Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month!

Photo by Patrick Forslund Photography
Kare11: Learn more about Pride in the Twin Cities and ways you can support LGBTQ+ youth impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNEAPOLIS — The return of LGBTQ Pride month amid a retreat of COVID-19 cases across the United States, means Pride parties and parades are set to resume in cities across the country after a year of pandemic cancellations.

The return of those annual celebrations is a hopeful sign for many in the LGBTQ community, but Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, Medical Director of the Gender Health Program at Children’s Minnesota, says the parades and public gatherings represent a lifeline to many LGBTQ young people.

“I think its particularly hard for LGBTQ kids, when these events disappear,” Dr. Goepferd said, during an interview with KARE11 last June. “For LGBTQ kids that physical distance and social distance when schools closed was really particularly hard. Youth tend to come out to their peers first, and then at home, so they lost that social network.”

In the year since Dr. Goepferd first expressed concern about the impact on LGBTQ youth, she says the problem only grew.

“What I have seen in the kids that I’ve taken care of is increased depression, anxiety, increased feelings of isolation, feeling they are at home with parents who don’t understand their identity,” Dr. Goepferd said. “(Parents) may not respect their identities or use their name and pronoun. That’s a lot of what I’ve been seeing and, nationally, that’s what we’ve been seeing as well.”

According to a new national survey conducted by the Trevor Project – a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth – 42% of LGBTQ youth reported seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, while 48% could not access the mental health care they desired.

“That tells me that we have a mental health crisis in this country for all kids, I think, in general,” Dr. Goepferd said. “One thing that we’ve seen here at Children’s Minnesota is that, since the pandemic, our Emergency Department has been filling up with kids who are in mental health crisis. I think that a lot of kids are experiencing increased depression, anxiety and suicidality, and unable to access the services that they need. For LGBTQ kids, the pool of resources gets even smaller.”

And unlike their peers, Dr. Goepferd says LGBTQ youth have a harder time finding support at home. According to the Trevor Project survey 80% of LGBTQ youth reported that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful, and only one-third of young people reported living in a home that is LGBTQ-affirming.

“So two-thirds of kids did not feel supported by their parents at home, versus about 50% of kids who feel supported in school,” Dr. Goepferd said.

With many students now back in school, Dr. Goepferd says she’s beginning to see more LGBTQ youth reconnect with their peers and support systems, but she says the return of Pride events, in person, promises an even more powerful hope on the horizon.

“It’s a different way to celebrate identity,” she said. “So often we talk about accepting kids or loving kids, but we don’t use the word celebration very often. Pride is just one big huge celebration. It’s visual, it’s community, it’s a way to say, not only is it okay that you are LGBTQ, it’s great.”

While the big celebrations are impactful, Dr. Goepferd says simply loving and supporting someone for who they are has shown to be one of the most powerful actions to help LGBTQ youth. She says young people who report being loved and supported for who they are, have far better mental health outcomes and far lower rates of attempted suicide.

If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, you can call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678-678 or click here for online support.

 Kent Erdahl

Happy #Pride month to all our LGBTQ friends and family.

We love you, we support you and we’re proud to have you as a part of our community! 

Everyone Should Visit ‘The Spam Museum’ In Austin At Least Once…Really!

Everyone Should Visit ‘The Spam Museum’ In Austin At Least Once…Really!

SPAM Museum/Google

The Spam Museum is a museum dedicated to Hormel’s famous canned Spam products. It’s located in Austin, Minnesota, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis. It is completely free to visit!

Minnesota is home to some truly unique museums. The tiny town of Wykoff is home to Ed’s Museum, an attraction devoted entirely to one man’s quirky collection. Up north, you’ll find the Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing, the birthplace of the famous company. In St. Paul, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum is a delightful glimpse into a fun hobby, and the Mill City Museum is a fun foray into the milling history of Minneapolis. And in the southern Minnesota town of Austin, the Spam Museum stands out as a go-to spot for those who would like to explore an interesting aspect of Minnesota history. This place is full of interesting exhibits, fun activities, and the history of a classic, made-in-Minnesota product. Read on below to learn more about what you’ll find at this place.

