Northland Morning

Monday-Friday 6-9am

A mix of music to get you a great start on your day, plus fun features and interviews with a local perspective.

Weekly Schedule
6:08am | (M—F) 90 Second Naturalist
6:32am | Stardate
7:00am | (M) Minnesota Native News; (T—F) MN 90
7:08am | Earth Wise
7:32am | For the Birds with Laura Erickson
7:45am | (Th) Forever Home; (F) Radio Gallery
8:00am | Community Interviews; (F) Radio Theatre
8:20am | KUMD Features
>>(M) Where's Art?
>>(T) Tips for Hardy Gardeners | The Sea Grant Files
>>(W) Green Visions
>>(Th) MN Reads
>>(F) Backyard Almanac
8:40am | National Native News

Less than a month ago, there was still ice and snow on the ground.

Which means, despite a weekend forecast of mid to upper 80s, the season for spring ephemerals is a little more ephemeral than usual.

©Mike Mayou

Duluth's Lakewalk is twenty years old, so the city  was planning to proceed with a "mini-master plan" in November of 2017 to look at an upgrade.

Of course, by the time November rolled around, the Lakewalk had been devastated by 15-foot waves and, in some spots, four feet of shoreline had been washed away.

Lorin Robinson talks about this work of historical fiction, and the modern-day pitfalls of writing across cultural lines.

"The 13: Ashi-niswi" is published by Open Books.

Minnesota Senator John Marty says when you explain universal health care to people, they're in favor of it.

Inter-Tribal Maple Syrup Producers Cooperative/Facebook

Maybe it's hard to really internalize what rising ocean levels, for instance, mean when you live in the middle of the country.

But the effect climate change could have on the maple syrup we make every spring?

That's something to pay attention to,

Commons

The Sea Grant wraps up their 2018 season with a focus on research happening in the Northland, like how beaver dams affect water flow and trout populations.  Other work shared this week involves rip current safety research as well as  advances in preventing zebra mussels hitching a ride on ships. 

mtarvainen, The Wolf Law Library/Flickr

It's no coincidence that the Duluth Dylan Festival is paying a bit more attention to the literary aspect of its favorite son's career, now that he's a Nobel laureate.

Bill Gronseth/Facebook

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  

green heron: Tommy P. World/Flickr, sora: Becky Matsubara/Flickr, bittern: cuatrok77/Flickr

Who woulda thunk, in the midst of the April 15 blizzard, that a month later we'd hit a record-breaking 88 degrees?

In fact, who woulda thunk on Wednesday that we'd plummet from 88 to 52 by Thursday?

Yup.  It's May in the Northland.

kiwinky/Flickr

When people reach the breaking point - that's when you'd think they'd turn to Healthy Expressions Rage Room in Duluth.

The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told - and told in a certain way.

So when Susan Bartlett Foote came across the diary of Engla Schey, with accounts and photographs of the conditions in mid-20th century Minnesota mental institutions, she knew these were forgotten - but vitally important - stories about forgotten people.

anonymous object/Flickr

You're in your car, headed to the store.

Your boss asks if they can see you for a moment and then asks you to close the door.

You hear a raised voice from outside.

Forever Home 5/17

May 17, 2018
Collage of Pets
Animal Allies and Contented Critters

Tom is an 11 year old Black Lab who was surrendered by his owner. But don't let his age fool you. He is very healthy, happy, and LOVES everyone. He needs a kind soul to give him a spot in their home and shower him with love for the time he has left. He is such a good boy.  Gizzie is a 3 year old calico Domestic Short Hair. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home!

Skye

There are different viewpoints on what constitutes a long song.  When it comes to writing, Bob Dylan has spun some long yarns like the 11 verse "Hurricane" or 10 verses of Desolation Row.  Never have they seemed so long as when written out, by hand, stenciled in 2 inch type.  "Some of his longer songs are 27 feet long" says installation artist Skye.

Karen Roe/Flickr

Tom Kasper isn't a doctor, and he doesn't even play one on the radio.

But he is a master gardener.  And as we begin Mental Health Week on KUMD,  it turns out he knows a thing or two about how gardening can be good for what ails you.

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