Historical Society looking for stories
Minnesotans are living through history during the coronavirus pandemic — and the Minnesota Historical Society is already documenting it. The nonprofit is collecting stories, videos and photos documenting how residents are responding to COVID-19, just as it did for Prince’s death in 2016 and the 2017 Women’s March. “We’ve found at moments like these, it’s really important to document history as it happens,” spokeswoman Lauren Peck said. To share your story online, go to mnhs.org. Some submissions could be used on social media, in the Historical Society’s online collections or physical exhibits. During the outbreak, the Historical Society has, like other museums, closed its 26 sites across the state through May 1, including the History Center in St. Paul, the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis and Historic Fort Snelling.
Hospitals feeling financial pressure
Minnesota health systems are feeling the financial impact from a shutdown in elective health care procedures, with revenue cuts prompting unpaid leaves and reduced hours for workers. M Health Fairview, which is one of the state’s largest health care providers, said Tuesday it expects to reduce some staff work hours beginning Monday. The Mayo Clinic is reducing or temporarily suspending hours or projects for supplemental or contract workers. Duluth-based Essentia Health has placed 500 nonmedical employees on unpaid leave. Hospitals supported an order in March from Gov. Tim Walz to indefinitely postpone all elective surgeries and procedures in Minnesota as of 5 p.m. on March 23 to conserve resources for COVID-19 patients, but it’s causing revenue hits in the near-term.
Red Cross Blood drive scheduled at MOA
American Red Cross blood drives are scheduled for four dates in April at the shuttered Mall of America in an effort to make up for the thousands of drives across the country that have been canceled. The staging area will be in the Bloomington mall’s north atrium, which is “open and spacious enough to allow the necessary social distancing practices to take place for staff, donors and volunteers,” the Red Cross said. The drives are scheduled for April, 7, 8, 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mall is otherwise closed, as it has been for the past two weeks. Healthy individuals can schedule appointments at redcrossblood.org or through the free Red Cross Blood App using sponsor code “MOA.”
Memorial event in Duluth postponed
A century after a crowd of thousands gathered to send three men to a violent death on the streets of Duluth, thousands more were planning to gather June 15 to honor their memory. Organizers have now postponed that event for a year. The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial gathering, which was intended to draw 10,000 people to the site of the 1920 lynching, will be held in June 2021. On June 15, 1920, a local mob pulled the three black men out of jail and hanged them from a lamppost after the traveling circus workers were falsely accused of raping a white woman. A memorial has stood at E. 1st Street and E. 2nd Avenue since 2003. Some memorial events will continue online, while most are being rescheduled.