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Statewide Conversation on COVID19 August 14th - Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

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Lt Governor Peggy Flanagan

A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.  It is a time for all of us to learn about the State of Minnesota's response to this COVID-19 pandemic.   

This week the Lt Governor answered questions about the upcoming school year including hybrid learning.  She spoke of the strong leadership coming out of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and their recent statement about starting the school year this fall through distance learning.

 “protecting our elders and vulnerable and ensuring the best for future generations is a core tenet of the Anishinaabe identity”

We also talked with the Lt. Governor about safely voting in a pandemic, the MN Senate's opposition to Governor Walz's peacetime emergency and the recognition from the MN Governor's Association and Results for America.   

In addition to the creation of a comprehensive, equity oriented COVID-19 dashboard, Minnesota excelled in the areas of evaluation leadership and performance management in 2020.

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. 

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.