The show must go on.
For 66 years, the Fifth District Eagles Cancer Telethon had found ways to make sure that happened, and even a global pandemic couldn't stop the 67th consecutive show on Saturday.
But it was different.
The hosts were still live, though this time from KTTC-TV studios instead of the Civic Center. And the presentations and performances were recordings from past telethons rather than live on stage. Normally 20 hours, the show was shortened to eight.
But the annual production retains its mantle as the longest locally run telethon in the country. And, more importantly, it was still able to fulfill its mission of raising money for cancer research. Over the past 66 years, the telethon has donated more than $18 million to cancer research. And, you can still contribute. Make a donation online at https://eaglescancertelethon.org or drop or mail checks to the Rochester Eagles Club at 917 15th Ave. SE, Rochester MN 55904
Thumbs up to this fantastic fundraiser and the hundreds of volunteers who made the 67th show possible.
MLK event adapts
The pandemic also forced some changes to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration There was no signature breakfast, and the keynote speaker, retired Minnesota State Supreme Court justice and Minnesota Vikings hall of famer Alan Page, was interviewed by two Mayo High School students via Facebook.
The day's events also included a virtual "March to Freedom," music, poetry, speakers and a panel of local leaders
Page addressed the dual themes of education and education.
"Education is about being prepared, and the better prepared you are, the more power you have to make your own choices, Page said.
Thumbs up to the event organizers for adapting their program to meet pandemic limitations.
Protesters keep the peace
The Minnesota National Guard was stationed outside the state Capitol building Jan. 16-17 following reports that a large group of pro-Trump protesters might turn violent. But security forces and journalists outnumbered the handful of people attending the two planned events organized by "Hold the Line," a group that adheres to false claims that Joe Biden was not legally elected president.
The large security presence at the Minnesota Capitol on Jan. 16-17 comes after an FBI report warned of the potential for violence following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that left five people dead. The National Guard was also called to help secure the U.S. Capitol during Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.
Thumbs up that the events in St. Paul were peaceful.