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Earned Sick and Safe Leave task force expects "actionable recommendation" to Duluth City Council

No one wants the sneezing, sniffling, stuffy-headed co-worker spreading their germs in the workplace. No one wants a kid missing school to take care of a younger sibling who's sick. And it's horrifying to think someone would have to choose between making a mortgage or rent payment and leaving a situation of domestic violence. But adding paid sick and safe time leave is expensive, complex, and there's no one-size-fits-all plan. So Duluth's Earned Safe and Sick Time Task Force is trying to come up with options tailored for Duluth.

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7/21 Live from Studio A: WTF

Back in December, we met the members of the Minneapolis collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance, performing as 26Bats ! The drummer of that group, Warren Thomas Fenzi , is the creative force behind this band. We found out more about the project and heard some tunes when they joined us Live from Studio A on July 21, 2017. They performed the following night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth. WTF
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Radio Gallery: Dean Peterson

Along with many short films and animations playing this weekend at the Free Range Film Festival, Minneapolis native Dean Peterson brings his second feature length film, "What Children Do," a dark comedy tale of two estranged sisters. We are joined this week by writer and director, Dean Peterson who will be at the Free Range Film Festival for a post-show Q & A. The barn doors swing open for the Annual Free Range Film Festival on Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. for two days of films in Wrenshall...

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No, it is neither "mosquito season" nor "road construction season."  It is actually mural season here in the northland, with large-scale artworks being unveiled around town this week, including:

Yesterday a new mural was unveiled in Lincoln Park on the side of the Frost River building (1910 West Superior Street) by artist Paul LeJeunesse, a Duluth Art Institute artist-in-residence.

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Duluth set an all-time record for heat back on July 13th, 1936 (106 degrees - down by the lake, mind you)  but this year (yesterday) we barely crept to 57 degrees.

Berries and flowers and mushrooms, oh my - and let us not forget milkweed.

Nathan Ratner

Nathan Ratner has always been a bit of an overachiever.

Not only did the med student help start Journey To Wellness in Indian Country here at KUMD, now he's one of 16 medical students (and the only one from North America!) invited to travel to Helsinki next month.

The 2017 Elsevier Hacks Hackathon will bring together programmers, coders and designers along with medical students to see if they can find solutions to some challenges in medical education.

Many Minnesotans have fond memories of traveling for a weekend at the lake. Along with that trip to the lake came unique stories that have been passed on year after year.

Tim Jollymore takes his readers to the lake in his book, "Lake Stories and Other Tales" where he recreates some of those memories people have held onto. 

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UMD's Police department is testing the use of body cameras on two officers this summer.

And Police Chief Sean Huls says it's not to monitor officers as much as to gather evidence and reinforce the trust-building in the community.

Huls admits UMD is late to the game, body camera-wise, but he says the legislature didn't finalize data privacy rules - including when body camera footage can be released to the public - until last year.

Forever Home 7/13

Jul 13, 2017

Archie | Contented Critters

Archie is a young adult male Pointer mix. Archie was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is a very spunky guy who loves to play fetch and is very affectionate when he gets to know you. Throwing the ball for Archie makes him want to know you in a hurry! He has been neutered, vet checked and vaccinated.

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Matt Kania

This week you may see folks around town creating art in public with easels set up in front of vistas of ever-changing light. "Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord" returns to the Twin Ports July 9-14, 2017.  

This is a live painting festival drawing artists from near and far to enjoy time on Lake Superior, painting alone and in groups.  By Friday, the work will be ready for showing with an opening reception at Blacklist Ales in downtown Duluth.  The celebration is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday July 14, with live music and prizes awarded by the festival juror Matt Kania.  Matt is a plein air painter and he joins us on Radio Gallery.


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If you've been tiptoeing through your tulips lately, you've possibly noticed a significant insect problem.

After you've controlled your primal urge to blast the garden with chemicals, you may be looking for some organic solutions, but as Tom Kasper explains in this edition of Tips for Hardy Gardeners, they're not for the faint hearted.

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Cat Island, part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, is a great place for people to vacation.

Trouble is, it's a lousy place for bears to make a living.

This time of year,  mother bears start kicking out their adult offpsring.  And like slacker children everywhere, young bears are looking for a maximum reward for minimal effort.

In two words: camp food.

You can find more information about the status of the Cat Island Campground here

Duluth Art Institute

A "quick paint" at the zoo this week, Wednesday at Glensheen and all kinds of swirling social media regarding the Duluth Art Institute's Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord week ...  a mural installation all this week at Frost River in West Duluth

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KUMD Events

All Pints North is back again this year featuring over 120 breweries from local to national. The event is from 3-7pm on Saturday, July 29. Be sure to stop by the KUMD tent to meet our DJs, staff, and volunteers.

We will be giving away tickets valued at $45 on the week of July 24th. Tune in to win a pair!

Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/allpintsnorth2017

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KUMD is 60 years old! This is a cause for celebration. We are proud to present John Prine at Decc Symphony Hall on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 8pm. Join us for the last installment the KUMD 60th Summer Tour by welcoming this prolific singer-songwriter back to Duluth.

FEmnFest

"Educating. Empowering. Inspiring."

Those three words were chosen to describe FEmn FEST in an interview between local singer-songwriter Maddy Siiter and festival organizers. FEmn FEST is an unapologetic feminist festival featuring women-identified performers, feminist workshops, women-owned business vendors, and women-identified artist installations.

The festival is happening September 15-17, 2017 at the Food Farm Barn in Wrenshall, MN.

The lineup currently includes:

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Clint Niosi joins us on Thursday, July 27 at 2pm

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