Coronavirus

KUMD is sharing locally-focused information during this COVID-19 crisis. Listen to our stories from Northland Morning and to our new Tuesday and Thursday 10am call-in show that shares updates and lets us connect as a community.

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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.

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It takes a village, not just to raise a child,  but to feed children especially when the safety nets (like school meals) are compromised.

Ecolibrium3, the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland are stepping up to make sure kids have meals and snacks now that it's spring break.

Information on how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs provide for our local kids is here.

Annie Dugan is thinking a couple of thoughts she's pretty sure other people share:

1) I wonder if it will be easier to make the case for the importance of the arts and arts funding when this is over?

2) Grade-school teachers absolutely deserve three months off.

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Despite the pandemic, despite the stay-at-home orders, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to go ahead with a series of  "telephone town hall meetings" about the approval/disapproval of some permits for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

Most of the time, we don't talk about books that haven't been published yet on MN Reads, much less books that haven't even been written.

But when Tom Hanson, Ecolibrium 3 and the rest of the Lincoln Park neighborhood gets an idea for something great - there's no stopping them.

You can find out more about the OMC Smokehouse Cookbook and the Lift Lincoln Park project here.

 

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Normal reactions to abnormal circumstances. Prodding for an "aha moment." Navigating the "supposed tos."  The "human being vs. human doing" conundrum.

We'll take a look at what might be frazzling you these days when we're joined by Dr. Andrew John, a professor in the Doctor in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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When Cindy Hale and Jeff Hall saw the income from their small farm drop "from several thousand dollars a month to zero, overnight," they realized the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic wasn't going to be over anytime soon.

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