History

Have you ever visited the SPAM Museum? What did you think? For more information about the museum, including attractions, hours, and more, visit the official website.

Address: 101 3rd Ave NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate
“Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street” Exhibit – St. Paul, MN

“Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street” Exhibit – St. Paul, MN

On the centennial of Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street, discover the legacy of this brilliant author from Minnesota,
whose literary works and social critiques of American life ring true today.

Minnesota History Center: Sinclair Lewis is arguably the most famous person to come out of Minnesota. His novels and short stories sold millions, many were made into Hollywood films, and he was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. Discover the legacy of this brilliant author from Minnesota whose literary works and social critiques of American life ring true today. 

  • Upcoming Dates:
    Thursday, June 3
    Friday, June 4
  • Event Location: Minnesota History Center
  • Hours: Thu-Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Address:
    345 Kellogg Boulevard West
    St. Paul, Minnesota
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The Superior Hiking Trail Association Recognizes Michael Loscheider as 2020 Volunteer of the Year!

The Superior Hiking Trail Association Recognizes Michael Loscheider as 2020 Volunteer of the Year!

Photo: John Storkamp

Michael has served the SHTA as a Volunteer Crew Leader for the past few years, attending trainings and working with SHTA staff to plan and implement projects to improve the Trail. If you’ve had the opportunity to work with him, you know his kindness, work ethic, and humor — not to mention his trail smarts — are all huge assets to the #SuperiorHikingTrail and our community. While his planned project was put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic, he stayed busy at home by creating new, hand-routed signs in the classic SHT style to replace broken or missing signs (and add a few new ones).

Join us in sending a huge thanks to Michael for all of his contributions to the Trail!

 

THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL DEPENDS ON VOLUNTEERS

Over 300 volunteers put in over 8,000 hours every year to keep the Superior Hiking Trail in great shape. Whether serving as a trail or campsite adopter or contributing to our Trail Renewal Program efforts, we strive to ensure volunteers are safe and successful in their work along the Trail.

Why volunteer with us? It’s a great opportunity to:

  • Give back to the Trail.
  • Make new friends.
  • See the Trail from a different perspective.
  • Have FUN!

 

Are you interested in volunteering with us? Click here to enter the SHTA Volunteer Portal. Once you’re in the portal, you can create your volunteer profile, find and “follow” volunteer opportunities to get alerts when they’re posted, and get registered to join us on the Trail!

VOLUNTEER FOR SCHEDULED TRAIL MAINTENANCE OR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

All volunteer projects are under the direction of a SHTA staff member, Volunteer Crew Leader, or otherwise experienced trail maintainer. Projects may include building new trail, building bridges or boardwalk, clearing trees and brush, weed-whipping, or other duties as needed. Training is provided and no special skills are required.

Head to the SHTA Volunteer Portal to sign up for upcoming projects!

 

 

ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are several ways you can help take care of the Superior Hiking Trail year after year.

Adopt a section of trail: Section Adopters inspect and maintain a 2-5 mile section of the trail at least twice per year. The primary goal of a section adopter is to lop back the persistent brush that threatens to obscure the Trail. Check out the full job description.

 

 

Adopt a campsite: Campsite Adopters inspect and maintain a SHT campsite at least twice per year. They clean out the fire ring, clear brush, and report hazard trees in the area. Check out the full job description.

 

 

Adopters: Here’s a helpful tutorial on how to enter your volunteer hours for campsite and section maintenance activities in the new Volunteer Portal.

A waitlist is ongoing. Volunteers may choose to wait for a specific section or can be updated about any available openings. Head to the SHTA Volunteer Portal to learn about current openings or to get on the waitlist.

