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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.

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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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The title of the project is a mouthful ... but Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's proposal is one of three finalists (among 144) for the Knight Cities Challenge.

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

●      Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep talented people;
●      Opportunity: Ideas that expand economic prospects and break down divides;
●      Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

If you're a Native American or Alaska Native mom, your baby is twice as likely to die before it's first birthday than if you're white.

And your baby is three times as likely to die before it's first birthday.

Forever Home 1/18

Jan 19, 2017

Soldier | Contented Critters

Solider is an 8 year old Lab mix. He was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is a nice guy, laid back, and a very nice size (42 lbs.) He just wants a family to spend the rest of his life with.

Zippy | Animal Allies

The theme for this year's Citizens in Action workshop is "Passion, Participation, Persistence."

Duluth League of Women Voters member Rosie Loeffler-Kemp says it's particularly apt.

What can we do locally with our reactions to what's happening nationally?

Loeffler-Kemp says, start by attending the workshop.

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Jan 12, 2017

Jackson | Contented Critters

Jackson is a 6 year old Husky/Retriever mix who was rescued off the euthanasia list. His only fault must have been his age because he has been a pure gem at the Shelter. He loves kids, gets along with other dogs, and has such a happy disposition. He has been neutered, vet checked and vaccinated.

Bruce Wayne | Animal Allies

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides an economic safety net for 70,000 kids and their parents, and it hasn't seen a funding increase since 1986.

The problem is, the program is what most people think of when they think of "welfare," and it strikes right to the heart of the resentment about "subsidizing people to do nothing."

And it's just that kind of misinformation that an event this evening, sponsored by Leaders Partnering to End Poverty, is hoping to correct.

James St. John [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Dan Jones about many topics, including clans, elders, and geographical place names. Dan is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota. He also taught Ojibwe at UMD in the fall of 2016. He is also the twin brother of Dennis Jones, and the son of Nancy Jones, both of whom also have been guests on Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.

James St. John [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we continue our conversation with Dan Jones about many topics, including clans, elders, and geographical place names. Dan is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota. He also taught Ojibwe at UMD in the fall of 2016. He is also the twin brother of Dennis Jones, and the son of Nancy Jones, both of whom also have been guests on Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.

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