Public Affairs


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The Osage shield on the Oklahoma state flag shows a Plains-style ceremonial pipe representing Native Americans, and an olive branch representing European Americans. The symbols are meant to demonstrate "a love of peace by a united people."

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Efforts to remedy one of the banes of 2020 fell victim to another one in Minnesota this month.

Public health workers, driving marked vehicles and wearing vests and identification, were tasked by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) surveys this month.

Alex Baldwin/Better Futures Minnesota

Better Futures Minnesota and St. Louis County are working on a win-win-win-win.

They're deconstructing three tax-forfeited properties, literally brick by brick - thus removing possibly dangerous and usually unsightly old houses from neighborhoods.

When the houses are completely gone, the land they sat on can be sold and returned to the tax base.

They're keeping, basically, entire houses out of the landfill. 

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2020 continues it's relentless series of challenges; the latest, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday at the age of 87.

PETA. Used with permission

With Duluth's Animal Allies Humane Society one of the shelters leading the nation when it comes to finding homes for dogs and cats, it's easy to forget that's not the case everywhere in this country.

Former Animal Allies volunteer and 2000 East High School graduate Emily Allen is the Senior Director of PETA's Community Animal Project.


When you think about mental health and police work, it's hard not to let your imagination flash back to the books, movies and TV shows that portray tough-guy (and gal) officers refusing to see a departmental counselor after some traumatic event.

Duluth's Dr. Heather Rose-Carlson laughs when she describes the counselor, usually depicted running down a hall after the fleeing police officer.