Public Affairs

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The title of the project is a mouthful ... but Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's proposal is one of three finalists (among 144) for the Knight Cities Challenge.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

●      Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep talented people;
●      Opportunity: Ideas that expand economic prospects and break down divides;
●      Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

If you're a Native American or Alaska Native mom, your baby is twice as likely to die before it's first birthday than if you're white.

And your baby is three times as likely to die before it's first birthday.

Forever Home 1/18

Jan 19, 2017

Soldier | Contented Critters

Solider is an 8 year old Lab mix. He was rescued off the euthanasia list. He is a nice guy, laid back, and a very nice size (42 lbs.) He just wants a family to spend the rest of his life with.

Zippy | Animal Allies

The theme for this year's Citizens in Action workshop is "Passion, Participation, Persistence."

Duluth League of Women Voters member Rosie Loeffler-Kemp says it's particularly apt.

What can we do locally with our reactions to what's happening nationally?

Loeffler-Kemp says, start by attending the workshop.

The KUMD Concert Series at the Red Herring Lounge has kicked off once again! This month, we present The Dead Pigeons with Feeding Leroy and Trevor Marrin.

Forever Home 1/12

Jan 12, 2017

Jackson | Contented Critters

Jackson is a 6 year old Husky/Retriever mix who was rescued off the euthanasia list. His only fault must have been his age because he has been a pure gem at the Shelter. He loves kids, gets along with other dogs, and has such a happy disposition. He has been neutered, vet checked and vaccinated.

Bruce Wayne | Animal Allies

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides an economic safety net for 70,000 kids and their parents, and it hasn't seen a funding increase since 1986.

The problem is, the program is what most people think of when they think of "welfare," and it strikes right to the heart of the resentment about "subsidizing people to do nothing."

And it's just that kind of misinformation that an event this evening, sponsored by Leaders Partnering to End Poverty, is hoping to correct.

James St. John [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Dan Jones about many topics, including clans, elders, and geographical place names. Dan is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota. He also taught Ojibwe at UMD in the fall of 2016. He is also the twin brother of Dennis Jones, and the son of Nancy Jones, both of whom also have been guests on Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.

James St. John [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we continue our conversation with Dan Jones about many topics, including clans, elders, and geographical place names. Dan is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota. He also taught Ojibwe at UMD in the fall of 2016. He is also the twin brother of Dennis Jones, and the son of Nancy Jones, both of whom also have been guests on Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.

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

©Josie Fan

After spending enough time homeless, Andy Moe of Duluth was relieved to move into a board-and-lodge facility.

But he was frustrated by the lack of space and privacy, the inability to access his own medications or save money toward an apartment, and he talked to the candidates about the need for reform when it comes to board and lodge facilities.

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