Public Affairs

©Community Action Duluth

Caught between the conversion to filing taxes online and being unable to hire them done, folks without computers, confused by computers or just plain confused by their taxes have a variety of options for free help.

More information on

Community Action Duluth's Free Tax Site

UMD's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Mark Salmon [via Flickr]

Roxanne DeLille and Valerie Shangreaux discuss their work with The Community Leadership Programs at The Blandin Foundation, building leadership skills in rural and reservation communities throughout the state.  Their work strives to strengthen skills already innate in community members, utilizing positive assets to overcome the negative.

March for Our Lives - Duluth/Facebook

This Saturday, students and their families along with community members all over the country plan to march to end gun violence and mass shootings

Even as details are emerging about yet another school shooting this morning (3/20/18) in Maryland,  plans to hold a march and rally in Duluth - one of eight in the 8th Congressional District - are going ahead.

More information about March For Our Lives Duluth.

Pavel Arkhipenkov

Today, Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov welcomes Legislative Relations Committee Director Jacob Griffiths to discuss UMD lobbying efforts and plans for 2018. The LRC, is a Student Association sub-committee that "facilitates students to work with legislators at the local, state, and federal levels to pursue meaningful change pertaining to issues facing UMD students, such as higher education funding." ~ from the UMD Student Association website.

Student Association

©Mooster History

Twenty-five thousand kids across Minnesota put their history chops on display throughout the state earlier this year, and those winners are duking it out now in 12 regional competitions, hoping to make it to State at the end of April.

But the real story may be students as young as 12 developing thesis statements, researching their topics and doing the kind of thoughtful analysis that, the world tells us, we need more of.

Protect my Public Media Blog

Federal funding for public broadcasting is again on the chopping block in the President's budget proposal.
  Protect my Public Media is a national advocacy group; KUMD's Maija Jenson spoke with Christina Kuzmych, the general manager at Wyoming Public Media.

Forever Home 3/15

Mar 15, 2018


Goldie is a 6-year-old Shepherd/Retriever mix. She gets along with other dogs and is still full of energy!


Cheetah is a beautiful 8-year-old tabby cat. He is a Domestic Medium hair adult looking for a place to call his new home!



There are more people than you'd think champing at the bit for road construction season to start.


Remember being a little kid and kissing yourself in the mirror?

When did that stop - and why?

UMD's recent Kiss the Mirror event decided to tackle the issue head on.

(You can listen to the TED Talk that preceeded the program, Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad For You with Meaghan Ramsey here.)

Melissa Boyd

When Melissa Boyd started her Ojibwe language studies with elders, she discovered she was learning more than words.

For one thing, her studies were teaching her things about herself as an Anishinabe person; things that weren't included in public school or even tribal school curricula.

She believes that part of low Native graduation rates have to do with missing pieces of their education: students don't learn about themselves, their issues, their community, their strengths and their history.

Forever Home 3/8

Mar 8, 2018

Razor Razor is an adult Lab/Chow mix Razor has been with us since 2013 after his owner died. He is a great dog, he just doesn't do so well with other animals. He is a hunter. He is a rodent destroyer. He loves kids and people and is very playful 
DaisyDaisy is a Muted Calico domestic shorthair cat. She is 12 years old and is looking for a new loving home! 

Many of the speakers at the Twin Ports 2018 Women's March wanted to see more inclusivity in the community and in organizing around issues of feminism and social justice.

  Trans Plus took them at their word, and the result is a joint panel discussion and community conversation tonight at the Prøve Collective.

The most up-to-date results from Minnesotans in the Olympics, plus an interview with Maria Rooth, former Bulldog and a four-time Olympian for Team Sweden in women's hockey.

The most up-to-date results from Minnesotans in the Olympics, plus an interview with men's hockey player and former Bulldog Justin Faulk. 


KUMD kicks off our special coverage of Minnesota athletes and connections to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.