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Looking for ideas for things to do this weekend? Here are a few suggestions from the MPR News weekend newsletter "The 'sotan."
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Things might get a bit chilly for most of Minnesota this weekend — which is a good reason to stay at home and catch up on some new shows, movies and music on streaming. Here are some suggestions for you to tune in to, as well as a story you should definitely read if you plan on doing any fishing this weekend. Stay safe, be well, and don't forget to call your mom!

Bring the Sing Home
Bring the Sing Home is happening again at 5:55 p.m. Friday -- May 8 and 15.

Join us in a sing-along of 'What a Wonderful World'

We're doing it again! "Bring the Sing Home" returns at 5:55 p.m. Friday. Join us and Minnesotans everywhere for a statewide rendition of "What a Wonderful World" as made famous by Louis Armstrong. You can hear the song broadcast simultaneously on Classical, The Current and MPR News.

Home studio recording setup
Home studio recording setup
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Sounds of self-quarantine: Minnesota musicians share how they're doing and a song

Throughout this pandemic, MPR News has been asking Minnesota musicians to send us a song and an update on how they’re doing. Take a scroll and listen to some of the artists we’ve heard from so far. And if you want to find more music, check out The Current's virtual gig list.

Jerry Seinfeld on staying home: 'At my dinner table, you're supposed to be funny'

The comedian says he's doing well under quarantine. He talked with NPR about comedy during a pandemic and his new Netflix stand-up special, “23 Hours to Kill.” "Humor is an essential survival quantity."

Love on lockdown: Tips for dating during the coronavirus crisis

Spring is supposed to be romantic — enjoying long dinners on the patio at your corner cafe, introducing your new beau to friends at an outdoor concert, holding hands on an evening stroll ... except coronavirus. Finding love right now feels kind of like the Wild West. It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders got some timely advice all about managing love right now.

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Department of Natural Resources officer Jacob Swedberg checks a boat registration at a public landing on Detroit Lake on May 1, 2020.
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Saturday's fishing opener: Conservation officers prepare for work in pandemic

The Minnesota walleye fishing opener is Saturday, and lakes are expected to be busy. The state Department of Natural Resources says fishing license sales are up significantly from the last two years. The DNR is encouraging anglers to fish close to home this year, as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

MPR virtual town hall: Spotlight on Asian racism during COVID-19 pandemic

Join us Tuesday for a straightforward, insightful discussion of Asian racism and its personal and cultural effects on the Asian American community and beyond. We will also discuss allyship and what people can say and do to stop the Asian racism. This virtual discussion will include a panel and audience Q&A. The event is free, but registration is required.

Want to get these suggestions sent to your inbox? Sign up to our weekend newsletter “The ‘sotan” for ideas to help fill your weekends.

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