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"Accepting risk" - climate change and forest fires in Minnesota

Fire seasons now are about two and a half months longer than they were in 1970. The average number of acres burned in wildfires each year has doubled in 1980. The effects of climate change are showing up in our forest fires, says the USDA. Here at home, the Minnesota DNR's Wildfire Prevention and Firewise programs want to educate homeowners - particularly those who live in the woods - about steps they can take to minimize fire losses on their property.
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5/23 Live From Studio A: The Boomchucks

Drummer Brad Nelson (also of the Blackeyed Snakes) and singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Ness team up in this local rootsy rock project that's released two albums so far, including last year's Antidote. They've been regular participants in Duluth Dylan Festival events, and this year they contribute a version of "Maggie's Farm" to the latest Duluth Does Dylan CD. They joined us in the studio on May 23, 2016 in advance of their performance the following night as part of the Bringing it All Back to Duluth Does Dylan CD release show happening at the Rex in Duluth at 7:30pm.
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Reflecting Pool: free online journaling for what you can't say out loud

Real stuff matters. So says Lisa McKhann, the founding director of Project Lulu and an offshoot, Reflecting Pool, free online journaling for people experiencing a health crisis or their caregivers. Cultural pressure to present a cheerful optimistic face to the world can drown people struggling with fear, anger, sorrow and other difficult feelings. Reflecting Pool gives them a place to validate what they're really feeling.
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KUMD 103.3 FM is celebrating the 30th anniversary of “For the Birds,” a radio program by Duluthian bird expert Laura Erickson, tomorrow Tuesday, May 24 at 12noon, in front of UMD Bohannon Hall 83 at (next to the Tweed Museum). The event is free and open to the public.

Daniel Botkin

Daniel Botkin's exhibit Busy Being Born opens tonight (5/23) at the Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior ...

An exhibit of Dylan handwritten lyrics and other memorabilia from Bill Pagel's collection will open - with musical accompaniment - Wednesday (5/25) ...

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Before they leave for the cabin this summer, Twin Ports Stage is sponsoring an evening of old time radio plays with  University Theatre at UWS  and Time Arc Theatre.  Plus an explanation of why, with a plethora of cool old buildings from which to choose, TPS can't find the one that meets their needs.

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Larry runs down the numbers for us on our cooler-than-usual May so far ... and he and Laura Erickson were charmed by the same bird this week.

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Deb Holman calls it "an awesome little thing."

A landowner wanted to have a friendly relationship with the homeless person camping on their land, and called the Outreach Line to extend an offer: tell the person he could put a bag of his trash in their garbage can every week. 

Ann Treacy's new book for "middle grades" sheds light on a perhaps unexpected chapter of Minnesota history: the Romani people in the state around the turn of the last century.

Maija Jenson

Duluth Dylan Fest is a week-long party kicking off in Duluth on Sunday May 22 but at one venue, the celebration started early.  Einstein Disguised as Robin Hood, Bob Dylan: An Exhibition opened May 4 and is on display through May 30The documentary exhibit is an exciting array of one of a kind and rare Dylan memorabilia from the collection of Bill Pagel at Karpeles Manuscript Library all month long. John Bushey, host of KUMD’s Highway 61 Revisited, part of bringing this exhibit to fruition talks about the exhibit and his friend and Dylan super-fan Bill Pagel.

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A baby bison in Yellowstone was euthanized this week after a visitor to the park thought it had become separated from its mother and put the calf in his car.

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The Duluth League of Women Voters wants you to know you don't have to come up with an excuse any more if you want to vote an absentee ballot.

The change to "no excuses" absentee voting is just one Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon talked about earlier this month at the League's annual meeting.

More information can be found on the League's page and on the Secretary of State's website.

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  On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Nancy Jones, a respected elder from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario.  She has worked for many years as a teacher and cultural advisor for schools and language revitalization programs in Ontario, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Featured Live From Studio A

Andy Cook joins us on Friday, June 3 at 2:00pm

KUMD Events

Join us as KUMD and AAMC celebrate the 2016 Duluth Dylan Fest through a concert influenced by The Basement Tapes - the music created in 1967 by Bob Dylan and the group of musicians that would become known as The Band. Performers will include Aurora Baer with Adam Staupe, Todd Eckart, Gaelyn Lea, The Boomchucks and more. 

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KUMD is the official radio station of the 2016 Duluth Dylan Fest! Highway 61 Revisited host and local Dylan expert John Bushey celebrates the impending celebration with special interviews and rare Dylan tracks. Tune in for his special festival edition on Saturday 5/21 and again Monday, at 5pm.

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