Northland Morning Interviews

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

Anmesty International Canada

Before 2014, Quesnel Lake in British Colombia was an untouched, crystal clear body of water.

When the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, owned by Canadian company Imperial Metals, opened, residents had the promise in writing that nothing would be dumped into the lake.

UMD Viz Lab/MMAD Lab

To paraphrase Coleridge: Water, water everywhere, / Nor any time to think.

Two weeks ago.  Quiet Wednesday night on the UMD campus. Almost 6pm.

Viz Lab/MMAD Lab (emerging visual technologies and techniques and Motion and Media Across Disciplines) director Lisa Fitzpatrick is still at work, helping a student pull a paper together.

Then, without warning ... water starts rushing into the lab - threatening a million or so dollars worth of equipment.

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts/Flickr

The theme is "Creating Inclusive Communities."

Tomorrow's (2/21/18) UMD Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity is an all day, 30-workshop conversation on "ways in which we can work together to create more equitable communities on campus and in the Twin Ports."

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week, Student Views welcomes Dave Herrera and Lizzy Easter from the UMD Peer Sexual Health Educators program talking about program goals, the development of this critical education at UMD and importance and growth of bystander intervention. They also share who at UMD will receive bystander intervention training and why it is so important.

UMD Peer Health Educators

©Deb Holman/Street Outreach

"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned," said Scrooge, "they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Every January, St. Louis County undertakes a count of "unsheltered homeless": people living in places "not meant for human habitation."

The CHUM shelter in Duluth is often full to overflowing and there are only 12 beds available in northern St. Louis County.

©Cheryl Reitan. Used with permission.

Samantha Woller is interested in intersections.

Like the intersections where society's views and expectations of women have allowed - if not fostered - the kinds of treatment that's spawned the #metoo movement.

But she's living at an interesting intersection of her own, where her psychology and philosophy majors meet along with her volunteer work and the importance of belief.

©Reyna Crow. Used with permission.

When protestors and the news media began flooding the tiny town of Fort Yates, North Dakota in the spring of 2016, no one knew that the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline would be so far-reaching.

Mark Holman is the director of the Sitting Bull College Library, and even a year later, he doesn't have a complete grasp on what happened in his small community.  What he does know, however, is that it's his job to assemble the bits and pieces and help make sense of it.

Classic Film/Flickr

Menthol and flavored tobacco products will be restricted to adult-only shops beginning this spring.

Last night, the Duluth City Council voted 7-2 to impose the restricton.

The vote has been controversial with convenience stores in particular worried about the economic impact.

But Pat McKone of the American Lung Association says tobacco was identified as causing cancer as far back as 1964 ("It's the only product that when used as directed kills its customers," she says) and restrictions like this have clearly been on the horizon.

Minnesota author Cheryl Strayed used her hike (an expedition she was woefully unprepared for) on the Pacific Crest Trail to exorcise her personal demons. Another Minnesotan embarked on the same trip within a month of Wild's release for no other reason than turning 40 and wanting to.

Gail Francis on apowerful sense of optimism and feeling of being more connected to people and the country, how the context made all the difference and what she learned about helping others and allowing herself to be helped.

 

GGAADD/Flickr

One of the responses to the #metoo movement has been a rush to implement sexual harassment training in the workplace.

But men already know that groping a co-worker is wrong, right? 

Or have we been giving them the wrong messages all along?

Gretchen Ludwig/Flickr

Minnesota's Homes for All has an ambitious ask for the state legislature this year: $140 million.

But when seniors have a home after a lifetime of work, kids have a place to do homework and employers have affordable housing to offer to new hires, the group says everyone benefits.

Duluth - Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

The MIC (Metropolitan Interstate Council) has been putting together a long-term Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan - a system of safe, coordinated, on-street bike routes to support bicycling as a transportation option for people of all ages and abilities.

Only in the Northland.

Only in a town that a mere 22 years ago celebrated -39 below would a few folks decide to throw a modest little four-day celebration and have it turn into an entire month of revelry, pop-ups, activities, events, deals and more.

Cold Front February is moving through all month.

NorShor Theatre

If a building could sigh, the new NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth has been waiting to exhale for decades.

Finally ready to make it's debut - again (Temple Opera House 1869, Orpheum Theatre 1910, NorShor Theatre 1940 and a number of others between 1974 and 2010) -  the NorShor has been lovingly restored and upgraded over millions of dollars and countless hours since June of 2016.

This morning, we talk to the man who probably knows the theatre best.

Community Connect/Facebook

A couple of times a year, Duluth's Damiano Center and a coalition of other nonprofits host an event designed to help folks struggling with poverty get connected with  resources that can help them.

Coinciding - by design - with last night's HUD-mandated Point in Time Homeless Count,  it's a joint attempt to make sure folks take part in the count, but also provide help to a group where more and more are not individuals but families.

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