Public Affairs

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UMD's Welcome Week celebrations have been controversial in the past. Not the official celebrations - mainly those of upperclassmen, who line busy streets near the University with signs and sentiments in questionable taste.


Felisha is a senior female terrier who was dumped out of a car. She is house- and crate-trained, friendly and likes attention. She does not see well but gets around just fine. Super smart lady looking for a human to love on her. Felisha is available for adoption through Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary.


Community Action Duluth

As back to school looms on the horizon, all kinds of people think about going back themselves.  Maybe it's to get a GED, maybe it's to learn some things about finances or home buying.

Porsha Cline and Community Action Duluth serve up evening classes, help with transportation and child care and perhaps the most important ingredient in helping folks make changes to get ahead: hope.

More information about Community Action Duluth's classes is available here.

© 2018 23rd Veteran

KUMD talks with Mike Waldron of 23rd Veteran, an organization assisting veterans in their transition from military to civilian life through an innovative positive reconditioning program.

23rd Veteran is hosting a bus ride for veterans for Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on August 28th.

Kristine Osbakken of Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota (BigMN), a grassroots organization advocating for an emancipatory Basic Income, talks with us about the concept of basic income and their recent potluck on Sunday August 5th with guest speaker Stefan Ziller a Berlin state government MP.

Forever Home 8/16

Aug 16, 2018
Animal Allies Humane Society and Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary

We speak with Jessie Peterson, the Grants, Donations and Marketing Manager of the Lake Superior Community Health Center, about their mission – now in its fifth decade – to provide a broad range of healthcare services to the Twin Ports community.  Services include medical care, dentistry, counseling and more, and have recently expanded their treatment of substance abuse disorders. 

Courtesy Vince Rock

Remember hearing about doctors making house calls?

People living on the Leech Lake reservation don't always have transportation to get to one of the seven community clinics.  And it's a big place. 

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Getting two to three times more grant applications than you can fund makes for tough decisions.

But Erik Torch of the Northland Foundation says not only are they impressed by the good work being done in the seven northeastern Minnesota counties they serve,  they're privileged to take part in making a difference.

Forever Home 8/9

Aug 9, 2018
Animal Allies Humane Society and Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary


Sammy is a young adult black lab. He is a big loveable guy who needs a home of his own. He has the most expression in those eyes. He is sweet and caring and would love nothing more than to become a member of your family. He is avaiable for adoption at Contented Criters Animal Sanctuary. 


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Brittany Sanford saw a video about a year ago that changed her life.

"If I couldn't change the world," she decided, "I could still try to make a difference on the home front."

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Tonight (Tuesday) is National Night Out, a relationship-building initiative for police, communities and neighborhoods.

The Lincoln Park branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland are organizing the event on 4th Street this year.  They've partnered with several other organizations including Community Action Duluth and Sherman Associates and the event is open to everyone.

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As Alexandra Reynolds puts it, it's "usually not a happy matter" that brings people into a courtroom.

Forever Home 8/2

Aug 2, 2018
Animal Allies Humane Society and Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary


Durante is a seven-year-old male Terrier. He is a friendly, happy, and good boy. He is crate and housetrained. He likes people and is smart as a whip. He is available for adoption at Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary


1854 Treaty Authority

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we talk with Michele Hakala-Beeksma about the precedents and the groundbreaking history of the Treaty of 1854 and why this enduring treaty still matters today