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Before joining the Star Tribune, Golden covered business, city government, public safety and other topics at newspapers in Nebraska and Oregon.

State's school bus drivers say shortage exposes deeper issues

On top of longstanding challenges like pay and irregular hours, they said many drivers have opted out of the field because of COVID-19-related health concerns, more frequent schedule shifts, and other pandemic-related complications.

Many Minnesota schools begin anew, shadowed by COVID

The state's largest district, Anoka-Hennepin, was among the school systems resuming classes. Many, particularly in metro-area schools, are wearing masks because of school district-imposed mask mandates.

Minnesota students brace for uncertainty, hope for normalcy

Across Minnesota, students are leaping — or trudging — into a third school year shaded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawsuit seeks statewide mask mandate for Minnesota schools

A parents group says Walz should require masks to protect students' rights.

Minnesota student math, reading scores drop in pandemic year

More than 20% of eligible students did not take statewide tests.

Anoka-Hennepin mandates masks for youngest students when COVID-19 spread is high

The mask requirement will be reviewed weekly.

Minn. schools wrestle with mask decisions just weeks before classes start

In patchwork of last-minute decisions, more districts issue mandates.

As Minnesota schools' online options grow, so do complications

Close to 100 public schools are set to open new virtual academies this fall. On that list are programs built over years of careful study and others assembled in a matter of months. A few are still making those decisions, even with the new school year just weeks away.

State recommends masks in schools, but districts can decide

Minnesota officials cited rising COVID-19 case rates and the risk of spread among unvaccinated people in schools.

More Minnesota school board members resign in turbulent year

Record number have resigned in Minnesota this year amid controversies.