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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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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Quinton Skinner, the author of Odd One Out, published in 2017 by Prospect Park Books.  This novel, his third, starts with an abrupt awakening of three children in the night by their father who has found that their mother has deserted them.  Their ensuing cross-country journey to find her reveals many more unanswered questions, some that take years to resolve.

Forever Home

Sep 7, 2017
Two short haired brown and white dogs.
Kita-Animal Allies, Tux-Contented Critters

Kita is a gray and white large American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is 4 years and 3 months old. She came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for her new loving home! Kita is a warm, loving dog who loves to explore the outdoors! She enjoys being around people and loves scratches behind her ears. She will be spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated by the time of adoption.

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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.  They talk about the influence of European Americans that – intentional or otherwise – caused cultural changes to the Anishinaabe way of life.

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As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, about what it means to have a sustainable community, by improving social connectivity and creating local zoning plans that promote sustaining our regional ecosystem. 

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Our guest today is Paul Helstrom, the Renewable Program Lead at MN Power, whose job is to create a more user friendly renewable energy program for MN Power and our community.  He joins us to share more about their community solar program.

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A new exhibit goes up at the Duluth Art Institute called "Forever Home." The brainchild of Anne Dugan and KUMD's Lisa Johnson, the upcoming photo exhibit is a community show about adopted animals finding their forever homes.  

KUMD Northland Morning host is an Animal Allies volunteer who photographs the animals for the shelter's website and adoptable animals page.   The series includes before and after adoption images and stories, plus the c public was also invited to share photos or artwork of their animal adoption stories. 

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Tom Kasper talks about how the abundance of rain and resulting humidity in recent months is leading to a rise in powdery mildew, a fungal growth that affects many plants.  Gardeners are advised to look out for it, and possibly remove affected leaves to increase airflow around their plants help stave off its spread.

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Tristen Eberling from Ecolibrium3 about the Giving Comfort at Home program.  Many of our neighbors in Duluth are living in energy poverty.  Deciding whether to “heat or eat” happens too often with our long winters and old housing stock.

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Annie Dugan tells us about three big events coming up this week in the Duluth art scene:

- An exhibit at Zeitgeist by Kip Praslowicz - Watershed: Wild Humans,

- Sarah Brokke's exhibit, Reliquaries of the Sacred Feminine, opens this Friday at 315 Gallery, and

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Randy Hanson, PhD, the Co-Director of the Program in Environment and Sustainability at UMD about goings on at the UMD Land Lab, including their recently built "high tunnel" greenhouse, ongoing research in hydroponics, and the upcoming Farm Fest 2017 on September 17 at the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm.

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