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What Our Community is Doing and How You Can Help
Posted: April 20, 2020 by Teri Krueger

It seems as if our world has changed dramatically in just a few short weeks. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our sense of community. Take a look at some of the ways our community has rallied together to support each other during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Come to a Virtual Concert #LiveFromHome with Katy Vernon on Saturday, May 2nd, presented by The Northfield Arts Guild.
Originally scheduled to headline at the Guild Theater in Northfield, this 411 Concert Series performance will now be presented live on Facebook with audiences able to watch and listen from home. Viewers wishing to attend should follow the link  facebook.com/KatyVernonMusic




Some good news:  Who likes to golf?  Well, you're in luck because Brooktree Golf Course opens today, Tuesday April 21, at noon. and Owatonna Country Club opens Wednesday, April 22nd! Just remember you must have a scheduled tee time - no walk-ups accepted. Click HERE for more information and additional social distancing guidelines from Brooktree.  You can also order food to go from the Country Club.  Click HERE for more information on that and the Golf Course.


During this unprecedented time, extra help is needed in our community to help support front-line workers and our neighbors in need. Please consider helping however you can. Below are just some of the ways for you to do just that.


Check out the Community Pathways of Steele County's website for information on The Marketplace (Food shelf), which remains open for curbside service for monthly shopping only.  Their current hours of operation are as follows. Click HERE to make a donation:
 
Current hours of operation:
 
Monday & Wednesday 9:00-4:30,
 
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
 
9:00-3:30,     Closed on Saturday


Perhaps you've been looking for ways that you can help in your community and stay connected.  Here are some ideas:

  • Pay attention to your neighbors and friends who may be especially vulnerable to isolation. These may be people who are at risk, or who simply have lost their regular points of social contact
  • Reach out by phone or video chat.
  • Offer to deliver groceries of someone who is at high risk (leave on porch).
  • Identify neighbors who may need assistance getting medications refilled.
  • Share local resources with those who don’t have access to the internet.
  • Check in with friends; many people are experiencing a lot of stress right now, and knowing someone’s thinking of them can be a big help.
Consider donating an item(s) from the list below as first responders especially are in great need of these items.  Please note that all donation items must be in new, unused and unopened condition.

  • Homemade face masks - placed inside a Ziploc style bag 
  • Surgical style face masks
  • N95 face masks
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable exam style gloves in all sizes
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant cleaning supplies

Please click HERE to visit the United Way of Steele County for a list of places that need your help and where you can donate. Thank  you for any help you are able to provide. We all have to stick together and help those in need.



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