Thursday morning show

Farmers, miners, loggers and other rural workers and their families face a unique set of stresses in a normal time, but especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in rural areas where there is a higher suicide rate. 

Rich Tunell is the rural mental health program coordinator at the Lake Superior Community Mental Health Center, he joins Heidi and John to talk about this problem on the Thursday Morning Show.

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Brandy Lindquist is an english instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. She joined John and Heidi on the Thursday Morning Show.  Brandy is the advisor of the Bent Pine, a journal of art and writing by CLC’s students, faculty, and staff.  The 2020 spring journal is the first to be published since 1971.

John and Heidi also talk with Brandy about how teaching this last part of the  year on-line through Zoom has been challenging for both her and the students at CLC.

Heidi and John visit with Tobi Aiyedun, a 2020 graduate from Bemidji State University with a masters degree in Biology.  Tobi explains how a virtual graduation works, and how she felt about it compared to other graduations she has experienced in the past.  She talks about the difficulties of finishing out the school year virtually and gives other 2020 graduates encouragment in these trying times.

From the MN DNR:

Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

While the fishing opener is a time-honored tradition, the COVID-19 pandemic requires that Minnesotans approach the fishing opener differently this year, said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

The Center for Rural Policy and Development is a non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research organization dedicated to benefiting Minnesota by providing lawmakers unbiased information and evaluation of issues from a rural perspective. 

Julie Tesch, President and CEO of CRPD joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show.  They talk about the healthcare problems rural Minnesota communities are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Julie explains what her organization is doing to help. 

MinnPost Reporter Greta Kaul talks with John & Heidi on the Thursday Morning Show.  She tells us about the announcement made by the Governor, along with public and private health officials, that they are unveiling a big testing initiative to be able to test as many as 20,000 Minnesotans every day for the  COVID-19 virus.  This initiative is between the Department of Public Health, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

Mary Mitchell Executive Director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf

Apr 16, 2020

On our extended hour of the Thursday Morning Show Maggie Montgomery talks with Mary Mitchell from the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.  Mary talks about the many changes the Food Shelf has had to make during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Customers are no longer allowed to go into the Food Shelf but wait in their vehicles for volunteers or staff  to bring out pre-packed boxes.

On the Thursday Morning Show Fred Friedman and Kyle Erickson join John and Heidi for a lively discussion on sports.  They talk about the new coach at Mesabi Community College, give us the latest news on the NFL and the MLB, and of course lots of trivia!

This week, a daily conversation with John Latimer became part of the Morning Show at 9:30.

"Go outside," is the recommendation from Staff Phenologist John Latimer. John suggested some common plants to look for in spring, including Speckled Alders, Hazelbrush, Red Elderberry, and Fly Honeysuckle

Today John offered up a twig experiment for parents and kids to do together during this time when kids are at home every day. It involves observation and documentation in a fun and interesting way for phenologists young and old. See the worksheets below for help in observing.

Gregg Aamot covers Greater MN for MinnPost and joins us from time to time to talk about his work.  In this conversation he told us about a recent article in MinnPost about LGA funding in the MN Legislative Session 2019.  Local government aid or LGA according to the League of MN Cities 'stabilizes