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. 

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Anderson Fabrics

Jennifer Morrison, sales and marketing director for Anderson Fabrics in Blackduck MN, took some time to talk with Maggie Montgomery from Northern Community Radio about how the company geared up to make cloth face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. It's a fascinating story of how they created PPE prototypes, tried to source materials on the global market, the dedication of the staff who work at the Blackduck facility, and their appreciation for those on the front lines.

Andrew Kringen

Dawnette Davis is a retired teacher and Grand Rapids artist who makes hand-dyed silk garments and shawls. She sells her art at sales and shows around Minnesota. But Covid-19 has shut down many upcoming arts events. These days Dawnette is using some of her talent, some leftover cotton fabric, and her serging sewing machine to produce cloth facemasks. She talked with Heidi Holtan on the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show.