Public Affairs

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Funny they didn't offer a series of classes on "how to rehab old water-damaged buildings."

But there are plenty of treats in store for visitors to 1917 W Superior Street.

The new home of the Duluth Folk School will not only offer classroom space, in an effort to diversify and make the venture sustainable, they'll be renting out studio space (each with a skylight), offering a marketplace with locally handcrafted goods from instructors and tenants, and debuting The Dovetail Cafe.

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It started as a gathering of Duluth clergy, worried about the events over the weekend in Charlottesville Virginia.  They wanted to construct and organize some kind of response to the events, from denouncing hatred to heading off what some see as an inevitable conflict between white nationalism and social justice advocates right here in our community.

St Louis County Public Works

When are you most likely to be involved in a serious - or fatal - car crash?

At a four-way intersection with a traffic light - when someone runs a red.

St Louis County has found a way to keep tabs on twice as many intersections with half the law enforcement officers - and that's good news for everyone but the folks who are driving impaired or distracted and blowing through the red lights. 

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A standing-room-only crowd packed St. Mark's A.M.E Church Sunday afternoon as community members of all colors gathered in response to the white nationalist rally Saturday that erupted into violence and resulted in three deaths.

KUMD was there, and we'll be bringing you stories from the gathering this week on Northland Morning.

CHUM's Lee Stuart; Stephan Witherspoon, president of the Duluth chapter of the NAACP and Carl Crawford, Duluth's human rights officer made up a panel which was moderated by St. Mark's Reverend Richard Coleman. 

Sarah Setayeshi

If you're passionate about how U.S. policy affects Latin America, you understand why Witness to Peace made a recent fact-finding mission to Honduras.

Even if you're not, your travels may bring you back around to taking part in things happening right here in your own back yard.

Witness to Peace is having an event this evening beginning at 6pm, and you can click here for more information.

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Aug 10, 2017

Roxie | Contented Critters

Meet Roxie. She is a female Am. Staff. She was rescued from the euthanasia list. She is the tiniest little girl, and solid as a brick. This little girl loves to  play and be cuddled.

Kobe | Animal Allies

St Louis County Public Works

Maybe technology can't solve every problem, but it sure looks like a boon for residents of St. Louis  County.

Five Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) have been installed around the county - four of which have weather cameras - and they'll be monitoring weather and road conditions this winter.

Not only does that cut down on the human beings you have to send out into a county that's 60 miles wide and twice as long, certain weather conditions trigger emails to maintenance supervisors so they can mobilize their crews - or not - depending on what the roads are like.

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You don't wait 18 months to see a dentist at Lake Superior Community Health Center anymore.

The wait time's down to only a year now.

But the organization will take all the good news it can get as it struggles to fulfill its mission as a safety net for low- or no-income people and the uninsured.

How can they best continue providing access to good healthcare for the most vulnerable in the community?

With an average shelter stay of less than a month, dogs and cats at Animal Allies Humane Society aren't usually there long enough to get bored.

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Aug 3, 2017

Gabby | Animal Allies

Gabby is a Muted Calico Domestic Short Hair who is 2 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Gabby likes a peaceful environment and would thrive in a calm and quiet home. Once she gets to know you she loves to give hugs, but she is fearful of strangers, so be patient! 

Lola | Animal Allies

Dr. Marc Siegar

Freshly published by the Royal Astronomical Society, UMD's Dr Marc Seigal is putting his discovery into layman's terms.

While you might never need to know the mass of a black hole, it's still good to know that, thanks to Seigal and his research team in Australia, you no longer need spectroscopy and  a lot of expensive telescope time.

In fact, the little schematic shown here and an image of a galaxy is all you need.

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What if you wanted to stay and work in your tiny Minnesota home town after college - and you could find a job there?

What if you didn't want to wait until retirement to move "up north"?

The U of M Extension and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs plan to find out, with the help of a $500,00 Rural Workforce and Entrepreneur Recruitment and Retention grant from the USDA,  who wants to come to rural Minnesota and why, and how public and private initiatives can support efforts to attract new residents.

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No one wants the sneezing, sniffling, stuffy-headed co-worker spreading their germs in the workplace.

No one wants a kid missing school to take care of a younger sibling who's sick.

And it's horrifying to think someone would have to choose between making a mortgage or rent payment and leaving a situation of domestic violence.

But adding paid sick and safe time leave is expensive, complex, and there's no one-size-fits-all plan.

So Duluth's Earned Safe and Sick Time Task Force is trying to come up with options tailored for Duluth.

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Jul 27, 2017

Phantom | Contented Critters

Phantom is a male young adult Border Collie mix. He was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is a handsome guy who is so ready to have someone be his family.

Gypsy | Animal Allies

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You've been locked up for domestic violence.

You're released back to your community.

How do you become a part of that community again?

With people from the community helping you, in a Men As Peacemakers' program called Domestic Violence Restorative Circles.

"It's a very powerful process," says Amy Brooks, Victim Advocacy Coordinator, "but it's very moving."

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