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Past articles by John:

How to holiday: A guide to navigating Thanksgiving and COVID-19

Minnesota is seeing its worst COVID-19 numbers since the start of the pandemic — just in time for the winter holiday season. As the state clamps down on large gatherings and social settings, many Minnesotans are wondering where that leaves their holiday traditions. → Read More

Biden, Trump pitch to voters in northern Minnesota

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is leading in most Minnesota polls, made his economic case for president Friday during a low-key appearance at a carpenters union hall near Duluth. The president plans a 6 p.m. airport rally in Bemidji, where crowds are gathering. → Read More

In a pandemic, working at a grocery store is risky

Minnesotans are stocking up for a few weeks of social distancing, and grocery store workers are racing to keep up. → Read More

MPR News/Star Tribune poll: 44 percent approve of the job Trump is doing

A new MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows President Trump’s approval rating at 44 percent in the state, while 52 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing. → Read More

At Bemidji town hall, Jason Lewis supports county's ban on refugees

People in Beltrami County are still divided and angry about a county board vote barring refugees earlier this month. It’s where Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis had a public meeting Thursday evening. → Read More

Eelpout Festival canceled over rising costs, garbage

As the festival has grown, so too, has the amount of trash left behind on the ice. In a cancellation announcement on the festival’s website, planners said they couldn’t agree on a solution with Cass County — not one they could afford, anyway. → Read More

HealthPartners to close 30 retail pharmacies

HealthPartners will close its 30 retail pharmacies next year, putting roughly 300 employees out of a job. Company officials say they couldn’t keep up with the changing pharmacy business. → Read More

DNR sees lots to like after first statewide youth deer hunt

After a decade of declining deer hunter numbers, this year’s youth hunt gave DNR wildlife managers a glimmer of hope. Nearly 30,000 kids took to the woods to hunt deer over MEA weekend — a huge increase over last year. → Read More

'100 deadliest days': Summer dangerous again on Minnesota roads

The three months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads. The Department of Public Safety says this year was no different, with 132 people dying in summer traffic accidents. → Read More

Roseau feels the strain as Minnesota-Canada border hassles take a toll

A nationwide shift of customs officers to the Mexican border last year forced northern crossings to cut hours. That’s frayed the fabric of daily life in Roseau, Minn., where local leaders are not confident of a return to normal. → Read More

Video: Cops, citizen stop runaway school bus in western MN

Some quick thinking and bold driving by police and a local fireman helped avert disaster Wednesday as a runaway bus plowed through a western Minnesota town after the driver suffered a medical emergency. No one was injured, and there were no children on the bus. But video posted Thursday by the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office showed how dangerous things got as the bus careened down U.S.… → Read More

Did the frigid winter take a toll on ticks? Probably not

State Health Department crews have been surveying tick-infested areas this spring. So far, they've had no trouble finding deer ticks. → Read More

Stocking up, waiting out the flood: life on the Isle of Oslo

The small town of Oslo, Minn., is cut off from the outside world. Floodwaters from the cresting Red River have closed every road in and out of town, and it's not clear when they will recede. But most people aren't worried. This happens all the time. → Read More

NW Minn. town looks past blizzard toward flood threat

Freezing rain and blowing snow made for hazardous road conditions in northwest Minnesota Thursday. But in the small town of Ada, officials weren't worried about yet another winter storm. They were thinking ahead to flood season, with a little less worry than usual. → Read More

Anglers struggle to retrieve frozen ice houses after festival

Minnesota anglers are struggling to retrieve their ice houses ahead of the Department of Natural Resources' removal deadlines this month. On Leech Lake, 50 ice houses are stranded in frozen slush. → Read More

Snow? Go! Minnesota snowmobile riders making the most of great trails

Recent heavy snowfalls have rescued what could have been another mediocre snowmobile season, and they're energizing riders for the first time in years. → Read More

Crews rebuild Minnehaha Creek

Crews are halfway through a $250,000 flood damage repair project on Minnehaha Creek. → Read More

If shutdown continues, long lines could become 'routine' for Twin Cities airport

TSA agents and air traffic controllers who help keep the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport running haven't been paid in weeks -- but that's not why travelers flying from the Twin Cities might encounter long lines Friday. → Read More

Flu season ramps up across Minnesota

This year's strain of flu is milder and public health officials think more people have gotten vaccinated. → Read More

Lovely bones: Skull man of Bemidji strips taxidermy to its core

Deer hunting is over across most of Minnesota. But for one Bemidji man, a different kind of season is just getting started. Tony Petrie makes European mounts, and it's not a job for the squeamish. → Read More