Extra Hour of the Morning Show

Michele Andringa is the director of Head Start in Cass and Beltrami counties with programs from Kelliher to Pillager and from Bemidji to Walker and more. When the governor closed schools in March, Head Start faced the challenge of eight days of planning to change their classroom and home visit programs from in-person to distance-learning.

Molly posted the following on Facebook:  So I sit in a spot where I am the person who is directly affected by these decisions, these school district guidelines. A mom of a senior – and not just a senior, my first born. No graduation ceremony? Are you kidding? NO, not my kid – he deserves what everyone else deserves. This is a huge rite of passage. 13 years of school, 13 years of activities, 13 years of hard work, dedication and growth. The only 13 years a child has to be a child – they’ve done it. They are there. This celebration/rite of passage cannot be taken away.

Brett Sayles

The normal rituals of society have been painfully altered during the pandemic. Funeral Director Kevin Cease, Cease Funeral Homes, talked about "doing what we can, within the guidelines" for funerals and services while under a shelter at home order. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.