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If you work with "vulnerable" people in Minnesota - that is, anyone  susceptible to abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, the state will do a background check on you.

Two years ago, the state gave nursing homes, long term care facilities and substance abuse treatment centers until the end of this month to implement a tighter, better process, including a picture ID and electronic fingerprinting to help screen out job applicants with criminal records.

 KUMD celebrates Women's History Month with a daily post about women in Minnesota whose work paves the way to equity.  Today we honor, Mabeth Hurd Paige; represented Minneapolis in the MN House 1923-43.

Together, women can change the world and this month we celebrate women in Minnesota who pave the way to equity, making a difference for women everywhere. For Women's History Month, join us in recognition of, Phillis Khan; longest running female legislator in Minnesota, retired.


US Army Corps of Engineers [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we continue our conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  They talk with us today about healing the Anishinaabe community by honoring and returning to traditional ways.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For Women's History Month KUMD celebrates Minnesota women using their strength to empower us all. Today we honor the contributions of, Jean Regal; founder - AHC: Duluth Women's Mentoring Program at UMD.


Forever Home 3/23

Mar 23, 2017

Moose | Animal Allies

Moose is an orange and white Domestic Longhair who is 6 years old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! Moose and Blackie are a solid pair. Where they go one, they go all. Moose is a timid, gentle fellow who desires a low key place to call home. 

Lily | Animal Allies

KUMD Album Review: Rachael Kilgour

Mar 22, 2017
Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour | Rabbit in the Road

Minnesota native, Rachael Kilgour explores unmarked territory in her latest release Rabbit in the Road. Known for her lyrics on social issues, Kilgour puts her activism on hold and searches inward for cathartic release after a failed marriage.

Together, women can change the world and this month we celebrate women in Minnesota who pave the way to equity, making a difference for women everywhere. For Women's History Month, join us in recognition of, Nyango Melissa Nambangi; Minnesota African Women's Association.


Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Tens of thousands of animal welfare documents were removed from the USDA's website at the beginning of February, and although some have been reposted, local and national animal welfare advocates continue to press the USDA to restore them.

The USDA maintains the records were removed in an ongoing effort to "balance the need for transparency with rules protecting individual privacy." 

The Animal Welfare Act oversees research labs, zoos, circuses and animal breeders: almost eight thousand facilities.

  For Women's History Month KUMD celebrates Minnesota women using their strength to empower us all. Today we honor the contributions of, Anne Bertram; Executive Director of Theatre Unbound: Minneapolis.


Tribal members of the Lower Sioux Indian Community were frustrated with the lack of cultural awareness when it came to their health care and by a "fragmented" system that made it hard to track native health concerns.

But they had hope that they could create better access to care by opening their own clinic ... and also create employment opportunities beyond casino jobs.

 KUMD celebrates Women's History Month with a daily post about women in Minnesota whose work paves the way to equity.  Today we honor, Hannah Jensen Kempfer; one of the first women elected to MN Legislature.


For Women's History Month KUMD celebrates Minnesota women using their strength to empower us all. Today we honor the contributions of, Ilhan Omar; first Somali-American elected to office in the US: Minneapolis.


Together, women can change the world and this month we celebrate women in Minnesota who pave the way to equity, making a difference for women everywhere. For Women's History Month, join us in recognition of, Beth Bartlett; feminist, author & Women's Studies Professor at UMD.

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