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A look inside our COVID-19 coverage

A note from MinnPost reporter Walker Orenstein.

One of my jobs at MinnPost is to explore Minnesota’s greatest economic challenges. And since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we have a lot of them. 

Walker Orenstein
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Walker Orenstein
Unemployment has skyrocketed in Minnesota and entire industries, like child care, are in dire trouble. The state’s economic inequities have become even worse. Now, I work to help people understand the state’s unemployment insurance system, highlight businesses trying to reopen or stay open, and cover the science and politics of rebooting the economy during a pandemic. 

My colleagues and I have brought you the stories of farmers, bus drivers, child care providers, florists, manufacturers, boutique owners, community radio DJs, landlords, tenant advocates, restaurant and bar owners, ski resorts, K-12 teachers, music teachers, public works crews and more.

But while our articles are free, reporting them costs money. MinnPost relies on the help of readers and supporters to bring essential information to the public. If you can give right now, please do.


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During #GiveAtHomeMN, a donation of any amount helps make sure my colleagues and I can keep tracking the fallout of this economic and public health disaster. A donation also helps us hold elected officials to account for their COVID-19 response.

Thank you for reading MinnPost and sharing our belief that public-service journalism is essential for Minnesota.