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June 10
Rahma Yusuf valedictorian for the 2021 North Community High School celebrates as classmates are names are called to receive their diplomas . Jerry Hol

Seniors from Minneapolis North Community High School celebrate graduation after challenging year

Their final high school years came a pandemic and a racial reckoning.
Coronavirus
June 10
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel

University of Minnesota president pitches 1.5% tuition increase

Tuition hike would apply to students at U's five campuses.
Business
June 10
3M’s N95 masks are often seen as the gold standard for filtering out pathogens.

3M and U.S. marshals confiscate more than 1M counterfeit N95 masks

The case in Kentucky is the latest in 3M's efforts to help eliminate counterfeit masks.
Local
June 10
In Owatonna, Minn., the Hadt siblings, from left, Riley, 14, Carter, 11, and Abigail, 7, took advantage of the weather to read outside.

Boom in online programs could reshape Minn. education

From Albert Lea to Bemidji to St. Paul, the number of public school districts and charters racing to build online academies is soaring.
Coronavirus
June 10
Hayden Ring, 21, looked up as he got his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a free COVID-19 vaccination event at Hamline University in

Pandemic still declining 4 weeks after end of state mask mandate

Four-week mark considered a key indicator of the impact of any changes in pandemic strategy, including the end of the mandate
Local
June 10
In this file photo, a Duluth Denfeld High School graduating senior walked into the auditorium in May 2020. ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.c

Minnesota graduation rates hold steady in 2020, despite pandemic

About 84% of high school seniors graduated on time.
Coronavirus
June 10
Tests of an anti-aging therapy in mice are boosting hopes at Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota about a potential COVID-19 treatment.

U, Mayo report COVID-fighting success with anti-aging therapy

Clearing out so-called zombie cells could reduce inflammation and immune system overreaction to COVID-19 that often causes severe illnesses and deaths.
Coronavirus
June 9
Jessica Vang received her second vaccine at the mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic at St. Paul’s HmongTown Marketplace.

COVID-19 case numbers fall below Minnesota caution level

Minnesota's COVID-19 levels drop below many states in latest weekly federal state profile report.
Stage & Arts
June 9
The cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” from a pre-pandemic production.

Ordway reopens its Broadway series with 4-show lineup

"Fiddler," "Waitress," "Donna Summer" and "Officer" are all on tap.
Coronavirus
June 8
A Friday, March 2, 2012 photo shows the exterior of Pfizer in Groton, Conn. Pfizer Inc. Shares of Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell Monday

Vaccines for kids expected this fall

Nearly 4 million children in the United States have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.
Local
June 8

Wisconsin relaunching vaccine awareness campaign

Wisconsin is re-launching a multimedia public awareness campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations as progress has stalled on getting people inoculated.
Nation
June 8
President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus response and vaccination program, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Bu

US increasingly unlikely to meet Biden's July 4 vax goal

For months, President Joe Biden has laid out goal after goal for taming the coronavirus pandemic and then exceeded his own benchmarks. Now, though, the U.S. is unlikely to meet his target to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
Coronavirus
June 8
Minnesota purchased the Bix Produce Co.’s former cold storage facility in St. Paul to use as a temporary morgue in 2020, bracing for a peak in COVID

Buildings set aside by state to battle COVID-19 largely unused

Facilities would have been used for morgue, non-virus care.
Business
June 8
Best Buy is offering a drawing for cash prizes to employees who are vaccinated.

Best Buy launches internal $100K sweepstakes for vaccinated employees

The electronics retailer will be giving away $5,000 each to 21 employees to encourage vaccinations. The company does not require them.
Stage & Arts
June 8
Heidi Schreck in the Broadway production of her play “What the Constitution Means to Me.” Schreck’s play will be the first performed at the Guth

Guthrie's comeback season includes a screwball comedy, moving drama and classic

Comeback season includes "Emma," "Sweat" and "A Raisin in the Sun."
June 8

Kids 5 and up get shots in vaccine trial

Tests of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine started Monday in Louisiana for children ages 5 through 11.It's one of 98 facilities in 26 states, the District of Columbia, Finland, Poland and Spain where the tests are taking place or planned.
Variety
June 8
Renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will make her directing debut.

Minnesota Opera brings back 'Carmen,' with former star as director

Bizet will cap the 2021-22 season, split between in-person and online shows.
Coronavirus
June 8
Minnesota Homeland Health Specialists nurses Patricia Markus and Cindy McCabe, right, waited for potential participants in the COVID-19 pop-up vaccina

Virus positivity, hospitalization reach new lows in Minnesota

Vaccine proves highly effective in new federal study, including real-world results in Duluth.
Coronavirus
June 7
Savior Allen-Knight received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Hy-Vee pharmacist Karla Marz during the free COVID-19 vaccination event last month at Ha

Minnesota COVID vaccination pace now short of July 1 goal

Visa gift cards amounting to $25 remain most enticing option for people taking advantage of COVID-19 vaccine incentives in Minnesota.
Coronavirus
June 5
Whitney Parker waved to a friend in her support group from her home in Maple Grove. One year after her husband’s death from COVID-19, she’s still

After COVID losses, widowed young Minnesotans find 'forever friends' online

With the help of an online support group, young widows and widowers are finding ways to forge a sense of community.