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.
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.
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.