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Rescue squad has long journey to its new home in Lancaster

By Anna Jauhola In the coming months, Lancaster firefighters will no longer struggle to don their equipment at a call in a rescue vehicle the size of a sardine can. Thanks to generous support and a Canadian volunteer, the Lancaster Fire Department has a roomy rescue squad it purchased in November. For nearly 20 years,…

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Council discusses successes, struggles with recent city projects

By Anna Jauhola While the Hallock dam project comes to a halt for the winter to allow for settling, frustrations are high with two other projects. The Hallock City Council discussed the dam project, along with the impending mill and overlay of Highways 75 and 175, and the ongoing airport hangar project. Trent Berg of…

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COVID-19 variant found in Minnesota

The Minnesota Depart-ment of Health (MDH) today announced the new variant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in the United Kingdom was identified by genomic sequencing in positive specimens from five residents of four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area. Four of the cases were identified through the MDH Public Health Laboratory,…

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County to get more COVID grant funding

By Anna Jauhola Businesses in Kittson County have another chance to receive grants to help cover costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the middle of December, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $216 million relief package that included $88 million for certain businesses that sustained losses of 30 percent or greater. The Department of…

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Vaccine rollout successful, continues in Kittson County

By Anna Jauhola About 100 healthcare workers in Kittson County received the Pfizer vaccine last week to protect against COVID-19. “Pretty much everybody had a good response,” said Cindy Urbaniak, public health director. “There were a few side effects — maybe a headache, sore arm was probably the most common side effect we heard about,…

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COVID numbers skyrocket, affect healthcare workers

By Anna Jauhola As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the county, no one is immune – least of all those who work within healthcare facilities. Last week, Kittson Healthcare updated its Facebook page after a week-long hiatus. Those in charge had been doing regular updates of case numbers and deaths, but it suddenly…

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