Northland Morning Interviews

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

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If you think high-tech innovations like satellite and  thermal imagery - and even the ubiquitous smart phone cameras -  have put to bed persistent rumors of creatures like Bigfoot, think again. 

Bob Sherman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Bob Olson of Deer River are the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team.   Don says, far from debunking the idea of a Sasquatch, things like trail cameras mean people are capturing images of the creatures even more often.

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In the quest to develop better doctors, an addition to the anatomy program is teaching students at the College of St. Scholastica about when to cultivate professional detachment ... and when not to.

Professor Allen Mensinger / Department of Biology, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

It turns out silver carp really don't like the sound of outboard motors.

The invasive "flying fish," shown in so many online videos hurling itself out of the water and into the faces and boats of unsuspecting anglers, are leaping to escape the sound of boat motors.  And with that discovery comes what could be the key to keeping them away from the Great Lakes.

Brooke Vetter, the UMD graduate student in Integrated Biosciences who made the discovery, talks about how she found out and what her discovery could mean to stop the carp's northern expansion.

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St. Louis County is taking its reputation as one of the top five counties in Minnesota for impaired driving seriously.

Since 2008, South St. Louis County's specialty DWI court brings together judges, attorneys, treatment professionals, probation officers and law enforcement to offer chronic felony offenders an alternative to jail. 

And according to Sgt. Ryan Morris of the Duluth Police Department, it's working.

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Back in the day, binge drinking* at college was almost a rite of passage. 

But back in the day, we didn't know about things like date-rape drugs and alcohol poisoning.  Plus, with drinking ages at 18 or 19, college students were in bars where there were people who could cut them off or get them help if they needed it.

Laurette Perry is a UMD Health Educator who works with the Tri-Campus and Community Coalition to help educate college students about the dangers of binge drinking, especially since now, the binge drinking is more likely to be happening at someone's home.

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Duluth began experimenting with "public edible landscaping in 2012 when the Park Maintenance Division organized the planting of apple and cherry trees in public parks.

That project has led to an effort called "Edible Duluth," a push to develop sustainable and maintained "edible landscapes" of fruit trees and vegetables on public property.

City of Duluth

The Western Waterfront Trail in West Duluth is getting a makeover this summer ... City Communications Director Daniel Fanning joins us to explain the details.

For more information on Duluth trails, including  maps, click here.

Information on how to volunteer for the Western Waterfront Trail Project click here.

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The Minnesota State Patrol's recent crackdown on distracted drivers turned up some doozys of excuses: "playing the game Last Frontier while driving. Said can't find time to play at work," "Cigarette in one hand, phone in the other. No hands on wheel," "steering w/knee doing long-hand math on piece of paper in MPLS on 35W. Also not buckled." (Read some more of the MSP's Twitter campaign here

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The last class of nationally-prominent Northland athletes and administrators  was inducted into DECC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.  Now there are five new inductees to be added Thursday, May 14: five athletes in five different sports.  Scott Keenan is part of the committee that wants to make sure the DECC Athletic Hall of Fame is an every-other-year-event and he joins us to talk about it.

  Ken Buehler, the general manager of The North Shore Scenic Railroad, talks about the possibility of the Railroad purchasing the Lighthouse at Emily's restaurant, a decision that will be made next month.

4/23 UMD Wind Turbine

Apr 23, 2015
Brett Groehler, photography director / University of Minnesota Duluth

It's quiet, it's efficient, it shouldn't wear out and it even collapses for easier access if it needs to be looked at.  They flipped the switch on the UMD farm's new wind turbine on Earth Day, and Mindy Granley, UMD's Sustainability Director, says the project could be one of those win/win/win partnerships for the turbine's manufacturer, Windtech; UMD and UMD students in a variety of disciplines.

4/22 Earth Day at UMD

Apr 22, 2015

UMD is celebrating Earth Day in a big way; BreAnn Graber joined us this morning to talk about Beautiful U here on campus!

Photo by La Tanya S. Autry, June 2012/Flickr

UMD's University for Seniors program is offering an eight week course called "Racism in Duluth."  The instructor, 24 year old Jordan Moses, is the UMD Director of African American Student Programs.  He talks about what he and his class, separated by race and about five decades, are learning from one another.

Lisa Johnson

Hartley Nature Center's Tom O'Rourke joins us this morning to talk about membership, community and the importance of the great outdoors!

Photo/Paul M. Walsh

Rebates to make movies in Minnesota.  Bigger rebates to make movies in greater Minnesota.  Additional rebates from the IRRRB to make movies in the Northland.  Riki McManus, the director of the Upper Minnesota Film Office,  says movie makers are eyeing Minnesota as more than just a location for films set in the Midwest.  It turns out we're a good stand- in for the coast of California ... or even the beaches of Jamaica.

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