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ERs in the Northland are seeing young people coming in who have made, to varying degrees, attempts to take their own lives in the wake of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

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The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The death of Project Semicolon founder Amy Bluel. The study that discovered that a group of white, middle-aged Americans are dying what they call "deaths of despair."

What do these three things have in common?

Let's call it an absence of hope.

In troubling times, it's easy to put your finger on everything that's going wrong. And we're given the idea that focusing on the problems is somehow the right thing, the mature thing to do, while focusing on the good makes you naive or foolish.

Lisa Johnson

Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

In this final part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, and the progress of Homes for All in the Minnesota Legislature.

Lisa Johnson

  Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

 

In this second part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, and the progress of Homes for All in the Minnesota Legislature.

 

Lisa Johnson

Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

In this first part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to reform GRH (Group Residential Housing) and implement the Landlord Incentive Program. 

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There's concern in Indian country, too, about what will replace the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Dr. Mary Owen of UMD's Center for American Indian and Minority Health says the Indian Health Service is already critically underfunded ... and for people who are already experiencing a high rate of poverty, private insurance may be priced out of reach for them.

Kodey Weiss

This week, we’re featuring some entries in the Audio Story Challenge at UMD.

Here’s how it works.

  • Journalism students had to tell a story in two to three-and-a-half minutes.
  • The story has to include the sound of air or water
  • it has to include a mention of food
  • it has to include the voices of two people whose ages are at least 20 years apart.
  • it has to be a true story.

UMD Journalism major Kodey Weiss is no longer on academic probation.

Paige Oswald

This week, we’re featuring some entries in the Audio Story Challenge at UMD.

Here’s how it works.

Cole White

This week, we’re featuring some entries in the Audio Story Challenge at UMD.

Here’s how it works.

  • Journalism students had to tell a story in two to three-and-a-half minutes.
  • The story has to include the sound of air or water
  • it has to include a mention of food
  • it has to include the voices of two people whose ages are at least 20 years apart.
  • it has to be a true story.

53 veterans graduated last Saturday from UMD. One of them was UMD Journalism student Cole White, who brought us this piece.

Cloquet Area Fire District

Maybe you can forgive Cloquet High School student Christian Loeb for being just a little bit excited about his classmates seeing him "all bloodied up and fake bones coming out of me."

Especially since his classmates were freaked out after seeing him "injured" in a mock crash, designed to inspire that very reaction.

UW-Superior Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center

We've heard before how difficult it can be to get veterans to actually accept some of the services and support available to them.

The UWS Veteran and Non-Traditional Student Center says they're doing their best to make those connections known to veterans and to let them know there are people who "get it."

Mitchell Brown

UMD students, community members and Duluth business professionals got to enjoy all the high-stakes excitement and cash (sorta) of Shark Tank without the same cutthroat competition and a cross-country flight.

For the second year in a row, the UMD Shark Tank competition is giving business ideas a forum - ideas from students or the community - and awarding cash prizes.

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The process to rename Lake Place Park Gichi 'ode Akiing (gih chee o DAY  ah king) or "Grand Heart Place" and  in so doing, recognize the Native community's long presence in what's now called Duluth continues.

Babette Sandman is the chair of the Duluth Indigenous Commission and she has big dreams for the project, including a naming ceremony that would bring all nations together, and opportunities for teachings and new beginnings.

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Young and old. Wise and... not so wise.

There's a place for everyone at Pizza Luce on Thursday nights.

Cheyenne Vavrina has more.

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Many people come and go at karaoke at Sir Benedicts Tavern. But there is one face you'll see there every week. Cole White brings us the story.

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