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Backyard Almanac - Bogs Aplenty, Birds Aloft, Berries Abundant, and Big Astronomical Activity.

Naturalist Larry Weber observes that so many things are happening in nature this week, from the mushrooms down low to the ground all the way up to the Perseids and the upcoming solar eclipse. The rainfall totals for August (and the summer) are above normal. The hawks and ospreys will soon be on the move over Duluth, many insects are maturing, and the blackberries are ripening too.

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8/11 Live from Studio A: Mike Michel

This Minneapolis musician fronted The Bill Mike Band and has collaborated with Haley Bonar and Carnage, among others. In 2013 he developed tinnitus and hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity), which threatened to end his ability to make music. After several years of seeking effective treatments, Michel has found relief from a combination of medication and mindfulness techniques. His latest album On the Mend , is his first studio album in seven years and his first all-acoustic album. We talked...

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MN Reads: "Wintering," by Peter Geye

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Peter Geye, the author of Wintering , published in 2016 by Vintage Books. This novel, his third, revolves around the lives of Harry Eide, who has gone missing in the woods of Northern Minnesota, his son Gustav Eide, and their friend Berit Lovig. MN Reads is produced at KUMD with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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I wish I had the means

to give all the north back to itself, to let the pines

rise in the hayfield and the lilacs go wild.

But then where would we live?

                        from Hartley Field by Connie Wanek

Few things, perhaps, go so well with a walk in the woods as poetry.

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

It started as a gathering of Duluth clergy, worried about the events over the weekend in Charlottesville Virginia.  They wanted to construct and organize some kind of response to the events, from denouncing hatred to heading off what some see as an inevitable conflict between white nationalism and social justice advocates right here in our community.

St Louis County Public Works

When are you most likely to be involved in a serious - or fatal - car crash?

At a four-way intersection with a traffic light - when someone runs a red.

St Louis County has found a way to keep tabs on twice as many intersections with half the law enforcement officers - and that's good news for everyone but the folks who are driving impaired or distracted and blowing through the red lights. 

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

A standing-room-only crowd packed St. Mark's A.M.E Church Sunday afternoon as community members of all colors gathered in response to the white nationalist rally Saturday that erupted into violence and resulted in three deaths.

KUMD was there, and we'll be bringing you stories from the gathering this week on Northland Morning.

CHUM's Lee Stuart; Stephan Witherspoon, president of the Duluth chapter of the NAACP and Carl Crawford, Duluth's human rights officer made up a panel which was moderated by St. Mark's Reverend Richard Coleman. 

Sarah Setayeshi

If you're passionate about how U.S. policy affects Latin America, you understand why Witness to Peace made a recent fact-finding mission to Honduras.

Even if you're not, your travels may bring you back around to taking part in things happening right here in your own back yard.

Witness to Peace is having an event this evening beginning at 6pm, and you can click here for more information.

Eclipse 2017/NASA

Larry Weber says the difference between viewing a total eclipse and a partial eclipse is - literally - the difference between night and day.

But if a trip to the totality isn't in your plans, there are lots of ways to enjoy the eclipse, stay safe and even a helpful list of places who might be able to set you up with good eclipse-viewing optics.

Forever Home 8/10

Aug 10, 2017

Roxie | Contented Critters

Meet Roxie. She is a female Am. Staff. She was rescued from the euthanasia list. She is the tiniest little girl, and solid as a brick. This little girl loves to  play and be cuddled.

Kobe | Animal Allies

Wildwoods

Wildwoods Rehabilitation raised some eyebrows last month after posting a video of a pigeon seizing from Avitrol poisoning.

The bird recovered with treatment and was released a few days later, but Tara Smith of Wildwoods says "With so many humane ways to evict unwanted wildlife there really is no excuse" to use poisons like Avitrol.

St Louis County Public Works

Maybe technology can't solve every problem, but it sure looks like a boon for residents of St. Louis  County.

Five Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) have been installed around the county - four of which have weather cameras - and they'll be monitoring weather and road conditions this winter.

Not only does that cut down on the human beings you have to send out into a county that's 60 miles wide and twice as long, certain weather conditions trigger emails to maintenance supervisors so they can mobilize their crews - or not - depending on what the roads are like.

Rosemary Guttormsson

The 4th Annual Art Festival at Brighton Beach happens all day Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m.

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John Prine Giveaway

KUMD Events

FEmnFest

"Educating. Empowering. Inspiring."

John Prine playing guitar
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KUMD is proud to present John Prine at the DECC Auditorium on Saturday, September 9 at 8pm. Join us in celebrating KUMD's lasting legacy by welcoming this prolific singer-songwriter back to Duluth.

Date: Satuday, September 9
Time: 7pm Doors / 8pm Music
Place: Decc Symphony Hall / 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN

Click Here to Get Your Tickets

Northern Isolation is a DIY experimental music festival based in Duluth supporting music and art of all kinds from punk to electronic, metal to anything that challenges the status quo. Led by longtime KUMD student DJ Dean Berlinerblau of Loud Noise, Northern Isolation serves as a vehicle of free speech and expression. 

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The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League joined us on August 11, 2017.

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