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The Duluth School Board didn't see the rubber mulch controversy coming when formulating a ten year plan.

So having to replace the rubber mulch with engineered wood chips was a million-dollar expense they hadn't planned for.

The good news? The project is going to cost about $60-thousand dollars less than they thought.

The bad news?  Changing all the plans will eat up about $12,500 of that.

Lisa Johnson

Dori Decker tells her students every time they meet: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

UMD's Wellness Coordinator uses the words of Mahatma Gandhi to underscore the message of Got Your Back! UMD,  a bystander intervention initiative.

Forever Home 11/23

Nov 23, 2017

Dub
Dub is a 4 year old male Blue Heeler. He was brought in by his owner who could not keep him. He is a really nice dog, friendly, listens well. 

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we talk with Richard Smith, an elder of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, who talks about his experiences serving in the United States Navy in World War II, and his service in the U.S. Army following that. 

Scrounging around your car for quarters.

Leaping up from class or a meeting and running out to plug the meter before it expires.

That sinking feeling when you spot the brightly-colored little envelope tucked under your windshield wiper.

No more, Duluthians.

It still costs to park, of course, in Duluth and on the UMD campus, but now you can download an app that will let you find parking,  feed the meter,

©Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

Terry Medina knows a thing or two about fatherhood.

The father of seven has been working in counseling and corrections more than 45 years, including 17 spent teaching the Fatherhood is Sacred curriculum. That program has become so successful that one county wanted the program expanded to all fathers who come through the court system, even non-native ones.

Instead of the frequent assumption that fathers are responsible for many social ills, Medina says, "if you show them (fathers) the way, they can be a blessing." And that's despite, as he says the way "as men we're our own worst enemy."

Eleni Pinnow

The Pinnow family broke some new ground when they wrote their daughter's obituary almost two years ago.

  "Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth,  died from depression and suicide on Feb. 20, 2016."

©Life After Hate

Christian Piccolini wants you to know he didn't come from a broken home.

Nonetheless, he describes himself as a lonely 14 year old when a man approached him in an alley and his life changed.

Within two years, Piccolini was a leader of a white nationalist group, where he stayed until he was 22.

Piccolini made a stop in Duluth last week before he headed to Denver to take part in a TED conference.

But he took some time to talk to us about what's different - and the same - about hate groups and the only thing he knows that will stop them.

Forever Home 11/16

Nov 16, 2017
Forever Home Pets
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Enhanced screenings at the Duluth International Airport rolled out Monday, but whatever time it takes TSA screeners to check over your electronics will no doubt be offset by Duluth's inclusion as a fully designated TSA Pre✓® airport.

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week Student Views spotlights hurricane relief efforts at UMD. Elly Johnson from UMD Honors shares their effort to support medical assistance going to Puerto Rico.

Forever Home 11/9

Nov 9, 2017

Holly

Meet Holly. She is an adult female pointer mix. Holly came to us off a euthanasia list as she was heart worm positive. Holly went through treatment last summer and is healthy as any dog out there. She is friendly, LOVES attention, playful but not hyper, gets along with other dogs and is as pretty as can be. Holly would fit in any family, she so badly wants her own home. She has been vet checked, spayed, and vaccinated. 

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