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When we talked with Karla Theilen last she was at the beginning of the pandemic of COVID-19 in one of the hardest hit places - the Navajo Nation in Arizona.  It's not over, but there's some light coming through. 

Read her essay from the Arizona Daily Sun. 

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This week on our Statewide Conversation about COVID-19 Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan answered questions about food insecurity, school openings, unemployment insurance, masking and the economy. 

This program is a joint project with AMPERS - Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities and the MN Broadcasters Association. 

Send in your questions covid@ampers.org or call and leave a message 612-562-9895. 

...In this heightened sense of anxiety, this heightened sense of the unknown...we don't have a clear vision of the future and we need to hold that close and give ourselves more space, more time, more patience ... giving ourselves grace and remembering that there's so much going on right now... we just really need to be kinder to ourselves... because of all the factors happening in our world.  It's extra important to slow down, to give ourselves space to just be and to just process everything that's going on.    And as parents, give our children that space to process... when you're seeing more behaviors from your children or even within yourself or other family members, remember that there are just so many more charged emotions in our world that affect how we are able to regulate ourselves, how we're able to handle different situations...A good first step is to slow down and give yourself and your loved ones a little bit more space. – Chelsea Ottman Rak, Peacemakers Resources

Sarah Stonich originally released her book Fishing with RayAnne under the psuedonym Ava Finch.  It's recently been re-released as simply Fishing!

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KAXE/KBXE's Heidi Holtan hosts a weekly statewide conversation with Minnesota State Officials. It was an opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, the Minnesota Department of Health Director, Kris Ehresmann.  

For more information on the states response to COVID-19 visit the Minnesota State's Website.

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 school's reopening in the fall, isolation of people in long-term care facilities and pandemic fatigue.
 

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Kim Green is a board co-chair at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial in Duluth. She talked with us this morning about the story of the black men wrongly accused and lynched in Duluth in 1920.

In May we celebrated Mother's Day with stories of the impact of grandmothers on our lives for our Strong Women series.  Originally a public event, COVID-19 had us come up with a new way of  presenting these stories with hopes of reviving it in the next year or so, when we can all safely come together. 

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Nevada posted this on Facebook:

I live within walking distance of Minneapolis Police Precinct.

I have been onsite peacefully protesting everyday this week. I have been shot at with rubber bullets, tear gassed, hit with percussion bombs and watched people hit with “soft” bullets (see below). I’ve seen the police advance on citizens using violence and intimidation.

Experienced nurses that are able to deal with COVID, we're a finite resource and we're not to be taken lightly...This whole concept of any nurse being disciplined for merely fighting for the safety of their patients and themselves is unacceptable. - Mary Turner, President, MN Nurses Association

Nurses from Bemidji, Bagley and Thief River Falls joined forces (with safe social distancing of course) to express concern about working conditions yesterday. 

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