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St.Louis County

Families holding ceremonies in the bitter cold outside UMD late last winter were making headlines after car accidents just days apart took the lives of two Native people - and controversy erupted between the medical examiner's insistence on autopsies and the victim's families, who protested autopsies were in violation of their religious beliefs.  

Now St. Louis County has a new Chief Medical Examiner, and there's been a significant change in state law.

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is 55.

In his lifetime, he's had to hide and deny being gay, come out, live through "don't ask; don't tell," see marriage for him become legal in Minnesota and, as of Friday, see it become the law in all 50 states.

What's it like to move from a place of worry or actual fear ... to a place where you can, perhaps, trust the society around you?

6/25 Forever Home

Jun 24, 2015

Manatee:
Manatee is a black and white domestic short hair who is one year old. Manatee just raised a beautiful litter of kittens and is now ready to find a home for herself too! She has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.

  Our guest on this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is Gordon Jourdain, who grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in Ontario.  We have a conversation with him about teaching Ojibwemowin – the Ojibwe language.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Minnesota Native News Special:               

Monday June 22 at 7pm, KUMD shares a Minnesota Native News special presentation. The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission report officially recorded the inhumane practices of the Canadian Indian Boarding School system and the historical trauma of indigenous people. Movements for truth and reconciliation in the US are now emerging.  Listen for more on this issue from Erma Vizenor, Chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and Professor  Michael McNally.

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Doug Luthanen grew up in Ely, the town "at the end of the road."

He says that isolation, combined with a different kind of mining than that in the rest of the Range, created a unique culture of mines, miners and regular folks.

6/18 Forever Home

Jun 18, 2015

Atlas:
Atlas is a handsome four year old black Labrador mix who is looking for a home to call his own. He is a friendly boy who would love to go for a hike and then curl up with you at the end of the day. Atlas is a happy dog with a winning smile and a positive outlook on life. Atlas has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.
Smokey:

Eating local is a snap during the summer here in the Northland ... but for most of the months of the year, it's close to impossible unless you've socked away a lot of local produce.

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Duluth bicyclists are proud of how bike-friendly the city has become.

So it's no surprise that when the most recent draft of the redesigned Superior Street was scheduled to be unveiled (next Tuesday, June 23), there was concern that the plan didn't include bike lanes.

Shawna MullenEardley of the Healthy Duluth Coalition says they drafted a letter of support asking for a “'Complete Street' design, including parallel parking, comfortable pedestrian spaces, convenient transit stops, and protected bike lanes" and it's getting a lot of, well ... support:

 Monday at 6pm, KUMD shares a full hour of  "The Congdon Legacy" with interviews and speakers from the Glensheen series "Chester Chat."  Listen for in-depth histories you may not hear in a walking tour of the estate.  Some of the topics include Chester Congdon's service as a legislator, the women of Glensheen and more about the historic estate.  Find links here to explore more about Glensheen as well as a link to images of the Congdon's Westhome.  The Chester Chat series continue at the estate with the next one on Tourism happening June 25, 6:45-8pm.

We wrap up our series "The Congdon Legacy" on Northland Morning on Chester Congdon’s Birthday, born on this day  in 1853.  In honor of the original intention and highlights of design at Glensheen, the current Director at Glensheen shares what he sees could be done to return the estate back to its former glory 100 years ago.

6/11: Forever Home

Jun 11, 2015

Opal came to Animal Allies from another shelter and is looking for her forever home. She is a friendly and relatively quiet beagle, loving and playful. Opal has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Glensheen Estate

The Congdon Legacy includes community leadership and family drama, but is also carries the history of luxury in 1910.  Chester and Clara traveled extensively, enjoying life in the western US and here in Duluth, MN.  Chester even traveled by ship to New Zealand, Indonesia, China and back with his buddies.  With the Glensheen mansion right on the water edge in Duluth, Lake Superior was a big part of family life and they had a large boathouse, a breakwater pier and of course they had a yacht. 

Glensheen

When you visit Glensheen: The Historic Congdon Estate you get a glimpse into the past, of life at the turn of the last century.  But this is not just a time-capsule museum, this is a place of family history, of lives lived and a community history that lives on through the estate.

Elizabeth Congdon’s life on the shore of Lake Superior, how she lived and who she was - as a Duluthian, a mother, a grandmother and the last Congdon resident at Glensheen, has long been overshadowed by her untimely death in 1977. 

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