COVID-19

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed Wednesday an Aitkin County resident has died from COVID-19 complications.This is the first Aitkin County resident to die from the disease. The resident was in their 80’s, no other details are available. A total of 29 cases have been confirme…

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Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-81, which requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Researchers have advocated for masking, calling it a simple and effective step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To date, 30 state…

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Editor’s note: Taylor, the chief medical officer for Riverwood Healthcare Center, offered insights and perspective on COVID-19 last week – and why it is urgent for people to continue to follow precautions to prevent its spread.

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For a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals re…

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If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community – or in this case, dedicated volunteers and organizers – to make the cloth masks being used due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Minnesota restaurants and bars may reopen June 1 for outdoor dining with social distancing and other safeguards, while salons can resume cutting hair at partial capacity, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, drawing sharp criticism from those who had hoped for faster steps to help struggling businesses.

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As part of Operation America Resolve last week, both Aitkin’s Riverwood Healthcare and Crosby’s Cuyuna Regional Medical Center received a flyover of F-16 jets. The event, planned for numerous points across the state, drew staff out of the building at Riverwood to record the event.

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Due to the current circumstances, the Aitkin FFA chapter has decided to host the annual Aitkin FFA Awards ceremony via YouTube Premiere to celebrate the members and their accomplishments.

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The Minnesota National Guard along with the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve will be conducting additional statewide flyovers in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response as part of Operation American Resolve.A flyover is scheduled for a time window betw…

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One of several shelter-in-place violations around the state occured in Mille Lacs County. An Elk River woman was charged with violating an emergency powers order (shelter-in-place) and also charged with a third degree DWI and second degree test refusal for an incident occurring in Princeton …

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Protecting customers is one of the latest waves of changes with COVID-19. Sue Gamble at Paulbeck’s County Market in Aitkin takes an item for return.

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It’s been a world full of change for area stores since mid-March, especially when it comes to area grocers.

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People may think that being at home would keep them safe from scams. Be aware of the COVID-19 related scams that target older adults. Unfortunately, scammers are using COVID-19 as a way to scare people into complying with their requests or demands.

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Gov. Tim Walz on April 26 ordered Minnesota schools to stay closed through the rest of the academic year amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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With a 14-day menu Hannah Colby developed based on the federal MyPlate guidelines.

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Aitkin Schools Superintendent Dan Stifter shows off the face shields the high school’s 3D printer can make as executive assistant Deb Chute poses with the check from Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative to replace the school’s 3D printer.