Northland Morning Interviews

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

United States map showing locations where hummingbirds have been seen so far
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This morning, Laura Erickson drew our attention to this cool map - a Ruby-throated hummingbird ETA, of sorts.   You can find out more here:

And you can listen to Laura's show from this morning here:

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Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld hosts the Readings from Seven Nations open mic event, featuring poetry from the seven nations blocked by excecutive order from travel or immigration to the US: Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria.

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It's a common enough trope in romantic comedies: one partner's fondness for foreign films with subtitles is often the dealbreaker.

Far from being elitist or boring, the criteria for the 2nd annual international film series, Building Bridges, was to find movies to show the audience "a piece of the world that would fascinate them."

The Duluth Bethel

If you work with "vulnerable" people in Minnesota - that is, anyone  susceptible to abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, the state will do a background check on you.

Two years ago, the state gave nursing homes, long term care facilities and substance abuse treatment centers until the end of this month to implement a tighter, better process, including a picture ID and electronic fingerprinting to help screen out job applicants with criminal records.

©John Krumm

John Doberstein says he cringes when the conversation becomes "What's better?  Good mining jobs or tourism jobs paying minimum wage?"

In fact, the Duluth for Clean Water organizer has gone on the record more than once saying he rejects the ideas that it's "jobs v. the environment" or "the Iron Range v. the Cities."

Doberstein isn't afraid of tough conversations - he just wants them to start - and focus on - what brings people together, and one of those things, he believes, are good-paying jobs that allow people to live, work and raise families in the Northland.

Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Tens of thousands of animal welfare documents were removed from the USDA's website at the beginning of February, and although some have been reposted, local and national animal welfare advocates continue to press the USDA to restore them.

The USDA maintains the records were removed in an ongoing effort to "balance the need for transparency with rules protecting individual privacy." 

The Animal Welfare Act oversees research labs, zoos, circuses and animal breeders: almost eight thousand facilities.

Tribal members of the Lower Sioux Indian Community were frustrated with the lack of cultural awareness when it came to their health care and by a "fragmented" system that made it hard to track native health concerns.

But they had hope that they could create better access to care by opening their own clinic ... and also create employment opportunities beyond casino jobs.

Cindy Woods

Ryan Frane agrees jazz is kind of like football or fine wine: you do enjoy it more when you learn a little more about it.

Sam Quackenbush

Can there be too much enthusiasm for public transportation? 

The Duluth Transit Authority is currently grappling with that situation.

According to Wikipedia, wikis are websites that "provide collaborative modification of its content and structure directly from the web browser." In other words, a website that can be collectively edited by all of its online users. One of the most popular Wikis - by far - is Wikipedia itself, a name almost synonymous with the greater concept of Wikis.  It has amassed well over 5 million articles in the 16 years since its start, and it continues to grow and grow.

Duluth's Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in 2006 by the City of Duluth to put forth future considerations for land development. Last year, city planners sought to update the 10-year old plan and held a series of public meetings to gain input from citizens about how to modify the Plan.

American Indian Cancer Foundation

We speak with Kris Rhodes, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, fighting to reverse the high cancer rates among Native Americans.

Noreen Robbins Johnson

As the grandchild of an engineer on the Great Northern Railroad, I always thought the engineer ran the train.

Ken Buehler begs to differ.

The train enthusiast joins us to talk about what he calls "one of the most fun volunteer opportunities in Duluth," and why he will be keeping it a secret from his father. 

Hicle Outdoor

We've got world class mountain bike trails, gorgeous scenery, arts and craft (beer) - who wouldn't want to use some of the four weeks of vacation Europeans get and spend it cycling in Duluth?

You can read more about Dave Grandmaison and his efforts to attract European visitors to our shores here.

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