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After two rounds of small business grants by the city and a third by the county, there are still dollars remaining from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding the county is hoping to allocate before time runs out.


Covid-19 Coverage Newsletter

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After two rounds of small business grants by the city and a third by the county, there are still dollars remaining from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding the county is hoping to allocate before time runs out.

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Minnesota reported nearly 1,600 new COVID-19 cases Monday, continuing an October where average new counts of more than 1,000 a day. The trend line of new daily cases appears to have flattened, although at a high level.

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Minnesota has reported nearly 130,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 2,300 deaths. (Adobe Stock)

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Taking a quick break between votes, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took part in a conference call with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Wednesday to discuss how small businesses and childcare providers in the area are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday she turned her attention…

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Taking a quick break between votes, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took part in a conference call with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Wednesday to discuss how small businesses and childcare providers in the area are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday she turned her attention…

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FILE — In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a s…

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With barely two weeks to go to Election Day, six local candidates for state legislature shared their views on Monday in a forum sponsored by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Noon Rotary Club and Owatonna People’s Press.

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With barely two weeks to go to Election Day, six local candidates for state legislature shared their views on Monday in a forum sponsored by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Noon Rotary Club and Owatonna People’s Press.

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With barely two weeks to go to Election Day, six local candidates for state legislature shared their views on Monday in a forum sponsored by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Noon Rotary Club and Owatonna People's Press.

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A day after reporting 29 COVID-19 deaths — the highest single-day death count in months — Minnesota health officials returned Thursday with an equally grim statistic — 19 more deaths. The two-day total is the worst for the state since early June.

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Waseca County’s COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 climbed for the seventh straight week last Thursday when the state released new data for the two-week reporting period from Sept. 9-19, but Waseca County Public Health Director Sarah Berry has started to see a downward trend in case count followi…

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As concern over the medical impacts posed by COVID-19 continue, a nationally known health care consultant is sounding the alarm that the decision by many patients to delay surgeries could jeopardize public health in the years to come.

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Days after Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll passed 2,000, Wednesday’s numbers offered another grim reminder the pandemic is not over. The state recorded 16 more deaths, the highest daily number in more than a month.

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Many in Waseca spent Friday and Saturday nights walking through aisles of movies, TV shows and games while grabbing popcorn and candy at the check out in a video store. Waseca can no longer do that after the recent closing of Family Video on Sunday, Sept. 27.

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As the second half of property taxes are coming due, the Steele County Treasurer’s Office is taking extra steps to provide a safe, secure option for those still needing to make payments.

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Minnesota’s count of new active COVID-19 cases remains steeply on the upswing, with the Health Department reporting nearly 1,200 new confirmed infections Friday — the second-highest daily case count in the pandemic — after reporting nearly 1,000 new cases Thursday.

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After the Owatonna Public Library remained vacant for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library staff decided they never want their services to be inaccessible again – regardless of circumstances.

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Waseca County’s COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 climbed for the fourth straight week Thursday when the Minnesota Department of Health released data from the two-week reporting period from Aug. 23-Sept. 5.

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Shortly after hearing the state’s guidelines on back to school plans, the Kenyon-Wanamingo School District began preparing for in-person learning. As the days dwindled closer to the start of school, Goodhue County’s 14-day COVID-19 case rate jumped from five to eight per 10,000 residents, ne…

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, for a briefing on wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll locally, as a number of area counties reported new deaths over the last week.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll locally, as a number of area counties reported new deaths over the last week.

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Deven McCarty, right, and Jake Thomas work in the plastics lab to produce injection molded door pullers. The door pullers were originally based off Jake’s design but reworked for molding by Deven, who has spearheaded the production efforts. The door pullers are being distributed to all stude…

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Just days before school started in St. Peter, school district Superintendent Bill Gronseth found himself in an unprecedented situation — sending out a recorded message to every parent in the district, reassuring them their children wouldn’t be taken by the state if they tested positive for C…

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Every September, the members of the Steele County Fair Board of Directors dive head first into planning for the upcoming Steele County Free Fair – despite typically having only two weeks to recover from the most recent annual event.

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It has been roughly six months since the West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this week the city made its first step toward re-purposing the cardio and weight areas as it moves away from the exercise business.

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As local governments move forward with navigating online or partially online public meetings, the Owatonna City Council is taking steps to ensure that while the public may not always like what they hear at council meetings, at least they’ll be able to hear them.

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Just because your paycheck stops during the pandemic, does not mean rent and mortgage will too. For some, the concern about how they will pay the bills is a very real challenge, but one organization is doing their part to make it a little easier for local renters and homeowners.

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Just because your paycheck stops during the pandemic, does not mean rent and mortgage will too. For some, the concern about how they will pay the bills is a very real challenge, but one organization is doing their part to make it a little easier for local renters and homeowners.

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The streets of downtown Owatonna are known to be a lot of things: vibrant, joyous, bustling. When COVID-19 quite literally sucked the life out of the area, four business women weren’t willing to sit back and do nothing about it.

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With students in grades seven through 12 expected to return to school Sept. 8 and those in kindergarten through sixth grade set to start Sept. 10, Kenyon-Wanamingo School’s administrators, staff and providers are working diligently to plan for the unknowns the fall semester may bring.

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It has been three weeks since Executive Order 20-81 was put in place, mandating that face coverings be worn in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, when the Steele County commissioners meet every other Tuesday, their faces remain mask-less.

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With the pandemic turning traditional business promotion models upside down, Faribault’s Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce are trying out new ways to promote the city.

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As the beginning of the school year approaches, schools across Minnesota will have to finalize back-to-school plans. Due to the global pandemic, this year’s start for Steele County students will look different with younger local students heading back to school while many older students learn…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, two more Owatonna events that bring in significant charitable donations annually have been officially canceled.

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President Donald Trump speaks at an event called “Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School” in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Just because your paycheck stops during the pandemic, does not mean rent and mortgage will too. For some, the concern about how they will pay the bills is a very real challenge, but one organization is doing their part to make it a little easier for local renters and homeowners.

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The streets of downtown Owatonna are known to be a lot of things: vibrant, joyous, bustling. When COVID-19 quite literally sucked the life out of the area, four business women weren’t willing to sit back and do nothing about it.

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With students in grades seven through 12 expected to return to school Sept. 8 and those in kindergarten through sixth grade set to start Sept. 10, Kenyon-Wanamingo School’s administrators, staff and providers are working diligently to plan for the unknowns the fall semester may bring.

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It has been three weeks since Executive Order 20-81 was put in place, mandating that face coverings be worn in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, when the Steele County commissioners meet every other Tuesday, their faces remain mask-less.

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With the pandemic turning traditional business promotion models upside down, Faribault’s Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce are trying out new ways to promote the city.

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As the beginning of the school year approaches, schools across Minnesota will have to finalize back-to-school plans. Due to the global pandemic, this year’s start for Steele County students will look different with younger local students heading back to school while many older students learn…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, two more Owatonna events that bring in significant charitable donations annually have been officially canceled.

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President Donald Trump speaks at an event called “Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School” in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)