“Perilously close” to hospital capacity

As Minnesota prepares for a four-week “pause” on gatherings and social activities, Gov. Tim Walz hosted another press conference Thursday afternoon, which featured many medical providers.

CEO of Allina Health Dr. Penny Wheeler said that this pause will give health care workers the reprieve they need to take care of Minnesotans.

The latest restrictions go into effect just before midnight on Friday, which include no social gatherings outside the household, no dine-in at restaurants and bars, and a four-week closure of gyms, fitness centers, entertainment venues, as well as a pause on youth sports.

Landmarks across Minnesota were lit purple last night, on Nov. 19, in honor of the more than 3,000 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19.

The I-35W bridge. Submitted.

The new #Bemidji monument, lit purple. Photo courtesy of Gov. Tim Walz/Mayor Rita Albrecht


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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