Superior residents hoping what's good for Milwaukee can be good for them, too

Citizens of Superior will get to decide if they want to ask the legislature and the Governor if existing exposition district legislation can be applied to a smaller market city in the state. Huh? Essentially, Superior wants to use the same kind of public-private partnership that was approved for Milwaukee. It's never been done in a smaller city in Wisconsin before, but it could mean a convention center-style venue in the downtown and all the other things that go along with it: new places to...
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8/9 Live From Studio A: Mama's Stolen Horses

This multi-instrumental Americana duo made up of Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin got its start in Mankato a decade ago before hitting the road as glass artists on the Renaissance Fair circuit. They recently settled in Duluth, playing their first Homegrown Music Festival this year. We welcomed them to the studio on August 9, 2016, prior to their performance at Chester Bowl.
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©CHUM/Courtney Cochran

Despite existing advantages, landlords interested in helping hard-to-house renters

Landlords in the Twin Ports can pretty much write their own tickets. With a 3% vacancy rate, filling empty properties doesn't require much effort. But as the community saw last week, some local landlords are interested in a pilot program called the Landlord Incentives Program, an effort to make it easier for folks with criminal pasts to secure a place to live and for landlords to rent to them.
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Tim White

This Thursday there is a concert and closing event for the summer exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute In & Out of Context, the photographs of Tim White. White’s exhibit pairs his black and white images with poems, stories and songs and contributor and local musician Gaelynn Lea is performing.   

This is final of 4 events connected to this community oriented exhibit which drew together many local talents for the original and inspiring book to the exhibit at the DAI.

  Crystal Pelkey is the Producing Director for The Underground, and she joins us to talk about theater on the radio.  They are wrapping up this season and will soon "go dark," but in the off-season there is still a lot of work to do. Planning for future seasons is an ongoing process, usually starting more than a year in advance. The Underground, in addition to staging Duluth Playhouse productions, has to schedule outside events and shows onto its stage as well, which can be challenging.

Kevin Bolton [via Flickr]

Naturalist Larry Weber observes that, as the days grow shorter (now just 14 hours of daylight), many birds are on the move, including large families of warblers ("warbler waves"), raptors, geese, and nighthawks. The rain has brought out many mushrooms. Butterflies are on the scene, and so are cicadas, katydids and grasshoppers, and this means that spiders are on the hunt for insects! In plant life, fall flowers are blooming -- goldenrod, asters, and sunflowers (including Joe-Pye weed).

Forever Home 8/18

Aug 18, 2016

Bear | Contented Critters
A male Schnauzer mix about 9 months old. He is just a character, full of puppy energy, loves everyone and so ready for a family of his own.

bamonahan [via Flickr]

  Now that the storm clean up has been (mostly) completed, the next big question is what we can do with the now empty spaces in the landscape. We talk with Louise Levy, an arborist and founder of Levy Tree Care in Duluth, about what kinds of trees to consider planting, when is the best time to do it, and what planning and work needs to be done first.

Art in Bayfront Park

Aug 16, 2016
Tim Cortes

This week one of the most visited festival of the summer happens, Tall Ships Duluth.  But this timethe festival has a partner; the Annual Art in Bayfront Park bringing the work of 180 jury selected artists from Minnesota and beyond.

_paVan_ (via Flickr, modified)

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we welcome back Nancy Jones, a respected elder from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario. 

Minnesota Ballet

  For many in Duluth, the July 21st storm significantly altered the landscape of their homes and neighborhoods.  Conversations have been primarily about trees and residential structures. Yet the damage in the Twin Ports also affected some downtown businesses, notably those in the historic Board of Trade Building on West 1st Street in Downtown Duluth. 

Brian Ring & Flo Matamoros

On Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Duluth Art Institute, Susannah Magers will give a presentation about artist opportunities through the 2017 Emerging Artist Series at Rochester Art Center.  Ms. Magers is the Deputy Director and Curator of Contemporary Art at RAC.

Photo courtesy Michelle Johnson-Jennings

Through this series, Journey to Wellness in Indian Country, we have focused on various aspects of what has contributed to the health disparities that American Indians face and the culturally-rooted solutions being implemented in tribes across Minnesota and beyond.

Dr.  Michelle Johnson-Jennings says tribal people have had the secret to healthy living all along: the ancestors gave instructions for healthy, happy living in the stories that have been passed down through the generations.


KUMD is Sending Listeners to Festival Palomino

WIN TICKETS Listen from Monday, August 29th to Friday, September 2nd for your chance to call and enter our drawing for free tickets to Festival Palomino.
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Featured Live From Studio A

Marah in the Mainsail joins us on Friday, August 26 at 2:00pm

KUMD Events

On Sunday, September 18th, UMD's Sustainable Agricultural Project is throwing the Food and Farm Festival. The event will feature a local meal prepared with UMD Farm produce, live local music by Borderstone, activities for kids including a petting zoo, and a scenic 5k trail run/walk through the farm property. All proceeds benefit the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

More KUMD Events

Monday through Friday at 11am.

KUMD Event Photos

Check out photos of Trampled By Turtles at Bayfront and more!