Morning – In The Community

LIVE: Zoo Brew 2020

Kick off a wild weekend with us.

By now, they’re old pros at this social distancing thing, and there’s no better time to prove it than during the last weekend of the summer. Zoo Brews 2020 is Friday night at the Red River Zoo and you can raise a glass to the wildest folks around in the region. More than 20 different beers are available, as well…

LIVE: Chalkfest 2020

Not a cancellation you have to chalk up to the pandemic!

During the pandemic, bright spots have seemed few and far between. But this weekend, there’s a bright and colorful festival going on right here in the metro perfect for you and the whole family. It’s Chalkfest 2020 — and it’s great to hear about a gathering whose cancellation hasn’t had to be chalked up to Covid-19. There are some changes…

MN Issues New State Health Department Guidelines for Parents

How to tell if your child should stay home from in-person class, and for how long.

The Minnesota State Health Department is releasing a new guide for parents this morning about symptoms that mean your kids should stay home from school during the pandemic. It’s coming at a critical time, as flu season starts to collide with the coronavirus pandemic. Experts say both illnesses can mimic each other. They also say it is also possible to…

LIVE: Nemeth Art Center Croquet “Maskerade” Fundraiser

Making masks fun again, creatively.

Having the mask conversation these days can be kind of fraught. So this weekend, why not gather in a place where masks are fun again, while you raise money for a great cause? The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minn. is throwing a party for 100 lucky guests featuring competitive lawn games and a prize for the person with…

LIVE: A “Bit” of Fall Fun

Find your favorite fall activity at L'il Bitz Pumpkin Patch, opening for the season.

“Gourd” news for lovers of all things fall: one of the region’s favorite pumpkin patches is opening up for the season soon, with a few changes in store. L’il Bitz Pumpkin Patch is in full preparation mode for the annual opening set for next week. Owner Mary Hoagland says they plan to start harvesting the pumpkins over the weekend. The…

Pet Connection: Meet Jughead

He puts the fun in funny papers.

This week’s Pet Connection cutie is a canine with a comic connection. Jughead the American bulldog comes to us by way of Homeward Animal Shelter. He’s a beautiful and affectionate fellow who’s done a bit of living in his young life. He’s only 3, but he’s got some scars, although shelter staff aren’t sure where they come from. He’s got…

LIVE: Rally for Recovery

Rally around. Just don't get too close to each other.

It’s an event that’s been growing each and every year since they first came up with it seven years ago. And it can put people who are struggling with mental health issues in touch with some of the best resources in the northern valley. So there was no way they were going to call it off completely this year —…

Social Distancing: Doing Birthdays During A Pandemic

How You Celebrate While Social Distancing

  My birthday is coming up this Thursday, and if you had asked me six months ago, I wouldn’t have thought we’d still be in the middle of a raging pandemic. Usually I invite friends out to a restaurant or bar to celebrate, but with COVID…ehh… So I was curious and asked how you guys have been doing birthdays. Marisa…

LIVE: Critical Time for Domestic Violence Help

Help yourself to treats, while you help other families in the region.

Domestic violence reports in the region appear to be spiking as the pandemic puts more pressure on families. YWCA leaders in the metro say since March, domestic-violence related calls to the Red River Dispatch have gone up by fifteen percent. That’s concerning enough. But they’ve also seen a forty percent reduction during that same time in the number of people…

Sanford, UND Partner for Pandemic Mental Health Help

The stress you're feeling is real. Now there's a new resource.

There’s new help in the region this morning for people struggling with behavioral health problems made worse by pandemic stress. Sanford Health officials are announcing a new partnership with the University of North Dakota to offer support for those feeling the pressure of the ongoing threat of Covid-19 and all its accompanying changes. The new collaboration, called The Behavioral Health…