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Howatt is a recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for a series of stories exposing deaths of children in under-regulated day care homes. He was also a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting for a series on Minnesota's dehumanizing treatment of the disabled. He also received the Gerald Loeb Award in 2011 for reporting on the debt collection industry and in 2015 for reporting on the home health care industry, which also received the 2015 Barlett and Steele Silver Award. He holds a master's of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied urban geography. He also has a journalism master of arts degree from the same institution where he specialized in the use of Census data by newspapers.


State regulators take control of Minneapolis nursing home

Twin City Gardens has been cited for violating federal and state regulations during inspections and complaint investigations and had numerous unpaid bills.


Minnesota school COVID-19 cases plunge since mid-September

COVID-19 cases in Minnesota pre-K-12 schools have dropped significantly with the number of new infections falling nearly 70%. One student and two staff members have died of COVID-19 complications last week.


Minnesota prepares to vaccinate children for COVID-19

The shots will be available shortly after federal officials give approval, expected in early November.


U, Mayo win $19.4 million grant to study heart health disparities

New research center will address high rates of heart disease in Black, Indigenous and people of color communities.


Minnesota Guard to assist with long-term care staffing shortage

The National Guard will also be used to start a new community rapid testing program.


Nursing home staff vaccinations increase ahead of federal mandate, but some quit

Despite concerns that an upcoming federal vaccination mandate for long-term care workers would lead to resignations, Minnesota nursing homes so far have consistently managed to staff about two health care workers for every resident, although some are temporary employees.


Minnesota hospital beds in short supply

As COVID-19 case surge continues, urban and rural hospitals are filling up.


Nonfatal drug overdoses up 18% in Minnesota

The increases come as drug overdose deaths in Minnesota reached record levels.


1M Minnesotans eligible for Pfizer COVID vaccine booster shot

Minnesotans might get shots quicker at pharmacies than at large health care systems, state health officials said, adding that Pfizer vaccine supply is sufficient to meet demand.


Minnesota child-care providers to receive $300 million in grants

The program will help improve child-care worker salaries.