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In this July 28, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept his party’s White House nomination because of conce…

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 data again offers a mixed bag of hopeful and worrisome news. Wednesday’s numbers show daily deaths remain in the single digits, with the number of people currently hospitalized falling slightly after trending up for weeks.

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In this July 28, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept his party’s White House nomination because of conce…

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 data again offers a mixed bag of hopeful and worrisome news. Wednesday’s numbers show daily deaths remain in the single digits, with the number of people currently hospitalized falling slightly after trending up for weeks.

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State Department Special Representative for Venezuela Ambassador Elliott Abrams appears before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers continue to offer a mixed bag of encouraging and worrisome trends. The count of new deaths remains low, but the surge in new confirmed cases continues and the number of people needing intensive care continues to rise.

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7With the COVID-19 pandemic turning the restaurant industry upside down, the longtime co-owner of a popular downtown Faribault restaurant is forging a new path forward.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across Minnesota, with more than 50,000 lab confirmed cases and 5,000 hospitalizations, its impact is being felt unequally across the state.

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Minnesota state officials on Thursday unveiled a plan to reopen schools this fall that gives districts some flexibility to toggle between in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the coronavirus gets out of control.

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The state Health Department on Tuesday reported three more deaths from COVID-19 along with a significant rise in the number of people currently hospitalized. Officials also tried to smooth out choppy data reports from the past few days tied to a new reporting system.

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 toll continued to climb Monday with 922 total new cases reported, one of the biggest daily spikes in the pandemic. The new numbers also reveal a heart-wrenching reality — the first death of a child age 5 or younger.

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United States Sen. Tina Smith said she hadn’t “been out seeing people” for a long time during the coronavirus pandemic, but she came out Tuesday for a tour of small town businesses in Montgomery, Waseca and Mankato.

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United States Sen. Tina Smith said she hadn’t “been out seeing people” for a long time during the coronavirus pandemic, but she came out Tuesday for a tour of small town businesses in Montgomery, Waseca and Mankato.

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United States Sen. Tina Smith said she hadn’t “been out seeing people” for a long time during the coronavirus pandemic, but she came out of the woodwork Tuesday for a tour of small town businesses in Montgomery, Waseca and Mankato.

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Summer is only halfway over, but Catholic school administrators in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are learning it’s not too early to plan ahead for the 2020-21 school year — especially during a pandemic.

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After months of events canceled and the agricultural interpretive center closed to visitors due to COVID-19 safety concerns Farmamerica is open, albeit with new guidelines.

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After months of events canceled and the agricultural interpretive center closed to visitors due to COVID-19 safety concerns Farmamerica is open, albeit with new guidelines.

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State health officials on Wednesday reported eight more deaths from COVID-19, part of a two-week trend of days with deaths mostly in single digits. However, confirmed positive tests for the disease have risen noticeably the past few days, and the rate of positive tests is climbing.

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While local municipalities are just figuring out how to spend millions of dollars in one-time funding from the federal government, area school districts have already made plans for how they intend to spend their allocations.

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Even as restrictions loosened for retail outlets across the state, business is as tentative as ever, and for some small stores, there simply isn’t enough foot traffic to sustain operations.

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Downtown businesses have long put up displays to encourage window shopping — a new phenomenon in Blooming Prairie, however, its shops and offices are putting up book pages to encourage “window reading.”

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After serving as a place for unique eyewear for six years in downtown Northfield, Vision will close Saturday and merge into River Valley Eye Professionals.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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After months of events canceled and the agricultural center closed to visitors due to COVID-19 safety concerns Farmamerica will be open with new guidelines.

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It was a “tender moment” on Saturday, as Fr. Gregory Leif was greeted by a line of cars filled with members of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, the day before he delivered his final Mass. Leif is retiring after serving as a priest for 42 years, the last seven being in Waseca.

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It was a “tender moment” on Saturday, as Fr. Gregory Leif was greeted by a line of cars filled with members of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, the day before he delivered his final Mass. Leif is retiring after serving as a priest for 42 years, the last seven being in Waseca.

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Downtown businesses have long put up displays to encourage window shopping — a new phenomenon in Blooming Prairie, however, its shops and offices are putting up book pages to encourage “window reading.”

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After serving as a place for unique eyewear for six years in downtown Northfield, Vision will close Saturday and merge into River Valley Eye Professionals.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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After months of events canceled and the agricultural center closed to visitors due to COVID-19 safety concerns Farmamerica will be open with new guidelines.

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It was a “tender moment” on Saturday, as Fr. Gregory Leif was greeted by a line of cars filled with members of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, the day before he delivered his final Mass. Leif is retiring after serving as a priest for 42 years, the last seven being in Waseca.

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It was a “tender moment” on Saturday, as Fr. Gregory Leif was greeted by a line of cars filled with members of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, the day before he delivered his final Mass. Leif is retiring after serving as a priest for 42 years, the last seven being in Waseca.