Northland Morning Interviews

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

Nicky Sunsdahl

After the city of Duluth expressed interest in a new city flag, Nicky Sunsdahl offered his design: The Tilt Town Flag.  

We speak with Jessie Peterson, the Grants, Donations and Marketing Manager of the Lake Superior Community Health Center, about their mission – now in its fifth decade – to provide a broad range of healthcare services to the Twin Ports community.  Services include medical care, dentistry, counseling and more, and have recently expanded their treatment of substance abuse disorders. 

Courtesy Vince Rock

Remember hearing about doctors making house calls?

People living on the Leech Lake reservation don't always have transportation to get to one of the seven community clinics.  And it's a big place. 

Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr

Getting two to three times more grant applications than you can fund makes for tough decisions.

But Erik Torch of the Northland Foundation says not only are they impressed by the good work being done in the seven northeastern Minnesota counties they serve,  they're privileged to take part in making a difference.

Maija Jenson

This week's Green Visions features audio from the Thursday, August 2 press conference by the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

Franco Folini/Flickr

Brittany Sanford saw a video about a year ago that changed her life.

"If I couldn't change the world," she decided, "I could still try to make a difference on the home front."

Boys & Girls Club Lincoln Park, Duluth/Facebook

Tonight (Tuesday) is National Night Out, a relationship-building initiative for police, communities and neighborhoods.

The Lincoln Park branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland are organizing the event on 4th Street this year.  They've partnered with several other organizations including Community Action Duluth and Sherman Associates and the event is open to everyone.

Green Chameleon/Unsplash

As Alexandra Reynolds puts it, it's "usually not a happy matter" that brings people into a courtroom.

©Becky Mathiowetz. Used with permission.

The Superior Hiking Trail Association and the City of Duluth are partnering to create a new section of trail:  a loop at Ely's Peak, soon to be the third of the "Triple Crown of Superior Hiking Trail Loops" in Duluth. 

Do we appreciate that we have a National Scenic Trail running right through our city?

Or should "Minnesota Brag-gy" become a thing?

Mary RN @ Morguefile

Larry Weber shares weather almanac from the past month, nearly the warmest July on record and basically no rainfall as reported by the National Weather Service.  Monarchs, dragonflies and berries are all out while the songbirds have quieted down. The show-stealer today is the full moon, lunar eclipse and the close, viewable mars. Looking like mostly clear skies should allow for great sky watching this weekend.

NPR on The Moon and Mars

The People's Daily, China/Facebook

A story about why you want to be very, very careful with what bird memes you forward to Laura Erickson.


University of Minnesota Press

A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment."  Merritt chronicles his family history in iron mining and how his young life on the North Shore led to a career of protecting the waters of Lake Superior, as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  

JP Renquist

The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative and Hillside Youth Theater Programs are continuing their long-standing tradition summer theater with a production of Robin's Hood written by Jean Sramek and Margi Preus. Young people, volunteers and arts educators from throughout the city have been working on this summer's play for the last 6 weeks.

Robin's Hood performance information

Forever Home 7/26

Jul 26, 2018
Animal Allies Humane Society and Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary


Lexi is a four year old brown tabby Domestic Short Hair. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Lexi is a spunky girl that loves to chase just about any toy! She can be shy at first but will warm up to you quick and then will be your forever friend! Lexi is available for adoption at Animal Allies Humane Society

Animal Allies and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. have teamed up to raise awareness and funds. Dr. Shawna Weaver joins us with a preview of this months event, Animals & Environment, happening at the Bent Paddle Taproom, Wednesday, July 25, 4-6pm.