Public Affairs

Every year, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) in Duluth helps over 600 homeless youth in our community.  They provide a gamut of services, from a teen clinic and a runaway program, to transitional housing and street outreach - even help for kids about to age out of the system.

But those services are located throughout the city and aren't always easy to get to.  So LSS has announced plans to build the Center for Changing Lives, one central location in Duluth where homeless kids can find all the help and services they need under one roof.

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In the quest to develop better doctors, an addition to the anatomy program is teaching students at the College of St. Scholastica about when to cultivate professional detachment ... and when not to.

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St. Louis County is taking its reputation as one of the top five counties in Minnesota for impaired driving seriously.

Since 2008, South St. Louis County's specialty DWI court brings together judges, attorneys, treatment professionals, probation officers and law enforcement to offer chronic felony offenders an alternative to jail. 

And according to Sgt. Ryan Morris of the Duluth Police Department, it's working.

Nora Naranjo Morse

UMD’s 2nd Annual Creativity Conference was organized around the ideas of creativity across disciplines and cultures this year.  But as our free-ranging conversation with the two conference guests unspooled, it became apparent that creativity is not only useful in a wide variety of contexts … it lurks in some unlikely places.

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Back in the day, binge drinking* at college was almost a rite of passage. 

But back in the day, we didn't know about things like date-rape drugs and alcohol poisoning.  Plus, with drinking ages at 18 or 19, college students were in bars where there were people who could cut them off or get them help if they needed it.

Laurette Perry is a UMD Health Educator who works with the Tri-Campus and Community Coalition to help educate college students about the dangers of binge drinking, especially since now, the binge drinking is more likely to be happening at someone's home.

Tim Velner

Going where no Minnesota robotics team has gone before, the Duluth East Daredevils finished second at the world championships last Saturday night.

Coach Tim Velner joins us to talk about the competition, the depth of the bench for next year, and how team members keep looking out for one another even after graduation.

4/30 Forever Home

Apr 29, 2015

Chewy's story ...
This spunky Labrador/Border Collie mix dog came to Animal Allies as a transfer from another rescue and he is looking for a new home! Chewy is a happy dog with a big smile. He can be timid in new situations but once you spend some time letting him get to know you, he's a real sweetheart. Chewy has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

City of Duluth

The Western Waterfront Trail in West Duluth is getting a makeover this summer ... City Communications Director Daniel Fanning joins us to explain the details.

For more information on Duluth trails, including  maps, click here.

Information on how to volunteer for the Western Waterfront Trail Project click here.

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The Minnesota State Patrol's recent crackdown on distracted drivers turned up some doozys of excuses: "playing the game Last Frontier while driving. Said can't find time to play at work," "Cigarette in one hand, phone in the other. No hands on wheel," "steering w/knee doing long-hand math on piece of paper in MPLS on 35W. Also not buckled." (Read some more of the MSP's Twitter campaign here

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The last class of nationally-prominent Northland athletes and administrators  was inducted into DECC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.  Now there are five new inductees to be added Thursday, May 14: five athletes in five different sports.  Scott Keenan is part of the committee that wants to make sure the DECC Athletic Hall of Fame is an every-other-year-event and he joins us to talk about it.

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The KUMD Homegrown Chicken has flown the coop! Spot the chicken during Homegrown for your chance to win a Trampled by Turtles Grand Prize, including a singed Wild Animals LP and a pair of tickets to their July concert at Bayfront Festival Park! Post your picture of or with the chicken on Instagram then tag KUMD to enter. Winner will be announced after Homegrown on Instagram! See Official Rules for more details. Good cluck!

  Ken Buehler, the general manager of The North Shore Scenic Railroad, talks about the possibility of the Railroad purchasing the Lighthouse at Emily's restaurant, a decision that will be made next month.

4/23 Forever Home

Apr 23, 2015

Betsy Bode of Animal Allies joins us to talk about our featured pets ... but also the rewards of adopting special-needs animals.

Lead exposure  in children and pregnant women can cause serious health problems.  And even though lead paint was outlawed in 1978,  Duluth has old housing stock where most of the homes were built before that. Rachel Loeffler-Kemp -- Duluth League of Women Voters member and Program Coordinator with the American Lung Association, and she says there's an event coming up next week that should put parents' minds at ease.

Free Lead Testing Event Information:

When: Wednesday - April 29, 2015

Where: Myers-Wilkins Elementary School

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