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

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When people reach the breaking point - that's when you'd think they'd turn to Healthy Expressions Rage Room in Duluth.

The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told - and told in a certain way.

So when Susan Bartlett Foote came across the diary of Engla Schey, with accounts and photographs of the conditions in mid-20th century Minnesota mental institutions, she knew these were forgotten - but vitally important - stories about forgotten people.

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You're in your car, headed to the store.

Your boss asks if they can see you for a moment and then asks you to close the door.

You hear a raised voice from outside.

Forever Home 5/17

May 17, 2018
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Animal Allies and Contented Critters

Tom is an 11 year old Black Lab who was surrendered by his owner. But don't let his age fool you. He is very healthy, happy, and LOVES everyone. He needs a kind soul to give him a spot in their home and shower him with love for the time he has left. He is such a good boy.  Gizzie is a 3 year old calico Domestic Short Hair. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home!

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Depression is  considered "treatment-resistant" if at least four different medications haven't worked and a person has also been seeing a counselor or therapist.

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Big surprise - movies and television are not always the most reliable sources when it comes to getting information about medical treatment.

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KUMD celebrates Mental Health Week with a series of interviews called Thinking Outside the Box.

There are new treatments for mental illness being developed all the time; and some of them are increasingly available here in the Northland.

Browse through the stories and look back at some of KUMD's award-winning mental health coverage in the past.

This Is Why Not: Finding Hope and Resilience in Troubled Times Spring 2017

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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?'

Forever Home 5/10

May 10, 2018
Two dogs and two cats available for adoption
Animal Allies, Contented Critters
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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Presented at UMD on April 4, 2018, KUMD recorded and broadcast the Alworth International Lecture; Yemen: The Forgotten War. Listen here to former US Ambassador Steven Sesh, Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. 

The Alworth International Institute presents lectures and brown bags throughout the academic that are free and open to the public. More information at alworth.org

Forever Home 5/3

May 3, 2018

Pumpkin

Meet Pumpkin. He is a young male orange and white cat. He came in as a stray and was not claimed. He is a very friendly fella who really wants a family of his own.

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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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