Rural Minnesota teenagers could be struggling with the challenges of distance learning and social distancing. Aly Kloeckner a member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce says as schools are now shut down for the rest of the academic year, youngsters in rural parts of the state need support:

“We’re hearing a mixed bag of emotions is how I would put it. A lot of teens were very fortunate in rural areas that naturally they’re not right on top of each other when they’re at their homes, but with that is the feeling of isolation.”

Kloeckner says teens should feel empowered, as long as they follow household rules and COVID-19 guidance from state health departments. She says many 4-H clubs around the rural parts of the state are encouraging their young members to get involved with projects to keep busy and engaged.