Public Affairs

"Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support"

In this neck of the woods, we're not exactly famous for talking about feelings.

But a recent workshop at UMD aimed to give people the words - and the motivation - to have some of those awkward conversations.

You can read more about Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support

There are two things Shaun Floerke is very clear about.

The Sixth District judge, one of the newest members to the National Judicial Opiod Task Force, credits Duluth ("a lot of good people doing lots of good things") for his appointment - and he says the time has come to find solutions.

Forever Home 4/5

Apr 5, 2018

Vanna

Vanna is a lab mix approximately 3 years old. She was on the euthanasia list also. Just LOOK at her eyes, you can see the intelligence. She is a smart dog and will be the boss if allowed, doesn't get along with other dogs, no kids.

Luci

Luci is a domestic, medium hair kitten, only 5 months old. She is a calico tabby looking for her new home!

Howl Arts Collective Montreal/Flickr

Duluth's ongoing conversation about Earned Safe and Sick Time is a critical one for people who risk their jobs if they take time off to care for a sick child or are seeking help in instances of domestic abuse.

In Duluth's Native American community, over 30% of the population is homeless.  80% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families. And 46% - compared to 26% of the general population here - are living below the poverty line.

So as you might imagine, issues surrounding income and job security - not to mention aid for victims of violence - are big deals.

On Sunday, March 25, the candidates vying for the 8th U.S. Congressional District seat came together at St. Scholastica in Duluth. Rick Nolan is not seeking re-election in 2018 and the field of candidates who want to represent Northern Minnesota in Washington DC has been growing. Today we hear from:

DFL Candidates

Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, mayor of North Branch

Michelle Lee, former Duluth news anchor

Jason Metsa, Minnesota state representative for District 6B

Leah Phifer, former FBI analyst from Two Harbors

Student Views: MPIRG

Apr 2, 2018
Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week on Student Views, Mary Franz from MPIRG, a student organization at UMD who was a sponsor of the recent 8th District Congressional candidate forum at St. Scholastica. Franz and host Pavel Arkhipenkov talk about political and MPIRG events and importance of student involvement.

 MPIRG at UMD

Scott Ableman/Flickr

Fifty years after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100, Shades of Africa - Rise Up! at UMD brought together local activists, artists and community members - and their allies - to celebrate progress and support one another through these challenging times.

Maija Jenson

Uncertainties of current American immigration policies, particularly in regards to DACA--the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is raising concerns for Minnesota college students. This week, the University of Minnesota Immigration Response Team came to the UMD campus with an Immigration Policy Briefing. Brianna Kaiser has the story.

Forever Home 3/29

Mar 29, 2018

Oakley

Oakley is a 7 year old male Lab mix who was rescued off of the euthanasia list. He is a very affectionate, nice boy who needs a home of his own.

Vlad

Vlad is an orange tabby Domestic Medium hair who is 1 year old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! This boy is all cat, he might just grow up to be a lion.

UMD Clean Snowmobile Team

People would just love snowmobiles if they didn't dislike them so much.

They're noisy (think angry bees) and they can pollute up a storm.

But UMD's award-winning Clean Snowmobile Team is using the most amazing technologies to build a leaner, cleaner, quieter sled, and until someone figures out how to make a battery that works in the cold, they might be onto something.

Babbletrish/Flickr

If the whole point of online gaming is to assume another identity ... what difference does it make who you are IRL*?

It turns out, it makes a lot of difference, especially to young, white males.

*In Real Life

©World Without Genocide

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly.

189 countries have ratified it; six have not: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Palau, Tonga .... and the United States.

Forever Home 3/22

Mar 22, 2018

Titan

Titan is a young adult male lab. He came in October 2017. He is a goofy, playful guy who loves kids, gets along well with other dogs, and is so very ready to have a family of his own. He is a very good boy.

Hoppy

©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)

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.

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