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Veteran's Voices returns to KUMD, weekdays at 7am on Northland Morning.  Tune in each morning in November to hear personal, first-hand accounts form Minnesota Vietnam Veterans. With episodes of "The Jungle," "The Boy Officer" and "Living with PTSD" Minnesota veterans recount the weight they carry from the Vietnam War. 

Timothy Pearce

 

Thousands of women are locked up in U.S. prisons and one Minnesota Group is working to get books in the hands of the incarcerated. The Women's Prison Book Project based in Minneapolis's the Seward neighborhood, organizes donations to prisoners nationwide. Dixie Treichel from KAXE reports.

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Seatbelts, more responsible behaviour and a decline in drug abuse boosted Minnesota to #1 in the latest Kids Count report* ... and the state achieved that ranking even though the child poverty rate increased to 14%.  Trouble is, the child poverty rate nationally has increased even more dramatically.  So although there is something to celebrate with this latest report, it doesn't tell the whole story.

This morning we wrap up our Talking Politics series, checking in with our state legislators.  Freshmen Representative Jennifer Schultz is serving in her first elected public office and shares how this first session is going; from committee work to how she advocates for Duluth. 

Contact your state representative Jennifer Schultz

For Women’s History Month we honor Tina Smith, the newly elected Lt. Governor of Minnesota, extending the 30 years history of women who’ve held this elected position. Smith has been a trusted and integral part of our executive leadership in Minnesota and we look forward to her work as Lieutenant Governor of our great state.

KUMD continues "Talking Politics" with our state legislators.  Not every state has a two chambers, but Minnesota has a State House of Representatives and a State Senate. In our system, Duluth for all intents and purposes has one senator, Roger Reinert. 

This month, KUMD is connecting you with your legislators as they enter into heavy debate in St. Paul on the 2015-16 Budget.  Some our Representatives have been at this longer than many, Mary Murphy, who has served our region for 39 years. 

 

This month, KUMD is connecting you with your legislators as they enter into heavy debate in St. Paul on the 2015-16 Budget. With Minnesota the State Legislature in full swing, we are checking in with those who represent Duluth and the surrounding area.  Listen as KUMD is "Talking Politics" with Representative Erik Simonson: District 7B on Northland Morning.

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