Northland Morning Interviews

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

Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith is in Duluth today, talking economic development with business leaders.

But she took some time to talk with KUMD's Maija Jenson about the budget surplus and the Governor's proposals with regard to higher education.

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Historically, the incidence of house fires is declining, so Captain Aaron Bujold of the Duluth Fire Department calls the recent spate of them an "anomaly."

In the eight Northland fires since the beginning of the month, two people have been injured and four have died, including  an as-yet unidentified man in a Lakeside neighborhood fire last night.

Two physical assaults on women last month, within an hour of each other.

A woman pushed to the ground near the Bagley Outdoor Classroom and held there while the man robbed her.

There are a variety of actions people can take to minimize their vulnerability, says Lt. Tim LeGarde of the UMD Police Department .... but perhaps the best idea is one many college students employ without really thinking about it.

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Perhaps a nerd is nothing more than someone who is really, really passionate and excited about something.

Like, concrete.  Or the films of Michael Bay.  Or StarCraft 2.

But the deeper and more significant question becomes: if you or the thing you're most nerdy about take hold of the public imagination, does that mean you (or it) are now cool?  And if so, can you still be called a nerd? 

The Sanctuary

Some Minnesota horse rescues have stepped forward to help a group of wild horses in need in South Dakota (300 wild horses in South Dakota need homes as deadline looms).

But The Sanctuary in Barnum isn't one of them.

John Doberstein

One of Duluth's newest non-profits made a splash last Saturday night, holding a fact-based panel discussion with top-tier speakers about the proposed PolyMet mine -- and following it up with a social hour and live music.

It's not easy to admit you're using drugs.

Especially if you're pregnant.

Nor is getting off drugs, especially if you're pregnant, when "cold turkey" withdrawal can put the unborn baby through withdrawal, too.

That's where the M.O.M.s program on the White Earth Nation comes in: a program to help expecting mothers get off drugs, and support them medically, emotionally, psychologically and culturally.

Sara Mowchan must be a champion multi-tasker.

The project she submitted for the Knight Cities Challenge competition (one of three finalists from Duluth, among 144) not only pairs job seekers and residents of the city with professional opportunities ... it would use many of the city's historic - but unused - buildings as venues for the workshops.

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

©Jessica Phoenix

34 year old Ryan Redington is shaking things up.

People who know of his grandfather, Joe Redington, Sr., one of the founders of the Iditarod sled dog race in the '70s, probably expected no less.

With half of his team left and running short on mandatory rest, Redington's strategy seems to be blazing through each leg of the race (running between 9 and 12 mph) and trying to amass the greatest lead he can.

He left the Devil Track checkpoint this morning at 7:52am, followed by Colleen Wallin at 8:57am, Matthew Schmidt at 9:17am and Ryan Anderson at 9:33am. 

Movies and television have tackled Ron Jones 1967 social experiment "The Third Wave" before.

But German student Dennis Gansel,  tired of the education programs in his country warning of the dangers of fascism and autocratic rule, suffering from "Holocaust fatigue," was bored by the whole topic.

Until he saw Schindler's List.

Suddenly, he had a new and powerful take on "The Third Wave" ... and his own life.

©Bryan French Photography

The One River, Many Stories project galvanized the community last spring, and now it's one of three finalists (among 144) in the Knight Cities Challenge competition.

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

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A lot of our friends and neighbors headed to Washington D.C. for the Women's March on Washington.

Laura Erickson was one of them ... and she wrote about the experience in her blog.

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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.

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