Data included is taken from the Minnesota Department of Health Daily reports. Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths.

Covid-19 Coverage Newsletter

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When Gov. Tim Walz ended the statewide mask mandate last May, the Le Sueur-Henderson School District terminated their masking requirements as well. But two months later, the delta variant has complicated Minnesota’s pandemic response.


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Early last year, Faribault couple Julie and Del Spronk had high hopes for their latest assisted living venture in Le Center. After purchasing the property on 175 E. Derrynane St. in 2019, the building was transformed into Carriage House: a new assisted living home with a beauty shop, common …

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Though he is often the stoic politician of southern Minnesota, State Rep. John Petersburg, R-Waseca, felt the weight of the stories he was listening to as caregivers at an Owatonna memory care assisted living facility recounted what their last year has been like.

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Though he is often the stoic politician of southern Minnesota, State Rep. John Petersburg, R-Waseca, felt the weight of the stories he was listening to as caregivers at an Owatonna memory care assisted living facility recounted what their last year has been like.

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Students were thrown into an unprecedented disruption last year as the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed schools into distance learning models for the final spring semester. Despite the radical change, Minnesota’s high school seniors stuck it out and graduated at a historic high. On …

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With more than half of all Minnesotans vaccinated, positive COVID-19 case rates are diminishing at a rapid pace. Statewide, new cases have fallen to their lowest point since June 2020. On June 6, Minnesota reported 258 new cases, a fraction of the 1,600 new cases reported just one month earlier.

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With more than half of all Minnesotans vaccinated, positive COVID-19 case rates are diminishing at a rapid pace. Statewide, new cases have fallen to their lowest point since June 2020. On June 6, Minnesota reported 258 new cases, a fraction of the 1,600 new cases reported just one month earlier.

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For those who organize major events in southern Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz’s loosening of COVID-19 restrictions announced earlier this month was the green light and glimmer of hope they had been waiting for to move forward with their 2021 plans.

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Despite the challenges pork producers have faced in the last year, with processing plants facing temporary closures and decreased production due to COVID-19, one thing that Dave Preisler says has remained constant was the production of an affordable and safe source of protein for customers, …

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Local leaders grabbed their shovels and planted them in the snowy ground in December 2019. They stood outside Maud Borup, Le Center’s own candy manufacturing company, to celebrate a historic expansion to the confectionery company. Construction was expected to build a new 50,000-square-foot w…

A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card. The cards will be sent out as part of vaccination kits from Operation Warp Speed, which is an effort by several U.S. government components and public partnerships to facilitate the development, manufactu…

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Of the $216 million in economic relief state legislators authorized to help businesses and organizations impacted by the pandemic, Steele County received $715,000. But that money won’t cover anywhere near what local business say they need to get back on their feet.

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For the second year in a row, the second largest event to take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds has canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the second year in a row, the second largest event to take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds has canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.