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Dr. Anton Treuer touring state answering questions, dispelling myths on Indian people and culture

Dr. Anton Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and author of 14 books, including "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask." He stopped by the studio on his way to the Grand Marais Public Library to give a talk based on the book. He chatted with Dick about common cultural myths, and about the importance of creating a safe space for people to ask questions. You can learn more about Dr. Treuer and his work here.


 

Five Minnesota cities chosen for climate-smart exchange program with Germany

Five Minnesota cities are partnering with five award-winning German cities to explore and implement economically beneficial, climate-smart energy strategies for both. Dr. Sabine Engel, of the U of MN Institute on the Environment, is the project leader. She spoke with Dave about the project, how it works, and why it's important for both countries. You can learn more about the project and the Institute here.


 

What does the future hold for driverless cars? Transportation expert weighs in

Following the recent crash of a driverless car, there's been a lot of talk about these vehicles. Frank Douma is a transportation policy expert and director of the state and local policy program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U of MN. He chatted with Dave recently about the challenges and advantages of driverless cars, and what the future might hold for this technology.


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Aaron Brown, author/creator of Minnesota Brown, on the current legislative session

Author, radio producer, and college instructor Aaron Brown writes about life and politics on the Iron Range on his website, minnesotabrown.com. He joined Dave recently to discuss what we can expect from this year's unusually short Minnesota legislative session.


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Duluth Mayor Don Ness talks about his new book "Hillsider"

"Hillsider: Snapshots of a Curious Political Journey" is the new book from Duluth Mayor Don Ness. He joins Ann Possis on the Roadhouse to talk about his experiences as mayor and how they are chronicled in the book.


 

First data from neutrino experiment based in northern Minnesota: Physicist explains

Physicists just released the first data from the neutrino experiment based at the NOvA lab near International Falls. Prof. Dan Cronin-Hennessy of the U of MN joined Dave TerSteeg Aug. 14 to explain the study and why neutrinos are so important. You can see a 7-minute overview of the experiment by watching this video. And visit the Fermilab website here.


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Tofte Township Board August Update

The Tofte Township Board had their August monthly meeting recently, so Board Supervisor Jeanne Larson spoke with WTIP's Julie Carlson on North Shore Morning about what was covered in the meeting.&


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Pluto mission explained by MN astronomer/educator Parke Kunkle

NASA's New Horizons--the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt--ended its 9 1/2-year journey last week as the spacecraft reached Pluto and started transmitting new information back to Earth. Parke Kunkle, U of MN Bell Museum of History advisory board member, joined Dick July 17 to explain the mission and why it's so important to science. You can learn more about New Horizons here.


Tofte Township news

The Tofte Township Board had its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 9. WTIP host Tracy Benson spoke with Tofte Township Supervisor Jeanne Larson.  


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Brown Bag Lunch: Why You Need a Will, June 23

Power of attorney, advance directives and wills:  estate planning is important for adults of all ages.