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The Minnesota Department of Health reported April 9 the first confirmed death of a Nicollet County resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The death occurred April 9 in a Nicollet County resident in their 90s.

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing massive job losses, state and local governments are exploring unprecedented measures to provide temporary tax relief for business and individuals caught up in its wrath. However, some of those efforts could come at the cost of increased fiscal instability.

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The Minnesota Department of Health reported April 9 the first confirmed death of a Nicollet County resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The death occurred April 9 in a Nicollet County resident in their 90s.

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Weeks before the governor’s office issued a stay-at-home order for Minnesota, major events in Steele County were being cancelled in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The North American Farm and Power Show was the first to go, quickly followed by the cancellation of the KOWZ & KR…

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing massive job losses, state and local governments are exploring unprecedented measures to provide temporary tax relief for business and individuals caught up in its wrath. However, some of those efforts could come at the cost of increased fiscal instability.

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While the coronavirus pandemic shuts down brings much of the economy to a halt and leaves millions out of work, several local businesses are not only keeping their lights on, but doing what they can to help front line workers.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he is extending Minnesota’s stay-at-home order until May 4, saying the original order has bought the state needed time to slow the spread of the coronavirus but that it needs to continue.

As Minnesotans are adjusting to changes due to the threats of COVID-19, access to services and other resources has become a more urgent need. Older adults are among those at greatest risk for the coronavirus and many of the familiar services that help them stay independent in their homes may…

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While high school football fields, baseball diamonds and tennis courts around the state have been sitting empty for weeks awaiting a potential reopening of schools later this spring, a number of local facilities haven’t remained completely in the dark.

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The day the restaurants and bars closed a heaviness fell on the hearts of business owners around Owatonna. No one knew what was going to happen next as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to grow more serious and hit closer to home.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s coronavirus infection count surpassed 1,000 Tuesday, as lawmakers moved closer to passing legislation to ensure first responders and health care workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 qualify for workers compensation, even if they can’t prove…

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country but the state must not get complacent, Gov. Walz said Monday, as he prepared to extend a stay-at-home order that he imposed nearly two weeks ago.

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One remembers the polio epidemic and the hardships of World War II. One is stoic about it all — because, he says, he’s already “here past the welcome.” A third, old enough to remember the aftermath of the 1918 flu epidemic, turns to her faith in challenging times.

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The Department of the Treasury announced April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,2…

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More than 200 Minnesota high schools, including St. Peter, Tri-City United and Le Sueur-Henderson, turned on their stadium lights to show support for students, staff and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic virus in which the governor has postponed activities until at least May 6.

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There is no doubt that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has and will continue to impact our small town community. While it may seem at times that life or circumstances are rapidly changing, there are many small town values that continue to remain the same.