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Glenn Howatt has been with the Star Tribune since 1990 where he has specialized in health care reporting and data journalism.

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.

Minnesota group home capacity shrinks amid staffing shortages

For the first time since 2019, the number of group home licenses has fallen.

Vulnerable Minnesotans face new risks as mask mandates end

Transplant recipients and those with chronic illnesses worry COVID-19 will continue to spread as more Minnesotans stop wearing masks.

New omicron subvariant found in Twin Cities area wastewater

The subvariant, which has been detected in low levels in Twin Cities area wastewater, is 30-50% more infectious than its predecessor, but researchers are still trying to determine whether it is more severe.

Minn. EMS workers depart as demand for services grows

Regulators and the industry are seeking regulatory flexibility to address staff shortages.

Can at-home COVID-19 tests survive Minnesota's frigid temperatures?

The tests should be used only at room temperature, and there are ways to tell if the test performed properly.

Omicron continues retreat in Minnesota: 'It appears that we have peaked'

But health officials caution that new case rates are still high.

Advocates call for COVID-19 protections for Minnesota prisoners

Nearly 35% of Minnesota prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Minnesota COVID-19 cases set monthly record in January

More than 275,000 new infections were detected in January, but omicron has not caused as many hospitalizations and deaths, due in part to Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccination rate of 64.7%.

Doctor suspended over Beltrami County Jail death

Board said a Beltrami County jail inmate suffered from medical neglect that led to his death.

Omicron variant now hitting Minnesota long-term care homes

New cases had been falling last month after residents received COVID-19 vaccine boosters