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Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

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Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Any Static Left in Minnesota?

June 16, 2009

Minneapolis, MN – The nation has had three days to make the long-awaited technological conversion from analog to a digital TV signal, which is designed to improve picture quality. One concern, however, has been how well rural Minnesota will adapt. Amalia Deloney, senior fellow with the Main Street Project, has been focusing on making sure isolated communities and households who don't speak English get the picture, and she says not everyone has made the transition yet.

"There still are a lot of people who don't have TV reception. I think the rural communities have always had a huge disadvantage, primarily because they don't have the transportation infrastructure. They don't have as many retail options to choose from. When the stores sold out of converter boxes, it was not as easy for them to replace."

She says there were problems because some people couldn't get a discount converter coupon, and she's asking any Minnesotan who might have an extra converter coupon to donate it online at dtv.com.

Deloney says that, after all the preparations and cost, it was probably worthwhile to go through the whole complicated process. She says it's a good thing the program was delayed for three months to help planners get ready.

"It's about the fact that we're moving from an analog platform to a digital platform in multiple forms of communication; and particularly around the DTV transition, it's really brought up some issues between haves and have-nots in our country, and about who is going to be left behind as our forms of communication become more sophisticated and more technologically-dependent. And that's really the lesson that people need to keep in mind in the transition; that we cannot afford to leave people behind."

She says the major concern is that some families could lose out on critical television messages like forest fire and weather bulletins.

There's more at www.mainstreetproject.org. The site for donating converter-box coupons and for more information on the transition is dtv.com

Jim Wishner, Public News Service - MN