Monday, September 26, 2016

It's easy to vote and everyone should

                                                                                     (Please mouse over the  (i) in the video to learn          more about voter registration) 
  In this video Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl    Crawford asks everyone to vote. "Voting expresses  your hopes," he said. "It allows you a chance to  stand up for what you believe in. By not voting  you are allowing others to speak for you." 

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon to joins  Duluth Councilmember Noah Hobbs to Highlight Duluth Voter Turnout Efforts

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, Duluth City Councilor Noah Hobbs and Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford prepare to speak to the press at City Hall today. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger) 

Secretary Simon has thrown down a challenge to the people of Minnesota to return the state back to number one in voter turnout. In 2012 Minnesota had the highest turnout in the nation, we lost that title in 2014.

Young people, communities of color and New Americans are being asked to help bring our state back to number one in voter turnout.

The city of Duluth is sending out a reminder-to-vote insert in the utility bills of about 30,000 customers encouraging them to not only vote on November 8, but reminding them that their utility can be used to show proof of residency if registering on Election Day.

 "Let's bring our state back to number one in voter turnout in the country, " Simon said.  He has announced a series of new initiatives aimed at voters with historically lower turnout rates, including young people, communities of color and New Americans.

Minnesotans can now cast their ballots early for the November 8  electionby voting absentee.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Nolan/Mills political forum: a first for East High school students

Civility was encouraged and required during the forum.
Elizabeth Nelson and Anita Stech of Speak Your Peace

Jason Amundson attended

John Goldfine attended 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Anishinabe-Ojibwe story-teller Anne M. Dunn launches selected stories at AICHO, Trepanier Hall

Anne M. Dunn (Photo submitted)

The public is invited to the publication launch of Fire in the Village: New and Selected Stories by Anishinabe-Ojibwe story-teller Anne M. Dunn. The reading takes place on September 30th, 7 to 8:30 pm., at Trepanier Hall, AICHO, 212 West Second Street, Duluth. The event is free and open to the public.
Fire in the Village: New and Selected Stories (Holy Cow! Press, 2016) gathers together seventy-five stories from Anne's out of print collections and includes twenty-five new stories. The cover art and interior illustrations are created by Anne's daughter, Annette Humphrey, who is also a musician and will perform with her mother at the publication event. Anne and Annette live in Deer Lake, Minnesota near the Leech Lake reservation.
As noted author and critic Beverly Slapin has commented, "Everyone knows a circle has no beginning and no end. In Fire in the Village, Anishinabe elder and wisdom-sharer Anne M. Dunn shows us a world in which everything in Creation has life, in which everything has volition, in which everything needs to be thanked and respected. It’s a world inhabited by mischievous Little People and wise elders; by four-leggeds, two-leggeds, flying nations, swimmers and those who creep; by hovering spirits and the children who can see them, and by haunting flashbacks that just won’t go away. Like points in a circle, each story has a place that informs the whole.

Here are 75 stories of how things came to be and how the humans (some of them, anyway) came to understand their responsibilities to all Creation. Stories of how the Little People can make huge things happen and how elders and children may be the only ones who understand and respect them. Stories about why butterflies are beautiful but can’t sing, why Tamarack drops its needles in winter, and why, every season, Anishinabeg give great thanks to the sap-giving maple trees. And gut-wrenching stories of the horrors inflicted on innocent little children in the Indian residential schools and stories of internalized racism and stories of good, loving parents who have alcoholism."
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Anishinabe Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

254 pages, $18.00, available from local bookstores or through For additional information, please contact Holy Cow! Press, 218-724-1653;

A visit to a dog park in Observation Hill

Today the Hillsider editor and her dog, MaggieBW, explored a dog park
in Observation Hill.

Here is the video of Samantha 

and her dog Beckett

Learn more about dog parks in Duluth by 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Native Americans as powerful candidates

 Journalist Mark Trahant will talk about the
power of Native Americans as candidates

Nationally known journalist Mark Trahant will talk about the power of Native Americans as candidates for political office in the upcoming national election at this year’s Duluth Media Summit.

Trahant will speak Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the American Indian Center, Trepanier Hall, 202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55802. On 

Wednesday, Oct. 19, Trahant will visit with students in the University of Minnesota of Duluth’s Journalism and American Indian Studies programs.

                “While the spotlight shines on the race for the
White House, there’s another story that needs telling, and that’s how more Native Americans are running for and winning offices than ever before across the country,” Trahant wrote. “From Alaska to Minnesota and North Carolina, there are candidates whose very presence is reshaping politics.”

Trahant is an independent journalist and a faculty member at the University of North Dakota as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism. (The same great university that the Hillsider editor attended.)

Trahant reports and comments on events and trends on his blog at and on Facebook, Twitter(@TrahantReports), and other social media. He does a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One. And, every day for nearly a decade, Trahant has written a 140-character rhyme based on a daily news story (@newsrimes4lines).

He’s been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. There, he taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. Trahant has also been the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News.

Trahant is a citizen of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.

The Duluth Media Summit is an annual event that invites the nation’s top media professionals to Duluth to talk to with working journalists and the public about issues relevant to the changing nature of journalism. Previous speakers have been John Hughes, then-president of the National Press Club; Jeremy Iggers, founder of the Twin Cities Daily Planet; and Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab, an incubator for entrepreneurs and news innovators.

Trahant’s visit is being co-sponsored by the One River, Many Stories project, the American Indian Center, and UMD’s American Indian Studies Department and the Department of Communication.

“One River, Many Stories” is a journalism, media and storytelling project and resource hub for journalists, educators, and citizens to foster deeper conversations about our community. This University of Minnesota Duluth Journalism program project is funded in part by the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Hillsider News is Back!

Hi Hillsider readers,
This is Naomi Yaeger, I'm happy to report that I'm back managing and editing The Hillsider.
I love Duluth and hearing your stories and I'm excited to help you share your stories with others.This is truly a community effort. Won't you please help me? We need ideas, writers and advertisers as well as board members.

Please call me with any ideas you may have for stories. My phone number is(218) 591-5277

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