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

©Community Action Duluth

Caught between the conversion to filing taxes online and being unable to hire them done, folks without computers, confused by computers or just plain confused by their taxes have a variety of options for free help.

More information on

Community Action Duluth's Free Tax Site

UMD's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

World Naked Gardening Day

Master gardener Tom Kasper celebrates the first day of spring with some pruning tasks for outdoors, some seed-starting tasks for indoors, and social media's fascination with World Naked Gardening Day.

Pavel Arkhipenkov

Today, Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov welcomes Legislative Relations Committee Director Jacob Griffiths to discuss UMD lobbying efforts and plans for 2018. The LRC, is a Student Association sub-committee that "facilitates students to work with legislators at the local, state, and federal levels to pursue meaningful change pertaining to issues facing UMD students, such as higher education funding." ~ from the UMD Student Association website.

Student Association

©Sparky Stensaas. Used with permission.

Two years ago at this time, the Northland was bracing for a foot of snow.  29 years ago, it was -12 in Duluth.

We're looking at temps in the 40s and 50s this weekend; perfect time to scout out some Gray Jays building nests or watching Red Crossbills enjoying this year's bumper crop of pine cones.

©Mooster History

Twenty-five thousand kids across Minnesota put their history chops on display throughout the state earlier this year, and those winners are duking it out now in 12 regional competitions, hoping to make it to State at the end of April.

But the real story may be students as young as 12 developing thesis statements, researching their topics and doing the kind of thoughtful analysis that, the world tells us, we need more of.

Forever Home 3/15

Mar 15, 2018


Goldie is a 6-year-old Shepherd/Retriever mix. She gets along with other dogs and is still full of energy!


Cheetah is a beautiful 8-year-old tabby cat. He is a Domestic Medium hair adult looking for a place to call his new home!


From adding fresh produce grown at UMD to today's rollout of compostable cups and straws, the U's Dining Services and Office of Sustainability are making big strides with a little tiny footprint.


Remember being a little kid and kissing yourself in the mirror?

When did that stop - and why?

UMD's recent Kiss the Mirror event decided to tackle the issue head on.

(You can listen to the TED Talk that preceeded the program, Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad For You with Meaghan Ramsey here.)

Melissa Boyd

When Melissa Boyd started her Ojibwe language studies with elders, she discovered she was learning more than words.

For one thing, her studies were teaching her things about herself as an Anishinabe person; things that weren't included in public school or even tribal school curricula.

She believes that part of low Native graduation rates have to do with missing pieces of their education: students don't learn about themselves, their issues, their community, their strengths and their history.

What stands out about a person when they're gone?

Carol Lafavor died in 2011, but her legacy is that of a pioneer in the places where gender, sexuality, social justice, HIV/AIDS awareness and being Native intersect.

Forever Home 3/8

Mar 8, 2018

Razor Razor is an adult Lab/Chow mix Razor has been with us since 2013 after his owner died. He is a great dog, he just doesn't do so well with other animals. He is a hunter. He is a rodent destroyer. He loves kids and people and is very playful 
DaisyDaisy is a Muted Calico domestic shorthair cat. She is 12 years old and is looking for a new loving home! 

Lisa Johnson

Jessica Looman is feeling pretty good about the state of solar energy in Minnesota.

What's got the state commerce commissioner "walking on sunshine"?

Minnesota's solar capacity between 2015 and 2016 grew almost three times - to put that in perspective, the 476 megawatts added in 2017 is enough electricity to power 53,000 more homes.

Add to that declining prices, increased consumer demand and 57,000 clean energy jobs in the state, Minnesotans may be inclined to quote Timbuk 3 from back in the day: "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades".

Many of the speakers at the Twin Ports 2018 Women's March wanted to see more inclusivity in the community and in organizing around issues of feminism and social justice.

  Trans Plus took them at their word, and the result is a joint panel discussion and community conversation tonight at the Prøve Collective.

Krishna Kumar/Flickr

Having Olympians in the studio this morning got us thinking: what's the deal with competitive gardening?

Master Gardener Tom Kasper explains.

©Lisa Johnson

Several of the most magical moments of the 2018 Winter Games were created by Minnesotans.

The US Women's Hockey team beating Canada in the final game.