Northland Morning Interviews

Daily interviews with a local focus airing at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday on Northland Morning.

Eleni Pinnow

The Pinnow family broke some new ground when they wrote their daughter's obituary almost two years ago.

  "Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth,  died from depression and suicide on Feb. 20, 2016."

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Enhanced screenings at the Duluth International Airport rolled out Monday, but whatever time it takes TSA screeners to check over your electronics will no doubt be offset by Duluth's inclusion as a fully designated TSA Pre✓® airport.

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

Imagine having to to sit through classes with 95 different teachers before you find one that looks like you.

Imagine being a student of color and knowing that your chances of graduating high school were only 52 to 66 percent in Duluth -- but your guidance counselors each have 416 students to advise and help.

Imagine what you could do if Duluth had a universal scholarship program like one launched in Michigan ten years ago: one that would pay tuition to a state college for any student who graduates from the Duluth Public Schools. 

Duluth City Clerk

The League of Women Voters Duluth has all kinds of information available on their website for voters today.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization has everything from a Voter Guide to maps, instructions and links to more information.

To save you some time, we've added a few here:

Voter Guide

Duluth Precinct Maps

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Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell says, when it comes to the #metoo hashtag, for Native women it could be #metooX4.  Or X6.

He knows through his work at Mending the Sacred Hoop that Native women are more likely to suffer violence or sexual assault multiple times in their lives.

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Back in 1960, MnDOT built a chunk of Highway 53 on land owned by a mining company.

The only catch was, if the company wanted to get at the ore underneath the road, the road would have to be moved.

Fast forward 57 years and the road did indeed need to be moved, a project "cursed with a short timeline but blessed with resources."

Houston says he's not headed to Disneyland to celebrate the completion of the project ... but he is going to deer camp. 

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

Hopping on a bus because your car’s in the shop or you want to be environmentally responsible.

Cutting a rent or mortgage check at the first of the month so your family has a clean, safe home.

Picking up a group of friends or piling in your car with the family to head to the park for a day of fun.

For 75% of Duluthians, that’s everyday life.

But for the remaining 25%, the one in four families in this town who live in poverty, it’s not.

©John Krumm

Accountant and current Duluth City Councilor at Large Zack Filipovich weighs in on the challenges of finding a place to live in Duluth, the mayor's proposed sales tax increase to pay for street repair and what issues he finds most important.

We reached out to the campaign of Barb Russ but they did not respond to our requests for interviews.

If walls could talk ... Nopeming would probably have a lot to say.

Minnesota's first hospital for the care of tuberculosis patients opened in 1912 just outside of Duluth, and became a nursing home in the '50s before the place closed for good in 2002.

But the non-profit, Orison, that bought the abandoned facility in 2009 has been updating  security, and now they're ready to welcome the public: for tours, to film movies or to investigate the paranormal ...

Maija Jenson

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg talks about research that helps us understand climate change effects Lake Superior. Climate Change is not just about hot weather, but it is a part of what the research shows when it comes to less winter ice and more summer algae productivity; measurable indicators of change. 

MN Sea Grant

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Laura Palombi says making the use of Narcan a moral issue doesn't help anyone. 

And help is needed.  The assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy Duluth says the public health crisis that is the opiod epidemic has hit our area "really hard."

Palombi is taking part in a series of naloxone trainings for medical professionals, funded in part by a state grant aimed at  rapidly expanding treatment and recovery resources for people in hard-hit northeastern Minnesota.

But the real issue that's sparking a "frenzy of research now,"  Palombi says is "why."

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