Northland Morning Interviews

2018 kicks off in grand style from the KUMD studios with this time-honored tradition from One Vegetable, One Community. See video of the announcement here.

Duluth Community Garden Program

Maybe the ultimate goal would be a community garden every ten blocks all through the city of Duluth.

But in the meantime, the Duluth Community Garden Program contents itself overseeing 20 gardens, 255 rentable plots, providing resources for gardeners from shovels to canning lessons, and bringing the community together through food and gardening.

This interview originally aired on December 5, 2017.

Every year at this time KUMD brings you a special series called Caring and Sharing.  We interview people from local non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the Northland -- what they give TO the community and what they need FROM us during this holiday season.  Our guest this morning on the Caring and Sharing Holiday series is Mary Schmitz, the Development Director of CHUM in Duluth.

This interview originally aired on November 28, 2017

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Just this morning on Radio Gallery, North House Folk School Director Greg Wright said, "This world somehow makes us think we need permission to do things. 

Minnesota Ballet

Robert Gardener started his life in dance as a mouse.

A mouse in the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker, that is.

Then, as so many dancers do, he moved up in the ranks of the cast as he gained experience and skill.

After 25 years in Duluth, over 30 years of dancing Tchaikovsky's lush score and three different productions of Allen Field's choreography, Gardner is the artistic director and ballet master of the Minnesota Ballet.

In just over a week, you could lose your access to some of your favorite streaming content on the internet or have to pay more for it ...

The FCC's vote on net neutrality next Thursday could lead to a definite chill on consumer's access to Netflix and other web content that, until now, has been available to everyone for the same price - and at the same speed.

UMD Intercollegiate Athletics

If you were last in UMD's Romano Gymnasium, oh, say, around 1987 or so ... nothing much has changed.

But it's about to.

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A flurry of sick leave and minimum wage laws took effect in 2017, including in Minnesota: St Paul and Minneapolis both passed sick leave laws that went into force on July 1, 2017.  Duluth may be the next city to follow suit. Over the past year, the Duluth City Council has convened an Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force to study public views on sick leave laws and to collect input from residents and businesses alike.

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week on Student Views, host Pavel Arkhipenkov shares his conversation with Ellie Gerst, Editor in Chief for "The Bark." Listen for more about recent changes at the UMD school newspaper, the history of the name and current projects at "The Bark." 

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The Duluth School Board didn't see the rubber mulch controversy coming when formulating a ten year plan.

So having to replace the rubber mulch with engineered wood chips was a million-dollar expense they hadn't planned for.

The good news? The project is going to cost about $60-thousand dollars less than they thought.

The bad news?  Changing all the plans will eat up about $12,500 of that.

Lisa Johnson

Dori Decker tells her students every time they meet: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

UMD's Wellness Coordinator uses the words of Mahatma Gandhi to underscore the message of Got Your Back! UMD,  a bystander intervention initiative.

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