Northland Morning Interviews

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

The Duluth Playhouse / Underground Theatre

What started as a few friends dancing for fun at home has become a production at the Underground Theatre of The Pursuit of Love, a familiar journey through life in the search for "true love."  With cabaret flair, the show is filled with dancing, singing and comedic skits, featuring the music of Etta James, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Christina Aquilera.  The show performs tonight and tomorrow night at the Underground.  

Lisa Johnson

A couple of things seemed to emerge from last month's Local Solutions to End Poverty Accountability Session: Duluth's lack of housing - and the cost of the housing there is - is becoming an issue for people of all income levels in the Northland.
 
One solution is the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund ... but where is $3 million dollars a year going to come from?

One city councilor has a suggestion - but says you didn't hear it from him.

©Lisa Johnson

Many wild animal moms leave their babies alone for lengths of time human moms would never consider.

Unlike two-legged mothers who love to show off their kids, animal moms disappear so they don't draw attention from predators to their little ones.

It's just one of the many ways caring for baby animals seems counter-intuitive to humans, and mistakes on our part can have fatal consequences. Luckily for us, help is just a click - or a phone call away.

©Mike Mayou. Used with permission.

High winds toppled acres of trees in July of 2016.  High winds, high waves and snow in October 2017.  More snow and dangerous waves on Lake Superior last month.

The occurrence - and recurrence - of severe storms is a topic of conversation these days, especially among the folks tasked with putting the damaged Lakewalk back together.  In fact, repairs from last fall's damage weren't even complete when the April 15 storm wrecked parts of it all over again.

Dog parks aren't just fun for dogs.

They're good for people ... and the local economy.

The koi and goldfish that appeared in Bagley Nature Center's Rock Pond a number of years back were the tip-off that UMD had a situation to address.

Zoongide'win (zoon GED eh win) means "strong-hearted" in Ojibwe, and it's also the title of an exhibition this week of maps, manuscripts and the resilience of the people who were here long before Europeans arrived.

University of Minnesota Duluth

It took more than two years of conversations with Minnesota's eleven tribes and five University of Minnesota campuses to produce a draft update of the Board of Regents Policy: American Indian Advisory Boards for the University of Minnesota system.

And while it's still in the system (slated for discussion in September and passage in October), one of the policy's chief architects, Tadd Johnson, hopes it results in the inclusion of a representative from each of the Minnesota tribal nations on the Advisory Board.

Roger Smith/Flickr

Administrators at the College of St. Scholastica are surely still shaking their heads.

The CSS Student Senate just passed a resolution asking to be charged for single-use plastic bags.

That's right.  Asking to be charged.

And what's more, in three days, they got a quarter of the student body to sign onto it.

Amanda Jorgenson

espnW's Sports and Culture writer Katie Barnes spoke on the UMD campus recently, talking about the intersections of sports and social justice. In a wide-ranging presentation, they talked about sports and political protest,  offered some surprising insights about solidarity and maintained that sports and athletics are an under-utilized arena for transforming society.

28 years later, folks are still hopping around local galleries to look at art and watch it being created.

Dan Neff, owner of Lake Superior Art Glass, shared more about the event with KUMD's Adam Reinhardt.

©Laura Erickson. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Listeners to Laura Erickson's For the Birds program this morning heard about the plight of our early arrivals in the Northland - and it's not good news.

In case you missed it, here is the contact information Laura shared on the program:

REGI (Raptor Education Group of Antigo) at 715-623-4015

Locally, you can reach Wildwoods at 218-491-3604

UMD Queer and Allies Student Union

Gaypril at UMD is busting out all over with fun and informative events for queer students, their allies and anyone in the community who'd like to attend.

Student Views: Music

Apr 16, 2018
Pavel Arkhipenkov

Student Views is a snapshot of life at UMD from a different perspective.  Alissa Hokr is our guest today at Student Views, talking about Vocal Jazz, being a member of a Lake Effect, in a band plus managing school and artistic work.

UMD Vocal Jazz

With a week and a half left before final versions of legislation are headed to the floor of the Minnesota Legislature,  Representative Mike Sundin (DFL District 11A)  brings us an update.

In addition, he pulls no punches in his disappointment at what he calls the "robbing of the general fund" to pay for transportation.

More information on the Minnesota Legislature and bills this session available here

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