Governor Mike Pence Making Final Push With Stop in Minnesota

The Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Visited Duluth on Monday

First it was months, then days, and now hours before we will know the 45th President of the United States of America. But before all is said and done, candidates are getting the final word in at rallies.

UMD Group Looks to Help Relieve Stress on Students, Staff and Faculty

Research Shows the Program Decreasing Stress-Levels by 38 Percent

Thousands of students, staff, and faculty in the Twin Ports deal with hectic lifestyles and stressful situations on a daily basis. One group at UMD is looking to help with the issue.

Vice President Campaigns for Congressman Rick Nolan

VP Joe Biden made a stop at UMD today to voice is support for Nolan

With less than two weeks left until Election Day, Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan brought out a heavyweight to help defend his seat in the House of Representatives.Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd at UMD to voice his support for Congressman Nolan, with the hopes to swing one of the closest races in the country back to the left.Biden was hailed as the “main event” at a campaign rally on campus at UMD, but make no mistake: he’s not here for presidential politics.He’s here for Rick Nolan.“Rick grew up 1200 miles from where I lived,” Biden told the crowd at the Romano Gymnasium.  “But we grew up in the same neighborhood.  1200 miles apart, but the same values.”Congressman Nolan is in a highly contested race with an opponent he knows well – Republican challenger Stewart Mills.“And now in this election contest we have an opponent in this district – opponents from all over the country – who want to roll back a century of progress,” Nolan said.  “That’s what this election is all about.”Hours before Vice President Biden stepped up to the podium, hundreds waited patiently for their chance to get in, see the VP speak, and show their own support for Congressman Nolan.“We’ve had dealings with Congressman Nolan,” said US Army veteran Whitebird.  Whitebird was personally invited to the rally Nolan and his staff.“Nolan – he’s helped our veterans and I got to know him that way,” Whitebird said.  “He’s very helpful.  That’s why we’re here to support him.”It was an all ages crowd at the campaign rally; we ran into some students from Duluth East High School, a few of which are eager to vote for the first time in their lives.“We’re the future,” said Duluth East senior Chandi Katoch.  “We’re going to be voting – some of us now, some of us eventually.  We deserve to know who we’re voting for and what they stand for.”The students are eager to hear about the issues that matter most to them.“I think for sure loans and student funding for college and public education,” Katoch said.And while Vice President Biden did talk a bit about college education and a bit about Social Security and Medicare, he spent most of his time talking about America’s middle class.“All of us on this stage have seen too many people from Duluth through the Iron Range stripped of both their jobs and their dignity, through no fault of their own,” Biden told the crowd. “Everything Rick’s talking about – unlike his opponent and their candidate for president – is about growing the economy, giving everyone a chance.”And with signs waving, a crowd of mostly Nolan supporters heard the standing vice president of the United States leave them with one last message of hope and optimism.”We may be ordinary but we Americans, we never bend,” Biden said, raising his voice with a fist in the air.  “We never bow.  We never give up.  We always prevail.  We are America.  There’s nothing we can’t do!”According to three polls of likely voters released earlier this month, two have Congressman Nolan ahead by just a few percentage points; the other has Mills at a four point advantage.Nolan won the race for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District by just one percentage point in 2014.

UMD Author is ‘Making Waves’ by Bringing to Light Feminism in the Northland

Book talk and bookfair in support of YWCA Duluth-Girl Power

In the late 1970s, a wave of feminism was just washing up onto the shores of the Twin Ports area. The impact of this era has had a lasting impact on the region, beginning with one of the first rape crisis programs and battered women’s shelters in the nation.

Synthetic Life Research at the University of Minnesota

Will be used to study dangerous diseases, test new drugs, and even dfine life on other planets

A University of Minnesota lab is working to use simplified versions of cells to study dangerous diseases in detail, test new drugs or even define life on other planets.Man-made molecules that mimic cells but aren’t alive could be used to study illnesses that kill natural life, according to the Minnesota Daily (, cell biology and development assistant professor Kate Adamala said researchers often infect cells with a disease in a controlled environment, such as a petri dish, when they try to study how diseases work. But the cell will kill the disease and not let it reproduce because they’re alive and taken from the body.Adamala said cells created in a lab lack this natural defense and instead absorb and reproduce the DNA they’re given. By having the cells host the diseases without fighting back, researchers can study the disease longer and in its later stages.Aaron Engelhart, who holds the same job title as Adamala, said researchers are able to study the diseases’ progression by using fluorescent dyes that attach to molecules and allow machines to track them. Engelhart said the dye sometimes has trouble working in living cells, so using synthetic cells could help the dye prove more effective.“In a lot of these (diseases) a lot of work’s been done, but because some of these tools weren’t available until recently, it’s been difficult to track (them),” Engelhart said.Synthetic cells also do not reproduce, Adamala said, making the experiment easier to manage by researchers.