Public Affairs

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For 22 years, people who want to learn more about how government works, about the people we elect to work for us, and how to effect change gather at the end of January in the lower level of the First United Methodist Church.

Forever Home 1/16

Jan 16, 2020


Jammers is a delightful tabby young lady, born April 1, 2019. Jammers has lived with other cats and dogs. She is very social and loves affection.


Ranger, is a young yellow lab just about 2 years old. He is a loving, playful, happy-go-lucky little boy. He loves other dogs, tolerate cats, and loves adults. Ranger has lived with kids in the past, but doesn’t care for them much. 

Forever Home 1/9

Jan 9, 2020


Rose is a young adult cat about one year old. She is friendly and loving. She is comfortable around other cats (once adjusted), but seemed skittish with a dog visit. She recently gave birth and was a fantastic mother to her kittens. She is lean and very athletic.


Jenny Van Sickle

What started out as a look at the efficiency of government operations in Superior has turned into a literal referendum on city government.

RW Management was hired in June to review the operation of the city.  But when the findings were released, what caught the attention of - and polarized parts of the community - was the recommendation to make the mayor a part-time position and hire a full-time city administrator.

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Many people don't have a lot of sympathy for an addict going through withdrawal in a jail cell.

Detoxing from opiods is so awful many addicts would rather keep using, but multiple studies on unsupervised detox (mainly in prison) indicates it's not just uncomfortable, it can be fatal.


Aspen (Blue Heeler mix) was found as a stray and when her hold time was up, she joined us at Scoobys' Animal Mission.  After a vet check, we discovered she is heart worm positive.  But thankfully heartworm is easily treated.  Aspen is about 1.5 years old which means she is past the puppy crazies and she is very friendly. She is foster to adopt as her adoption cannot be finalized until her treatments are done.

Chuck Marohn / Wiley

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! 

Forever Home 12/19

Dec 19, 2019


Amee is a black and white Domestic Short Hair cat who is 2 years old. She came to Animal Allies from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Amee is energetic and super playful! She really enjoys being around children but would prefer to be the only pet in the home.


The email from University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel wasn't a complete surprise to UMD Chancellor Lendley Black, but he only had a couple of days notice before it landed in the inboxes of faculty and staff across campus.

Soren Sorensen

Despite the 20° below windchills forecast for this evening, a group of people are expected to assemble at Minnesota Power Plaza this evening for a public vigil aimed at pressuring Representative Pete Stauber to vote for the impeachment of President Trump. A full House vote on the Articles of Impeachment is scheduled for Wednesday, but Stauber has already gone on record as saying he opposes impeaching the President.

Forever Home 12/12

Dec 12, 2019


My name is Belle and I am a 1 year old Boxer mix. I am a super sweet girl who just wants to love on you and snuggle in your lap. I am potty trained, crate trained and know my basic commands. I would love to have a new family for Christmas! 


Blackie is a 10 year old male domestic short hair He loves to play with his toys and likes (tolerates) playing dress up.

Chuck Marohn is kind of a rabble-rouser.

He's soft-spoken, but he's talking about turning a lot of things we thought we knew about communities, economic development and jobs upside down.

He talks about a post-Depression development pattern where short-term rewards provide a "sugar high" - but where there are long-term liabilities down the road.

He's not convinced that new growth and economic well-being are the same things.

He says macro-statistics: unemployment, GDP growth, the stock market - no longer reflect reality. And public policy needs to catch up.

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  With a shorter holiday shopping season as it is, local merchants had a lot riding on Small Business Saturday last weekend.

  So what happens when your small business gets buried under two feet of snow?

  If you're in Duluth, you just get ready for Small Business Saturday Redux!

Forever Home 12/5

Dec 5, 2019

Cocoa is a chocolate and white pit-bull mix who is approximately 8 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Cocoa is the biggest sweetheart! She will go on long walks with you during the day and snuggle you at night. According to her previous owner she gets along with other dogs and kids, loves her favorite rope and chew toys and enjoys car rides!