Lisa Johnson

Backyard Almanac: things are moving "in the direction known as spring"

One month ago today, the temps took a nose dive to below zero - and stayed there. Now we've got temps in the 50s forecast; Daylight Saving Time is nine days away; Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are hanging out in the early-morning eastern sky (and it's clear enough to see them) and even some early migrants are starting to show up. And in the woods, it's getting a little spring-y there, too.

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Live from Studio A: Adam Herman of The Slamming Doors

Duluth roots-rock band The Slamming Doors has released two EPs during the pandemic, Brown Bears Volumes 1 and 2 , the latter of which came out on Valentine's Day. Adam Herman of the band stopped by for a session on Thursday, February 25, 2021 to talk about the EPs (and his latest book-he's also an author!) and musican life during a pandemic and to perform some tunes from the latest EP. The Slamming Doors

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Green Visions: help with the "triple whammy"

Old, energy-inefficient houses are bad enough. But add some dangerously cold weather and people needing to stay home thanks to a pandemic and you've got a triple-whammy for homeowners and renters. Enter Ecolibrium3. The Eco3 Energy Team has energy audits available for any- and everyone , but f or folks who qualify, they've also got help to do some weatherization projects at no cost , and they can also get you in touch with pandemic-related programs that can help with energy bills.

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Natasha Lancour has been on a long journey of healing ... and trying to figure out where she belongs.

She doesn't have all the answers, but she knows that family, community, wellness and nature are a big part of it, especially because, she says, "healing often eludes people of color."

The story of Royal Roots Garden is a story that starts with a woman with no interest in gardening, the big garden she discovered in the backyard of her new home, and a challenge to herself.  And that story is just beginning.

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Photographer Bryan Hansel is sharing some of knowledge through a series of online photography courses, thanks to a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Council on the Arts ... you can find out more about the Master the Basic Craft of Photography Online Class here.

One of the oldest galleries in America shuttered its doors after selling $80 million worth of fake art.

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  She was 94 pounds and 28 years old, but you couldn’t tell her age by looking at her. She had the rotting teeth that come with using meth. But mostly, her drug of choice was heroin. Her blond hair was greasy, thin, graying and matted flat against her head. Her face was almost skeletal and she had dark circles under her eyes. Her eyes seemed big because of the loss of fat around them and they almost protruded from her eye sockets. All of her ribs were easily visible and I could actually see her heart beating against her bony chest.

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All around us are signs of spring - kinda.

Meteorological winter ends Sunday, Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 14 and the vernal equinox is Saturday, March 20.

But it's hard to predict what will happen in a month that's famous for blizzards and 70˚ days in the same four-week period.

Pez Davila is a Black man who works with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) kids here in Duluth.

So he knows first hand what kinds of messages these kids hear - and he still does, himself. "'You can't do this,'" he says. "It sticks in people's heads."

He knows there are Black entrepreneurs in the northland, but until a throw-away little idea took on a life of its own, he had no idea how many.

Marvin Themix checked in with Melissa LaTour, Director of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, about what the event will look like this year since the decision to make this year's festival virtual. Listen to their conversation from February 24, 2021.

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Yes, here in the upper Midwest, our wind turbines are winterized. And unlike texas, Minnesota is connected to a larger power grid.

But back during the"polar vortex" of 2019, we had trouble up here pulling the power we needed from the grid down south.

And Isabel Ricker, the Senior Clean Electricity Manager of Fresh Energy, says the key is connections: infrastructure connections like new and upgraded wiring, and connections in the form of creating relationships.

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This week, the Duluth City Council unanimously approved adding a third deputy police chief tasked with, among other things, a focus on police accountability.

But Jamey Sharp, the founder of what he calls the "grassroots data group" LEANDuluth, says whether it's 50 new deputy chiefs or one new chief, it doesn't matter if they're not willing to look outside the police department itself for answers.

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Mars is hopping with company these days: the United Arab Emirates and Japan have launched spacecraft to the red planet and the Perseverance touched down February 18th.

And no one is more excited about it than our own Bob King.

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Want to know more about getting involved in your campus radio station? KUMD has opportunities for on-air DJs (we'll train you!) and internships.

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KUMD is Here for You

At this challenging time, live, local radio is more important than ever, and KUMD remains dedicated to sharing music, company, and information with our region at 103.3fm and online here at kumd.org. Tune in for community voices you trust, and for music that provides a welcome respite when you need it. We have suspended all unnecessary face-to-face contact; staff are working from home as much as possible, and we are closing our office to the public. The best way to reach us is via e-mail,...

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Homegrown 2021
Homegrown 2021

The 2021 Homegrown Music Festival is moving online, May 2 - May 9, 2021. Homegrown is accepting submissions to be a part of the festival until March 26 available at https://duluthhomegrown.org/application/

The Hunt for the Frozen 45 Has Ended 2/18

Feb 18, 2021

The Frozen 45 has been found! Clue-sleuthing-sophomore Victoria put her campus knowledge and our hints together to find the Frozen 45, hidden under one of the six planters outside of the Greenhouse.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this year's hunt despite the fridged temps and a special shoutout to UMD Bathroom Reviews for partnering with us this year! 

Take a peek at all the clues on The Basement's Instagram to see if you would have found the Frozen 45! 

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KUMD Live from Studio A Volume 1

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1 , a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

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