Public Affairs

The most up-to-date results from Minnesotans in the Olympics, plus an interview with men's hockey player and former Bulldog Justin Faulk. 


KUMD kicks off our special coverage of Minnesota athletes and connections to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. 

©Lisa Johnson

Several of the most magical moments of the 2018 Winter Games were created by Minnesotans.

The US Women's Hockey team beating Canada in the final game.

This week on Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov shares the journey he began ago when he started this radio project on KUMD. The experience of bringing international student experiences to the air includes himself. Listen for more about Russian-born, UMD student, Pavel Arkhipenkov.

©Fathers Rise Together

A man phoned Devoted Dads/Fathers Rise Together yesterday at the end of his rope.

"I need more," he said, "because I'm losing my mind and no one is hearing me."

ChaQuanna McIntyre, the group's founder, gets it.

And whether you're a dad looking for camaraderie with other dads or support and help to build a better relationship with y0ur kids, this father-focused program is there.

More information is also available at 218-461-1722.

UMD YOUmatter

Social media gets a bad rap when it comes to cyber-bullying or just making people feel bad about themselves when their lives don't seem to measure up.

But a group at UMD is doing what they can to turn that around, and use the pervasive power of Facebook, Twitter and the like to let people in the community know they're not alone.

UMD YOUmatter is on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Back before John Shuster and Jessie Diggins won Olympic gold ... and even when people still thought Chad Salmela was a quiet, laid-back sports commentator, KUMD was bringing you live coverage from the Winter Games in Vancouver and Sochi.

Jason Cork

In 2014, then-Duluthian Jason Cork talked with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela about his role as an assistant coach for the USA men's cross-country ski team - and his coaching of one other person: Jessie Diggins.

Four years before Jessie Diggins would learn about it first hand at the 2018 Winter Games, she talked with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela about how it feels to win a medal "where you never have before."

Four years before he would set the Twitter-sphere alight with his calling of the 2018 Olympic cross-country skiing finish (Here comes Diggins!’ Finish of Olympic cross-country skiing enthralls viewers) and two days after being lauded for his "exploding-brain-matter level of enthusiasm" in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi (

USA Curling

Back in 2014, John Shuster thought it was a big deal to have a key to the Duluth Curling Club, so he could get in to practice whenever he wanted.

Of course, that was four years before he got a key to the City of Duluth.

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Duluth native Robb Stauber, who served as the head coach of the gold medal winning US Women's Olympic Hockey Team in PyeongChang, is a former pro hockey player and UMD women's hockey goalie coach. In 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Stauber was the goalie coach for the U.S. Women's Olympic Team in Sochi.

In this interview from 2014, Stauber talks about preparation with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela.

©Lisa Johnson

Back in 2013, Luke and John Shuster stopped by our studios to talk about John's securing his third spot on an Olympic curling team ... and Luke's standing as one of the top five cutest babies to be a guest on Northland Morning.

USA Curling

The USA Men's Curling team won the bronze in Torino in 2006 but Duluth's John Shuster is the only member of that group still playing on the team.

In this interview from 2010, he talks about his high hopes with KUMD's Mimmu Salmela.

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Chisholm native, Duluthian and a man who's played on four national championship teams since 2003, John Shuster breaks down curling for KUMD's Mimmu Salmela in this interview from 2010.