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AUSTIN — In a move symbolizing completion, Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin and Albert Lea on Monday signified the official closing of its latest ... Read more

17 hours ago by Eric Johnson.

Pandemic data solid 1 month after mask mandate’s end

Minnesota public health leaders were worried the end of the statewide masking mandate on May 14 might lead to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. A month later, ... Read more

23 hours ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

New MercyOne clinic about six weeks out from opening

About six weeks ahead of the open house for the new MercyOne Albert Lea Family Medicine & Specialty Care clinic in the former Herberger’s building ... Read more

2 days ago by Sarah Stultz.

Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the ... Read more

2 days ago by Associated Press.

Free mental health support groups for individuals and families online

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental ... Read more

4 days ago by Submitted.

Sharing her cancer story to give life to others

Honorary survivor has battled multiple cancers By Sarah Stultz sarah.stultz@albertleatribune.com Rosemary Bloomquist was 48 years old when she was first diagnosed with cancer. At that ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Stultz.

COVID-19 update: Active cases dwindle in Freeborn County

Freeborn County has had two days in a row with no new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Freeborn County Public Health Department. Active cases ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Reports.

Cases in Minnesota receding; vaccination pace is languishing

Minnesota’s COVID-19 data continues to show the pandemic receding, although the goal of getting at least one vaccine dose into 70 percent of the state’s ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Pandemic data solid; vaccination pace crawls

Minnesota’s pandemic picture continues to brighten in this first week of June. New and active caseloads have fallen dramatically since the spring surge and are ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Mayo Clinic Health System to launch mobile health clinic in southern Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System will launch a new mobile health clinic that will expand services by increasing outreach and providing access to health care directly ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Moderna seeks full FDA approval for its vaccine

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — American pharmaceutical company Moderna says it has begun the process to win full U.S. regulatory approval for the use of its COVID-19 ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Associated Press.

New COVID-19 death reported in Freeborn County over the weekend

Freeborn County reported one new COVID-19 death over the weekend, increasing the total deaths in the county to 31. According to the Freeborn County Public ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Case counts and vaccination pace falling

Minnesota’s average daily COVID-19 case counts have been plummeting in recent days — and so has the state’s COVID-19 vaccination pace. As of Sunday’s update ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Minnesota Public Radio.

Big Stone Therapies partnering with Healthcare Coalition

Big Stone Therapies is excited to begin a new partnership with the Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition to bring a private practice location to Albert Lea, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Slim Your Screen Time Challenge to begin June 1

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for many. Thankfully, digital tools have allowed many people to work remotely, participate in school from home ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

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