We are living in a historic moment. The Minnesota Historical Society is collecting and preserving Minnesotans’ stories related to the COVID-19 health crisis so future generations can learn how the pandemic has impacted our lives. We invite you to read a sampling of these stories here.
Excerpts from responses from St. Francis Area Schools
We can no longer visit my grandparents which we used to do every weekend. I also don't have a phone so I haven't been in contact with most of my friends since before spring break. It all makes me feel very frustrated that I can't do the things that I normally do this time of year like camping. The observations I've made are lots of local businesses are closing for good because they don't have enough money to reopen and you realize how much you rely on certain businesses when you can't use them like barbers, libraries, and movie theaters. I want the future generations to know that it is extremely dull, nothing happens at all. Also, you most likely hate school but trust me at least you can just walk right up to your teachers and ask questions. I have to email them then hope they see it and answer right away and then give me the information I need.
It is a very hard time and I’m almost positive this has made an impact on everyone. I think this is mother nature’s way of telling us that we have been polluting her land and she needs time to pick up the mess that we have made. I am getting very stressed as this goes on and as it does, people could be getting more and more worried that they are going to get this virus. The coronavirus is a horrible thing but I think mother nature just needs a break from the pollution that we have made. My only message is stay home, stay safe, and I wish everyone good luck during this pandemic.
I’ve had to have school at home. I don’t really mind staying at home but I think it’s harder to learn. I’ve seen that people buy a lot of toilet paper. I would want future generations to know that people panicked a lot throughout this time, leaving their jobs so I guess don’t panic unless you really have to panic.