Public Affairs

Mitchell Brown

UMD students, community members and Duluth business professionals got to enjoy all the high-stakes excitement and cash (sorta) of Shark Tank without the same cutthroat competition and a cross-country flight.

For the second year in a row, the UMD Shark Tank competition is giving business ideas a forum - ideas from students or the community - and awarding cash prizes.

©Lisa Johnson

Americans are talking about the death penalty these days; Arkansas pledged to put eight death row prisoners to death in 11 days in an effort to use up one of the drugs used in lethal injection before it expired at the end of April. Court orders eventually blocked half of the scheduled executions, but four men – the last one late last Thursday night - were put to death.

Nathson Fields knows more about their experiences on death row than he’d like: in 1985, he was arrested and wrongly convicted of a double murder in Chicago.  UMD’s Criminology Club invited Fields to UMD to talk about his experiences last month.

http://www.duluthmn.gov

The process to rename Lake Place Park Gichi 'ode Akiing (gih chee o DAY  ah king) or "Grand Heart Place" and  in so doing, recognize the Native community's long presence in what's now called Duluth continues.

Babette Sandman is the chair of the Duluth Indigenous Commission and she has big dreams for the project, including a naming ceremony that would bring all nations together, and opportunities for teachings and new beginnings.

©Lisa Johnson

Monday night on Community Conversations, we'll hear the story of a man who spent almost 20 years in prison - over half of them on death row - wrongly convicted of a double homicide.

Life - and death - on death row, Monday night at 6pm on KUMD.

Lisa Nolan/Flickr

Young and old. Wise and... not so wise.

There's a place for everyone at Pizza Luce on Thursday nights.

Cheyenne Vavrina has more.

Forever Home 4/26

Apr 27, 2017

Nala | Contented Critters

Nala is a 7 yr old female Lab/Heeler mix. When she came she was so shy around people. Well she has been with us since January and she has really come out of her shell. She is a laid back, affectionate, treat loving pooch. 

Xeno | Animal Allies

Tim Lee/Flickr

Many people come and go at karaoke at Sir Benedicts Tavern. But there is one face you'll see there every week. Cole White brings us the story.

Derek Gavey/Flickr

Evening, on a weeknight in Duluth.

A crowded, dimly lit room.

Inebriated patrons.

Just you ... and the lyrics ... and a microphone.

Oh, and reporter Paige Oswald.

Student Views: Azrin Awal

Apr 24, 2017

This week on Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov welcomes APAA (Asian Pacific American association) co-chair, member of MPIRG and social justice activist - Azrin Awal, talking on immigrant identities, Asian awareness week and social justice.


Forever Home 4/20

Apr 20, 2017

KUMD is a proud sponsor of MPIRG’s Bus/Bike/Walk event happening Thursday, April 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the UMD Kirby Bus Hub.

KUMD is proud to present the 2017 UMD Shark Tank happening Monday, April 24th from 4:00- 6:30pm at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on campus at The University of Minnesota, Duluth. The UMD Shark Tank Competition is a university-wide entrepreneurial competition where students have the opportunity to pitch a 3-minute business idea or product to a panel of Duluth Business Professionals. This event, which is open to all UMD students who have an innovative business idea, and will be held April 24. The top 3 winners will be awarded a cash prize to help fund their business.

Flickr/Ian D. Keating

Local parents and the Duluth School District are in agreement that the shredded rubber mulch on local school playgrounds needs to go ... but, as always, money is an issue.

So Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds decided an Earth Day event would be just the ticket.

Mentor Duluth

35 down ... 165 to go.

Mentor Duluth's March Into Mentoring campaign netted them four more mentors than their goal of 35.

And that's exciting news, since around 200 kids are on a waiting list for a mentor, where they've been for a few months to a few years.

And the organization, founded in 1938 as the "Fatherless Boys Association" when most boys' fathers were away serving in World War II, is still looking for men as mentors, noting that boys wait on average twice as long for mentors as girls.

Sam Moose is really excited about the re-opening of the new Four Winds addiction treatment center.

For one thing, the program's focus on traditional Native American teachings and traditions is the only one of it's kind in Minnesota.

For another, the band took over operation and management of the center March 1st after the state wanted to close it due to budget issues.

And Moose, the band's Commissioner of Health, isn't the only tribal member excited about the program.  The entire community is lining up to help, apply for jobs and volunteer.

Pages