Public Affairs

Forever Home 2/16

Feb 16, 2017

Nala | Contented Critters

Meet Nala. Nala is a 7 yr old Lab/Heeler mix. She was rescued off a euthanasia list. She came in so frightened but boy does she love the attention now. She is adorable, and as round as she is tall. She would like a family to be kind and loving and get her some exercise. She deserves this, she is a good girl.

Monty | Animal Allies

Scott Moore/Flickr

Historically, the incidence of house fires is declining, so Captain Aaron Bujold of the Duluth Fire Department calls the recent spate of them an "anomaly."

In the eight Northland fires since the beginning of the month, two people have been injured and four have died, including  an as-yet unidentified man in a Lakeside neighborhood fire last night.

Two physical assaults on women last month, within an hour of each other.

A woman pushed to the ground near the Bagley Outdoor Classroom and held there while the man robbed her.

There are a variety of actions people can take to minimize their vulnerability, says Lt. Tim LeGarde of the UMD Police Department .... but perhaps the best idea is one many college students employ without really thinking about it.

Alwyn Ladell, Daniel Sempértegui and Chris HE/Flickr

Perhaps a nerd is nothing more than someone who is really, really passionate and excited about something.

Like, concrete.  Or the films of Michael Bay.  Or StarCraft 2.

But the deeper and more significant question becomes: if you or the thing you're most nerdy about take hold of the public imagination, does that mean you (or it) are now cool?  And if so, can you still be called a nerd? 

Forever Home 2/9

Feb 9, 2017

Natasha | Contented Critters

Natasha is a 1 1/2 year. old Pointer mix. She was rescued off a euthanasia list. She is well mannered, likes other dogs and LOVES everyone. She has the sweetest disposition and I am so happy she is getting a new chance with a family of her own.

Brutus | Animal Allies

The Sanctuary

Some Minnesota horse rescues have stepped forward to help a group of wild horses in need in South Dakota (300 wild horses in South Dakota need homes as deadline looms).

But The Sanctuary in Barnum isn't one of them.

John Doberstein

One of Duluth's newest non-profits made a splash last Saturday night, holding a fact-based panel discussion with top-tier speakers about the proposed PolyMet mine -- and following it up with a social hour and live music.

It's not easy to admit you're using drugs.

Especially if you're pregnant.

Nor is getting off drugs, especially if you're pregnant, when "cold turkey" withdrawal can put the unborn baby through withdrawal, too.

That's where the M.O.M.s program on the White Earth Nation comes in: a program to help expecting mothers get off drugs, and support them medically, emotionally, psychologically and culturally.

Sara Mowchan must be a champion multi-tasker.

The project she submitted for the Knight Cities Challenge competition (one of three finalists from Duluth, among 144) not only pairs job seekers and residents of the city with professional opportunities ... it would use many of the city's historic - but unused - buildings as venues for the workshops.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

Forever Home 2/2

Feb 2, 2017

Morgan | Contented Critters

Morgan is a 5 year old American Bulldog mix. He was rescued from a euthanasia list at another shelter. He is a good boy, likes everyone and gets along well with other dogs.

Daiquiri | Animal Allies

Movies and television have tackled Ron Jones 1967 social experiment "The Third Wave" before.

But German student Dennis Gansel,  tired of the education programs in his country warning of the dangers of fascism and autocratic rule, suffering from "Holocaust fatigue," was bored by the whole topic.

Until he saw Schindler's List.

Suddenly, he had a new and powerful take on "The Third Wave" ... and his own life.

©Bryan French Photography

The One River, Many Stories project galvanized the community last spring, and now it's one of three finalists (among 144) in the Knight Cities Challenge competition.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

©Laura Erickson. All rights reserved.

A lot of our friends and neighbors headed to Washington D.C. for the Women's March on Washington.

Laura Erickson was one of them ... and she wrote about the experience in her blog.

Forever Home 1/26

Jan 26, 2017

Zeus | Contented Critters

Zeus is a 1 year old male Boxer/Lab mix. He was scheduled to be euthanized. I am so glad he gets another chance, he is a character. Gets along with other dogs, loves kids, and has been great with everyone he has encountered.

Orech (Izzy) | Animal Allies

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