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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?

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Tribal sovereignty is more than just who is allowed to put a pipeline where.

Included in the right to self-determination and self-governance is the right to protect one's land and environment - and waterways.

But epidemiologist Michael Marmot says the less status you have, the poorer your health will be. It's not a question even of how much money you have, it's the psychological experience of inequality that makes the difference.

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It's not every day we create a special post about Laura Erickson's For the Birds ... but then, it's not every day the Cubs win the World Series, either. 

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St Louis County Judge Shaun Floerke thinks "treatment court" is much better description than "drug court."

Whatever you call it, it keeps the public safer, has a much better outcome for the drug offender and realizes a huge cost savings for everyone.

But can a new approach to drug crimes fly in the "land of 10,000 bootstraps," where if you're an addict, for instance, you need to "just stop it"?

Floerke says if punishment - or negative consequences cured addiction, there wouldn't be a problem.  But it doesn't -- and there is.

Forever Home 11/3

Nov 3, 2016

Ziggy | Contented Critters

Ziggy is a 4 year old Great Pyrenees mix. He was given up by his owner because Ziggy isn't meant to be an apartment dog! He is a big boy who needs room , he was bred to roam with and protect the herd.

Rosco | Animal Allies

Rosco is a black and tan Shepherd mix who is 1 year old. He came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for his new loving home! Rosco is a curious fellow who frequently desires a fun adventure. Time running around outside is most certainly one of his favorite things!

Find early vote location, polling place location, hours of operation, and ballot information. Enter your address to determine where to go on Election Day. 

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MPIRG at UMD is making its voice heard on campus this election season.

The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan and completely student-run organisation "to articulate and pursue ... the concerns of students on issues of general public interest."

And pursue them they do.  A few years ago, MPIRG at UMD was a handful of students.  Now they have 60 members, 18 leaders and five task forces.

Lisa Johnson

Living in their car because they couldn't find a place to live. Calling all 13 dental providers who claim to take medical insurance and being turned away by all of them. Struggling with public transportation as a disabled person when bus stops aren't shoveled.

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 * fear of clowns

Target's pulled the scary clown masks off the shelf and local police throughout the country are being called for "creepy clown sightings."

Stop it, says the World Clown Association.  If it's creepy or scary or threatening violence, it's no clown: it's just some bad apple in a Halloween mask.

Forever Home 10/27

Oct 27, 2016

Tedo | Animal Allies

Tedo is a black and brown Labrador/Beagle mix who is 10 years old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! Tedo is the friendliest of fellows who appreciates attention more than ever. He enjoys time outside and hopes to find a home where he can spend his free time running around.

MJ | Animal Allies