Public Affairs

Forever Home 1/5

Jan 5, 2017

Mark | Contented Critters
Mark is approximately 2 years old and said to be a Bulldog/Lab mix. Mark was scheduled to be euthanized at another shelter. He is a real nice boy, tired of being shoved around, he just wants a home with nice people.

Lisa Johnson

For most of us, public transportation does a great job of getting us to school or work.

But the snowbank we have to clamber over at the bus stop, for example,  is more than a nuisance for someone with disabilities: it might mean a missed doctor's appointment,  being late to pick up a child or even another day spent housebound.

We wrap up our series from the 2016 Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum with the comments of Jemel Jones, a community activist looking for some changes in public transportation to better accommodate people with disabilities.

Chris M Morris [via Flickr, modified]

Our guest this morning on the Caring and Sharing Holiday series is John Doberstein with the North Star chapter of the Sierra Club.

YWCA GirlPower Duluth

300 girls in 10 different locations around Duluth are rocking GirlPower these days thanks to the YWCA ... and it's amazing how many ways there are to give back to the program and what a difference a mere $25 can make.

Forever Home 12/22

Dec 22, 2016

Meeka | Contented Critters

Meeka is a 1 year old Shepherd mix. She was scheduled to be euthanized. She has a lot of energy, but Chris has been teaching her a lot about manners since she came to us. She is smart, and beautiful and loves people, does not feel the same about other dogs.

Crackle | Animal Allies

Life House

650 kids came through the doors of Life House this year.  More than half were homeless and for most of them, it wasn't the first time.  And in the 18 months or so since Life House opened Sol House for youth who've been sex trafficked, 12 kids have been sheltered there.

And the numbers keep adding up.  There are 140 kids on a waiting list for housing with nowhere to stay, and Life House has big dreams to be able to help them.

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. 

John M. Cropper/Flickr

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.


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 is available here:


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.