Chris Harwood

Production Director / Interim Program Director

Chris Harwood grew up in Duluth, and as a high school student he was a volunteer announcer at KUMD.  He received a BA in Music from Macalester College in 1993, and an MA in Musicology from Columbia University in 2004.  Upon returning to Duluth in 2006, he resumed volunteering as the host of Blues Alley until 2013.  As a volunteer, he also created and continues to host Soul Village since it began in early 2009.

Now also employed as KUMD's Production Director, Chris oversees the creation of pre-recorded announcements and many other on-air programs, including Women's Words and Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  On the air, he can be heard regularly on Music Through the Day on Mondays and Tuesdays, on Soul Village on Friday afternoons, and occasionally hosts Northland Morning as well. 

Chris is a musician, a music historian, and an avid record collector.  He has worked as an audio engineer, an arranger, and a record producer.  In the mid-1990s Chris was the Music Coordinator for A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  He has also worked for BMI, The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and worked behind the scenes for many musicals and concerts in New York City. 

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NRRI/University of Minnesota Duluth

With the help of researchers at NRRI, ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer are being repurposed in pilot projects in Minnesota as biochar.  This material can filter harmful chemicals from storm water runoff, enhance soil microbial health, increase soil drought resistance and store carbon in soils to mitigate climate change.

Jim, the Photographer [via Flickr]

Larry Weber observes that if this month's weather continues as it has, we'll have one of the wettest and hottest Julys on record. But the rain has benefitted the many ripening berries around the region.  Basswood trees are in bloom right now which some beekeepers say creates the best honey.  Many late summer flowers are beginning their bloom cycles as well, including tall sunflowers.  Canada thistle is starting to seed, providing food and nesting material for American goldfinches who mate later in the year than many other songbirds.

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Death has always been patient.  For some it comes after a long and full life with boats and vacations and mortgages and big weddings and handshakes and Christmas cards from bankers. It comes with friendly nods and gentle warnings for driving a few miles above the speed limit.

For others it comes randomly with agony and pain and humiliation for a twenty dollar mistake.

Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases Johns Hopkins

Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine McCarty joins us this morning for a half-hour of conversation about the two kinds of testing much of the world is anxiously waiting for: the test to see of someone has COVID-19 and the test to see if they have the antibodies.

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Should your kids be getting up at the "regular" time, even if they don't have a class online they need to join?

Should they be doing more chores around the house, volunteering or engaging in other Useful Pursuits?

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It takes a village, not just to raise a child,  but to feed children especially when the safety nets (like school meals) are compromised.

Ecolibrium3, the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland are stepping up to make sure kids have meals and snacks now that it's spring break.

Information on how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs provide for our local kids is here.

Greg Schechter [via Flickr]

Larry Weber notes that the February snows are, as usual, light and dry; not much has fallen in the past couple weeks.  The warm temps that gave way to the cold temps have created a crusty layer of snow on top of the deep snow pack.  While this is not so much fun for deer whose legs have to punch through it, it is great for lighter, smaller animals like the fox who now can walk across the top of it.

Christopher Harwood

Larry Weber makes many interesting year-end observations when looking back over 2019.  Here are a few: January was colder than normal, including twice when temps dropped below -40.  We set a February record for snowfall.  March and April didn't see a lot of snow, but May did and set another record.

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Baby is a black domestic short hair cat who is about 1 year old. He came to Animal Allies from a previous home. Baby is best friends with Chips (below) and would love to go home with him if possible! 

Chips is an orange tabby who is about 1 year old. He came to Animal Allies from a previous. Chips really loves his friend, Baby (above), and would like to go home with him if possible! 

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Liz West [via Flickr]

Although the winter snow has been building a good water-base in the soil for the upcoming spring, Tom Kasper advises us that it has also provided coverage for voles and other ground critters to feast on your recently-planted trees and shrubs.  You might want to do a little snow excavation and get some wrap around the bases of those plants.

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Annie Dugan suggests some interesting diversions during this holiday week:

A book on the women of the Bauhaus movement,

A podcast series about the 1990 art heist at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston,

A film about the 2004 library heist at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky,

There is a cornucopia of art to see this week, and plenty of activity for you and your relatives to burn off the carbs from Thursday's feast:

Everyday Mayhem, an exhibit of the photographs by Kip Praslowicz at the Kruk Gallery of the Holden Fine Arts Center at UWS.  The exhibit is open now through December 18,

The Downtown Duluth Arts Walk on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.,

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Grey November is upon us.  After the cold spell earlier this month ten degrees lower than normal, temps in the Northland have now risen back to typical November levels. 

The last thirty days have yielded less than one inch of snow.  

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