Mar 5, 2021 - News

Pandemic silver linings after one year of COVID-19 in Minnesota

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Saturday marks one year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed here in Minnesota.

  • We asked you to share some good things from a year of lockdowns, grief and uncertainty. Here are some of your responses:

🤝 Family and Friends:

  • "I feel like I've had a stolen year with my young teen daughter."
  • "Our family [gets] together bi-weekly via Zoom — 4 generations, 3 continents, and multiple U.S. states. ... We have also had a reading call when the youngest generation read story books."
  • "After years of debate, my wife and I decided to finally have a baby."

💻 Work and career:

  • "Applying and getting accepted to graduate school to pursue a Master in Social Work ... This pandemic has made me realize that social justice advocacy is fluid and will require lifetime advocates."
  • "I’m a high school track coach. I wasn’t sure, a year ago, if I still had the desire ... After it was taken away from me ... I realized how terribly much I missed the kids, staff and coaching."
  • "Made meetings more efficient."

🔨 Hacks and habits:

  • "As of next week, I will have listened to every one of my 745 vinyl records."
  • "I decided for a Covid summer project I would walk across Minnesota — both ways. I completed it mid-September. Stillwater Marina to the South Dakota border."
  • "I replaced a weekly wine box with a weekly produce box."

🙏 And one deep — and moving — thought to go:

  • "The pandemic has forced me to think about, evaluate and strengthen my basic values. Who I am now is better than before."

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