Specialized groups of volunteers are another way to volunteer on the Superior Hiking Trail. SHTA currently oversees three such groups:

  • Elite Latrine Digging Squad: ELDS members attend a training and arrange their own latrine work over the season. We ask that anyone attending an ELDS training commit to digging at least two latrines over the course of the upcoming year. Read the full job description here.
  • Campsite Furniture Cadre: These volunteers disassemble aging and/or unsafe benches from SHT campsites and haul out the old materials. With extended training, members of this brigade may be able to create new benches out of locally-sourced materials. Read the full job description here.

 

EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Justice For George: Messages From The People

Justice For George: Messages From The People

On the weekend of May 21-23rd, Memorialize the Movement, Save the Boards, and Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery will be hosting a free outdoor exhibition in Phelps Park. This will be an opportunity for our community to experience the stories being told through these murals.

Time & Location

May 21, 12:00 PM CDT – May 23, 8:00 PM CDT
Phelps Field Park , 701 E 39th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA

About the Event

Memorialize The Movement in collaboration with Save The Boards & Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery  will be hosting a free outdoor exhibition in Phelps Field Park near the George

Floyd Memorial Square. This will be an opportunity for our community to remember and reflect on the stories being told through these murals. The mourning of our loss, the acknowledgment of our successes and failures, and our hopes for the future and a more equitable Minneapolis. We hope that through this immersive experience community members will have a chance to heal, reflect, and learn.

While we do want to celebrate Mr. Floyd’s life and the ways in which our community has stepped up in the wake of his death, this will be a somber event. We want to allow our community a chance to heal and reflect on the last year. Following this exhibition are several events hosted by MTM, and other local organizers that will focus solely on bringing joy to our people and healing through happiness.

In an effort to uplift our local Black creatives, we will be featuring 18 artists to paint murals on blank plywood boards. We will also have 10 vendors, organizations, and small businesses present at the event, along with 12 performers, speakers, and musicians.​

In awareness of the trauma that our community has experienced over the last year, we are also inviting mental health clinics and resources that center Black and Brown health professionals to this exhibition and free legal resources for those who may need them.

American Indian Month at KFAI – Twin Cities

American Indian Month at KFAI – Twin Cities

Come celebrate American Indian Month with us at KFAI! Each Wednesday and Friday in May from 6-7pm, hear special programs with native culture, discussions, and music.

Catch this all-star roster of your favorite KFAI hosts below:

May 5: Robert Pilot (Best of Native Roots Radio) – American Indian Month Live Kickoff
May 7: Roy Taylor (Indigeneity Rising) – Indigenous Perinatal And Lactation Support Circle
May 12: Alfred Walking Bull (Fresh Fruit) – Pow Wow Music
May 14: Jamie Edwards (Beats, Rhymes & Democracy) – Pow Wow Beats and Indigenous Hip-Hop
May 19: Melissa Olson (Sanctuary: Arts & Activism)
May 21: Roy Taylor (Indigeneity Rising) – Tribute to Laura Waterman Wittstock
May 26: Alfred Walking Bull (Fresh Fruit) – Pow Wow Music
May 28: Melissa Olson (Sanctuary: Arts & Activism)

Check out @FreshAirNDNS on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates on programs or just to show the programs some love. Enjoy an action-packed May!

KFAI Mission Statement

KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

Station Information

KFAI is a non-commercial FM radio station operating on 90.3 MHz in Minneapolis and covering the greater Twin Cities. KFAI is governed by a volunteer community Board of Directors, managed by a small paid full-time and part-time staff, and operated by a volunteer base of over 300. KFAI’s budget for 2021 is approximately $670,000.

KFAI is listener-supported, with over 3,000 members contributing nearly 50 percent of its income. Additional support has come from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the State of Minnesota, Legacy & Cultural Heritage Funding from MN State, the Minneapolis Foundation, and program underwriters.

KFAI has been broadcasting since 1978 with major signal expansions in 1982, 1994 and in 2008. It is currently broadcasting at 900 watts (directional) from the top of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.

 

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