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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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©Wise Fool Shakespeare

Henry James' 1880 novel Washington Square was adapted into a play, The Heiress, in 1949.

But the book v. play conversation is just one debate you can enjoy after seeing this latest production from Duluth's Wise Fool Shakespeare.

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Even though the second half of the month was cooler than the first half, we still wound up with a slightly-warmer-than-normal June.

Add an inch more precipitation than usual (especially when places to the west of us are suffering through a drought), a few mushrooms and a bunch of butterflies and Larry Weber is a happy man!

Man in bright yellow hat, brightly striped shirt, and sunglasses sitting on a stool playing guitar
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Bobby Houle grew up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, grandson of a musician who's in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. A wild youth that included stints in prison prepared the legally blind musician for a career playing the blues. Houle released his first album in 2005 and has since released other projects and performed regularly, including blues festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He'll join us in the studio on Monday, July 3 at 2pm to give us a preview of a show the same night at 8 at Carmody Irish Pub.

MN DOT

Minnesota's Department of Transportation isn't the first state department you'd think of if you were trying to combat sex and labor trafficking in the state, but as Angela Forsythe points out, transportation of the victim is almost always involved.

And unfortunately, thanks to ports, railroads and major highways, not to mention big events like the Super Bowl that draw crowds to the state, Minnesota is a hotbed for the buying and selling of human beings.

Forever Home 6/28

Jun 29, 2017

Dashi | Animal Allies

Dashi is a two year old American Staffordshire Terrier who came to Animal Allies as a transfer from another rescue. He is a sweet boy who loves to spend time with people. Dashi is a special dog, not only because of his snuggly personality, but because he is blind. He doesn't let that slow him down, he loves to play especially with toys that make noise. Dashi is looking for a home as the only pet.

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Part artistic endeavor, part social experiment, part intercultural icebreaker ... Lake Superior Community Theatre announces plans to produce Fences, August Wilson's  Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play about the black cultural experience in America.

Director Paul Deaner on why "somebody has to start the ball rolling somewhere here," informational drop-in sessions rather than auditions, how he expects to learn and be taught along the way by his cast and his hopes to begin discussions about getting more shows by and for people of color here in the Northland.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper on what our rainy day/sunny day/ rainy day pattern might be good for.

©Christopher Selleck

Exhibits by Christopher Selleck, Jonathan Thunder, Robert Dewitt Adams and Elizabeth LaPensee open this week at the Duluth Art Institute.

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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

John Prine playing guitar
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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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