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Tag: Minnesota

Helping the Helpers: Supporting MN nonprofits after protests

As protests continue, nonprofits, the organizations who tirelessly give to our neighbors, were caught in the crossfire. Within minutes, decades of history were erased as property burned. Windows were smashed.

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Minnesota camp serving youth living with or affected by HIV/AIDS forced to cancel in 2020

It’s one week where kids can truly be themselves, and hundreds of campers look forward to it all year. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the camps for youth living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, operated by One Heartland, are canceled, leaving the nonprofit facing an uncertain future.

A list of drive-in theaters open around Minnesota, and how they’re adapting to COVID guidelines

Here’s a list of drive-in theaters ready to welcome you, along with ways many of them are adapting to new social distancing guidelines.

You Betcha: Brush up on your Minnesota slang

As you’ll see in the movies Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous, Minnesotans are known for elongating the letters a and o in speech (boooat, baaag). But if you want to sound more like a native, use these terms.

When adversity hits: handling misfortune during COVID-19

ad·ver·si·ty /ədˈvərsədē/ noun difficulties; misfortune. COVID-19 reshaped our society. Millions more Americans have turned to food shelves and rely on unemployment checks for support. For many, finding the money to pay rent and put dinner on the table can be extremely stressful.  It’s these…

Where Minnesotans can donate clothing and household goods during COVID-19

If you’re like me, you have dug through drawers and cleaned out closets while spending more time at home. Now you have bags worth of items you would like to donate. But are all those organizations closed? Short answer: no. Here’s a roundup of…

Vacation without leaving Minnesota

Originally printed in Lavender Magazine, March 2020 Call up friends and book a nine-bedroom cabin together in Nisswa. There’s no need to purchase airline tickets if you’re looking for a place to escape. The Brainerd Lakes area, which includes the cities of Brainerd, Nisswa…

Know what’s in your mailbox before you open it

According to the USPS, users can see images of the exterior address side of incoming letter-size mail and package tracking information on Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and other trackable parcels.

The best free concerts and live streams to watch while you’re in quarantine

You’re spending a lot of time at home. So are celebrities, musicians and actors. Since they’re not able to perform in front of crowds, they’re taking to Facebook and Instagram for free. Here’s a roundup of the best performances I’m finding. What have you…

You can virtually donate a pint of ice cream to nurses and doctors

photo courtesy Sweet Science Ice Cream/Facebook I recently posted a story about how Girl Scout Troops are donating their cookies to nurses and doctors. Now, those hardworking professionals are able to enjoy another well-deserved sweet treat. Sweet Science Ice Cream, based out of Keg…