“If I get it, I get it.” Eugene Tessmer, 86, who farms near Caledonia, is resigned to the virus’ spread.

After dodging worst of COVID, rural Minn. 'lit up with cases'

Case counts are surging in rural communities like never before. Since the beginning of October, the 10 Minnesota counties with the fastest case growth are all in rural parts of the state.

COVID-19 case surge stoking worries in Minnesota

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Health care workers at Bethesda Hospital with a COVID-19 patient in May. Hospitals across Minnesota say they still have room to treat those with serio
Doctors fear more deaths and serious illness as big case growth continues.

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

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
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
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Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

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Toy safety group releases annual list of top 10 'worst' toys

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Health care fraud trial: Doctor acquitted on 7 of 8 counts

A Mississippi doctor has been acquitted on seven of eight counts against him in what prosecutors said was about $18 million in health care fraud involving expensive prescription pain cream. His secretary was acquitted on all five counts against her.
TV & Media

'Thanksgiving Grandma' keeps up tradition despite COVID loss

An Arizona woman who drew widespread attention after opening her Thanksgiving table to a stranger she accidentally texted has kept the tradition going, despite losing her husband to COVID-19.

Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

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DC boosts limits on restaurants, gatherings amid virus spike

The nation's capital is tightening its public COVID-19 restrictions in the face of spiraling virus numbers locally and around the country.

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The CEO of the main trade group for global airlines will step down next March, and organization officials are supporting a former British Airways CEO to replace him.

National Zoo panda cub named Xiao Qi Ji or 'Little Miracle'

More than three months after his birth, the National Zoo's new panda cub finally has a name.