Northland Morning Interviews

Daily interviews with a local focus airing at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday on Northland Morning.

Archives Foundation (via Flickr)

  On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many are not only reflecting on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s but are also comparing it to the current Black Lives Matter movement.  

©Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

Peter David was just another nice German-Polish kid from Green Bay until he finished college and took a job as a biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission based in Odanah, WI.

There, tribal elders and ricers showed him a lifeway that didn't give humans dominion: in fact, just the opposite.  Because people depend on plants and animals for sustenance, they should in fact be humble before other forms of creation.

Deb Holman

Deb Holman is pretty much on call 24/7.

The street outreach worker with CHUM and HDC makes sure the people she works with have her number so they can call or text for help if they need it.

But it's the people who don't think they need help -- like the man was sleeping outside Saturday night and  texted her that he'd "adapted to the climate" -- that worry her the most, especially when wind chills drop into the 20s and 30s below.


In some ways, the new after-school program at Duluth's Steve O'Neil Apartments is just like any other: snacks, time to study and read quietly and a place to unwind after the school day.

Ibrahim Al-Qudah

Ibrahim Al-Qudah stood up in front of the television cameras, news media, Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen and his wife and the other 200-some people last Saturday at the Islamic Center of the Twin Ports potluck and told the crowd it was not about politics or religion ... it was about enjoying a good meal and coming together: humans to humans.

Hawk Ridge draws hundreds of visitors every fall to watch the raptors migrating south.  But where do they end up?

©Hansi Johnson

There's a perfectly good, unassuming reason why ice climbers call one of their favorite climbing locations "Casket Quarry," but you still get the sense that they enjoy the sense of foreboding the name conveys.

John Goodge, UMD

The Rapid Access Ice Drill (or RAID) is on its way to Antarctica.

And when it's in place and online in about a year, well, there's no other way to put it: it will boldly go where no one has gone before.

Current technology allows ice core samples to be taken dating back about 750 million years.  John Goodge, the co-leader of the research and an Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor at UMD, says the RAID will allow million to million and a half year old samples to be taken -- and what they will discover will be a key part in understanding climate change.

Eric Larson/Facebook

On the morning of her swearing in as Duluth mayor, Emily Larson is doing a phone interview and making school lunches for her kids.

"No one is mayor in their own house," she laugh/sighs.

When an accident or illness threatens the life of your child, it's your worst nightmare.

But when medical expenses, travel expenses, lodging expenses begin to mount up, too ... parents may feel the nightmare is just beginning.

That's where the Northern Lights Foundation steps in.

Two weeks before Christmas, 22 women and 25 children slept at Safe Haven Shelter.

Safe Haven's 39-bed shelter is overflowing, and as the largest direct service provider to domestic violence victims in the Twin Ports, runs at about 92% capacity all year long.

But beyond the toys and presents the community and Safe Haven are able to provide, what these families need more than anything is emotional support - "the greatest gift."

Finishing School/ Because We Forget, 2004/Flickr

Hats.  Gloves.  Warm socks.

Oh, and maybe a tip to check in with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth.

For everything they give to homeless veterans and those in crisis, that's all MACV wants for Christmas.

Anthony Hernandez. Used with permission.

It's a tiny little building on East Second Street; 14 by 36 feet. 

But the All Nations Indigenous Center is thinking outside their 500 square foot box.  From their tiny headquarters, they're busily:

PAVSA's not going it alone any more.

Candy Harshner, the executive director of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, says she knew that for sure this week.

A patrol officer told her that he knows, now, when he meets someone who's been sexually assaulted, the first thing he says to that person will either help them begin their healing journey or make it make it worse for them.