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Minnesota's newest "next generation" state park - "you can still unplug if you want to"

The age-old vacation question: to connect or not to connect? Back in the day, with landline phones and rabbit-ear TV antennas, it was easy to disconnect from the outside world when you headed "up north." But Minnesota's newest state park, Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park , has all-electric campsites - and wifi. The MN Department of Natural Resources has everything you need to know to make your camping reservations here.

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9/19 Live from Studio A: Annie Humphrey and the Long Hairz Collective

This native of Northern Minnesota's Leech Lake Indian Reservation has a new album combining her environmental activism and her music. The release, The Beast and the Garden , features veteran musician Mark Shark of the late John Trudell's Bad Dog band among others. Humphrey joined us in the studio on September 19, 2017 with The Long Hairz Collective; they all perform on Friday, September 22 at the AICHO Galleries in Duluth. Annie Humphrey AICHO Galleries

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MN Reads: "The Clue in the Trees" by Margi Preus

Margi Preus talks about the "reverse strip tease" of mystery writing and why she never gets more confident as a writer.

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The Basement Takeover on October 6, College Radio Day!

Tune in Friday, October 6 as KUMD celebrates College Radio Day along with stations across the country.  The Basement djs takeover the airwaves all day! KUMD was started 60 years ago by students at the University of Minnesota Duluth and celebrating our deep college roots, check out the student playlists of new alternative music from hip-hop to indie rock to electronic.

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It's an unusual fall in Minnesota.

Tettegouche State Park interpretive naturalist Kurt Mead says things are still pretty green along the North Shore, but they're around 60% peak a little further inland, and in southern Minnesota (which usually lags behind the Northland) the colors are already popping. 

For more information on the fall colors around the state, check out the Fall Color Finder on the DNR's website.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  In this two-episode series, Obizaan talks about what he calls the three different "camps" in Ojibwe culture: the "traditional" camp, the "lost spirit" camp, and the "hang around the fort" camp. 

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Want to plant a tree?  Tom Kasper says the first thing is to look up.  Power or phone lines in the way?*  Relocate your tree.

Radio Gallery: In Situ

Sep 19, 2017
Lee Englund

Artists work in many spaces and places, and one new exhibit goes to show you just such a space. 

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The Plein Air Painters of America are coming to Duluth this week and holding a variety of events ...

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Minnesota's not prone to hurricanes like we've seen ravage Texas, Florida and parts south recently, but our cold winters bring their own dangers.

Like carbon monoxide poisoning.  10 to 20 deaths and over 50 hospitalizations happen every year thanks to gas stoves, furnaces, water heaters or any other kind of fuel-burning device that's not properly vented, maintained or installed.

And carbon monoxide detectors aren't just a good idea; they're the law.

9/15 Live From Studio A: The She Shells

Sep 15, 2017

Singer/songwriters Thea Ennen and Lisa Kane have teamed up to form this harmonizing, eclectic country folk duo. Based in the Twin Cities, they performed in Duluth on Friday, September 15 as part of the first ever FEmnFEST, an all female music festival happening all weekend. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio on on September 15, 2017.

The She Shells

FEmnFEST

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Larry Weber, educator, author and naturalist, talks about his observations in nature this week, including light from the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, and from glowworms who are feeding before they bed down for winter.  Despite the warm temps of late the fall foliage is showing some brilliant yellows and reds.  Larry has seen woolly bear caterpillars and an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.  The fog yesterday also provided a brilliant showing of spider webs. 

FEmnFest

Abigail Mlinar and Brittany Lind, organizers of Duluth's newest festival FEmnFEST, joined Christine Dean to talk about what inspired this unapologetically feminist festival. They talked about why they felt it was needed and about the music and workshops that will be featured during this three-day event.

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