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Like most of you, we have been closely following the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.

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OWATONNA — Like most of you, we have been closely following the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.

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The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, carried by Supreme Court police officers, arrives in the Great Hall at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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Minnesota’s count of new active COVID-19 cases remains steeply on the upswing, with the Health Department reporting nearly 1,000 new infections Thursday. That jump, though, came with lots more testing than in prior days, which explains much of Thursday’s reported increase.

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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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Waseca Junior Senior High School seventh through 12th grade students started Monday in full-time distance learning or level orange on the Waseca Public School flexible learning plan.

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COVID-19 case rates in three southern Minnesota counties have increased substantially, according to a Thursday report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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COVID-19 case rates in three southern Minnesota counties have increased substantially, according to a Thursday report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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COVID-19 case rates in three southern Minnesota counties have increased substantially, according to a Thursday report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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A big drop in Minnesota’s daily COVID-19 case count is likely the result of reporting delays to the Health Department over Labor Day. Because of that, it’s difficult to read anything into the newest numbers.

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Less than a week after Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton School District announced that it would start school in a hybrid style the school has changed to distance learning for the upperclassmen due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the county.

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As St. Peter Public School custodial crews continue to get all of the District 508 buildings ready for the 2020-21 school year, Highlights had the chance to chat with SPPS Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Marc Bachman about how preparations are going and what the cleaning protocols will be f…

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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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County benefits and programs are more important than ever since COVID-19 hit. The pandemic has caused a number of reduced hours and layoffs in the county. 

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COVID-19 has forced school districts to reevaluate how to teach students and keep them safe at the same time. At the Aug. 20 Waseca Public School Board meeting, the board adopted a hybrid learning model status yellow for K-12 to begin the new school year in a six to one vote, with Edita Mans…

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As anticipation continues to build for in-person classes at Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools this fall, K-W Band Director Claire Larson has been busy preparing to keep students safe, while giving them an opportunity to let the music flow.

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In Steele County’s not so distant history, children were taught by single women in rural one-room schoolhouses, bringing kids of all ages together for their daily lessons. But as transportation improved and kids could be bused into town, nearly 100 rural schools largely serving the county’s …

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With the clock ticking on the deadline for local government to spend the federal dollars funneled through the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Owatonna City Council designated $500,000 to aid small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

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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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Minnesota passed another milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Monday as the Health Department reported more than 1 million Minnesotans, roughly 18 percent of the population, have now been tested for the disease.

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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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President Donald Trump calls on a reporter as he speaks at a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 11. Trump’s unemployment order was met with confusion by state officials. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The Blooming Prairie City Council on Monday approved a proposed Coronavirus Relief Funding Allocation that distributed funds to four areas — small business grants, facility upgrades, expenses caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and city official payroll expenses.

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Plans could still change before the start of the academic year, but on Monday, Faribault Public Schools was directed by the School Board to prepare for a hybrid learning model across all grade levels.

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Plans could still change before the start of the academic year, but on Monday, Faribault Public Schools was directed by the School Board to prepare for a hybrid learning model across all grade levels.

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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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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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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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Plans could still change before the start of the academic year, but on Monday, Faribault Public Schools was directed by the School Board to prepare for a hybrid learning model across all grade levels.

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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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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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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.