Northland Morning Interviews

Lisa Johnson

Japan. Russia. Canada. Kurdistan.

Just a few of the countries whose relationship with the United States has become increasingly fraught in the last months, but also just a few of the countries with whom Duluth enjoys a sister-city relationship.

The chance for people here to connect to the wider world, to meet people who are simultaneously different from and the same as they -- those relationships could be seen as the antidote to fear.

Concerns about weather prompted a move to the DECC for today's International Day of Peace Celebration.

Project Consent

There's a national conversation taking place in our country now as the #metoo movement gathers momentum -- a conversation about consent.

But consent - what it is and, more importantly, what it's not - is an idea not limited to sexual encounters.

By some accounts, people fear public speaking more than death.

So while Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is glad folks who are comfortable getting up in front of a crowd at a City Council meeting are speaking up about their concerns, she wanted to continue another option.

In addition to connecting with different people in different neighborhoods, her "City Hall in the City" listening sessions are giving folks a chance to share concerns in a way that makes them more comfortable.

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt reports.

Julianne Vasicheck

Julianne "Montana" Vasichek grew up playing hockey. She was a Team USA defenseman, an All-American with UMD and a three-time NCAA champ at UMD; twice as a player and once as the Hockey Equipment Manager/Strength and Conditioning Coach.

So it was bad enough when she got sick in 2008 and it turned out to be a rare, incurable, and untreatable liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). When a blood clot in her ailing liver sent her into the hospital and from there to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, her friends came to say goodbye.

©Stephanie Randby

A little kindness can go a long way.

www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign

In 2015, Minnesota had the third–highest reported number of human trafficking cases, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. St. Louis County Commissioner Beth Olson spoke to KUMD about her recent round table discussion with the head of the Blue Campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as local agency leaders. 

KUMD's contributing producer JP Rennquist brings us story about Denfeld High School, the most diverse high school north of the Twin Cities and one of the most diverse schools in the state overall.

For years, the existing Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House and Treatment Center has been providing individualized treatment to those suffering from chemical dependency.  However, its facility on 4th Avenue West in Duluth is showing its age.

Jacob Norlund [via Flickr, modified]

Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, talks with KUMD about ongoing efforts across the community, both civic and private, to create energy sustainability that can last, reducing our collective carbon footprint.  

Brett Groehler / NRRI / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Efforts in Minnesota to restore wild rice haven’t been consistent. In some lakes it came back beautifully, in other places competing perennial plants – mainly pickerel weed and narrow-leaf cattails – have won out. Why?

Cindy Hakala, the President of Starry Skies Lake Superior, talks about ways that we can reduce light pollution in our nighttime sky.  By using lights that emit warmer colors and limit their focus downward, we can support better astronomical vistas in the Northland, and also a better circadian environment for plants, animals and people in the region. 

We speak with Annika Frazer, Co-Leader of the Environmental Task Force of MPIRG at UMD (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), about MPIRG's nearly 48-year mission as "a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota."

City of Duluth/Imagine Canal Park

" ... Imagine no congestion

I wonder if you can

A plaza in Canal Park

Part of the city's plan.

Imagine there is parking

And, perhaps, it's free....."

~ with apologies to John Lennon

Jack Vinson/Flickr

Earlier this month, hundreds of Duluth friends and neighbors gathered for the 9th annual Hillfest celebration. The celebration takes part in the heart of Duluth's Hillside neighborhoods as traffic is shut down for a Sunday afternoon at the busy intersection of 6th Avenue East and 4th St.

UMD Office of Sustainability

UMD's first Free Store opened up at 10:30am last week on move-in day ... and some students arrived two or more hours early to get a spot in line.

The Office of Sustainability kept their plans - to make donated goods from last spring's move-out day available to incoming students - under wraps until just a day or two before it opened.

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