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Gabriel D. Lagarde

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The state's chief executive urged residents to get vaccinated if they haven't done so as COVID-19 cases, primarily of the Delta Variant, continue to climb across the nation.
From Brainerd to Bataan, the life of Walt Straka was the story of a diehard fighter and American hero.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, says he's ready and capable of making a run for governor, but the question is: Should he?
Dr. Peter Henry and Dr. Rob Westin, the chief medical officers for Essentia Health and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center,respectively, both urge vaccinations as soon as possible and to get tested if people have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Initiatives to invest millions of dollars in soil health programs, sustainable farming practices, incentives for farmers to adopt environmental-friendly methods, and to sequester carbon in the soil have had a mixed reception in the state Legislature, where certain provisions were adopted while others didn't sniff the finish line.
The discussion involved a mixture of national politics and personal convictions that played out in every back-and-forth interaction.
Much like similar bills across the country, critics say the legislation is transphobic in nature. Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, contends it's not about hurting transgender people, but protecting women's rights.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a daunting challenge for breweries across the state, but they're not alone in this fight.
All 231 passengers and 10 crew members on United Airlines Flight 328 returned to Denver safely — including Brainerd, Minn., newlyweds Maren Goff and Joel Martin who were on a belated honeymoon trip.
An autopsy and investigation of the incident are still pending.