Server Luis Gonzalez brought food to Jasheena Bond and Erica Mooring on Friday at Smack Shack in Minneapolis. Owners of the restaurant were part of th

Restaurant owners sue Mpls. and Frey over vaccine mandate

Plaintiffs say the requirements of the vaccine pose challenges and go against guidance from medical experts.
Nursing home workers waited to get tested for COVID-19 last August at Jones-Harrison Senior Living in Minneapolis.
Coronavirus

Omicron variant now hitting Minnesota long-term care homes

January 21
New cases had been falling last month after residents received COVID-19 vaccine boosters
A nurse administered a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a booster clinic for teens in Berkley, Mich., Jan. 20, 2022.
Nation

Booster shots are instrumental in fighting omicron, CDC data show

January 21
Extra doses were most effective against infection and death among Americans 50 and older.
Minnesota Department of Health’s infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann is stepping down Feb. 2.
Coronavirus

Minn. infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann to retire Feb. 2

January 20
Kris Ehresmann, a key architect of the state's response to the COVID pandemic, will retire in February after more than 30 years at the state's health agency.
Hand-written warnings indicate rooms in the emergency department of St. Cloud Hospital outfitted with negative airflow systems to prevent the spread o
St. Cloud

'Frustrated beyond frustrated': In St. Cloud area, health care system ekes by

January 20
CentraCare staff, worn-down and tired, prep for omicron peak as federal help departs.
A student speaks to Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where the governor highlighted the first
Politics

Gov. Walz pitches checks for 2.7M Minnesota households

January 20
Republicans call idea to use some of the surplus for one-time "Walz checks" an election year gimmick.
A N95 mask at a warehouse in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Your N95 should be stamped with “NIOSH,” as well as the company name, the model and lot numbers, and
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How to find a quality face mask (and avoid counterfeits)

January 20
Knowing which mask to pick and making sure it's not a fake requires the sleuthing skills of a forensic investigator. This guide can help.
Coronavirus

St. Louis Park becomes eighth Minnesota city to adopt a mask mandate

January 20
The list is unlikely to grow as omicron cases are expected to decline, League of Minnesota Cities official says.
Local

Mpls., St. Paul restaurant mandates met with grim resolve

January 20
Starting Wednesday, the cities are requiring businesses seat only customers who are vaccinated or can show a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.
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