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Parents of immunocompromised son say current safety practices are their normal and share frustrations over lack of health care amid COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has caused Lakes International Language Academy to close our buildings to students until at least April 1. Our amazing staff has been using the time to develop plans for distance learning, if we should need to transition to that model. 

Virtual or phone meetings have become the new normal amidst the COVID-19 virus pandemic, and that is true for the Scandia City Council, who held its first virtual/call-in meeting on March 17. The council anticipates holding future meetings virtually until it is no longer necessary. Anyone in…

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this story appeared in the print edition of The Times, the earliest start date for Minnesota spring sports has been been pushed back from April 6 to May 4. This story has been updated to reflect that change, and other new information relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Panic and self-preservation are natural reactions when our environment is disrupted with something unusual or disturbing, and perhaps more so in a society that is built on the concept of competition in so many areas of our lives.

Social media initiatives have spread across the nation, and  have been seen in the Forest Lake area, to create sidewalk chalk art and tape up paper hearts in windows as a way to spread joy during the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Area restaurants, like Wyoming’s Village Inn, have had to adjust to a new delivery method of their food after Gov. Tim Walz ordered the temporary closure of dine-in options for all restaurants last Monday, March 16. Residents offered their support by purchasing to-go food.

Hand sanitizers are a great option if you're not able to wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizers have many positives, however, they are not effective if organic matter (dirt, food, or other material) is visible on hands. If your hands are visibly dirty, wash your hands with soap…

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Even as daily operations in St. Paul have been altered amid the COVID-19 outbreak, State Representative Bob Dettmer and State Senator Mark Koran indicated in press releases that they are committed to continuing to work for their constitutents.

In an effort to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Anoka County has closed all its public-facing services until March 30. Human services centers, license and passport centers, libraries and parks buildings are included in this closure.

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Editors note: All case numbers reflect laboratory-confirmed cases by the Minnesota Department of Health.  Thursday, April 2Washington and Anoka Counties cases climbed to 46 (from 44) and 30 (from 26) respectively. Chisago County remains at three cases.Statewide, there have been 742 confirmed…