Public Affairs

Timothy Pearce

 

Thousands of women are locked up in U.S. prisons and one Minnesota Group is working to get books in the hands of the incarcerated. The Women's Prison Book Project based in Minneapolis's the Seward neighborhood, organizes donations to prisoners nationwide. Dixie Treichel from KAXE reports.

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Seatbelts, more responsible behaviour and a decline in drug abuse boosted Minnesota to #1 in the latest Kids Count report* ... and the state achieved that ranking even though the child poverty rate increased to 14%.  Trouble is, the child poverty rate nationally has increased even more dramatically.  So although there is something to celebrate with this latest report, it doesn't tell the whole story.

Matthew Stinar

  From our Ampers partners, we share a 2-part special report from MN Native News called "Rocking the Boat" Part 1 & 2.  Reporter Melissa Townsend brings us the story of racial disparities for Native communities like in one Northern Minnesota town, Bemidji.  

Politics Off My Body

Public conversations about the idea of privilege are hard, and ironically, much of that is because of our proud heritage of "Minnesota Nice."  But they're important, because those with privilege and those without need to come together in a safe place, ask questions, and learn from one another. 

Judy Garland Museum/John Kelsch

There's no place like home - but tell it to the shoes. 

Almost ten years ago, a pair of Judy Garland's famous red shoes - one of the pairs she wore in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" - was stolen from a museum in her Grand Rapids hometown. 

7/23 Forever Home

Jul 23, 2015

Manny: 

Manny is a black short hair cat who is 3 months old. He came to us from a different shelter and is now looking for his new loving home! He is a fun loving little kitten looking for a loving family. He has been neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Gracie: 

KUMD is deeply saddened by the loss of Edgewood Smith a.k.a. DJ-E, a longtime host of "The Local."  We offer our condolences to his friends and family.  We shared our tribute to DJ-E on The Local, July, 22, with guests from the KUMD team, family requests and some of Edgewood's favorite tracks honoring his  contribution to the Duluth music community.   

"Peace and Noise" - DJ-E

Brett Groehler/University of Minnesota Duluth

One of the best ways to know if you want to do a particular thing with your life is to do the thing, full time, for a while.  That's why seven UMD students took a pass on going home, summer jobs or the beach and opted instead for the BURST: Biology Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology program, a 40-plus-hour-a-week-for-10-week program that lets them focus on their chosen topic and their research for that time.

Enbridge

Enbridge Energy's proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline is drawing the ire of yet another group - this time, the National Congress of American Indians is weighing in, and they want the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers to address not just the environmental impact of the project, but what they see as threats to tribal sovereignty, religious freedoms, and federally protected resources of the region's indigenous peoples.

Veteran's Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society

Every day, we're losing more and more members of the "Greatest Generation," but the Oral History Program, the Veteran's Memorial Hall and the St. Louis County Historical Society aim to record as many of their thoughts and memories as they can - and they're training volunteers to do those interviews.

Brett Groehler/University of Minnesota Duluth

Two words you never see side by side: "tuition reduction."

And not only is UMD's MBA program offering the degree at a lower price ... they're throwing in some major scholarships to sweeten the deal.

We get details from the Dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Dr. Amy Hietapelto.

7/16 Forever Home

Jul 16, 2015

Sapphira is a tan and white Pitbull mix who is 3 years old. She came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for her new loving family! Sapphira is a big girl with a lot of energy, so she needs a home that will spend time with her and give her the attention she deserves. She would do best as a single dog in her new home. She has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Drew Geraets/Flickr

The Minnesota legislature has made some changes in the ATV (all-terrain vehicle) rules and regulations.  DNR Conservation Officer John Velsvaag says they won't affect a lot of people, but the changes are so new, they're not even available online yet.  The best way to get more information is to call 888-646-6367.

Brad Nelson/Tycoon's

Duluth's been named one of the Top Ten Best Foodie Cities in the nation by Liveability.com.  Sure, we knew that ... but how did THEY find out?  As editor Matt Carmichael explains, you'd be amazed what you can learn from the numbers.

  This episode of Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is about Biomimicry. From Sharkskin to Hippo Sweat - what can be learned and utilized from natures ability to adapt.  Biomimicry innovator Janine Benyus and Jay Harman share perspectives of nature-inspired design.

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