Learn what keeps Central Minnesota moving! We take a look at big topics and see how they impact our everyday lives in the cities, towns, and fields of Minnesota’s heartland.

About MinnCentral Currents

MinnCentral Currents fills a need in Central Minnesota for educating and inspiring civic engagement by having discussions which target issues important to folks who live here. 

Each episode addresses a specific topic that directly impacts the people of Central Minnesota. Episodes highlight the voices of people in our community – their experiences, their questions and their concerns. We also talk to those in positions to make change – the people who run our businesses, our schools, our public institutions and our civic organizations – to learn what they are doing to help our communities thrive.

Our show strives to educate above all else. We focus on how to address the needs of people in our communities; to empower individuals to make a difference in their lives.

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Climate Generation

The effects of our changing climate are visible all around us. Over the past six months we have discussed how climate change is impacting our weather, our forests, our waters, and our food supply.

I was a child in the 1980s. I have spent my whole life listening to arguments about the reality of events that are measurable, verifiable, and happening around us.

Forty years. We have had forty years to address this issue from a basic standpoint of good stewardship of the earth. All arguments aside, shouldn’t we be conducting our industry and our lives in such a way that we minimally impact the home we will be passing on to our children? 

Guests: 
Kristen Poppleton, Senior Direct of Programs for Climate Generation – A Will Steger Legacy
Zaria Romero, Youth Climate Activist

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Episode 29: Climate Generation

The effects of our changing climate are visible all around us. Over the past six months we have discussed how climate change is impacting our weather, our forests, our waters, and our food supply.

I was a child in the 1980s. I have spent my whole life listening to arguments about the reality of events that are measurable, verifiable, and happening around us.

Forty years. We have had forty years to address this issue from a basic standpoint of good stewardship of the earth. All arguments aside, shouldn’t we be conducting our industry and our lives in such a way that we minimally impact the home we will be passing on to our children? 

Guests: 
Kristen Poppleton, Senior Direct of Programs for Climate Generation – A Will Steger Legacy
Zaria Romero, Youth Climate Activist

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Episode 28: How to have hard conversations

As the 2021 holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to seeing our beloved family and friends gather around the table together once again after a long time apart.

Many of us are also dreading the possibility of having hard conversations at these gatherings.

How can we prepare to have hard conversations with people we genuinely care about?

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Episode 27: Fixing Forfeiture

Today I’m joined by State Auditor Julie Blaha to discuss what exactly it is that a state auditor does, and what we can expect from changes to Minnesota’s Civil asset Forfeiture laws that passed the legislature this past session.

Guest: State Auditor Julie Blaha

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Episode 26: The Dirt on Soil Health

It’s fair to say that most of us go day to day without giving a second thought to how healthy the soil is beneath our feet.

But for our friends and neighbors in the agriculture industry, the health of their soil is quite important.

What is soil health, and why is it so important?

Guest: Jim Chamberlin, Conservationist

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Episode 25: Border to Border Internet

The pandemic has shone a light on how much we rely on our ability to connect to one another online when we are unable to connect in-person. And, as with many other areas of our infrastructure, it exposed where our communities fall short at connecting the public to businesses, schools, and services across the digital divide.

Where does Minnesota stand when it comes to providing accessible high speed internet service state-wide?

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Episode 24: A Trip to The Fishing Museum

We’ve been hitting some pretty heavy topics hard and fast lately, so we decided to slow down and wander up for a visit to the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame in Little Falls, Minnesota.

Guest: Brenda Perlowski, Museum Docent

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Episode 23: The Labor Fight Continues

Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we wanted to stop for a moment to look at the labor movement – what it has given us, what it looks like today, and what changes in our culture of work mean for labor moving forward.

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Episode 21: A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

How do we reduce the output of carbon and other greenhouse gases in a way that encourages big corporations to act with haste without the burden of saving our future falling on the shoulders of those with the fewest resources?

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Episode 20: Child Care Is Work

The pandemic has been and continues to be a revelatory event, exposing the strengths and weaknesses in so many aspects of our infrastructure, economy, and culture.

One thing, above all else, caused a massive ripple in all three: Closed child care centers.

What value does our society place on our children – all of our children – having access to safe, quality care? And what does the state of child care access look like today?

Guest:
Marcia Schlattman, a Program Director at Milestones

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Episode 19: Teach Your Children Well

A couple of episodes ago, I spoke with who Civics and Social Studies teachers about the importance of learning about Civic Engagement. We discussed how this important topic is covered starting as young as Kindergarten, and how it is vital to continue to challenge ourselves into adulthood to keep up with our civic knowledge and engagement.

That episode was brought about in part because of the rumblings out there that claimed “they don’t teach civics anymore.”

Well, today’s episode can be framed, in part, as a response to “they don’t teach critical thinking skills anymore”

So what are we talking about today?

Early Childhood Education, and why it is important to the development of future adults with strong critical thinking skills. 

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