Public Affairs

Forever Home 2/22

Feb 22, 2018

Zippy

Zippy is a male tabby who is still young and curious. He needs a warm and loving home!

Brannaman

Brannaman is a tan German Shepherd mix who is 9 months old. He came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for his new loving home! He is a smart, sweet boy who loves to play with toys. Brannaman already knows sit, lay down, speak, and shake!

UMD Viz Lab/MMAD Lab

To paraphrase Coleridge: Water, water everywhere, / Nor any time to think.

Two weeks ago.  Quiet Wednesday night on the UMD campus. Almost 6pm.

Viz Lab/MMAD Lab (emerging visual technologies and techniques and Motion and Media Across Disciplines) director Lisa Fitzpatrick is still at work, helping a student pull a paper together.

Then, without warning ... water starts rushing into the lab - threatening a million or so dollars worth of equipment.

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The theme is "Creating Inclusive Communities."

Tomorrow's (2/21/18) UMD Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity is an all day, 30-workshop conversation on "ways in which we can work together to create more equitable communities on campus and in the Twin Ports."

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week, Student Views welcomes Dave Herrera and Lizzy Easter from the UMD Peer Sexual Health Educators program talking about program goals, the development of this critical education at UMD and importance and growth of bystander intervention. They also share who at UMD will receive bystander intervention training and why it is so important.

UMD Peer Health Educators

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"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned," said Scrooge, "they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Every January, St. Louis County undertakes a count of "unsheltered homeless": people living in places "not meant for human habitation."

The CHUM shelter in Duluth is often full to overflowing and there are only 12 beds available in northern St. Louis County.

©Cheryl Reitan. Used with permission.

Samantha Woller is interested in intersections.

Like the intersections where society's views and expectations of women have allowed - if not fostered - the kinds of treatment that's spawned the #metoo movement.

But she's living at an interesting intersection of her own, where her psychology and philosophy majors meet along with her volunteer work and the importance of belief.

Forever Home 2/15

Feb 15, 2018

Ashes

Meet Ashes, Ashes is just one of the many beautiful cats we have at Contented Critters, waiting for a home of their own. Ashes is very affectionate and so good looking. 

©Reyna Crow. Used with permission.

When protestors and the news media began flooding the tiny town of Fort Yates, North Dakota in the spring of 2016, no one knew that the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline would be so far-reaching.

Mark Holman is the director of the Sitting Bull College Library, and even a year later, he doesn't have a complete grasp on what happened in his small community.  What he does know, however, is that it's his job to assemble the bits and pieces and help make sense of it.

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Menthol and flavored tobacco products will be restricted to adult-only shops beginning this spring.

Last night, the Duluth City Council voted 7-2 to impose the restricton.

The vote has been controversial with convenience stores in particular worried about the economic impact.

But Pat McKone of the American Lung Association says tobacco was identified as causing cancer as far back as 1964 ("It's the only product that when used as directed kills its customers," she says) and restrictions like this have clearly been on the horizon.

Long Time KUMD Volunteer Host Passes Away

Feb 9, 2018

Today we share the sad news that John Bushey, host of the KUMD radio program Highway 61 Revisited, has passed away. This is a great loss to the community, the KUMD family and John's family and fans. We are so thankful for the 26 years John Bushey volunteered his expertise and passion for the music and life story of Bob Dylan through stories, guests and a deep library of recordings.

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One of the responses to the #metoo movement has been a rush to implement sexual harassment training in the workplace.

But men already know that groping a co-worker is wrong, right? 

Or have we been giving them the wrong messages all along?

Forever Home 2/8

Feb 8, 2018

Archie

Archie is a 1 year old male tri-colored pointer mix. He was rescued from a euthanasia list on 4-1-17. He was so extremely frightened when he came. He is learning to trust and LOVES to play ball. He will fetch all day long

Cleocatra

How fun is her name! Cleocatra is a 1 year old brown tabby long hair looking for a loving home!

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Minnesota's Homes for All has an ambitious ask for the state legislature this year: $140 million.

But when seniors have a home after a lifetime of work, kids have a place to do homework and employers have affordable housing to offer to new hires, the group says everyone benefits.

Duluth - Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

The MIC (Metropolitan Interstate Council) has been putting together a long-term Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan - a system of safe, coordinated, on-street bike routes to support bicycling as a transportation option for people of all ages and abilities.

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