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With vigorous sincerity, communicating all we can together.

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Harm Reduction hub

Harm Reduction Report 011:

This week, the Harm Reduction Report talks about stigma and its influence on sensible community responses to substance use and abuse. First, Will shares a stigma story related to his ongoing relationship with unpredictable seizures. Then Max, Kal, & Tim record video interviews for the project that the HRR team is producing in partnership with the City of Grand Forks Public Health department.

This episode first aired on keqqradio.com on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Tune in to hear replays online or at 88.3 FM in Grand Forks, ND.

As always, the Harm Reduction Report neither condemns nor condones the use of any psychoactive substances. We exist to allow conversation of the complex, stigma-laden issues associated with safe community substance use.

Grand Forks, ND:

In May 2016, a community gathered in a packed theatre to discuss increasing substance abuse.

"There's a lot of weird things we have embedded in this culture...We have a communication gap." - MeiLi Smith

This video features a Q&A panel with city officials after the screening of MeiLi's Smith's documentary, "Faded" about substance abuse and overdose in Grand Forks, North Dakota:


World Culture


Hear the tale of first generation American Darlene Andresdottir and the family in Iceland her parents left behind.
Thanks to https://snorri.is

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Chautauqua at Old Crossing

Old Crossing:
a legendary space in time

Exactly halfway between the Red River and the Red Lake, along the shores of the Red Lake River, is a place called Old Crossing. For hundreds of years, human beings have been gathering here to trade and communicate.

French Canadian voyageurs, Metis traders, Dakota and Ojibwe warriors, American settlers, and more. All made use of an old knotted tree at Old Crossing to leave messages to one another in it like a sacred cairn.

Some years ago, a flood drove sheets of ice on the river over the shore and destroyed the message tree at Old Crossing. The 36th annual Chautauqua this August 25-27 is an attempt to carry on the message tree's tradition of servitude, inclusivity, and sincere communication.


Old Crossing Treaty Park is located in Huot near Red Lake Falls. in west central Minnesota.

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Exploring the human-environment relationship

meadowlark whiplash

The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of North Dakota. Like the human cultures that have grown on the landscape for millennia, the wildlife and natural ecosystem have depended on native tall grass prairie. Today, it's nearly all gone from the state. Soon, the meadowlark may be too.

Winnipeg wildlife society
(2015 Conference)

Sandbagger News goes to Wildlife Society conference in Winnipeg. Students learn to communicate science with art & connect with others over shared ideas.

HPB Fundraiser thank-you

Students from UND's College of Arts & Sciences spent the summer on the Hudson Bay working with wildlife conservation. We couldn't have done it without the fundraising efforts of the UND Alumni Association. This is a huge thank you to our supporters -- and it comes with a promise that we'll continue to do all we can with the experiences you've helped us share.


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