Northland Morning Interviews

(l to r) Professor Terresa Hardaway (Outstanding Achievement in Academic Equality), Rachel Goodsky (Community Award for Leadership and Service) and D’Andre Robinson (Youth Leader of Excellence 2018)Credit ©Ivy VainioEdit | Remove

A teacher and business woman who is a mentor and role model for young girls.  

An Anishinabe advocate for women's rights, helping to build confidence in young women and offering support to those seeking sobriety.

Michele Beeksma recently gave a talk at the Duluth Depot titled, “Understanding Chippewa 1854 Treaty Rights in Northeast Minnesota, 1854 to the Present.” She discussed past events and individuals related to the 1854 Treaty and examined the legal and cultural viewpoints of how people are currently implementing their treaty rights.

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What if there was a way to identify which kids are most vulnerable to the siren songs of drugs and alcohol?

Norah Shapiro

"Time for Ihan," directed by Norah Shapiro comes to Duluth at 3p.m. on Saturday, at Zinema 2. This Minnesota-made documentary film captures the journey to elected office for Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American elected to state office in the United States. Director Shapiro will be in attendance for a post showing Q&A and joins us here on Radio Gallery.

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The gerrymander has been with us for literally, hundreds of years.

So what can slay the beast?  Legal scholars?  Political science?

Believe it or not: math.

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Duluth's Lakewalk is twenty years old, so the city  was planning to proceed with a "mini-master plan" in November of 2017 to look at an upgrade.

Of course, by the time November rolled around, the Lakewalk had been devastated by 15-foot waves and, in some spots, four feet of shoreline had been washed away.

Minnesota Senator John Marty says when you explain universal health care to people, they're in favor of it.

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It's no coincidence that the Duluth Dylan Festival is paying a bit more attention to the literary aspect of its favorite son's career, now that he's a Nobel laureate.

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KUMD's Northland Morning host, Lisa Johnson, writes:

'I saw a video a while back with a nine year old, dressed in some kind of Elizabethan costume, singing an aria.

'So I sent it to my friend Elias Mokole, an opera singer and voice instructor here at UMD.

'"It’s beautiful," he wrote back, "except that she’s ruining her voice."

'Seriously?'

Most people who go to a tattoo parlor are looking for body art.  But one Duluth couple found love.  UMD Journalism student Katherine Burke has the story.

The Duluth Playhouse / Underground Theatre

What started as a few friends dancing for fun at home has become a production at the Underground Theatre of The Pursuit of Love, a familiar journey through life in the search for "true love."  With cabaret flair, the show is filled with dancing, singing and comedic skits, featuring the music of Etta James, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Christina Aquilera.  The show performs tonight and tomorrow night at the Underground.  

Lisa Johnson

A couple of things seemed to emerge from last month's Local Solutions to End Poverty Accountability Session: Duluth's lack of housing - and the cost of the housing there is - is becoming an issue for people of all income levels in the Northland.
 
One solution is the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund ... but where is $3 million dollars a year going to come from?

One city councilor has a suggestion - but says you didn't hear it from him.

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Many wild animal moms leave their babies alone for lengths of time human moms would never consider.

Unlike two-legged mothers who love to show off their kids, animal moms disappear so they don't draw attention from predators to their little ones.

It's just one of the many ways caring for baby animals seems counter-intuitive to humans, and mistakes on our part can have fatal consequences. Luckily for us, help is just a click - or a phone call away.

©Mike Mayou. Used with permission.

High winds toppled acres of trees in July of 2016.  High winds, high waves and snow in October 2017.  More snow and dangerous waves on Lake Superior last month.

The occurrence - and recurrence - of severe storms is a topic of conversation these days, especially among the folks tasked with putting the damaged Lakewalk back together.  In fact, repairs from last fall's damage weren't even complete when the April 15 storm wrecked parts of it all over again.

Dog parks aren't just fun for dogs.

They're good for people ... and the local economy.

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