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After graduating with a master's degree in public affairs reporting, the Chicago native moved to Minnesota and fell in love with the outdoors despite being a Girl Scout dropout. Smith became an avid long-distance runner and cross-country skier, keeping her fit so she could backpack in the mountains and paddle the BWCA and Quetico wilderness areas with her husband and three children. Now that her daughters are adults, she gives them the heavier packs.

Omicron's speed drives shift in Minnesota's COVID-19 mindset

Infections might seem inevitable, but health officials stress that prevention still works — and is crucial in the near term.

Minnesotans face off with omicron in their own way

The highly transmissible variant hasn't changed lots of minds

Firefighters battle blaze at Minneapolis homeless encampment

Firefighters report no injuries.

Sheriff Hutchinson pleads guilty to misdemeanor drunken-driving offense

Dave Hutchinson crashed his SUV near Alexandria last week while attending a state sheriffs conference.

'Minnesota Minstrel' Jerry Rau, who brought folk music to street corners, coffeehouses, clubs, dies at 83

Rau found bliss as a troubadour, passion as a peace activist.

COVID-19 cases continue to stay high in Minnesota hospitals

Minnesota hospitalizations for COVID-19 cases remain at the highest level for the year. More federal medical reinforcements are set to arrive in Minnesota next week.

COVID pandemic takes a toll on Minnesota veterinary clinics

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has created shortages in everything from toilet paper to restaurant staff, also has taken a toll on Minnesota veterinary clinics, making it tough for many pet owners to find animal care.

How to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for kids in Minnesota

Minnesota sites gear up to administer vaccines to children ages 5 to 11.

Salmonella outbreak likely caused by contaminated onions sickens Minnesotans

CDC advises people to throw out fresh whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico.

Many Minnesota health care workers fighting vaccine mandate have received exemptions

Those health care workers will have to decide whether to continue the legal fight to stop the mandate.