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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.


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.


Faith in COVID-19 vaccinations remains despite breakthrough infections

Of more than 3 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans, fewer than 1% have experienced a breakthrough COVID-19 infection. Hospitalizations and deaths among the vaccinated are even less frequent.


Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile race are back, with COVID protocols

After the global pandemic shut down last year's race, COVID-19 precautions taken this year will help keep runners, volunteers and spectators safe.


Damon Thibodeaux escaped death row for a crime he didn't commit, but died of COVID-19

Soon after his first dose of vaccine, he became ill with COVID and died.


80 years after Pearl Harbor, a young sailor comes home to Minnesota

The remains of a 19-year-old killed aboard the USS Oklahoma were recently identified.


Olympics star Suni Lee makes a triumphant return to Twin Cities

The gold medalist and St. Paul native returned home after a triumphant turn at the Tokyo Olympics, greeted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by about 100 fans.


COVID variants driving many Minnesotans to go get vaccinated

Every day, a slow stream of Minnesotans finally is getting vaccinated after months of hesitancy.


Canada opening could put resorts back in business

Word that the border may reopen has buoyed businesses hit by the yearlong closure and those eager to return to Ontario's remote northern waters. But they're also wary.


Low-vaccine Minn. counties make high-risk gamble

Quick spread of delta variant in rural areas alarms health workers.


Upheaval in Uptown now a priority of Minneapolis officials

Social media posts have highlighted lawlessness; city leaders are pledging to take action with stepped-up police patrols.