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

red.raleigh [via Flickr]

We speak with Jennifer Teegarden, a forestry outreach specialist with the MN Department of Natural Resources about how the DNR goes about selecting the holiday tree to be placed at the Minnesota Governor's residence each year.  Also, she recommends using real trees rather than manufactured trees as they can be mulched and returned to the environment – storing carbon rather than releasing it. 

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A flurry of sick leave and minimum wage laws took effect in 2017, including in Minnesota: St Paul and Minneapolis both passed sick leave laws that went into force on July 1, 2017.  Duluth may be the next city to follow suit. Over the past year, the Duluth City Council has convened an Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force to study public views on sick leave laws and to collect input from residents and businesses alike.

Paul LaJeunesse/Duluth Art Institute

The week kicks off with an artist talk;  Paul LaJeunesse offers insights about his exhibit Laurentian, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 - 7 pm at the DAI Morrison Gallery.

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week on Student Views, host Pavel Arkhipenkov shares his conversation with Ellie Gerst, Editor in Chief for "The Bark." Listen for more about recent changes at the UMD school newspaper, the history of the name and current projects at "The Bark." 

Jason Crotty/Flickr

Larry Weber says he can go years between sightings of northern birds like Black-backed Woodpeckers and Red Crossbills.

But he's seen plenty of them this year, along with a number of wild turkeys who have discovered his feeders.

Christopher Sessums/Flickr

The Duluth School Board didn't see the rubber mulch controversy coming when formulating a ten year plan.

So having to replace the rubber mulch with engineered wood chips was a million-dollar expense they hadn't planned for.

The good news? The project is going to cost about $60-thousand dollars less than they thought.

The bad news?  Changing all the plans will eat up about $12,500 of that.

On this Thanksgiving Day, Sioux (Oglala Lakota) chef Sean Sherman is being treated by his family.

Lisa Johnson

Dori Decker tells her students every time they meet: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

UMD's Wellness Coordinator uses the words of Mahatma Gandhi to underscore the message of Got Your Back! UMD,  a bystander intervention initiative.

Forever Home 11/23

Nov 23, 2017

Dub
Dub is a 4 year old male Blue Heeler. He was brought in by his owner who could not keep him. He is a really nice dog, friendly, listens well. 

©NRRI

Not much about coal is simple anymore.

Whether it's being criticized as a dirty fuel or defended as part of a mining lifestyle, coal even played a part in the last presidential election.

So because of - or perhaps in spite of - the controversy about coal, NRRI's latest biofuelis coming along at just the right time.

©Michigan DNR

Wisconsin raised a few eyebrows by doing away with the minimum age for mentored hunting last week.

Some people were worried at the prospect of little kids out in the woods, adult mentors or not.  But Chief Conservation Warden of the WI DNR, Todd Schaller, says statistics show young hunters have a better safety record than older, more experienced ones.

MN Sea Grant

Scrounging around your car for quarters.

Leaping up from class or a meeting and running out to plug the meter before it expires.

That sinking feeling when you spot the brightly-colored little envelope tucked under your windshield wiper.

No more, Duluthians.

It still costs to park, of course, in Duluth and on the UMD campus, but now you can download an app that will let you find parking,  feed the meter,

©Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

Terry Medina knows a thing or two about fatherhood.

The father of seven has been working in counseling and corrections more than 45 years, including 17 spent teaching the Fatherhood is Sacred curriculum. That program has become so successful that one county wanted the program expanded to all fathers who come through the court system, even non-native ones.

Instead of the frequent assumption that fathers are responsible for many social ills, Medina says, "if you show them (fathers) the way, they can be a blessing." And that's despite, as he says the way "as men we're our own worst enemy."

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