Northland Morning Interviews

Midnight Oil Studio and Workshop

2-D artist and screen printer Jonathan Metzger on why no one ever brags they do better screen printing in their basement, and why art offers important training in analytical thinking.

Atelier & Stone

Jewelry artist Louise Payjack-Guillou on the line between creativity and commercial success, and the definitive answer to the question: "I tried on this ring and it's stuck; how do I get if off?!"

Ray Shelerud

Ceramicist Ray Shelerud on the "grand passion" of his life ... and where people really are when they call in sick from work. (Hint: check the area clay studios.)

CHUM

"They don't usually like the court at first," admits Deb Holman, ruefully.

But an innovative collaboration between legal professionals and community support service providers (Holman is a Street Outreach Worker for CHUM) is helping to break the cycle of homelessness, chemical dependency, mental illness and crime.

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Joel Kilgour sighs.

Maybe the plan was "overly ambitious," he says.

Joel has spent the better part of the last 20 years with the Loaves and Fishes Community, working on behalf of people struggling with poverty, homelessness and "housing insecurity."

In 2007, St. Louis County launched A Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In 2017, the crisis of homelessness has not abated, but all is far from lost.

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The perceived "east-west divide" in Duluth is significant, especially when it comes to socio-economic barriers and even a ten-year discrepancy in life expectancy, depending on where you live.

Could meeting in the middle somewhere, say, Canal Park, help get people thinking in a new way?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation think so, and they're willing to shell out $200,000 to find out.  

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Living in a food desert is bad enough - that's defined as an area vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas - but it's worse when you live 20 or 30 miles from the closest place that sells anything to eat at all.

    We talk with Esther Gieschen, Program Manager and Interim Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Summer College at UWS about the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Forum, on June 15 as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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Non-profit theater and arts company Twin Ports Stage has been working for years to create an arts & event center in Superior.

From the star-struck teen who recorded KUMD's RPM show onto cassette night after night, to the man  behind the mic creating curated music performances, KUMD alum Jon Heyesen (1997-01) shares some of his memories with KUMD Program Director Maija Jenson.

Avenues for Homeless Youth

It depends on who you ask.

Some information says 18% of all homeless kids are LGBTQ; some information says it's upwards of 40%.

But one thing doesn't change: the rejection.

Avenues for Homeless Youth is pioneering a foster home program for LGBTQ teens that's becoming a national model - and it's not about charity; it's about solidarity.

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Richard Hansen might consider sending Jessica Chastain an invitation.

The Oscar-winning actress called for more women storytellers and filmmakers after serving as a judge at the Cannes Film Festival, and called the world's view of women through film "quite disturbing."

Duluth Public Arts Commission

It's more fun than street repair or replacing old sewer pipes ... and it's got its own funding stream.

Now there are five goals and five "next steps" outlined by the mayor, UMD's School of Fine Arts and the Duluth Public Arts Commission to cultivate the arts, engage neighborhoods, expand the audience for all kinds of arts - and git 'er done.

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Navajo/Lakota psychiatrist Dr Melvina Bissonette on finding home thousands of miles from where she grew up, the need for native physicians and particularly psychiatrists in Indian Country, and the importance of holding your own with winter war stories.

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