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What Is It Like to Get the COVID19 Test?

What Is It Like to Get the COVID19 Test?




The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesotans with and without symptoms to get tested. Minnesota Native News team member Justus Sanchez tells you about his experience getting a test for COVID19.

What Is It Like to Get the COVID19 Test?

What Is It Like to Get the COVID19 Test?

The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesotans with and without symptoms to get tested. Minnesota Native News team member Justus Sanchez tells you about his experience getting a test for COVID19.


During Pandemic SNAP Benefits can be Used Online

During Pandemic SNAP Benefits can be Used Online

There is now a digital option: Minnesotans with low incomes are now able to purchase food online using their SNAP benefits


Bill Simenson Continues Composing Big Band Music While Waiting to Resume Performing

Bill Simenson Continues Composing Big Band Music While Waiting to Resume Performing

The Bill Simenson orchestra has played monthly at jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis for close to a decade. But Covid-19 has stopped live shows. And, the combination of the virus and political unrest has affected the creative process. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Bill Simenson first addressed his composing in this era.


Pandemic and Protest

Pandemic and Protest

Trigger event? Last straw? A portal to the future? Today on Stay Human, Winona LaDuke at White Earth and Frank Bibeau, Leech Lake, share their views of what’s changing. Peter Pierson describes “The Gift of Not Knowing”, and Itasca County’s Sheriff urges us to “be vigilant.” Spirit and courage on Stay Human.


Officials Say Stay Vigilant to Fight Virus, Even as Many Tire of Taking Precautions

Officials Say Stay Vigilant to Fight Virus, Even as Many Tire of Taking Precautions

Over the past three weeks, more businesses and community facilities have reopened and thousands of people have been gathering at protests and events.

State health officials say it’s too soon for the community Covid-19 testing sites to detect an increase in the number of cases because of these gatherings.


Statewide Conversation With Lt Gov. Peggy Flanagan – June 12th

Statewide Conversation With Lt Gov. Peggy Flanagan – June 12th

A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during this COVID-19 pandemic.

If you didn’t get a chance to send or call in your question this week email covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895.


Artists Respond to Covid

Artists Respond to Covid

This week on the Minnesota Native News Health Report, artists take a stand against Covid and more of your questions answered. Laurie Stern reports.


Phase Three of Minnesota’s Stay-Safe Plan is Underway

Phase Three of Minnesota’s Stay-Safe Plan is Underway

Phase Three of Minnesota’s stay-safe plan is underway, with more restaurants, gyms and retail stores open. Social distancing is still required and so are masks in many places. Testing is available, and recommended for anyone who was or is part of the mass protests or ongoing gatherings following the death of George Floyd. In the Twin Cities free testing is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The state is working on expanding the availability of free tests, so that anyone who wants a test can get one – and get their results within 72 hours.


The Untold Story of St. Cloud’s First Art Cruise in Response to the Cancellation of this Year’s Art Crawls due to COVID-19

The Untold Story of St. Cloud’s First Art Cruise in Response to the Cancellation of this Year’s Art Crawls due to COVID-19

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack gets in his car and drives around St. Cloud exploring an innovative solution to the canceled Art Crawls that would normally be taking place downtown during the warmer months had it not been for COVID.

Organized by the artist known as The Silent Kah, this past Saturday’s Art Cruise was the first in a series where participating artists of all abilities and media simply set up their art in their yard, and then you come to it! The next Art Cruises will be held on Saturdays July 11 and August 15.

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.


NL: Biidaapi – Xander Ripley-Jaakola

NL: Biidaapi – Xander Ripley-Jaakola

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Hello! Today we talk with 13-year-old Xander Ripley-Jaakoa, an Anishinaabe youth from Cloquet, MN. Xander chats with us about how his school year ended up (and the joys and perils of distance learning), how he stays connected with friends (Discord app), and the very cool and hilarious music videos he and family have been making with their Isolation Band, including their song: Couch Potato!


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