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Statewide Conversation on COVID19 May 8th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 May 8th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

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This week the conversation covered the disaparities in communities of color, testing of hotspots, and large gatherings this summer.

NL: Biidaapi – Deb Foster

NL: Biidaapi – Deb Foster

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Greetings! Today we catch up with Deb Foster (St. Croix Ojibwe), Executive Director of the Ain Dah Yung Center which provides a healing place of safety and support for Native youth. We first met Deb Foster in our Native Lights Podcast (S2 EP4) when we talked about how Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung came to life. Now Deb shares how the youth and staff are faring during the pandemic, and how traditional practices offer strength and hope.

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NL: Biidaapi – Maggie Thompson

NL: Biidaapi – Maggie Thompson

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Boozhoo! Today we meet Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) the owner/designer/artist at Makwa Studio, a small knitwear business. When the pandemic hit, she answered the call and fired up her sewing machine. Maggie and her team crank out cotton masks to donate to healthcare workers, alongside creating and selling special ribbon masks celebrating adaptation and resilience.

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The Untold Story of Food Security and the SCSU Community Garden with Tracy Ore

The Untold Story of Food Security and the SCSU Community Garden with Tracy Ore

It’s finally gardening time in Minnesota, and this year that “hobby” might take on a little more meaning, especially when it comes to community gardens. In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with SCSU Professor Tracy Ore about food security in the time of COVID-19 as well as the community garden at St. Cloud State, now in its 16th year.With precautions in place concerning the COVID virus, the garden will still be open for those who wish to participate.

Up to date scheduling information can be found on their Facebook page.

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

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The Untold Story of Independent Lifestyles, Inc. During the COVID-19 Outbreak with Executive Director Cara Ruff

The Untold Story of Independent Lifestyles, Inc. During the COVID-19 Outbreak with Executive Director Cara Ruff

Independent Lifestyles is an organization that provides numerous programs and services to anyone with a disability within an 11 county area, and they are continuing to provide services and advocacy as best they can throughout our current struggles.

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, we get another look at how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting lives within our community as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Lori Olmscheid, Shawn Reagan, and Executive Director Cara Ruff of Independent Lifestyles Incorporated out of Sauk Rapids.

You’ll hear today about the ways that they’re helping as well as plans to continue providing access to Camp Bliss; plus, you can find out what you can do to make a difference through volunteering. Or, you can take the old fashioned route and give them a call at 320-529-9000.

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

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COVID19 Impact in Northwest Minnesota – Art

COVID19 Impact in Northwest Minnesota – Art

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Executive Director Mara Hanel shares insights as to how the COVID19 pandemic is impacting the arts and artists in NW Minnesota.

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The Untold Story of GREAT Theatre Programming at the Onset of the COVID-19 Outbreak with Denny Smith

The Untold Story of GREAT Theatre Programming at the Onset of the COVID-19 Outbreak with Denny Smith

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, just as precautions within the community concerning the COVID-19 virus are beginning to have an effect upon local arts organizations on March 18th, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Denny Smith from GREAT Theatre.

Decisions were just being made about how their organization was going to cope with official cancelations and rescheduled events. You can find their constantly updated calendar here.

GREAT is also looking to the future to be able to continue providing programming to both the community in general and kids in particular. Check out their Virtual Lab for more!

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

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The Untold Story of the Central Minnesota Arts Board at the Onset of the COVID-19 Outbreak with Heather Allen

The Untold Story of the Central Minnesota Arts Board at the Onset of the COVID-19 Outbreak with Heather Allen

In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Central Minnesota Arts Board Program Officer Heather Allen about the arts and arts programming in the radical shift in reality that has become our daily life now with the COVID-19 virus.

From cancellations and postponements, to how to move forward and emergency grants for working artists, Minnesota’s regional arts boards are working together, just like everyone else, to provide help and hope and to provide the means for a creative way forward.

This interview was recorded at the onset of the COVID-19 outbrek just as everything was changing.

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

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The Untold Story of SCSU’s School of Social Work’s Bridge to Community During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Untold Story of SCSU’s School of Social Work’s Bridge to Community During the COVID-19 Outbreak

In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with St. Cloud State University School of Social Work professor Shelia Moriarty and Intern Islam Abuhadid about how the college is trying to help its students during these strange times.

Beginning a few years ago, the School of Social Work began developing programming aimed towards helping SCSU students connect with community resources so that students who were experiencing unforeseen hardships might be able to complete their education. Today, however, that framework is providing a lifeline to college students who have now found themselves lost ithin the whirlwind of changes brought on by the COVID-19 virus and its effect upon our world.

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The Untold Story of Distance Learning as ISD742 Closes Buildings for the School Year with Lori Posch

The Untold Story of Distance Learning as ISD742 Closes Buildings for the School Year with Lori Posch

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, we hear from St. Cloud’s ISD742 about plans to maintain educating students after Governor Walz’s executive order to keep schools closed for the rest of this school year.

As Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack finds out from Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Lori Posch, school isn’t “closed,” it’s just very, very different right now. Posch has advice for students, parents, and teachers as we move forward through the remainder of a COVID-19 influenced school calendar.

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The Untold Story of Distance Learning During COVID-19 with ISD742’s Devon Bowker, Science Teacher, Naturalist, and Blogger

The Untold Story of Distance Learning During COVID-19 with ISD742’s Devon Bowker, Science Teacher, Naturalist, and Blogger

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, we visit the world of online distance learning as Arts & Cultural Producer Jeff Carmack talks with ISD742 science teacher Devon Bowker.

Mr. Bowker has worked as a naturalist for the Department of Natural Resources and a park ranger for the US Army Corps of Engineers and has quite the following online with his website The Wild Life Blog.

He’s got some helpful hints and advice for all our families currently engaged in distance learning!

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