Public Affairs

Forever Home 11/23

Nov 24, 2016

Decker | Contented Critters

Decker is a 2 year old male tricolored Am Staff. He is a good looking boy. He isn't very tall, but man is he muscular. He is full of energy and ready to find his new forever home.

Lola | Animal Allies


Campaign rhetoric that included slurs or threats against racial and religious minorities created an atmosphere of fear and anxiety for many students on the UMD campus, prompting UMD's Office of Diversity and Inclusion to make sure those students know they have a place to talk about it.

"Duluth has your back"

Nov 22, 2016
Lisa Johnson

In the wake of a contentious campaign season and election aftermath, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson wants the people of her city to know she won't tolerate disenfranchisement or exclusion.

Indian Health Service

In and out of Indian country, the expectation is that patients adapt to the way their doctors do things if they want treatment. 

Dr. Ron Shaw is the president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.  He says the new  "cultural humility" paradigm involves respect for and understanding of other cultures - and it also leads to better outcomes for patients.

Roxanne Richards/UMD Continuing Education

In 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton mandated that employees of state agencies consult with the 11 sovereign tribal nations on matters of mutual interest.

But no one had any idea how to actually do that.

Enter UMD and the Tribal State Relations program, a training that continues to educate - and surprise - state employees throughout Minnesota.

Forever Home 11/17

Nov 17, 2016

Luke | Contented Critters

Luke is approximately 1 year old , a male Retirever mix. Luke was scheduled at another shelter to be euthanized. He is a friendly, guy with a lot of energy who is very ready for his own family.

Wilma | Animal Allies

Wilma is a black Domestic Short Hair who is 2 years old. She came to us as a stray from Duluth and is now looking for her new loving home! I am very sweet and submissive. If I deem you worthy, I will show you my belly. I love attention and drool affectionately when you scratch those sweet spots.

Selena | Animal Allies

Some difficult conversations ... some troubling behaviors.  Rosie Loeffler-Kemp is a longtime member of the Duluth League of Women Voters and a member of the school board, and she says the recent election has made people more comfortable with sharing intolerant opinions - including public school students.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

It was a good summer and fall for work on area roads and bridges, and according to Aaron Gunderson, District One Resident Engineer, the forecast for next year is "not as disruptive as the past few years have been."

©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.

Here, Shereeka Smith shares her story of fleeing the violence of Detroit and trying to make a home in Duluth.

The Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Growing up, Dr. Alan Johns never even dreamed of going to med school.

He not only went, he was one of the first two Native students to graduate from UMD's medical program in 1972.  And how he shares his passion for educating and recruiting other Native students who, like him, never imagined a future in medicine.

The Alworth Insitute for International Studies at UMD presents The Brexit Revolutions” a lecture presented by Alworth Institute International Associate and former director Dr. William Henderson.

Photo By: SGT Pablo Piedra

Mike Waldron says combat stress, for soldiers, is supposed to happen.  It's only when it carries over into a person's civilian life that it can become a problem.  Waldron came to grips with his own post traumatic stress and now he's teaching other veterans how to retrain their brains.

You can find 23rd Veteran on Facebook ... and on their website here.

Forever Home 11/10

Nov 10, 2016

Remington | Contented Critters

Meet Remington. He is a male Rott mix about 4 years old. He is a big boy who likes to play , he has a lot of energy. He has been vet checked, neutered, and vaccinated. He is ready to find a family to call his own.

Tinkerbell | Animal Allies

Tinkerbell is a white and gray Domestic Short Hair who is 2 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Tinkerbell is a curious cuddler! She is playful, gentle, and friendly, and she hopes to find a home where she can lie around with her people.


1 in 9 people over 65 have Alzheimer's disease.

After age 85, 1 in 3 people have it.

But the disease isn't confined to hospitals or nursing homes or even its sufferers: friends, relatives, banks, restaurants, faith communities and more have people grappling with its effects.

And while there's no cure, perhaps the next most important question from anyone whose life is touched by dementia is "Can anyone help?"

And that's what this new initiative, Dementia Friendly Duluth, aims to provide.

Veteran's Day honors the veterans among us ... but many veterans aren't comfortable with the stereotypes they face when they get home.  What if they don't want to be seen as either heroes or "damaged," somehow? Is there anything in-between?