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

Tom Kasper

Tom Kasper is wondering where he can get some snow.

"February 20th and my bee balm is sprouting," he writes on his Facebook page.  "I'm all for an early spring. But this is a little too early!"

Perhaps the immortal words of Simon and Garfunkel are what our perennials need about now:

Slow down; you move too fast

You've got to make the winter last ...!

NASA/Bill Ingalls

It's not that the teachers at Lincoln Park's new middle school are locked away in their ivory towers.

It's just that the brand-new building is at the end of a mile-long uphill drive.  And it's not on the city bus route.

That means for some parents of Lincoln Park students, many of whom don't have cars, getting to school for parent-teacher conferences or other activities can be a challenge.

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Bill sends some shout-outs this morning:  to Gerhard Richter on the occasion of his 85th birthday this month and to Ed Newman of Ennyman fame, a local writer and reporter on art.

Courtesy Vince Rock

Remember hearing about doctors making house calls?

People living on the Leech Lake reservation don't always have transportation to get to one of the seven community clinics.  And it's a big place.  Composed of 972 square miles (and a fourth of that is water) and eleven communities spread out over parts of four counties, the tribe found a solution:  don't just bring a doctor to people living in remote areas, bring the entire clinic.

Crimson Clear Productions/The Duluth Playhouse

Don't be surprised if there's a rush line crowd outside the Depot this weekend, trying to get into the last performances of Green Day's American Idiot.

The Underground's artistic director, Robert Lee, says a deep connection to the music on 2009's concept album - and the stage show that followed - has people who wanted to be in, work on and now see the show coming out in droves.

Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith is in Duluth today, talking economic development with business leaders.

But she took some time to talk with KUMD's Maija Jenson about the budget surplus and the Governor's proposals with regard to higher education.

Len Blumin/Flickr

Larry says the weekend's predicted mild temperatures are perfect for seeing melty "tree circles" around deciduous trees, bright red red osier dogwood, pussy willow and quaking aspen buds and maybe even a horned lark.

Meanwhile ... the maple sap is flowing!

Forever Home 2/16

Feb 16, 2017

Nala | Contented Critters

Meet Nala. Nala is a 7 yr old Lab/Heeler mix. She was rescued off a euthanasia list. She came in so frightened but boy does she love the attention now. She is adorable, and as round as she is tall. She would like a family to be kind and loving and get her some exercise. She deserves this, she is a good girl.

Monty | Animal Allies

Bag It: The Movie

The movie Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? proposes that it's not just plastic grocery bags that are the problem.

It's all kinds of plastics, from single-use disposables like straws and take out containers to the plastics that end up in landfills and foul our oceans.

Scott Moore/Flickr

Historically, the incidence of house fires is declining, so Captain Aaron Bujold of the Duluth Fire Department calls the recent spate of them an "anomaly."

In the eight Northland fires since the beginning of the month, two people have been injured and four have died, including  an as-yet unidentified man in a Lakeside neighborhood fire last night.

Two physical assaults on women last month, within an hour of each other.

A woman pushed to the ground near the Bagley Outdoor Classroom and held there while the man robbed her.

There are a variety of actions people can take to minimize their vulnerability, says Lt. Tim LeGarde of the UMD Police Department .... but perhaps the best idea is one many college students employ without really thinking about it.

Courtesy Tweed Museum of Art

Fans of Where's Art? with Annie Dugan join us in welcoming not only Ellis Sinclair Dugan to the world (last Friday) but artist, retired teacher and tireless volunteer Bill Shipley to Where's Art?

Alwyn Ladell, Daniel Sempértegui and Chris HE/Flickr

Perhaps a nerd is nothing more than someone who is really, really passionate and excited about something.

Like, concrete.  Or the films of Michael Bay.  Or StarCraft 2.

But the deeper and more significant question becomes: if you or the thing you're most nerdy about take hold of the public imagination, does that mean you (or it) are now cool?  And if so, can you still be called a nerd? 

©Jessica Michna

Tony Tracy says, if you want to be considered an expert in something, you have to know it at least "three questions deep."

Jessica Michna, an actress from Wisconsin acclaimed  for her portrayals of historic women, returns to the Douglas County Historical Society for two performances as Mary Todd Lincoln this weekend. 

Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr

Larry Weber navigated the windy conditions this morning and talks spectacular sunsets, a lunar eclipse and the new finch who showed up at his feeder this week: the white-winged crossbill. 

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