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Minnesota to throw open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Minnesota to throw open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Minnesota will expand COVID-19 vaccination to all state residents 16 and older starting Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Tim Walz.The expansion marks a major milestone in Minnesota's vaccine strategy. Currently, only people with certain underlying health conditions, as well as those with jobs or living arrangements that put them at highest risk of getting COVID-19 have been eligible for vaccination.Walz plans to outline the changes and the reasons he’s going this direction during a speech late Friday morning. In a regular call with reporters ahead of the announcement Thursday...

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In Caledonia, grappling with what it means to belong

In Caledonia, grappling with what it means to belong

When Madison Winjum aimed at diversity and inclusiveness at her southern Minnesota high school, she didn't expect it to be controversial. Thousands of public high schools have similar organizations."We kind of just want to hear people's experiences without judgment, try to understand them, and spread awareness and more acceptance,” said the Caledonia Area High School senior. But in late January, the newspaper published , Carl Fruechte. In it, Fruechte wrote, “If the year 2020 has taught us anything, It is that free thinking isn’t allowed when it comes to diverse issues. Who gets to decide...

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In the midst of a pandemic, an adoptee connects with her birth father

In the midst of a pandemic, an adoptee connects with her birth father

Susan McCrea's quest to find her birth parents started during a routine medical visit three years ago, when a doctor encouraged her to use genetic counseling to learn more about her health history. Before long, McCrea, who was adopted at birth and now lives in the Twin Cities suburbs, found herself down a rabbit hole of internet ancestry websites and family trees. “I always pictured mom being a homecoming queen and my dad a football star,” she said. By March 2019, McCrea had connected with her birth father, Rick Nelson, who lives just north of Milwaukee — a star baseball player, but, by his...

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