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Minnesota takes limited step to expand vaccine eligibility

The Minnesota Department of Health has given vaccination providers a bit more flexibility to administer coronavirus shots to a broader group, including people 65 and older and younger people with certain health problems.

Contagious COVID variant detected in Wisconsin

Wisconsin health officials say a new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in the state. They did not say where the variant was detected, or whether there was more than one case.

US shifts to speed vaccinations; won't hold back 2nd doses

Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration has unexpectedly shifted gears to speed the delivery of shots.

Another record decline reported in US cancer death rate

Researchers are reporting another record one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they continue to attribute to success against lung cancer.

California virus deaths top 30,000 after deadliest weekend

California has hit another grim coronavirus milestone. Data from Johns Hopkins University on Monday showed the nation's most populous state has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the pandemic started nearly a year ago.

US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

The U.S. ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans, focusing on the next phase before the first one is complete. This includes senior citizens, teachers, police and firefighters.

Essentia Health plans to acquire more facilities in MN, ND

Essentia Health plans to add more facilities through an agreement with CommonSpirit. A Medical Center in Bismarck and over a dozen hospitals and clinics would join Essentia Health. 

Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech can still work against a mutated coronavirus. Two easier-to-spread new variants of the virus were discovered in Britain and South Africa. 

US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The U.S. registered its highest number of daily deaths from the coronavirus. The nation recorded nearly 3,900 deaths on Wednesday.

California hospitals prepping for grim COVID-19 choices

California hospitals struggling with a skyrocketing coronavirus surge are trying to prepare for the possibility that they may have to ration care for lack of staff and beds.

St. Luke's now offering rapid COVID-19 testing at respiratory clinic and drive-thru garage

St. Luke’s is now offering patients a COVID-19 test with same-day results. The rapid antigen testing is available for appropriate patients at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic and St. Luke’s Drive-Thru Garage.

A DNR trail camera image, taken in August 2019, of a gray wolf in the Upper Peninsula.

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

Ontario snowmobiler found after writing SOS with coffee grounds

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish