On our extended hour of the Morning Show Heidi talks with Annie Olson-Reiners, Principal at the Nashwauk-Keewatin Elementary School.  Annie gives encouragement to parents and cargivers who are now thrust into the roll of being the teacher in these trying times.  She also shares Shel Silverstein's poem "Helping" with us.

All this week and into the days and weeks ahead we are working hard to bring you local conversations about preparing for and living with the pandemic COVID-19.  Schools are closed and leaders are scrambling to find a new normal in a not-normal time. 

In an executive order Governor Tim Walz called off schools until March 27th.  That is most likely NOT the date they will reopen, it's the date when schools need to have their plans in place for long-term distance learning. 

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

On the Morning Show today we welcomed Chris Fulton - Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF) Executive Director to tell us about Giving Tuesday and the Community Foundations they manage that have matching grants from the Blandin Foundation.

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There is an unresolved and complicated story right now that has the biggest steel companies in North America and the world fighting over valuable ore deposits near Nashwauk.  Though not exactly the same issue it's also interesting to note that steelworkers unions at three of the mines have authorized a strike vote.  It's complex and a messy story, so of course we enlisted