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Forever Home 12/15

Dec 15, 2016

Alvin | Contented Critters

Alvin is a male 7 year old Lab/Hound mix. Alvin was scheduled to be euthanized. He is a real sweet guy and very large (111 lbs) and quite a handsome fella. Don't let his age fool you, he has a lot of spunk in him, and he really wants a family to call his own. He really is a good boy.

Harley | Animal Allies

Harley is an 8 year old, female domestic medium hair who is ready for her forever home. 

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The Northern Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross was established in 1915 here in the Northland, and none other than Chester Congdon became the first vice chairman of the organization.  That's 101 years of accepting donations of blood and sweat, and drying tears.

Even so, Community Chapter Executive Dan Williams turns down a chance to ask for donations, preferring instead to make an impassioned plea for folks to make sure they have working smoke detectors.  And that means replacing units that are over ten years old, not just changing the batteries.

With Duluth's housing vacancy rate hovering around 3%, it's hard enough to find a place to live.  It would be bad enough if you were trying to find housing when no one wanted to hire you ... but where would you go and what would you do if no one wanted to rent to you, either?

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

By some accounts, every day, 22 veterans of our armed forces take their own lives.

Mike Waldron was almost one of them.

Until he became - and created - the 23rd Veteran.

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It's no secret that college has priced itself way out of the reach of many people these days.

So imagine our delight when we start off the week with a story about college money available to students as young as 9th graders, money they can earn by doing things they're already doing.

More information about raise.me is available here:

AICHO

AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) is looking after 175 people at the moment, providing culturally specific help for families and individuals struggling with domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty.

More and more people in the non-Native community are becoming familiar with AICHO, thanks to their exploding presence as a showcase for Native art and artists, and Daryl Olson, a domestic violence/sexual assault training specialist, says the community - Native and non-Native alike, can help the organization by getting involved through attending events and volunteerism.

Forever Home 12/8

Dec 8, 2016

Turbo | Contented Critter

Turbo is a 2 year old male wire haired pointer mix. He was rescued off a euthanasia list. He is a beautiful dog, just the right size (50 lbs) , athletic, happy and full of energy. He is ready for his forever home.

Kiya | Animal Allies

As KUMD prepares to blow out 2017 with our 60th anniversary, we don't want to lose sight of all the things we did this year to get people talking. Thirty years of For The Birds.  Expanded Homegrown Music Festival coverage.  The local musician making national news.  KUMD was where you turned when you wanted to hear what the loss of David Bowie, Prince or the other icons who said goodbye this year meant to music. We take a look back at how KUMD had you talking this year.

Courtney Celley/USFWS.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Dennis Jones about the 

Ojibwe language, naming ceremonies, offering tobacco and more. Jones recently retired from years as an Ojibwe language instructor at the University of Minnesota. He is a band member of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, located in the Treaty Three territory in northwestern Ontario.  He is the author of Daga Anishinaabemodaa: Let's Speak Ojibwe, an Ojibwe Word List and Phrase Book, illustrated by Aza Erdrich.

Forever Home 12/1

Dec 1, 2016

Mac | Contented Critters

Mac is a 2 year old male brindle Hound mix. He was scheduled to be euthanized in an over crowded shelter. He is a very outgoing friendly dog. Ready to start a new life with a family of his own.

Harold | Animal Allies

Melissa Thoreson Kliegle

It wasn't so much the graffiti itself.

It was the atmosphere of fear and anger that Johanna Unden and her classmates felt permeating Denfeld High School after racist comments were discovered, post-election, in a girls' bathroom.

The solution?  A blizzard of affirmation.

Lisa Johnson

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

We'll be bringing you their stories and the reactions of the candidates to their requests in the weeks to come.

Here, Chelsey Shykes shared her story of trying to find dental care while a college student on medical assistance.

AICHO

We've learned in recent years that a variety of social and personal ills can be addressed by a couple of strategies: first, meet people where they are (and not where we think they should be) and second, get them into stable housing. 

AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) has been handling the first two since 1993.  But it's only recently that they've added a third ingredient to the mix and it's having a profound impact: art.

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Open Enrollment to sign up, re-up or change your health insurance began November 1.

If finding the right plan for you and your family isn't complicated enough, there's confusion about terms like MNsure, MinnesotaCare and Medicare.

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