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If last week taught us anything, it's that there are tensions between  national, state, and local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Some of those tensions come from this uncomfortable disruption in our lifestyles. Some come from very real economic consequences.

  And according to Dr. Jeremy Youde, a political scientist at UMD and a global health expert, some of them come from cleavages and problems in our society that have been there all along.

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There's another curve that's worrying animal welfare people across Minnesota ...

The kitten curve.

Spay/neuter procedures, except in cases of emergency, have been deemed "non-essential" and suspended at veterinarians, spay-neuter clinics and animal shelters.

But if homeless and stray cats are allowed to breed going into the spring, come May and June, shelters - just like hospitals with COVID-19 - are going to be overwhelmed with cats and litters of kittens.

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Uncertainty is an extremely uncomfortable feeling for most people.

And life these days is nothing if not uncertain.

But when you panic and overbuy groceries, Shaye Moris says "that leaves a lot of our neighbors who don't have the resources to do that behind."

More information about Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is here.

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Cabin-fevered brains are cooking up art recreations with stuff they find around the house (like pets and spouses and stuff).

Folks have been thinkng a lot about the second World War these days, remembering how the country came together with a common goal during a frightening period in its history.

Then, women had to step into unfamiliar roles and do it all: work, earn money, care for homes and family -- but when the war was over, there seemed to be a concerted effort to get women out of those jobs and careers.

Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases Johns Hopkins

Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine McCarty joins us this morning for a half-hour of conversation about the two kinds of testing much of the world is anxiously waiting for: the test to see of someone has COVID-19 and the test to see if they have the antibodies.

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Despite Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's executive order that foreclosures and evictions would be suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 peacetime emergency,  Attorney General Keith Ellison has already had to sue several landlords for violating that order.

That's not a problem in the Twin Ports right now, but there is still a lot of confusion about what to pay and how to pay it, especially if you've lost your job as a result of the pandemic.

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If there's one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it's that we really can change things dramatically and quickly.

And when "this" (whatever "this" is) is over, Grace Guenthner of MN350 says we will have a hard decision to make: return to "business as usual" or take advantage of an opportunity to rebuild for resiliency and justice.

And here is a list of just some of the actions MN350 says you can take:

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"Addiction is a disease of isolation, and the antidote for that is community," says William Moyers of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

But what to do amidst social-distancing and stay at home orders, and what if you don't have reliable tech for virtual connection?

Moyers says folks in recovery did it for decades: old school.

Locally, here are some resources:

Twin Ports Area Intergroup/AA Duluth & Superior
Phone: (218) 727-8117

Alano Club
(218) 624-0501

Celebrate Recovery
Phone: (218) 591-3175

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The Duluth Branch NAACP was going to spend an hour and a half last night, distributing free cloth face masks to anyone, but particularly to Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our community.

Minority populations across the country are disproportionately represented in both COVID-19 cases and deaths, partly due to less access to health care and partly to higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and respiratory diseases.

But half an hour later, all the masks were gone.

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Should your kids be getting up at the "regular" time, even if they don't have a class online they need to join?

Should they be doing more chores around the house, volunteering or engaging in other Useful Pursuits?

Playing the things-could-always-be-worse game isn't reliably useful to put things in perspective.

But still, 102 years ago, Duluthians were coping with war, flu -- and fire.

More information about the Virtual Book Launch for Duluth: An Urban Biography and to sign up for it is available here, and more information on the book itself is available here.

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We might be forgiven for looking a little harder than usual to find something to be happy about these days.

Shane Bauer says there's nothing great about having to make the tough decision to cancel Grandma's Marathon.

The marathon has never been cancelled in its 44-year history.  And it took just that long for the race to save up a year's budget in reserve ... and that's on its way out the door now.