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As the COVID-19 cases in Minnesota continue to climb at an accelerated rate, Allina Health has moved their visitor status to red, meaning no visitors will be allowed in the facilities with very limited exceptions.

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Stories. They matter. And, during a Monday afternoon press conference addressing COVID-19 in Minnesota, the powerful stories shared by Abbot Northwestern Hospital ICU nurse Kelly Anaas took this crisis down to a personal level.

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Waseca Public Schools will switch to COVID-19 status level red and distance learning for kindergarten through 12th grade beginning Monday, Nov. 30 due to rising COVID-19 cases in the county.

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Minnesota nonprofits are seeing an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty, job losses and food insecurity while traditional in-person fundraising efforts are curbed by the pandemic.

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Though nothing about the past year has been what would be considered “normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mission of the Steele County Toys for Tots has held strong: every child deserves Christmas.

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The fall has come, and as Old Man Winter rears its head, COVID-19 is not dissipating. In fact, it’s seemingly spreading faster than ever, creating major challenges at nursing homes, filling up hospital beds and closing schools.

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The Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton school district has moved seventh through 12th grades to distance learning due to a staff shortage caused by quarantines.

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The Republican majority leader of the Minnesota Senate has tested positive for COVID-19, and is facing calls from the DFL minority to resign his leadership post over his handling of a COVID outbreak affecting the GOP caucus.

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COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly increase in Rice County as the entire state and nation sees a dangerous increase in cases and virus-related deaths.

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With the number of COVID-19 cases rising dramatically across the state and five deaths reported locally just today, Faribault is joining the state of Minnesota in pulling back from some of its measures to reopen the state.

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Nicollet County Health and Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the St. Peter Community Center. Testing is free and available to anyone who wants to be tested.

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After a season which was unorthodox but reached an unprecedented number of people, St. Olaf College’s Institute for Freedom & Community is wrapping up its 2020 lecture series with a discussion around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 study re…

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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During a record-breaking year for early voting in Minnesota, Thursday’s appellate court decision to segregate absentee ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day is weighing heavy on the minds of local election officials.

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During a record-breaking year for early voting in Minnesota, Thursday’s appellate court decision to segregate absentee ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day is weighing heavy on the minds of local election officials.

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During a record-breaking year for early voting in Minnesota, Thursday’s appellate court decision to segregate absentee ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day is weighing heavy on the minds of local election officials.

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Hilltop Elementary closed due to emergency on Oct. 29 after the Le Sueur-Henderson School District reported that a case of COVID-19 was detected in a member of the school community over the past week. The district reports that they have talked with the positive case and are working with the …

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With the homestretch of 2020 in sight, the Lighted Holiday Parade – an annual Owatonna tradition that takes place the Thursday after Thanksgiving – is the latest event to be canceled.

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Another Steele County resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll to three, while the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Rice County was at 10 as of Wednesday.

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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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COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in Le Sueur County and the state of Minnesota this November. Two weeks in and Le Sueur County has seen 384 cases, dwarfing confirmed cases in every other month. (Adobe Stock)

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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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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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Minnesota officials on Thursday reported the second-highest number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in a single day in the pandemic, suggesting that some of the recent surge in newly confirmed cases is surfacing now in hospital beds.

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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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4-H is known as a hands-on organization working with livestock, agriculture, healthy living, civic engagement, photography and more, but with COVID-19, hands-on took on a different approach.

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The Waseca Neighborhood Service Center offers household necessities, clothing, knick knacks, toys and other items at affordable prices for the community of Waseca. Due to the pandemic, the thrift store closed for six months with only the food shelf open, but on Monday, Oct. 5 the Neighborhoo…

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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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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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COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in Le Sueur County and the state of Minnesota this November. Two weeks in and Le Sueur County has seen 384 cases, dwarfing confirmed cases in every other month. (Adobe Stock)

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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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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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Minnesota officials on Thursday reported the second-highest number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in a single day in the pandemic, suggesting that some of the recent surge in newly confirmed cases is surfacing now in hospital beds.

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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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4-H is known as a hands-on organization working with livestock, agriculture, healthy living, civic engagement, photography and more, but with COVID-19, hands-on took on a different approach.

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The Waseca Neighborhood Service Center offers household necessities, clothing, knick knacks, toys and other items at affordable prices for the community of Waseca. Due to the pandemic, the thrift store closed for six months with only the food shelf open, but on Monday, Oct. 5 the Neighborhoo…

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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.