Public Affairs

Hermantown Hockey

After their sixth consecutive appearance at the Minnesota State Hockey Final,  the Hermantown varsity boys team came home - as runners-up, again - but with a grace and good humor that many professional sportsmen could learn from.  We talk with their coach, Bruce Plante.
Animal Allies Humane Society

Pat Castellano is the Humane Educator at Animal Allies and she talks about why it's so important - if your dog or cat won't carry a wallet - to make sure they have a license and ID tag on their collars.

(Oh, and you can find out more about Max here:)

Leonore Baeumler of Duluth has worked as a social worker in Duluth with both juveniles the elderly. She is the namesake of UMD's Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee, honoring of the lives and legacies of Mortrud Kaplan and her late husband Walter Baeumler. Leonore has lived a life of service improving the quality of life of the people around her for that we honor her this month.

This month, KUMD is connecting you with your legislators as they enter into heavy debate in St. Paul on the 2015-16 Budget. With Minnesota the State Legislature in full swing, we are checking in with those who represent Duluth and the surrounding area.  Listen as KUMD is "Talking Politics" with Representative Erik Simonson: District 7B on Northland Morning.

Erik Simonson

Julie O'Leary, League member and longtime water quality advocate, talks about World Water Day observances in the Twin Ports.

Women's History Month

Mar 17, 2015

KUMD celebrates Women's History Month by honoring women who lead, inspire, and make empowering strides. Hear their stories all month long, weekdays at 7 & 11am

The pending legality of medical marijuana in July means city administrators are facing something they've never faced before: setting up zoning regulations for the production and sale of it. Charles Froseth is the City Planning Director.

UMD Orchestra/School of Fine Arts

Jill Pinkney Pastrana, dean of UMD's College of Education and Human Service Professions says things will be easier now ... but students and faculty have been studying in Cuba all along.

Shannon Miller is the UMD Women’s Ice-Hockey Coach. Coach Miller is a force, an inspiration and a winner.  Recognizing her passion, grit and heart and as an inspiration to all women in sports, we honor the great Ice-Hockey Coach Shannon Miller for Women's History Month on KUMD.

Betsy Bode of Animal Allies says puppies are irresistible - but there are a couple of things you should know.

Flickr/Adam Fagen

We’re talking about free speech, freedom of the press and why it matters here at home.  Our guests in the studio are Don Shelby, veteran broadcast journalist and investigative reporter;  Kearsten Wesner, professor of media law at UMD and former practicing attorney and Rick Lubbers, the editor of the Duluth News Tribune.

Two deaths, days apart, of Midewiwin  people have brought the conflict between secular practices and religious beliefs to the forefront.

Most people outside of tribal communities have never heard of Midewiwin, a religion that requires a body to be preserved intact for burial four days after death.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay

“Black lives matter.” “Blue lives (meaning police officers) matter.”  Here in Duluth, we like to think all lives matter and in our comparatively small town, with a comparatively small number of people of color, we like to think that we don’t have the kinds of issues and tensions that you find in other places around the nation.

CHUM Duluth

There will be plenty of time in 2015 to talk about the challenges in our community, but first, let's take some time to look at what went right in 2014.

From environmental issues, progress looking after the city's most vulnerable residents, to Duluth's splash after splash on national media, there's a lot going on to be excited about.

Flickr/ CDC Global

Readers know that Ebola makes for a terrifying threat in novels.  Whether the characters are endangered by it as a flesh-eating disease or the bad guys are plotting bioterrorism with it, most people are only familiar with the virus as a plot contrivance in a book.

Once Ebola stepped off the page, though, and became a global concern – or panic, if you will – conflicting information AND conflicting attitudes began to emerge.