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Mar 23, 2020

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Things were always pretty busy at AICHO.

The American Indian Community Housing Organization's Dabinoo'Igan Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter provides ten beds and is open 24/7, and Executive Director Michelle LeBeau says every day, they have to turn people away for lack of space.

The Permanent Supportive Housing program has 32 adults and 42 kids.

But all those adults and kids are staying put now, which means AICHO has more people consuming meals and other resources.

Brian Barber/Draw-A-Long Fun Time

Draw-A-Long Fun Time

Self-styled "graphiquè artistè" Brian Barber says: "A couple months ago I thought about doing a very short, very silly draw-a-long type series of videos, and this seems like a heckuva good time to give it a shot. Kids are stuck at home, we need something other than Netflix to get through."

Tara Austin – Boreal Ornament III

A cartoon drawing of a chicken
Artwork by Chris Monroe

On March 15 Melissa LaTour, the Director of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival shared an update from the festival's web page letting people know all festival events would be canceled this year. "Please know we love you and want you and your loved ones to be healthy," she wrote. And with that, the festival's uninterrupted 21-year streak came to an end.

The school buses showed up this morning, but they weren't there to take kids to school.

Instead, they were delivering breakfasts and lunches for Duluth school kids to over 70 locations, as they plan to do at least through March 27th.

Maybe it's something to think about that when the Governor issued the order to close public schools, one of the biggest concerns was the kids that might end up going hungry without the meals the school provides.

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Here's the thing about gardening: you can do it alone, even if you garden with a friend you're usually more than six feet apart anyway, and getting outside is good for you.

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Most folks haven't lived through anything like what is now being called the coronavirus "pandemic."

So it's not surprising that reactions run the gamut from panicking about getting sick ... or scoffing, eye-rolling, and assertions that it will never trouble us here in the Northland.

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