Public Affairs

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Menthol and flavored tobacco products will be restricted to adult-only shops beginning this spring.

Last night, the Duluth City Council voted 7-2 to impose the restricton.

The vote has been controversial with convenience stores in particular worried about the economic impact.

But Pat McKone of the American Lung Association says tobacco was identified as causing cancer as far back as 1964 ("It's the only product that when used as directed kills its customers," she says) and restrictions like this have clearly been on the horizon.

Long Time KUMD Volunteer Host Passes Away

Feb 9, 2018

Today we share the sad news that John Bushey, host of the KUMD radio program Highway 61 Revisited, has passed away. This is a great loss to the community, the KUMD family and John's family and fans. We are so thankful for the 26 years John Bushey volunteered his expertise and passion for the music and life story of Bob Dylan through stories, guests and a deep library of recordings.

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One of the responses to the #metoo movement has been a rush to implement sexual harassment training in the workplace.

But men already know that groping a co-worker is wrong, right? 

Or have we been giving them the wrong messages all along?

Forever Home 2/8

Feb 8, 2018

Archie

Archie is a 1 year old male tri-colored pointer mix. He was rescued from a euthanasia list on 4-1-17. He was so extremely frightened when he came. He is learning to trust and LOVES to play ball. He will fetch all day long

Cleocatra

How fun is her name! Cleocatra is a 1 year old brown tabby long hair looking for a loving home!

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Minnesota's Homes for All has an ambitious ask for the state legislature this year: $140 million.

But when seniors have a home after a lifetime of work, kids have a place to do homework and employers have affordable housing to offer to new hires, the group says everyone benefits.

Duluth - Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

The MIC (Metropolitan Interstate Council) has been putting together a long-term Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan - a system of safe, coordinated, on-street bike routes to support bicycling as a transportation option for people of all ages and abilities.

Only in the Northland.

Only in a town that a mere 22 years ago celebrated -39 below would a few folks decide to throw a modest little four-day celebration and have it turn into an entire month of revelry, pop-ups, activities, events, deals and more.

Cold Front February is moving through all month.

Forever Home 2/1

Feb 1, 2018

Penny

This is Penny. Penny is a female Boxer/ Shepherd mix. She is about 4 yrs old and has been with us since 2015. Penny was brought in as a stray and her owner didn't want her. She is a staff favorite.

Aztec

Meet Aztec! He is a 10 year old brown tabby cat looking for a loving home!

Blaze

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A couple of times a year, Duluth's Damiano Center and a coalition of other nonprofits host an event designed to help folks struggling with poverty get connected with  resources that can help them.

Coinciding - by design - with last night's HUD-mandated Point in Time Homeless Count,  it's a joint attempt to make sure folks take part in the count, but also provide help to a group where more and more are not individuals but families.

Forever Home 1/25

Jan 25, 2018

Bear

Bear is a 4 year old male mixed breed that was rescued from the euthanasia list. He is ready for a family to keep him forever as he has been passed around from different shelters.

Marla (Marta)

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The Feminist Action Collective was formed the day after the election in 2016.

Just over a year later, over 1700 strong, the mood has changed from one of trauma post-election to one of celebration.

And as people gathered last weekend for the Twin Ports Women's March, that celebratory feeling could be traced back to "resist" ("policies that discount our shared humanity and try to silence many community voices," says FACilitator Andrea Crouse) and "persist" (to move forward with many diverse voices for the common good").

Forever Home 1/18

Jan 18, 2018

Buzzy

Buzzy was left behind in a foreclosed house and brought to the shelter.  He is a short stocky, male mixed breed, guessed to be about 3-4 yrs. He gets along with older children, adults, and cats. He does well with other dogs (outside playing and greeting,) but not living with them. He definitely wants to be boss.

Nova

©Lisa Johnson

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