Northland Morning Interviews

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

©Raise.Me

It's no secret that college has priced itself way out of the reach of many people these days.

So imagine our delight when we start off the week with a story about college money available to students as young as 9th graders, money they can earn by doing things they're already doing.

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AICHO

AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) is looking after 175 people at the moment, providing culturally specific help for families and individuals struggling with domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty.

More and more people in the non-Native community are becoming familiar with AICHO, thanks to their exploding presence as a showcase for Native art and artists, and Daryl Olson, a domestic violence/sexual assault training specialist, says the community - Native and non-Native alike, can help the organization by getting involved through attending events and volunteerism.

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

We'll be bringing you their stories and the reactions of the candidates to their requests in the weeks to come.

Melissa Thoreson Kliegle

It wasn't so much the graffiti itself.

It was the atmosphere of fear and anger that Johanna Unden and her classmates felt permeating Denfeld High School after racist comments were discovered, post-election, in a girls' bathroom.

The solution?  A blizzard of affirmation.

Lisa Johnson

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

We'll be bringing you their stories and the reactions of the candidates to their requests in the weeks to come.

Here, Chelsey Shykes shared her story of trying to find dental care while a college student on medical assistance.

AICHO

We've learned in recent years that a variety of social and personal ills can be addressed by a couple of strategies: first, meet people where they are (and not where we think they should be) and second, get them into stable housing. 

AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) has been handling the first two since 1993.  But it's only recently that they've added a third ingredient to the mix and it's having a profound impact: art.

©Community Action Duluth

Open Enrollment to sign up, re-up or change your health insurance began November 1.

If finding the right plan for you and your family isn't complicated enough, there's confusion about terms like MNsure, MinnesotaCare and Medicare.

Viewminder/Flickr

Campaign rhetoric that included slurs or threats against racial and religious minorities created an atmosphere of fear and anxiety for many students on the UMD campus, prompting UMD's Office of Diversity and Inclusion to make sure those students know they have a place to talk about it.

"Duluth has your back"

Nov 22, 2016
Lisa Johnson

In the wake of a contentious campaign season and election aftermath, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson wants the people of her city to know she won't tolerate disenfranchisement or exclusion.

Indian Health Service

In and out of Indian country, the expectation is that patients adapt to the way their doctors do things if they want treatment. 

Dr. Ron Shaw is the president of the Association of American Indian Physicians.  He says the new  "cultural humility" paradigm involves respect for and understanding of other cultures - and it also leads to better outcomes for patients.

Roxanne Richards/UMD Continuing Education

In 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton mandated that employees of state agencies consult with the 11 sovereign tribal nations on matters of mutual interest.

But no one had any idea how to actually do that.

Enter UMD and the Tribal State Relations program, a training that continues to educate - and surprise - state employees throughout Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

It was a good summer and fall for work on area roads and bridges, and according to Aaron Gunderson, District One Resident Engineer, the forecast for next year is "not as disruptive as the past few years have been."

©Lisa Johnson

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

Here, Shereeka Smith shares her story of fleeing the violence of Detroit and trying to make a home in Duluth.

The Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Growing up, Dr. Alan Johns never even dreamed of going to med school.

He not only went, he was one of the first two Native students to graduate from UMD's medical program in 1972.  And how he shares his passion for educating and recruiting other Native students who, like him, never imagined a future in medicine.

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