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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. 

Kyle Hedlund is Executive Director of Grand Village nursing home in Grand Rapids and was recently appointed to the Rural Health Advisory Commitee by Gov. Tim Walz.  He joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Friday Morning Show.  They talk about the changes made at Grand Village since the COVID-19 pandemic began, how they are keeping their residents and staff safe, and what they are doing  to keep spirits up during these difficult times.

National Public Radio's Rachel Martin reported earlier this week how one rural area has more COVID-19 cases per capita than nearly any other place in the United States: the Navajo Nation.

Local Paramedic Simon Gretton

Apr 10, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic only essential workers are staying on the job.  On the extra hour of the Thursday Morning Show, Heidi Holtan talks with local paramedic Simon Gretton.  Simon talks about what it's  like to be on the front lines and of the importance of community response in these trying times.

On the Morning Show we continue to bring you local voices and local stories related to COVID-19.  Today we talked with Dr. Dan Soular, Family Medicine Physician & Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dr. Stacy Holl, Internal Medicine Physician.  Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospitals.  Their website has clear information on the latest news concerning coronavirus and they are looking for donations.  Currently they accept:

Bemidji Area Doctor Diane Pittman on COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020

On our extended hour of the Morning Show Heidi Holtan talks to Dr. Diane Pittman from True North Health Care in Bemidji about COVID-19.

Each weekday morning now we're adding an hour to our Morning Show - opening up our phone lines and reading stories submitted by listeners about life now with the new norm. 

None of us have experienced this before, but if we keep connected - through radio or online media or calling/texting/facetiming friends and neighbors, it'll be a little easier.  What are you doing to stay sane?  Job loss?  Tell us your stories. 

Photo: CDC/Alissa Eckert

Today MinnPost data reporter Greta Kaul joined us to give us the latest numbers on COVID-19 from the MN Department of Health.  She also told us about testing and numbers given, numbers of tests available and how the tests are done.

MinnPost is trusted non-profit news source that is working hard to bring us relevant news in these extraordinary times.  If you are able, consider becoming a member of MinnPost here. 

Here's some of their articles from the last few days:

Today we talked with Andy Steiner about a collaboration of emergency department and mental health in the Twin Cities - her latest article on Minn Post is: New Set of Emergency Department standards may help identify patients at high risk for suicide

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