Quinn Nystrom is a DFLer from Baxter is who is running for the 8th congressional reprentative seat that is currently held by Representative Pete Stauber.  She is an advocate for accessible health care and affordable prescription drug prices.  Quinn was recently married when the pandemic first began, rather than waiting for her planned date of New Year's Eve.  She recently wrote an op-ed for the StarTribune titled "My run for Congress and rushed wedding are connected".

Leah Lemm visits the Duluth Folk School on Northern Voices.

Fiona Robinson is from Scotland and has been living in Duluth for 2 years. She leads the music jam, but before she does, she sits down with me to talk about the tradition of sharing music. First, I continue my conversation with Kyle Ollah, who works at the Duluth Folk School and puts together the music programming.

Learning the Ojibwe Word for Hummingbird: Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo

May 18, 2020

Today on the Monday Morning Show we learn the Ojibwe word for hummingbird.  Nana Boozhoo tells us a story of the hummingbird and the great fire.

Michael Lyons is the creative mastermind behind the Ojibwe puppet series for YouTube and now for KAXE/KBXE's airwaves Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo.  Our thanks to his contributions.  Find out more about it and see the live stream from earlier this month.

Kyle Hedlund is Executive Director of Grand Village nursing home in Grand Rapids and was recently appointed to the Rural Health Advisory Commitee by Gov. Tim Walz.  He joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Friday Morning Show.  They talk about the changes made at Grand Village since the COVID-19 pandemic began, how they are keeping their residents and staff safe, and what they are doing  to keep spirits up during these difficult times.

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A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.  It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during this COVID-19 pandemic.   

This week the Lt Governor answered questions about the expiring stay at home order and what the outlook going forward.

If you didn’t get a chance to send or call in your question this week email covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895. 

Marshall Helmberger, editor and publisher of the Timberjay newspaper, joins Heidi Holtan on the Friday Morning Show.  This morning he talks about the opening of Zup's Food Market in Cook, the closing of Mike Motors in Ely, and the newly renovated State Theater in Ely, that is now ready, but unable to open during the pandemic.  Marshall also talks about the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in northeastern Minnesota.

Amy Jo Burns is the writer of Cinderland, her widely acclaimed 2014 memoir, and now she’s just written her second book: a novel set in the rugged and remote West Virginia mountainside. It’s called Shiner. Wren Bird lives in a small mountain cabin, no phones, no school, few neighbors --  her father:  known among locals for his sermons and snake handling. Her mother: loving and wise, and increasingly disenchanted with Wren’s father--she is full of stories and secrets.

Rob Harrell is an internationally syndicated comic strip illustrator. In 2006 he was diagnosed with and treated for a rare form of eye cancer. When the young daughter of a friend of his was diagnosed with cancer, Rob decided to share his story, to put his experience to paper and wrote his new novel Wink. The story follows the character Ross Maloy, who wants nothing else but to hang out with his best friends Abby and Isaac, and be a normal seventh grader. But a diagnosis of a life-threatening rare eye cancer changes everything.

National Public Radio's Rachel Martin reported earlier this week how one rural area has more COVID-19 cases per capita than nearly any other place in the United States: the Navajo Nation.

Brandy Lindquist is an english instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. She joined John and Heidi on the Thursday Morning Show.  Brandy is the advisor of the Bent Pine, a journal of art and writing by CLC’s students, faculty, and staff.  The 2020 spring journal is the first to be published since 1971.

John and Heidi also talk with Brandy about how teaching this last part of the  year on-line through Zoom has been challenging for both her and the students at CLC.


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There have been several high-profile stories recently involving African-Americans who have been killed — George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor — or caught up in racist incidents such as the

Earlier in this pandemic, the shortage of tests for coronavirus was a major problem in fighting the spread of COVID-19. The shortage was such that many hospitals and clinics would only test someone who had traveled to a country with an outbreak, had a known exposure to a positive case or showed symptoms of the disease.

But access to tests has improved significantly, and in some places, people can now get tested without having to demonstrate any symptoms at all. So if you can get tested, should you?

In Navajo culture to speak of death is taboo. But since the tribe's coronavirus infection rate has become the highest in the country, they can't help but talk about it.

"It's killing every day," says medicine man Ty Davis, who knows at least five traditional practitioners who have died from COVID-19.

Weeks before the 2018 midterm, President Trump stood before a packed arena in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and singled out Rep. Steve King — then running for his ninth term.

"[King] may be the world's most conservative human being," Trump said to a crowd of cheering supporters.

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