Northland Morning Interviews

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Laura Palombi says making the use of Narcan a moral issue doesn't help anyone. 

And help is needed.  The assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy Duluth says the public health crisis that is the opiod epidemic has hit our area "really hard."

Palombi is taking part in a series of naloxone trainings for medical professionals, funded in part by a state grant aimed at  rapidly expanding treatment and recovery resources for people in hard-hit northeastern Minnesota.

But the real issue that's sparking a "frenzy of research now,"  Palombi says is "why."

The Duluth Experience

Duluth's dark past is again providing fodder for a Dark History Bus Tour this month.

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Organizer and activist Janet Kennedy weighs in on the challenges of finding a place to live in Duluth, the mayor's proposed sales tax increase to pay for street repair and what issues she finds most important.

We reached out to the campaign of  Barb Russ but they did not respond to our requests for interviews.

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Teacher and activist Rich Updegrove weighs in on the challenges of finding a place to live in Duluth, the mayor's proposed sales tax increase to pay for street repair and what issues he finds most important.

We reached out to the campaign of Barb Russ but they did not respond to our requests for interviews.

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In a world where the President of the United States tweets that the Secretary of State is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea, what role does diplomacy play on the world stage  - or does it have a role at all?

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina taught a lot of folks about emergency preparedness and procedures.  And the next year, it changed the landscape of animal welfare in this country when it comes to emergency response to people and pets.

Now rescue agencies are required by law to rescue companion animals along with people, thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act.

If you take your boring walk to the bus stop, the new notebooks and pencils and lined paper, and the drama over your date (or not) to the Homecoming Dance for granted - well, why shouldn't you?

Maija Jenson

Most people don't think of the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera as the Raiders of the Lost Ark of it's time ... but then, most people haven't watched it every day for a week, getting ready to accompany it in a special performance at the Sacred Heart Music Center.

More information about tonight's performance of The Phantom of the Opera is available here.

Everyone is invited to the QASU Fall Drag Show at UMD Saturday night ...

It's performance art, it's history and culture ... and all you need to know is that it's a riotously good time.

(Oh, and have a supply of dollar bills, which you will HAND people.  No tucking money into folks' clothes; just HAND it to them like a nice person.)

Life House's new expansion is a ten-bed teen emergency shelter called The Loft.

The lack of affordable housing in Duluth plus misinformation - or no information - about why kids end up on the streets means there is still a gap between the number of kids with nowhere to go every night in Duluth  (100 on average) and the number of beds available.

Lack of affordable housing ... and a lack of imagination?  Life House director Maude Dornfeld says most people "can't imagine not loving their kids."

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The irony isn't lost on those who study these things.

Neonicotinoid pesticides were developed originally because they were thought to be less toxic to birds and wildlife than other options.  

The effects on pollinators are becoming widely examined  - and they're troubling - but now the MN DNR is into the third year of a study to see what happens to sharp-tailed grouse exposed to the chemicals.

And they're asking Minnesota grouse hunters to help them collect samples.

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Despite what social media tells us (on our screens, no less), the line "The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening" did not come from George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984.

It did, however, come from the stage play based on the novel, an adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan that premiered in 2013.

Regardless, the book and the stage show have sparked plenty of discussion recently as they resonate with readers and audiences in ways Orwell never thought possible in 1949.

Ira Salmela

The theme of Finland's 100th birthday is yhdessä, which means "together" in English. And Finns aren't letting a little thing like the five thousand miles separating the home country from the US stand in the way of all kinds of celebrations.

  One is a performance of the Runebergskören BSB, a Swedish-speaking male choir from Porvoo, Finland. And another is the performance of The Reading Room at the Douglas County Historical Society, a play written by Ann Tuomi based on a real-life experience.

Minnesota Historical Society

The heartbreak of dementia, obviously, is losing the ability to connect with someone you love.

But the solution could soon be in the palm of your hand. 

The Minnesota Historical Society is the first museum outside the UK to adapt the National Museums Liverpool's House of Memories app, a collection of images designed to spark recognition, memories and conversations between folks with dementia and their caregivers or loved ones.

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