Public Affairs

Brett Groehler/University of Minnesota Duluth

One of the best ways to know if you want to do a particular thing with your life is to do the thing, full time, for a while.  That's why seven UMD students took a pass on going home, summer jobs or the beach and opted instead for the BURST: Biology Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology program, a 40-plus-hour-a-week-for-10-week program that lets them focus on their chosen topic and their research for that time.

Enbridge

Enbridge Energy's proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline is drawing the ire of yet another group - this time, the National Congress of American Indians is weighing in, and they want the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers to address not just the environmental impact of the project, but what they see as threats to tribal sovereignty, religious freedoms, and federally protected resources of the region's indigenous peoples.

Veteran's Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society

Every day, we're losing more and more members of the "Greatest Generation," but the Oral History Program, the Veteran's Memorial Hall and the St. Louis County Historical Society aim to record as many of their thoughts and memories as they can - and they're training volunteers to do those interviews.

Brett Groehler/University of Minnesota Duluth

Two words you never see side by side: "tuition reduction."

And not only is UMD's MBA program offering the degree at a lower price ... they're throwing in some major scholarships to sweeten the deal.

We get details from the Dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Dr. Amy Hietapelto.

7/16 Forever Home

Jul 16, 2015

Sapphira is a tan and white Pitbull mix who is 3 years old. She came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for her new loving family! Sapphira is a big girl with a lot of energy, so she needs a home that will spend time with her and give her the attention she deserves. She would do best as a single dog in her new home. She has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.

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The Minnesota legislature has made some changes in the ATV (all-terrain vehicle) rules and regulations.  DNR Conservation Officer John Velsvaag says they won't affect a lot of people, but the changes are so new, they're not even available online yet.  The best way to get more information is to call 888-646-6367.

Brad Nelson/Tycoon's

Duluth's been named one of the Top Ten Best Foodie Cities in the nation by Liveability.com.  Sure, we knew that ... but how did THEY find out?  As editor Matt Carmichael explains, you'd be amazed what you can learn from the numbers.

  This episode of Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is about Biomimicry. From Sharkskin to Hippo Sweat - what can be learned and utilized from natures ability to adapt.  Biomimicry innovator Janine Benyus and Jay Harman share perspectives of nature-inspired design.

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This week on Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature, we hear from Indigenous leaders Dakota-Dine Tom Goldtooth, Anishnabe Winona LaDuke, Aleut Ilarion Merculief and The White Buffalo Souldiers talking about a new paradigm and how mending the earth can change  us as a people.  

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The 31 motorcycle rider deaths so far this year in Minnesota are almost double from this time last year.  But state officials say motorcycle safety classes aren't getting enough participation.

Lisa Johnson

Author and naturalist Larry Weber answers a listener's question about white pelicans and observes that the record temperature set in Duluth (taken by the lake, no less!) of 106 degrees, July 13, 1936 has not yet been broken!

7/9 Forever Home

Jul 9, 2015

Animal Allies Humane Educator Pat Castellano says things have changed a lot - and yet not at all - between the early days of the Band of Mercy in the 1800s and the current crop of summer campers at Animal Allies, shooting videos to help animals get adopted.

Our featured animals this week:

Pupparazzi Companion Animal Photography

You hear a lot of conversations about "kill" and "no-kill" animal shelters these days.  No one likes the idea of a "kill" shelter, but is it really that simple?

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Since 2011, children and teens in Minnesota who engage in prostitution are categorized as victims and survivors, not criminals.  The Safe Harbor law made that change four years ago, but two additional provisions went into effect just under a year ago.

Animal Allies Humane Society is the first in Minnesota to Partner with Finding Rover, a free app that helps reunite lost dogs with their families.  In addition, all dogs who come through Animal Allies' shelter will have their information put in the app -- and you won't believe how it works.

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