Public Affairs

Forever Home 7/20

Jul 20, 2017

Oakley | Contented Critters

Oakley is a 7 year old male Lab mix. Oakley was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is affectionate, playful, and listens well. He would make a great addition to any family.

Chevelle | Animal Allies

Sharon Mollerus [via Flickr]

Last month, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $988 million bonding bill, including $25.4 million in funding for the St. Louis River Estuary Restoration Project.  This funding will ALSO trigger the awarding of $47.2 million in federal funds made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to accelerate the cleanup efforts of the St. Louis River and the Duluth- Superior Harbor.  We talk with Kris Eilers, Executive Director of St. Louis River Alliance, about the vital clean-up projects this funding makes possible.

Nathan Ratner

Nathan Ratner has always been a bit of an overachiever.

Not only did the med student help start Journey To Wellness in Indian Country here at KUMD, now he's one of 16 medical students (and the only one from North America!) invited to travel to Helsinki next month.

The 2017 Elsevier Hacks Hackathon will bring together programmers, coders and designers along with medical students to see if they can find solutions to some challenges in medical education.

West Midlands Police/Flickr

UMD's Police department is testing the use of body cameras on two officers this summer.

And Police Chief Sean Huls says it's not to monitor officers as much as to gather evidence and reinforce the trust-building in the community.

Huls admits UMD is late to the game, body camera-wise, but he says the legislature didn't finalize data privacy rules - including when body camera footage can be released to the public - until last year.

Forever Home 7/13

Jul 13, 2017

Archie | Contented Critters

Archie is a young adult male Pointer mix. Archie was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is a very spunky guy who loves to play fetch and is very affectionate when he gets to know you. Throwing the ball for Archie makes him want to know you in a hurry! He has been neutered, vet checked and vaccinated.

Rocko | Animal Allies

Winona LaDuke's Honor the Earth is bringing the 5th Annual Love Water Not Oil Tour to Bayfront on Sunday, July 16 starting at 2:00pm. Join us for a night of indigenous resistance music with a mission to stop Enbridge.

Lineup:

On Saturday, July 15th, musicians, vendors, and music lovers from all over the world will gather at Bayfront Festival Park for world music. This festival highlights artists who spread the message of love, hope, and equality for all people worldwide. 

Festival Lineup:

©Lisa Johnson

What do young professionals want in a city?

Studies suggest they want good transportation - and will even consider giving up their cars if they can rely on public transit.

They want access to amenities so they can have fun when they're not working, and they want to be connected with the community and make it their own.

So far so good, right?  But who would have thought day camps for their dogs are one of the things they're looking for as they contemplate a move to Duluth?

Forever Home 7/6

Jul 6, 2017

Oreo | Contented Critters

Oreo is a spunky young adult male Border Collie Mix. He was rescued off the euthanasia list. He likes everyone, he just needs work on his manners and some tiring rounds of exercise. He is a smart and handsome goofball.

Cooper | Animal Allies

Duluth Public Library

The Duluth Police Department's Mounted Patrol team will face a whole gang this afternoon: of readers.

The Duluth Public Library's Squad Car Storytime was actually the brainchild of the Duluth Police Department. 

But this week, young readers are going to get to hear a story - and learn more about the Mounted Patrol - straight from the horse's mouth.

Roo Yori

Andrew "Roo" Yori might have been out but he's not down.

The Rochester man's sophomore appearance on the reality competition show American Ninja Warrior saw him triumph over obstacles like "Floating Steps" and "Broken Pipes," ... only to be brought "low by the lache" on something called "Crank It Up."

If he's disappointed not to make it to the city finals as he did in his rookie year, 2016, though, he's not letting on.

Grant County Herald

While there's plenty of grumbling about the plugged-in, inter-connected, sometimes privacy-free brave new world in which we find ourselves, one group of people is delighted: genealogists.

Not only are old documents, newspaper articles, matters of public record and more suddenly available at the touch of the button, more information is being added daily.

So if you're interested in doing some genealogical research, there's no time like right now.

MN DOT

Minnesota's Department of Transportation isn't the first state department you'd think of if you were trying to combat sex and labor trafficking in the state, but as Angela Forsythe points out, transportation of the victim is almost always involved.

And unfortunately, thanks to ports, railroads and major highways, not to mention big events like the Super Bowl that draw crowds to the state, Minnesota is a hotbed for the buying and selling of human beings.

Forever Home 6/28

Jun 29, 2017

Dashi | Animal Allies

Dashi is a two year old American Staffordshire Terrier who came to Animal Allies as a transfer from another rescue. He is a sweet boy who loves to spend time with people. Dashi is a special dog, not only because of his snuggly personality, but because he is blind. He doesn't let that slow him down, he loves to play especially with toys that make noise. Dashi is looking for a home as the only pet.

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