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Backyard Almanac - "weird conditions," "weird birds" and no, that's not a mosquito

The January thaw Larry Weber predicted has come to pass, with record-breaking warm temperatures (45 degrees yesterday), northern shrikes and the winter crane fly.

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1/11 Live From Studio A: David Dondero

Although he's relatively unknown outside of indie music circles, this Duluth native has been cited as an influence by Conor Oberst and listed as one of the 10 best living songwriters by NPR. He joined us in the studio on January 11, 2017 to share songs from his 9th and latest studio album, Inside the Cat's Eye. We talked about his childhood in Duluth and the many places he's lived since, including a recent year spent working on a marijuana farm in California, and about the making of the new album.

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MN Reads: "Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow" by Andy Sturdevant

Essayist and artist Andy Sturdevant joins us in the studio to weigh in on hotdish like a Rothko, Ralph's Corner Bar and the poignance of the Minnesotan's long memory for the way things were.

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"Cutest puppy" is redundant.

There is no such thing as a not-cute puppy.

And in this reporter's humble opinion (and that of their families), every puppy is the cutest puppy.

That being said, almost 40 puppies, aged 4 to 9 months; their families, friends and scores of puppy-enthusiasts crammed the halls of Fitger's Saturday morning for the annual John Beargrease Cutest Puppy Contest.

Onyx the Akita took first place, and Ash, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, took second.

Forever Home 1/18

Jan 19, 2017

Soldier | Contented Critters

Solider is an 8 year old Lab mix. He was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is a nice guy, laid back, and a very nice size (42 lbs.) He just wants a family to spend the rest of his life with.

Zippy | Animal Allies

KUMD Album Review: Slow Hollows

Jan 18, 2017

L.A. based Slow Hollows formed in 2013, but don’t start putting boxes around this indie rock band. 

The KUMD Concert Series at the Red Herring Lounge has kicked off once again! This month, we present The Dead Pigeons with Feeding Leroy and Trevor Marrin.

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Coffee House Press

Annie discusses a few events of interest this week:

On Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Duluth Art Institute is holding its annual Member Meeting at the Lincoln , although the general public is invited to attend.  Minneapolis artist and writer Andy Sturdevant will be the featured speaker.  His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013.  In honor of his book, the Institute welcomes attendees to bring their own hot dish to pass.

Kat Fox on the Local

Jan 13, 2017

Local musician Kat Fox joined Marv in the Mix on January 11, 2017 to talk about her upcoming Snatch Back tour, featuring a group of female musicians who will play a series of shows on their way to the Women's March on Washington. Local artists DJ Nola and Aurora Baer are also part of the lineup. The tour kicks off at the Barrel Room in Fitger's on Sunday, January 15 at 8pm.

Sunrises are coming earlier (around 7:50am), sunsets are coming later (around 4:45pm) and while it's too soon to be looking for spring, naturalist Larry Weber says next week's January thaw is really going to shake things up.

Mueez Ahmad

For the 12th time (they average this about once every three years)  UMD Theatre is off to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, this time to perform playwright/director Tom Isbell's One River.

Author Mary Casanova has spent 35 years looking at Rainy Lake and its iconic lift bridge to Canada out of her living room windows.

So it's not surprising that weather plays a central role in her novel Frozen, and it's new companion book, Ice-Out, nor is it surprising that ice-out itself is a metaphor for her central character.

Forever Home 1/12

Jan 12, 2017

Jackson | Contented Critters

Jackson is a 6 year old Husky/Retriever mix who was rescued off the euthanasia list. His only fault must have been his age because he has been a pure gem at the Shelter. He loves kids, gets along with other dogs, and has such a happy disposition. He has been neutered, vet checked and vaccinated.

Bruce Wayne | Animal Allies

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Dead Man Winter joins us on Tuesday, January 31 at 2pm

KUMD Beargrease Reports

January 29–February 1

KUMD Album Review: Slow Hollows

L.A. based Slow Hollows formed in 2013, but don’t start putting boxes around this indie rock band.

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