Northland Morning Interviews

Camp Bong

Feb 17, 2016
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

  A fresh approach to learning will take place this Friday when children and their parents camp overnight at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, the first overnight program at the museum.  Camp Bong is for kids ranging from grade 3 to grade 8, and will include a range of activities and discussions with veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Fred Guillory (via Flickr, modified)

  We talk with Katie Van Wert, an Assistant Professor of English at UMD, about the UMD-Duluth Storytelling Project.  The project is a collaborative creative writing initiative that matches UMD writing students with adults who have disabilities resulting from cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injuries. Working together, they create either fiction or nonfiction works that are then compiled into an anthology. 

Life House Blog

Reducing or eliminating homelessness for young people is about much more than providing a bed.  Life House in Duluth is working to raise community awareness of their work and the challenges youth face on and off the streets. Celebrating 25 years of work, Executive Director Maude Dornfeld of Life House invites you to a series of morning lectures beginning this Tuesday, Feb 16, 7:45-9:00am. Life House is located at 102 W. 1st Street in Duluth.

Lecture #1 "That Doesn't Happen Here, Right?"

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How do I love thee, Lake Superior?

Let me count the ways.

You only get 6500 words to tell your (short) story in the Lake Superior Writers 2016 Fiction Writing Contest, but your reward could be a chance to sit on a bench on the boardwalk, reading your own piece in a fiction anthology tentatively titled Going Coastal!


Duluth's Life House celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a campaign to finance the renovation of the third floor of their building and provide more emergency and transitional housing for homeless youth.

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Four recommendations stood out among the 33 that Governor Mark Dayton's Health Care Finance Task Force approved late last month, including one to restore many working families' eligibility for MinnesotaCare and another to provide affordable health care coverage options for undocumented immigrants and their families.

©John Doberstein

A group of community members united against rape culture, sex trafficking and misogyny in a rally, march and vigil Saturday night at Duluth's Leif Erickson Park, a gathering that one participant called  "peaceful protestors standing up for all of the amazing women in our lives."

But Return of Kings, a group of men advocating what they call "neomasculinity" canceled their planned meetup that evening in the park.

Return of Kings founder Roosh Valizadeh issued this announcement February 3:

UMD's Chancellor Dr. Lendley Black talks about why theater is the best training for his job now, learning lines after a twenty-year absence from acting, having students cover for him onstage and what being "mature and experienced" really means.

Lisa Johnson

Chilly, 30 mile per hour winds swept across the fields as the first few teams arrived at the finish line early this morning. In recent past years, the finish was usually mid-morning.  This year, Nathan Schroeder crossed the line before 6 a.m. with a winning trail time of 33 hours, 1 minute, 58 seconds.  Jason Campeau followed about 45 minutes later, followed by Ryan Anderson in third place an hour after that.


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Four-time winner of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Jamie Nelson, has scratched.

Friends say Nelson felt her dogs were not as ready as she would like for a 400 mile race.

Meanwhile, volunteer-vet-tech-turned-musher Beckie Hacker took a bad spill yesterday.  Her dogs were fine but she hurt her shoulder.  After determining that she could still take care of them (she said she "didn't want to be the weakest link" of her team), she continues her first Beargrease marathon.

Photo courtesy Binner Rahn

Musher Martha Schouweiler has won the mid-distance race for the second year in a row.

Frank Moe took second and the third place finish was being hotly contested at air time this morning.

Meanwhile, Duluth's Ann Stead won the rec race.

Thanks to our intrepid Trail Reporter, Binner Rahn, for keeping us up to speed!

Photos courtesy Bayfield Chamber of Commerce

High prey drive, pulls like crazy the minute you leash them up and has a lot to say - usually at the top of their lungs.

Housepets from hell?  Hardly - they're the sled dogs who have found a new home through Jim's Team Sled Dog Rescue in Bayfield, WI.

Robin Eschner

California composer and artist Robin Eschner has spent over a year visiting Minnesota, composing a song cycle about the history and culture of sled dog mushing and northern Minnesota, and that magical place where they intersect: the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Almost a year ago, a couple of UMD Environmental Outdoor Education grads decided to hike the Appalachian Trail over the summer. 

Was it Wild or more A Walk In The Woods?

152 days and 2200 miles later ... Keon Mosofi and Charlie Goudreault are back to talk about it.

MN Sea Grant/Kevin Kapuscinski, Lake Superior State University

It was a plot (almost) worthy of a Sharknado-type movie: hundreds of goldfish inhabiting the UMD campus's Rock Pond back in 2004.

But folks dumping their unwanted aquarium fish and plants in local waters are a real-life nightmare: in addition to the cruelty of dumping fish into an environment they're not suited for, if they do survive, they and the plants become invasives who may also spread diseases.