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 other driver was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
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.
Northern pike dominated the leaderboard during the virtual event.
The annual event, virtual this year because of the pandemic, drew more than 4,700 anglers to ice fishing holes across Minnesota. As of Sunday, Jan. 31, results to determine the prize winners were still pending.
Where many industries are struggling to keep viable, outfitters are making hay during an unusually prosperous January.