Public Affairs

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Back in 2010, Chad Salmela had one Olympic commentating gig under his belt, at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.  Four years before he would make headlines for the first time and eight years before he would be nominated for Best Call By An Announcer, Chad talked to Maija Jenson about his then-upcoming gig providing commentary at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Forever Home 3/1

Mar 1, 2018

Bear

This is Bear. He is an adult male Shepherd mix. When Bear came to us he had zero manners and didn't even know how to play with toys. Chris has worked very hard with Bear. He loves to fetch, is learning his commands, and walking so much better on a leash. Now he needs a family to throw that ball and go for walks.

Buddy

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Two days after UMD announced another pair of Active Shooter Event training sessions for students, faculty and staff, 17 people were killed and 14 more wounded in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Sixth grade in Minnesota traditionally means a lot of learning about lakes and iron ore and Scandinavian immigrants, and usually there's a field trip to the State Capitol thrown in.

But the part of the state's history that deals with its first nations is either glossed over or skipped altogether, and in addition to leaving non-native students clueless about a large part of Minnesota's past - and a large part of our population - it makes Native students feel as though their experience has been erased.

Forever Home 2/22

Feb 22, 2018

Zippy

Zippy is a male tabby who is still young and curious. He needs a warm and loving home!

Brannaman

Brannaman is a tan German Shepherd mix who is 9 months old. He came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for his new loving home! He is a smart, sweet boy who loves to play with toys. Brannaman already knows sit, lay down, speak, and shake!

UMD Viz Lab/MMAD Lab

To paraphrase Coleridge: Water, water everywhere, / Nor any time to think.

Two weeks ago.  Quiet Wednesday night on the UMD campus. Almost 6pm.

Viz Lab/MMAD Lab (emerging visual technologies and techniques and Motion and Media Across Disciplines) director Lisa Fitzpatrick is still at work, helping a student pull a paper together.

Then, without warning ... water starts rushing into the lab - threatening a million or so dollars worth of equipment.

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The theme is "Creating Inclusive Communities."

Tomorrow's (2/21/18) UMD Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity is an all day, 30-workshop conversation on "ways in which we can work together to create more equitable communities on campus and in the Twin Ports."

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week, Student Views welcomes Dave Herrera and Lizzy Easter from the UMD Peer Sexual Health Educators program talking about program goals, the development of this critical education at UMD and importance and growth of bystander intervention. They also share who at UMD will receive bystander intervention training and why it is so important.

UMD Peer Health Educators

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"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned," said Scrooge, "they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Every January, St. Louis County undertakes a count of "unsheltered homeless": people living in places "not meant for human habitation."

The CHUM shelter in Duluth is often full to overflowing and there are only 12 beds available in northern St. Louis County.

©Cheryl Reitan. Used with permission.

Samantha Woller is interested in intersections.

Like the intersections where society's views and expectations of women have allowed - if not fostered - the kinds of treatment that's spawned the #metoo movement.

But she's living at an interesting intersection of her own, where her psychology and philosophy majors meet along with her volunteer work and the importance of belief.

Forever Home 2/15

Feb 15, 2018

Ashes

Meet Ashes, Ashes is just one of the many beautiful cats we have at Contented Critters, waiting for a home of their own. Ashes is very affectionate and so good looking. 

©Reyna Crow. Used with permission.

When protestors and the news media began flooding the tiny town of Fort Yates, North Dakota in the spring of 2016, no one knew that the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline would be so far-reaching.

Mark Holman is the director of the Sitting Bull College Library, and even a year later, he doesn't have a complete grasp on what happened in his small community.  What he does know, however, is that it's his job to assemble the bits and pieces and help make sense of it.

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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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