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Local parents and the Duluth School District are in agreement that the shredded rubber mulch on local school playgrounds needs to go ... but, as always, money is an issue.

So Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds decided an Earth Day event would be just the ticket.

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.

The theme for this year's Citizens in Action workshop is "Passion, Participation, Persistence."

Duluth League of Women Voters member Rosie Loeffler-Kemp says it's particularly apt.

What can we do locally with our reactions to what's happening nationally?

Loeffler-Kemp says, start by attending the workshop.

Some difficult conversations ... some troubling behaviors.  Rosie Loeffler-Kemp is a longtime member of the Duluth League of Women Voters and a member of the school board, and she says the recent election has made people more comfortable with sharing intolerant opinions - including public school students.

Back in the day, the Duluth League of Women Voters had to stop printing their complete voter guide because it simply became too expensive.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, though, all 76 pages of it (or breakdowns by individual races) are available for folks to view or download here.

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Between figuring out what the candidates stand for ... and then figuring out where you're supposed to stand (in line to vote),  election time can be stressful.

  Some wouldn't expect the League of Women Voters at an event highlighting sustainability, but you'll find them at this year's Lake Superior Harvest Festival. We speak with Ellen Wiss, a board member of the League of Women Voters, to tell us about their mission - at the festival and in general – to help voters register for the election and to help them learn about candidates and referendums on the fall ballot

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In the early morning hours of June 12, 50 people were killed and another 49 wounded in what's being called the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

But 60 people were shot to death last weekend.  And 75 were wounded, according to Gun Violence Archive, including a 34 year old woman and her four children, aged between 3-14 in Roswell, New Mexico and two people were killed and two injured the same day in California before the perpetrator turned the gun on himself.

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The Duluth League of Women Voters wants you to know you don't have to come up with an excuse any more if you want to vote an absentee ballot.

The change to "no excuses" absentee voting is just one Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon talked about earlier this month at the League's annual meeting.

More information can be found on the League's page and on the Secretary of State's website.

On the surface, campaign finance reform seems like a non-starter.  

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Rachel Loeffler-Kemp joins us this morning to talk about Women's History Month, being named after one of the guiding lights of the women's suffrage movement, and her take as a second-generation member of the League of Women Voters.

More information about the League of Women Voters Duluth can be found here.

  We talk with Bill Gronseth, Superintendent of Duluth Public Schools, about the fourth annual series of meetings titled "Think Kids: Our School, Our Community, Our Future." Thirteen meetings will be held in the next several weeks at different city schools.  They intend to foster an open forum to review and discuss school procedures, strategies, and policies in ISD 709.  

Those who cannot attend a meeting are invited to participate online, by mail or phone.  

Finding a cause you're passionate about isn't the problem - figuring out how to get your message across and how to enact change: that's the problem.

The solution is the League of Women Voters annual Citizens in Action Workshop.

This year, local environmental activist John Doberstein is one of the speakers and he previews a secret weapon in the arsenal of anyone who's trying to get the ear of someone else: the perfectly crafted elevator speech.

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If you think the bad old days of the Twin Ports as a hub for sex trafficking became a thing of the past with 9/11 and the advent of Homeland Security, think again.

Thanks to the internet, it's just gone underground.

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