Erica Perkins took her 3-month old baby China Perkins for her first swim in Wirth Lake at Theodore Wirth Regional Park beach on Friday.

July 4th weekend lures many in Minnesota back to socializing

State health care and government officials hold their breath over how the summer festivities will affect the spread of the virus.
The scene at the beach at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis on June 17. A cluster of COVID-19 cases tied to young adults drinking at southern Minnesota bars
Data Drop

Summer might be canceled, but Minnesotans are distancing less

July 3
Minnesotans are out and about this summer after COVID-19 lockdowns have eased, but daily life remains altered in some ways.
Stillwater's Lumberjack Days summer celebration, shown in 2011.
Coronavirus

Minnesota communities struggle through a summer without festivals

July 3
Most have been canceled; some organizers keep their fingers crossed for downsized versions later.
Brent Walters, MD, critical care and emergency medicine physician, in a patient room during a Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital COVID-19 Emergency Room
Coronavirus

Uptick in ICU numbers, confirmed COVID-19 cases continues in Minnesota

July 3
Seven of the eight people whose deaths were reported Friday lived in long-term care facilities.
Supporters of long term care facilities and of Saint Therese New Hope came out to support Saint Therese workers coming and going during the afternoon
COVID-19

Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

July 3
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation St. Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence.
Coronavirus

Large Minnesota nonprofits caught in stimulus aid gap, face cost-cutting

July 3
Nine Minnesota groups ineligible for stimulus are turning to Congress.
Best Care owner-operator Andre Best with personal care attendant Mesuda Hudug, picking up manual and personal protective equipment before she goes to
Coronavirus

COVID-19 crisis crimps funding for home-health aides in Minnesota

July 3
Advocates also say some of the smaller, weaker agencies will fail this year, compounding the worker shortage.
Coronavirus

How to help kids navigate coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles

July 3
Parenting coach Meghan Leahy offers tips on how to help kids coming out of quarantine and other COVID-19 struggles.
Coronavirus

U receives $1 million to provide mobile health care

July 3
The program, to launch in Minneapolis with the donation from Otto Bremer Trust, will help at-risk populations.