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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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After serving as a place for unique eyewear for six years in downtown Northfield, Vision will close July 11 and merge into River Valley Eye Professionals.

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Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl called for caution on Thursday as approximately half of U.S. states see spikes in COVID-19 and Minnesota sees a continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.

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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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COVID-19 won’t stop this summer from being a splash for Le Sueur. On June 29, the Aqua Valley Pool in Le Sueur will be opened for business.

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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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While most all of the summer fairs and festivals around Owatonna have canceled for 2020, John Havelka with the Early Edition Rotary Club swears that canceling the city’s Independence Day fireworks was never an option.

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The Steele County Historical Society has officially opened up for the season at both the Village of Yesteryear and the exhibits inside the History Center this week, allowing drop-in tours as well as call-ahead appointments.

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Moments after officially canceling the 2020 Steele County Free Fair, the manager of the county’s biggest annual party was already in discussions about how to bring the fun to the fairgrounds this summer.

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Moments after officially canceling the 2020 Steele County Free Fair, the manager of the county’s biggest annual party was already in discussions about how to bring the fun to the fairgrounds this summer.

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It was a long two-and-a-half months for restaurants and bars that could resort only to curbside pickup and delivery for revenue during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the state of Minnesota first loosened up the reigns on restrictions, allowing restaurants to open up their patios a…

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It was a long two-and-a-half months for restaurants and bars that could resort only to curbside pickup and delivery for revenue during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the state of Minnesota first loosened up the reigns on restrictions, allowing restaurants to open up their patios a…

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<&firstgraph>When the scissors stopped snipping and the barber pole was switched off, no one knew how long it would be until professional haircuts would once again become available — but the time has finally come.

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Summer is in the air and farmers markets are following close behind, with the Faribault and Owatonna locations set to open Saturday morning. Due to the ongoing pandemic, shoppers can expect some layout changes — additional space between patrons, masks and one-way aisles being among the new s…

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Summer is in the air and farmers markets are following close behind, with the Faribault and Owatonna locations set to open Saturday morning. Due to the ongoing pandemic, shoppers can expect some layout changes — additional space between patrons, masks and one-way aisles being among the new s…

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Summer is in the air and farmers markets are following close behind, with the Faribault and Owatonna locations set to open Saturday morning. Due to the ongoing pandemic, shoppers can expect some layout changes — additional space between patrons, masks and one-way aisles being among the new s…

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The Northfield City Council on June 2 green lighted an emergency ordinance allowing restaurants to sell food and alcohol on adjoining sidewalks and public parking spaces as COVID-19 restrictions continue to close indoor dining.

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When the scissors stopped snipping and the barber pole was switched off, no one knew how long it would be until professional haircuts would once again become available — but the time has finally come.

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The Northfield Economic Development Authority on Thursday green lighted a reimbursement program to help Northfield restaurants and retailers transition to more of an e-commerce format in the wake of COVID-19.

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When the scissors stopped snipping and the barber pole was switched off, no one knew how long it would be until professional haircuts would once again become available — but the time has finally come.

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“Pomp and Circumstance” played as Faribault High School students walked across the stage in their gowns to receive their diplomas, and their families cheered in the crowd as teachers snapped photos.

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Luke Smith studies music industry at Minnesota State University, Mankato, but he never collaborated with other musicians on a project until COVID-19 shut his campus down.

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Summer is in the air and farmers markets are following close behind, with the Faribault and Owatonna locations set to open Saturday morning. Due to the ongoing pandemic, shoppers can expect some layout changes — additional space between patrons, masks and one-way aisles being among the new s…

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The Northfield City Council on June 2 green lighted an emergency ordinance allowing restaurants to sell food and alcohol on adjoining sidewalks and public parking spaces as COVID-19 restrictions continue to close indoor dining.

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When the scissors stopped snipping and the barber pole was switched off, no one knew how long it would be until professional haircuts would once again become available — but the time has finally come.

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The Northfield Economic Development Authority on Thursday green lighted a reimbursement program to help Northfield restaurants and retailers transition to more of an e-commerce format in the wake of COVID-19.

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When the scissors stopped snipping and the barber pole was switched off, no one knew how long it would be until professional haircuts would once again become available — but the time has finally come.

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“Pomp and Circumstance” played as Faribault High School students walked across the stage in their gowns to receive their diplomas, and their families cheered in the crowd as teachers snapped photos.

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Luke Smith studies music industry at Minnesota State University, Mankato, but he never collaborated with other musicians on a project until COVID-19 shut his campus down.