Northland Morning Interviews

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UMD's 2nd Annual Creativity Conference begins tomorrow and this year's theme is creativity across disciplines and cultures.

Bill Payne is the dean of the College of Fine Arts and he joins us to talk about chances for students and the public to meet with the guest artists and share ideas.

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Dave Woodward, adjunct professor of African-American History at UMD sheds some light on a little pocket of history in Duluth's Central Hillside: the Paul Robeson Ballroom.

David Romano is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, a social worker at Amberwing, and a person with depression.  He says opening up conversations about mental illness might have made a difference to the Germanwings pilot who may have deliberately crashed a passenger plane last week. Plus he says  his bike ride across America will be scary and difficult - much like mental illness itself.

Sarah Brokke
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Artist Sarah Brokke joined us to talk about turning 35, and how it became the genesis of  her Gratitude Project: a series of portraits of local artists who inspired her.

Connection, inspiration, being human and other gifts from the process - Sarah Brokke explains.

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. 

Shaye Moris is the executive director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. She talks about their work keeping food out of the landfills and into hungry Northlanders.

Hermantown Hockey

After their sixth consecutive appearance at the Minnesota State Hockey Final,  the Hermantown varsity boys team came home - as runners-up, again - but with a grace and good humor that many professional sportsmen could learn from.  We talk with their coach, Bruce Plante.

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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Kim LaBo of the Healthy Legacy Coalition talks about a bill before the Minnesota Legislature that would make sure the public has information about any children's product that might contain toxic chemicals. 

3/18 Electric Buses

Mar 18, 2015
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A recent federal grant to the Duluth Transit Authority will bring some new improvements to the DTA fleet.  Two words: electric buses.  DTA Director Jim Heilig explains.

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The pending legality of medical marijuana in July means city administrators are facing something they've never faced before: setting up zoning regulations for the production and sale of it. Charles Froseth is the City Planning Director.

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Jill Pinkney Pastrana, dean of UMD's College of Education and Human Service Professions says things will be easier now ... but students and faculty have been studying in Cuba all along.

MPIRG - Minnesota Public Interest Research Group

Whitney Morgan heads the Environmental Task Force at UMD's MPIRG chapter (MN Public Interest Research Group) and she says the organization offers a lot of varied learning experiences.

Two deaths, days apart, of Midewiwin  people have brought the conflict between secular practices and religious beliefs to the forefront.

Most people outside of tribal communities have never heard of Midewiwin, a religion that requires a body to be preserved intact for burial four days after death.

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