin invites members and the community to Barrens Fest 2017, a celebration of the globally significant landscape of Northwest Wisconsin.  The event is this afternoon (Wednesday July 19) from 3 pm to 6:30 pm at the Clubhouse of the Douglas County Wildlife Area, located between Solon Springs and Gordon, Wisconsin. The festival is free and open to the public. A picnic supper will be hosted by FOTBS at 6:00 p.m.

A rare screening of local animation is showing 7pm on Thursday July, 20 at Teatro Zuccone.  A collection of films by local artist Jonathan Thunder is an exciting part of his new exhibit “Peripheral Vignettes” at the Duluth Art Institute.  

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Last month, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $988 million bonding bill, including $25.4 million in funding for the St. Louis River Estuary Restoration Project.  This funding will ALSO trigger the awarding of $47.2 million in federal funds made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to accelerate the cleanup efforts of the St. Louis River and the Duluth- Superior Harbor.  We talk with Kris Eilers, Executive Director of St. Louis River Alliance, about the vital clean-up projects this funding makes possible.

No, it is neither "mosquito season" nor "road construction season."  It is actually mural season here in the northland, with large-scale artworks being unveiled around town this week, including:

Yesterday a new mural was unveiled in Lincoln Park on the side of the Frost River building (1910 West Superior Street) by artist Paul LeJeunesse, a Duluth Art Institute artist-in-residence.

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Duluth set an all-time record for heat back on July 13th, 1936 (106 degrees - down by the lake, mind you)  but this year (yesterday) we barely crept to 57 degrees.

Berries and flowers and mushrooms, oh my - and let us not forget milkweed.

Nathan Ratner

Nathan Ratner has always been a bit of an overachiever.

Not only did the med student help start Journey To Wellness in Indian Country here at KUMD, now he's one of 16 medical students (and the only one from North America!) invited to travel to Helsinki next month.

The 2017 Elsevier Hacks Hackathon will bring together programmers, coders and designers along with medical students to see if they can find solutions to some challenges in medical education.

Many Minnesotans have fond memories of traveling for a weekend at the lake. Along with that trip to the lake came unique stories that have been passed on year after year.

Tim Jollymore takes his readers to the lake in his book, "Lake Stories and Other Tales" where he recreates some of those memories people have held onto. 

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UMD's Police department is testing the use of body cameras on two officers this summer.

And Police Chief Sean Huls says it's not to monitor officers as much as to gather evidence and reinforce the trust-building in the community.

Huls admits UMD is late to the game, body camera-wise, but he says the legislature didn't finalize data privacy rules - including when body camera footage can be released to the public - until last year.

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KUMD Events

All Pints North is back again this year featuring over 120 breweries from local to national. The event is from 3-7pm on Saturday, July 29. Be sure to stop by the KUMD tent to meet our DJs, staff, and volunteers.

We will be giving away tickets valued at $45 on the week of July 24th. Tune in to win a pair!

Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/allpintsnorth2017

John Prine playing guitar
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KUMD is 60 years old! This is a cause for celebration. We are proud to present John Prine at Decc Symphony Hall on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 8pm. Join us for the last installment the KUMD 60th Summer Tour by welcoming this prolific singer-songwriter back to Duluth.

FEmnFest

"Educating. Empowering. Inspiring."

Those three words were chosen to describe FEmn FEST in an interview between local singer-songwriter Maddy Siiter and festival organizers. FEmn FEST is an unapologetic feminist festival featuring women-identified performers, feminist workshops, women-owned business vendors, and women-identified artist installations.

The festival is happening September 15-17, 2017 at the Food Farm Barn in Wrenshall, MN.

The lineup currently includes:

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