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Across the 10 districts with the largest share of Minnesota's K-12 pupils — which together educate one in four of the state's public school students — officials say they keep an eye on daily staff absences in order to predict whether they must move into distance learning.
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'Natural immunity' claims part of GOP vaccine pushback

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Byron (Minn.) native Lee scores record 61 points as Kansas State women rout No. 14 Oklahoma

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