Public Affairs

Courtney Celley/USFWS.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Dennis Jones about the 

Ojibwe language, naming ceremonies, offering tobacco and more. Jones recently retired from years as an Ojibwe language instructor at the University of Minnesota. He is a band member of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, located in the Treaty Three territory in northwestern Ontario.  He is the author of Daga Anishinaabemodaa: Let's Speak Ojibwe, an Ojibwe Word List and Phrase Book, illustrated by Aza Erdrich.

Forever Home 12/1

Dec 1, 2016

Mac | Contented Critters

Mac is a 2 year old male brindle Hound mix. He was scheduled to be euthanized in an over crowded shelter. He is a very outgoing friendly dog. Ready to start a new life with a family of his own.

Harold | Animal Allies

Melissa Thoreson Kliegle

It wasn't so much the graffiti itself.

It was the atmosphere of fear and anger that Johanna Unden and her classmates felt permeating Denfeld High School after racist comments were discovered, post-election, in a girls' bathroom.

The solution?  A blizzard of affirmation.

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.

We'll be bringing you their stories and the reactions of the candidates to their requests in the weeks to come.

Here, Chelsey Shykes shared her story of trying to find dental care while a college student on medical assistance.


We've learned in recent years that a variety of social and personal ills can be addressed by a couple of strategies: first, meet people where they are (and not where we think they should be) and second, get them into stable housing. 

AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) has been handling the first two since 1993.  But it's only recently that they've added a third ingredient to the mix and it's having a profound impact: art.

©Community Action Duluth

Open Enrollment to sign up, re-up or change your health insurance began November 1.

If finding the right plan for you and your family isn't complicated enough, there's confusion about terms like MNsure, MinnesotaCare and Medicare.

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.