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Neighbors, May 14: journalists v."content providers," and $200k to help feed and house folks

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We've come a long way from the days when Walter Cronkite, the anchorman of the CBS Evening News, was widely hailed as the "most trusted man in America."

Whether you blame the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, the proliferation of the internet, or the shift from "journalists" to "content creators," separating truth from fiction - even as it pertains to those reporting or presenting "the news" has become impossibly complicated.

And at the same time, the most important work, that of local newspapers, radio and television, is disappearing bit by bit.

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Meanwhile, St. Louis County just got the regular $85,282 they were expecting from FEMA, with a little bit extra.  The additional $121,588 came from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) to help expand food and shelter programs in around the country.

What can over $200,000 do in our community?  Apparently, "it can do a lot."

In St. Louis County:

Those interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can submit an individual letter of interest for each Phase stating total requested and how funds will be used to:

Renee Van Nett, Head of the Lakes United Way, 424 W Superior St., Duluth MN 55802

Applications/letters of request for both Phases must be received by noon on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

For questions regarding the application process contact Renee Van Nett 218-343-2602, or at rvannett@hlunitedway.org

In Douglas County:

Those interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can submit an individual letter of interest for each Phase stating total requested and how funds will be used to:

Douglas County EFSP Local Board (%Catholic Charities Bureau), 1416 Cumming Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

Applications/letters of request for both Phases must be received by noon on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

For questions regarding the application process contact Brenda Osterlund: 715-394-6617, ext 213, or at bosterlund@ccbsuperior.org

In Itasca County:

Agencies interested in receiving a portion of funding should complete and submit an application for each phase at uwlakes.org/nonprofit-resources. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Applicants are also encouraged to participate in a Zoom meeting on May 21 at 1 p.m.

For more information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, contact Kim Brink Smith, United Way of 1000 Lakes Executive Director at 218-999-7570.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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