Northland Morning Interviews

Daily interviews with a local focus airing at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday on Northland Morning.

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In 2015, Minnesota had the third–highest reported number of human trafficking cases, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. St. Louis County Commissioner Beth Olson spoke to KUMD about her recent round table discussion with the head of the Blue Campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as local agency leaders. 

KUMD's contributing producer JP Rennquist brings us story about Denfeld High School, the most diverse high school north of the Twin Cities and one of the most diverse schools in the state overall.

For years, the existing Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House and Treatment Center has been providing individualized treatment to those suffering from chemical dependency.  However, its facility on 4th Avenue West in Duluth is showing its age.

Jacob Norlund [via Flickr, modified]

Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, talks with KUMD about ongoing efforts across the community, both civic and private, to create energy sustainability that can last, reducing our collective carbon footprint.  

Brett Groehler / NRRI / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Efforts in Minnesota to restore wild rice haven’t been consistent. In some lakes it came back beautifully, in other places competing perennial plants – mainly pickerel weed and narrow-leaf cattails – have won out. Why?

Cindy Hakala, the President of Starry Skies Lake Superior, talks about ways that we can reduce light pollution in our nighttime sky.  By using lights that emit warmer colors and limit their focus downward, we can support better astronomical vistas in the Northland, and also a better circadian environment for plants, animals and people in the region. 

We speak with Annika Frazer, Co-Leader of the Environmental Task Force of MPIRG at UMD (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), about MPIRG's nearly 48-year mission as "a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota."

City of Duluth/Imagine Canal Park

" ... Imagine no congestion

I wonder if you can

A plaza in Canal Park

Part of the city's plan.

Imagine there is parking

And, perhaps, it's free....."

~ with apologies to John Lennon

Jack Vinson/Flickr

Earlier this month, hundreds of Duluth friends and neighbors gathered for the 9th annual Hillfest celebration. The celebration takes part in the heart of Duluth's Hillside neighborhoods as traffic is shut down for a Sunday afternoon at the busy intersection of 6th Avenue East and 4th St.

UMD Office of Sustainability

UMD's first Free Store opened up at 10:30am last week on move-in day ... and some students arrived two or more hours early to get a spot in line.

The Office of Sustainability kept their plans - to make donated goods from last spring's move-out day available to incoming students - under wraps until just a day or two before it opened.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

"If we want government that's responsive to us. we have to demand that," says Bharti Wahi.

The executive director of the Children's Defense Fund Minnesota says elected officials want to hear from their constituents, and it's her job to give folks the skills and confidence to tell their stories.   

NorthShore Inline Marathon

If you think online skating is passe' -- maybe like the cassette tape -- you're not as right as you think.

Maybe it's not drawing the kinds of numbers it did back in the '90s, but it's a low-impact exercise that many people are drawn to - plus it gives people like hockey players a way to skate outdoors all year long.

©JP Rennquist

UMD's Welcome Week celebrations have been controversial in the past. Not the official celebrations - mainly those of upperclassmen, who line busy streets near the University with signs and sentiments in questionable taste.

There's no word for "wilderness" in Italian.

So what does that mean when it comes to trying to preserve "the rarest bears on earth"?

No Word for Wilderness: Italy’s Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth by Roger Thompson is published by Ashland Creek Press.

Community Action Duluth

As back to school looms on the horizon, all kinds of people think about going back themselves.  Maybe it's to get a GED, maybe it's to learn some things about finances or home buying.

Porsha Cline and Community Action Duluth serve up evening classes, help with transportation and child care and perhaps the most important ingredient in helping folks make changes to get ahead: hope.

More information about Community Action Duluth's classes is available here.

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