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Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Bikes and braids: How one school district is teaching life skills, too

Biking and hair care: They don’t have much in common, but Rochester Public Schools leaders think otherwise. This spring they've started hosting after-hours events in select schools that teach both skills in an effort to bring real-life experiences to kids that get the entire community involved. → Read More

Despite plans, precautions, COVID-19 nearly broke Minnesota hospitals. Why?

The COVID-19 pandemic defied the preparations of health care and political leaders, and has taken a toll on a care system that could last for years. As Minnesota heads into the third year of COVID, hospitals in the state are just crawling out of what may be their hardest struggle with treating patients since it all started. So why were hospitals so overwhelmed for so long? → Read More

Looking for a COVID shot for your kid? 11 questions, answered

Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5. The shots will be offered at pediatricians offices, clinics and pharmacies. Like COVID-19 vaccines for adults, they are free. → Read More

COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Minnesota schools continue this week, aim for equity

Health experts say making COVID-19 vaccines available for 5 to 11 year olds at school will make it easier for parents to get their kids immunized against the virus. → Read More

COVID-19 vaccinations for young children begin this week

The rollout comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old. The decision comes at a critical time when many new cases of the virus are cropping up among school-age children. Gov. Tim Walz is briefing reporters on the state’s plan to vaccinate younger Minnesotans. → Read More

Looking for a COVID shot for your kid? 11 questions, answered

Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5. The shots will be offered at pediatricians offices, clinics and pharmacies. Like COVID-19 vaccines for adults, they are free. → Read More

COVID-19 in MN: Outlook still hopeful; state readies vaccines for kids 5-11

State public health leaders are briefing reporters now on the disease and the coming vaccination push for kids. Despite some trend lines edging higher, the overall data is still signaling the worst of the current wave may be over. → Read More

Headaches for parents as seasonal illness collides with COVID-19

A fourth wave of COVID-19 infections is surging with the start of the school year — and for some kids, a host of other respiratory illnesses that mimic COVID-19 are also in the mix. The confusing array of symptoms and viruses are creating logistical challenges for families. → Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 boosters: What you need to know

People 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions have been approved to get an extra shot of the Pfizer vaccine, as have people in certain jobs, like health care. The booster rollout comes as the highly contagious delta variant spreads across the United States. → Read More

Nursing home staff lag in COVID-19 vaccinations, but role models help

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 57 percent of staff in skilled nursing homes statewide have their shots, and a somewhat smaller percentage — 48 percent — of workers in assisted living facilities are vaccinated. → Read More

Need to know: MN pauses Johnson and Johnson COVID shots

Federal authorities are investigating blood clots in six women who got the shot. While the side effects appear to be exceedingly rare, state officials say they are pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in an abundance of caution. → Read More

Have you been tested for COVID-19? We want to hear from you.

Help our reporting by telling us about your experience. → Read More

‘Sick for a season’: A glimpse at the road to recovery after a difficult battle with COVID

After more than a month in Mayo’s ICU, doctors weren’t sure Gabe Pastores would make it out alive. And then one day he started to get better, marking the start of a long recovery that Pastores said he’s determined to conquer. → Read More

Walz expands vaccine eligibility to Minnesotans 16 and older

All Minnesotans 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting next Tuesday. It marks a huge step forward in the state's vaccination strategy. Gov. Tim Walz will outline the details at 11:30 a.m. Friday. → Read More

Comfort in the chaos: EMS workers adapt and persist, amid stress of pandemic

The pandemic has brought new challenges to already strained emergency medical services in Minnesota. → Read More

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: 1st vaccine shipments arrive in Minnesota

Over the past week, Minnesota has been averaging nearly 66 COVID deaths each day — the highest on record. While the death toll climbs, the average number of new cases and hospital admissions each day continues to fall. → Read More

Walz plans 10 p.m. curfew on in-person service at bars, eateries, curbs on events to stem COVID

Gov. Tim Walz is speaking now on the new curbs. Listen live. → Read More

Biden, Trump hold dueling rallies in Minnesota

Former Vice President Joe Biden will hold an afternoon drive-in rally in St. Paul, while President Donald Trump will speak at the Rochester International Airport in the 5 p.m. hour. The competing visits just days before the election underscore the importance of the state’s 10 Electoral College votes as they chase the required 270 to win the presidency. → Read More

Several types of COVID tests are available in Minnesota. Here’s what you need to know.

State health officials have said from the beginning that testing is essential to understanding the scope and impacts of the coronavirus across Minnesota. And on the individual level, it’s a helpful tool for navigating life in the pandemic. Here’s a breakdown of the kinds of tests available in the state, when you should seek one out — and what happens next. → Read More

Minnesota won't take your kid: 3 COVID-19 myths to start the school year

As schools across Minnesota reopen, state and local officials are fighting a new foe in the pandemic: Disinformation that threatens testing strategies meant to protect students, parents and teachers — and keep schools open. → Read More