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Jon Weisbrod / By JON WEISBROD jweisbrod@owatonna.com 

Owatonna High School graduate Jason Williamson (right) stands on the sideline prior to Minnesota’s Big Ten Conference game against Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2019 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The current redshirt freshman for the Gophers is one of thousands of college football players that will have to wait to make an impression on the coaching staff after the NCAA cancelled all athletic activities. (Jon Weisbrod/People’s Press)


Michigan-based grocer SpartanNash, which operates Family Fare in Northfield and Family Fresh Market in St. Peter, is in the process of adding plexiglass shields — like the one seen here — to all of its retail locations. To try and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, barriers will be placed at checkouts, delis, customer service counters, pharmacies and elsewhere. Hy-Vee is enacting a similar precaution in its stores, as well. (Photo courtesy of SpartanNash)


Some regional childcare facilities remain open while others are shutting their doors. Some parents, now working from home, have also pulled their children out of childcare facilities for the time being. Whatever the case, COVID-19 has significantly impacted the way these childcare centers and in-house daycares function. (Metro Creative Images)


Jeffrey Jackson / By JEFFREY JACKSON jjackson@owatonna.com 

MPR News reporter Hannah Yang records sound at Fischer’s Sleepy Bison Acres in Sleepy Eye, Minn., earlier this year for a story about food and sustainability. (Evan Frost/MPR News file)