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Local superintendents, translators and an economist respond to COVID-19 on Compass

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Dr. Gerald Toland being interviewed by Amanda Anderson.

Download a photo of Loy Woelber and Chad Anderson.
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — On the next Compass program, Amanda Anderson from Pioneer PBS talks with school workers, superintendents and an ag econ professor about how COVID-19 has changed their work. The special will air Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. and will rebroadcast on Sunday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. It will be viewable online at after the original airing.

Anderson talks with Loy Woelber, superintendent of Westbrook Walnut Grove, Fulda and Lake Benton schools and a Pioneer PBS board member; and Chad Anderson, Tracy Areas Public Schools superintendent. They talk about how small, rural schools are pivoting to do the best for their students and the staff and teachers working to deliver schoolwork and food to students.

In Worthington, the Nobles County Integration Collaborative is working hard to make sure that all residents are able to understand and read information about COVID-19. Bilingual program aides Than Than Kyaw and Aida Simon talk about how they translate for students whose primary language is not English and field a number of questions from the community about COVID-19, from testing to how to property remain at a social distance.

Dr. Gerald Toland is a professor of economics and the School of Agriculture department chair at Southwest Minnesota State University. Having been studying economics and agriculture for more than 40 years, Dr. Toland provides some valuable insights on how the novel coronavirus will impact our local agricultural economies and provides some hope for future students of agriculture.

Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer PBS via email at or call the station at 1-800-726-3178.

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