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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.


Rising virus cases in Minnesota fuel an uptick in hospitalizations

With 47% of state residents not fully vaccinated, public health officials are concerned the delta variant could fuel another surge in cases.


Delta variant causing 75% of new Minnesota COVID-19 cases

Minnesota inched closer to meeting its COVID-19 vaccination goal, with 67.9% of those age 16 and older getting at least one shot, the state Health Department reported.


2 Legionnaires' cases linked to Albert Lea hotel

MDH warns people who stayed at the hotel in late June to seek medical care if they're feeling ill.


Minnesota COVID-19 vaccination incentives fall short

Most who got shots didn't register for state's prizes.


Archive: Tracking COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota

Daily vaccination data is not being updated after June 30, 2021. To see current weekly vaccination rates and COVID-19 data in Minnesota, go here.…


Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccine equity efforts to move beyond high-risk areas

As the pace of first doses slows, state officials are preparing new strategies for closing the gaps.


Minnesota adolescent mental health treatment facility closes abruptly

Cambia Hills cites payment dispute with state regulators as reason for closing.


Minneapolis and St. Paul now ending COVID-19 mask mandate

The move comes two weeks after Minnesota's statewide mandate was lifted.


What you need to know about Minnesota's COVID-19 restrictions

The latest updates on Gov. Tim Walz's coronavirus restrictions, from mask mandates to caps on gatherings.


Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.