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After 18 Months And Millions In Lost Revenue, Guthrie Theater To Reopen Next Week The curtain will soon rise again at a renowned Minnesota theater. Performances have been waiting in the wings at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis for 18 months, and that's cost it around $28 million in lost revenue.
State Of Minnesota Offer Pfizer Booster Shots, Alongside Places Like Hy-Vee, Thrifty WhiteHy-Vee and Thrifty White pharmacies are starting to administer Pfizer booster shots for COVID-19, after they were endorsed by the FDA and CDC earlier this week.
COVID In Minnesota: Nearly 3,000 New Cases, 27 Deaths ReportedThe additional figures bring the state's total to 697,182 cases since March of 2020 and 8,076 deaths.
CDC Backs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots For Millions Of Seniors, Some Others (CBS News)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.
9th, 10th School Staffers Die Of COVID-19, State Health Dept. ReportsSince Labor Day, Minnesota has added nearly 2,200 COVID-19 cases associated with schools. There have also been 11 more hospitalizations, including two students.
'Stop Being So Spoiled,' Trampled By Turtles Tells Those Who Oppose COVID ProtocolsA well-known bluegrass band from Duluth is pleading with fans to adhere to COVID-19 requirements at venues or stay home.
COVID In Minnesota: 24 More Deaths Confirmed By MDH; 2,434 More CasesMeanwhile, the latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate remains at 6.8%, as reported Thursday. The positivity rate, which went as far down as 1.1% in late June, remains in the “caution” status; the line for high risk is drawn at 10%.
Vikings Place CB Harrison Hand On Reserve/COVID-19 ListThe second-year cornerback has only played on special teams for the Vikings this season.
Minnesota Child Care Providers Now Eligible For Direct Payments Under Recovery ProgramChild care providers in Minnesota can now apply for grants to get direct monthly payments to help stabilize their businesses as the economy recovers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising COVID Cases Amid Delta Variant Put Minnesota School Plans In FluxIn order for there to be blanket mask mandates impacting schools or businesses, or capacity limits once again inside businesses, that would have to come from an executive order by Gov. Tim Walz under a peacetime emergency, and those powers have expired. Walz's administration says they have no intention of reinstating a state of emergency at this point.
COVID-19 In MN: Nearly 800 Patients With The Virus Need HospitalizationWhile federal health officials discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster shot advisability, health officials in Minnesota on Wednesday reported 1,642 additional virus cases and 14 more deaths.
St. Paul Board Of Education Approves Plan For Spending $207M In COVID Relief FundingThe district said it took more than 11,00 responses from students, families, teachers and other school staff into account when developing the plan.
Foster Youths Affected By Pandemic Eligible For Financial AssistanceThrough the end of September, foster kids who are about to age out of the system are eligible for some extra help.
6 Minnesota Schools Recognized As 2021 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsU.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has announced 2021’s National Blue Ribbon Schools, which include six schools in Minnesota.
Pediatric Hospital Beds Becoming Harder To Find In Minnesota“Let’s do what the CDC and department of health is telling us. Let’s make sure we wear the masks, we socially distance, we stay home if sick. If eligible, get the vaccine,” Dr. Rahul Koranne said.
Johnson & Johnson Says Research Shows Booster Increases COVID-19 ProtectionDrug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson said research shows people who receive a vaccine booster dose of its vaccine are better protected against COVID-19.
Mpls. Edison High School Moves To Distance Learning After 'Significant' Number Of Students Exposed To COVIDEdison High School will transition to online learning starting on Wednesday after a "significant" number of students were exposed to COVID-19.
COVID In Minnesota: Death Toll Tops 8,000; Positivity Rate Notches Down To 6.8%As hospitals start reinstating visitor restrictions due to the strain of the Delta variant, health officials on Thursday reported an additional 6,352 virus cases and 18 more deaths, bringing the state's total above 8,000 at roughly the same time that the country's death toll has matched that of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic.
COVID In Minnesota: CentraCare, Essentia Health Limit Visitors Due To Rise In Virus CasesDue to the rise in COVID-19 cases across Minnesota, two health care systems are again implementing visitor restrictions. 
COVID In Minnesota: Community Vaccination Site At MOA To Expand Hours, CapacityGov. Tim Walz's office announced the site will be able to administer 500 doses a day, an increase of 350 daily doses.
St. Paul Restaurant J. Selby's Closes Dining Room, Citing Rising COVID Case CountsA plant-based restaurant in St. Paul is discontinuing in-person dining "until the COVID case counts drop back to a safe level."
COVID Vaccine For Younger Kids 'Would Be Absolute Relief' For Families With Immunocompromised Members"While it's natural to have a questioning attitude, I think one can rest assured as a parent that this is the right thing to do for your child, to protect them," Dr. Madeleine Gagnon said.
Parents Split On Vaccinating As Pfizer Touts Effectiveness With Kids 5-11A COVID-19 vaccine for younger children could be just weeks away. Pfizer says tests show that a lower dose of its vaccine works and is safe for kids ages 5 to 11. That's welcome news for many families, as the virus has infected nearly a half-million children in the past two weeks
'School Districts Only Have So Much Money': Districts Across State Report Shortage Of School NursesResearch by the Minnesota Educator Licensing Board shows there are more than 890,000 public school students in the state, but only 637 licensed school nurses.
COVID In Minnesota: MDH Reports 10 More Deaths As Positivity Rate Hovers At 7.1%As new studies move the United States closer to being able to vaccinate young children against COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health on Monday announced 2,474 new cases and 10 more deaths, one of them a Rice County resident in their early 30s.
Businesses In Minnesota Can Now Apply For MN Main Street COVID Relief GrantsBusinesses that suffered hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant program.
Grandma, 102, Attends Both Grandsons' Football Game After Recovering From COVIDCarter Theissen and Christian Brown are Wakefield's grandsons, who played against each other during Friday night’s game. Theissen plays for Breck School as a wide receiver. Brown is a running back for Concordia Academy.
MN Doctor Says Hospitals Strained By COVID Patients, And 'Vaccination Is The Answer'“To know that some of it is preventable, and it’s harder than it needs to be, it feels like quite a change from last year when we were all in this together,” University of Minnesota Medical Center Dr. Andrew Olson said.
COVID In MN: MDH Reports 2,645 More Virus Cases As Latest Positivity Rate Hovers At 7.1%Minnesota health officials on Friday reported 2,645 more COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths. Meanwhile, the latest positivity rate is hovering at 7.1%.