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Outdoors
January 13
An angler fished inside a portable ice fishing shelter on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis.   ]  JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

Ice fishing contests melting away because of Minnesota's pandemic restrictions

Some events have been canceled and others have gone virtual, where participants can fish numerous lakes. Still others are hoping to host modified events that meet social distancing guidelines
Coronavirus
January 13
The Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2014. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMIT: MIN2008052208164303

Mayo validates COVID-19 plasma treatment as public seeks vaccine

Timing is key, as patients with COVID-19 did not benefit from donor plasma if they had already been placed on ventilators, research shows.
Local
January 13

More contagious COVID-19 variant detected in Wisconsin

A new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Wisconsin, health officials said Wednesday.
Coronavirus
January 13
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

Minnesota's COVID vaccine supply reaches 558K

Plans for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for next priority group on hold due to new federal guidance.
Travel
January 13
MSP’s terminal 1 was filled with holiday travelers in December 2020.

Returning to U.S. by air? You'll need a negative COVID test first.

Effective Jan. 26, anyone flying into the United States from another country will need to show proof they have tested negative for the coronavirus, following…
Coronavirus
January 13
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minnesota tempers expectations for expanded vaccine rollout

New federal tack creates math problem for Minnesota if 2 million more people immediately expect shots from a supply of 60,000 doses per week.
Local
January 12
Attorney General Keith Ellison

Minnesota settles lawsuit against Monticello cafe that violated COVID-19 restrictions

The Cornerstone Cafe remained open to indoor dining despite a state order prohibiting it.
Colleges
January 12
Alabama fans celebrate in the street in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Monday night, Jan. 11, 2021, after Alabama defeated Ohio State 52-24 in the NCAA college foo

Thousands party in streets after Alabama win, despite virus

Many of the fans screaming and cheering as they pressed against each other in the street didn't wear face masks. Dr. Scott Harris, the head of the Alabama Department of Public Health, said he expected more cases of COVID-19 to result from the street party.
Coronavirus
January 12
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 7,000 second COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Minnesota

New website seeks to provide more real-time information to Minnesotans about the pace of vaccination.
Coronavirus
January 12
Dawn Kaphingst, left, toasted her cousin Jane Murray’s birthday Monday. The two cousins got together for the first time since the summer at Longfell

Minnesota restaurants and bars resume indoor service, with restrictions

Monday was the first day for Gov. Tim Walz's dial-back of his holiday shutdown to stem the COVID surge.
Coronavirus
January 12
UnWined Up North had a rough go of it during the last indoor dining shutdown, but community support surged after the owner shared her story of being u

Surge of support for Grand Rapids wine bar after 'scary couple of months'

When Tia Marie posted her story on social media, an outpouring of community support followed.
Colleges
January 11
Alabama coach Nick Saban got his sports-drink bath after the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 victory over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national c

COVID-19 shadows title game as college football season ends

From start to finish, the specter of COVID-19 loomed large over the 2020 college football season and the national championship game was no exception.
Coronavirus
January 11
Plymouth Police Sgt. Heath Bird received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from RN Gloria Christensen on Friday at Wayzata High School in Plymouth.

State pushes for weekend shots to boost COVID vaccine rate

With more than 150,000 doses administered, state health officials begin planning for next phase of vaccinating people 75 or older and workers in key industries.
Wolves
January 11
The Miami Heat were preparing to be without eight players — including All-Star Jimmy Butler — for several days because of possible exposure to the

'Uncharted waters': More NBA games off as virus issues grow

The league's general managers met Monday to discuss the virus situation, with involvement from the National Basketball Players Association.
Nfl
January 11

Off sofa, Browns' Stefanski to return after playoff absence

Nervously sitting in front of a TV while secluded in his basement at home, coach Kevin Stefanski watched his Browns' shocking playoff win — the team's first in 26 years — like one of the team's many long-suffering, faithful fans.
Coronavirus
January 11
A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Wayzata High School in Plymouth on Friday administered the Moderna vaccine to EMS-certified first responders.       ] GLE

More than 140,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots given in Minn.

Slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations reflects concerns about the pandemic after the holiday season.
Coronavirus
January 11
Mark Berman walked back to his North Loop home with a pizza and salad from Black Sheep in May. “I would not go to any place that offers in house din

Bars, restaurants and other venues reopen today in Minnesota with restrictions

Starting Monday, bars and restaurants can reopen for in-person dining at 50% capacity with a 10 p.m. curfew. Movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums can reopen at 25%.
Coronavirus
January 11
Before contracting COVID, Juanita Moran played “Happy Birthday” to herself with her accordion as she celebrated her 99th birthday as her family st

St. Paul matriarch, 99, and family survive COVID scare

The petite 99-year-old had been in good health until early November, when she started sleeping all day and eating only a few bites.
Coronavirus
January 11
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz takes a photo of a box containing over 2,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine delivered to the Minneapolis VA Hos

Midwest governors share ideas, frustrations in battle with COVID-19

Close pandemic partnership ends at Minn.'s western and southern borders.
Coronavirus
January 10
Staff were on hand to guide and help people through the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Thursday,

44 more COVID deaths, 2,165 new cases in Minnesota

One of the new COVID deaths was reported in a jail/prison.