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March for Science: A conversation with Grand Rapids organizer Jessica Hartshorn

Deborah Rose
MN Department of Natural Resources
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March for Scienceevents are taking place across the listening area and across the country this Saturday, April 22, Earth Day.  We recently spoke with Jessica Hartshorn who organized the event taking place in Grand Rapids. Jessica talks about the importance of scientists and biologists in our region, how supporting science is a non-partisan issue and why supporting scientists and the work that they do matters to her.  

Below is a list of March for Science events taking place around the region.  If you attend one, please share a picture with us via email

·         The March for Science in Grand Rapidsmeets at KAXE’s studios at 11 am. The march will head up Hwy 169 to Hwy 2, and up Hwy 38 to the Grand Rapids high school to hear speakers, eat food, and mingle.

·         The March for Science in Bemidji begins at the Bangsberg parking lot on the BSU campus at 11, with time for making signs and including some speakers and slam poets. Then the march heads to Library Park for music and jingle dress dancers. Marchers will meet back at the American Indian Resource Center at BSU for a science festival.

·         The March for Science in Brainerd meets at Gregory park at 11, heads down highway 210 on the sidewalk, crosses the street, and makes its way back to the park. People may bring appropriate signs and a few will be provided.

·         In Park Rapids, people will meet at the old J&B parking lot near the Visitors Center on Hwy 71 South at 9:30 am. They will disburse to street corners on Hwy 71 and Main Street where they will “Stand for Science” from 10 am - noon. 



Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.