Northland Morning Interviews

©Mooster History

Twenty-five thousand kids across Minnesota put their history chops on display throughout the state earlier this year, and those winners are duking it out now in 12 regional competitions, hoping to make it to State at the end of April.

But the real story may be students as young as 12 developing thesis statements, researching their topics and doing the kind of thoughtful analysis that, the world tells us, we need more of.

Protect my Public Media Blog

Federal funding for public broadcasting is again on the chopping block in the President's budget proposal.
  Protect my Public Media is a national advocacy group; KUMD's Maija Jenson spoke with Christina Kuzmych, the general manager at Wyoming Public Media.

MN DOT

There are more people than you'd think champing at the bit for road construction season to start.

FarOutFlora/Flickr

Remember being a little kid and kissing yourself in the mirror?

When did that stop - and why?

UMD's recent Kiss the Mirror event decided to tackle the issue head on.

(You can listen to the TED Talk that preceeded the program, Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad For You with Meaghan Ramsey here.)

Many of the speakers at the Twin Ports 2018 Women's March wanted to see more inclusivity in the community and in organizing around issues of feminism and social justice.

  Trans Plus took them at their word, and the result is a joint panel discussion and community conversation tonight at the Prøve Collective.

©Lisa Johnson

Several of the most magical moments of the 2018 Winter Games were created by Minnesotans.

The US Women's Hockey team beating Canada in the final game.

This week on Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov shares the journey he began ago when he started this radio project on KUMD. The experience of bringing international student experiences to the air includes himself. Listen for more about Russian-born, UMD student, Pavel Arkhipenkov.

©Fathers Rise Together

A man phoned Devoted Dads/Fathers Rise Together yesterday at the end of his rope.

"I need more," he said, "because I'm losing my mind and no one is hearing me."

ChaQuanna McIntyre, the group's founder, gets it.

And whether you're a dad looking for camaraderie with other dads or support and help to build a better relationship with y0ur kids, this father-focused program is there.

More information is also available at 218-461-1722.

UMD YOUmatter

Social media gets a bad rap when it comes to cyber-bullying or just making people feel bad about themselves when their lives don't seem to measure up.

But a group at UMD is doing what they can to turn that around, and use the pervasive power of Facebook, Twitter and the like to let people in the community know they're not alone.

UMD YOUmatter is on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

©Lisa Johnson

The group Howling for Wolves is renewing their call to ban snares in Minnesota, an issue that resurfaced this month after a wolf was seen near Duluth with one wrapped around its muzzle. 

Although it's illegal to snare wolves, is is legal to snare coyotes, but opponents say dogs, songbirds and even moose and deer are killed or maimed by them.

William E. Lewis Jr./Facebook

Two days after UMD announced another pair of Active Shooter Event training sessions for students, faculty and staff, 17 people were killed and 14 more wounded in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

©Dakota Wicohan

Sixth grade in Minnesota traditionally means a lot of learning about lakes and iron ore and Scandinavian immigrants, and usually there's a field trip to the State Capitol thrown in.

But the part of the state's history that deals with its first nations is either glossed over or skipped altogether, and in addition to leaving non-native students clueless about a large part of Minnesota's past - and a large part of our population - it makes Native students feel as though their experience has been erased.

©Brave Art/PAVSA Youth Advisory Board

About three years ago, someone at PAVSA (Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault) Youth Advisory Board  asked a survivor of sexual exploitation and trafficking to describe themself in one word. 

Anmesty International Canada

Before 2014, Quesnel Lake in British Colombia was an untouched, crystal clear body of water.

When the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, owned by Canadian company Imperial Metals, opened, residents had the promise in writing that nothing would be dumped into the lake.

UMD Viz Lab/MMAD Lab

To paraphrase Coleridge: Water, water everywhere, / Nor any time to think.

Two weeks ago.  Quiet Wednesday night on the UMD campus. Almost 6pm.

Viz Lab/MMAD Lab (emerging visual technologies and techniques and Motion and Media Across Disciplines) director Lisa Fitzpatrick is still at work, helping a student pull a paper together.

Then, without warning ... water starts rushing into the lab - threatening a million or so dollars worth of equipment.

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