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

Duluth Art Institute

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  Annie Dugan brings you a comprehensive look at Where's Art every Monday morning at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

More information about the Gallery Talk with Andy Sturdevant

More information about the WTF! 2018 exhibit

©Fathers Rise Together

A man phoned Devoted Dads/Fathers Rise Together yesterday at the end of his rope.

"I need more," he said, "because I'm losing my mind and no one is hearing me."

ChaQuanna McIntyre, the group's founder, gets it.

And whether you're a dad looking for camaraderie with other dads or support and help to build a better relationship with y0ur kids, this father-focused program is there.

More information is also available at 218-461-1722.

©Laura Erickson. Used with permission.

It's March, and things are startin'!

Clinton Nienhaus, head naturalist for the Friends of the Sax-Zim Bog says it's the intersection of a lot of different things, actually.

Love is in the air for ravens, crow, gray jays and others ... some waterfowl have begun returning to the area as well as some raptors ... and still other birds bid adieu to the Northland because - the weather is too nice?

UMD YOUmatter

Social media gets a bad rap when it comes to cyber-bullying or just making people feel bad about themselves when their lives don't seem to measure up.

But a group at UMD is doing what they can to turn that around, and use the pervasive power of Facebook, Twitter and the like to let people in the community know they're not alone.

UMD YOUmatter is on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Back before John Shuster and Jessie Diggins won Olympic gold ... and even when people still thought Chad Salmela was a quiet, laid-back sports commentator, KUMD was bringing you live coverage from the Winter Games in Vancouver and Sochi.

Four years before Jessie Diggins would learn about it first hand at the 2018 Winter Games, she talked with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela about how it feels to win a medal "where you never have before."

Andy Miah/Flickr

Duluth native Robb Stauber, who served as the head coach of the gold medal winning US Women's Olympic Hockey Team in PyeongChang, is a former pro hockey player and UMD women's hockey goalie coach. In 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Stauber was the goalie coach for the U.S. Women's Olympic Team in Sochi.

In this interview from 2014, Stauber talks about preparation with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela.

Forever Home 3/1

Mar 1, 2018


This is Bear. He is an adult male Shepherd mix. When Bear came to us he had zero manners and didn't even know how to play with toys. Chris has worked very hard with Bear. He loves to fetch, is learning his commands, and walking so much better on a leash. Now he needs a family to throw that ball and go for walks.


provided by Glenn DelGuidice/MN DNR

Two-thirds of Minnesota's moose die of health issues like brainworm and tick infestations.

But as the MN DNR's Moose Project leader explains, the solution isn't nearly as simple as the nature programs on TV would have us think. 

©Lisa Johnson

The group Howling for Wolves is renewing their call to ban snares in Minnesota, an issue that resurfaced this month after a wolf was seen near Duluth with one wrapped around its muzzle. 

Although it's illegal to snare wolves, is is legal to snare coyotes, but opponents say dogs, songbirds and even moose and deer are killed or maimed by them.

William E. Lewis Jr./Facebook

Two days after UMD announced another pair of Active Shooter Event training sessions for students, faculty and staff, 17 people were killed and 14 more wounded in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  Annie Dugan brings you a comprehensive look at Where's Art every Monday morning at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

More information on the Phenomenal call for entries

More information on the Park Point Art Fair call for entries

©Dakota Wicohan

Sixth grade in Minnesota traditionally means a lot of learning about lakes and iron ore and Scandinavian immigrants, and usually there's a field trip to the State Capitol thrown in.

But the part of the state's history that deals with its first nations is either glossed over or skipped altogether, and in addition to leaving non-native students clueless about a large part of Minnesota's past - and a large part of our population - it makes Native students feel as though their experience has been erased.

©Brave Art/PAVSA Youth Advisory Board

About three years ago, someone at PAVSA (Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault) Youth Advisory Board  asked a survivor of sexual exploitation and trafficking to describe themself in one word. 

Cultures define themselves in many ways, frequently with reference to the natural world.

On the surface, it's hard to see that as a bad thing.

But as we delve further into ecology ("a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments, the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment"), is the stumbling block to finding answer the way we see nature ... or just human beings?