No question we’ve been handed bushels full of lemons this spring. Between staying at home as much as possible and worrying about the global pandemic, we have hit upon a sour note.

We have been living – some might say trapped - in a sort of “twilight zone,” where the end felt indefinite. But recent glimmers of hope keep showing and increasing. For family friends and obvious extroverts, Margot Rheinberger and Louisa Westrup, both Gazette columnists, their personas have …

During this turbulent time, it can be difficult to maintain positivity and have hope for the future. While we continue to practice social distancing to protect the health of our communities and ourselves, many of us are feeling lonely and missing our loved ones. Missing human contact is norm…

Thinking is a luxury in our world, let’s face it. Have you had time to slow down and think? Like, during this pandemic, how “interdependent” we are? The actions of each of us can affect all of us. We depend on healthcare workers and medical researchers. We depend on the clerks, delivery serv…

Many of the activities and social opportunities eagerly anticipated by seniors each spring leading up to their high school graduation have been curtailed or eliminated entirely in response to COVID-19, but School Area Public Schools is working to ensure those students feel appreciated during…

Restarting Minnesota’s economy will require a sharp increase in coronavirus testing, more contact tracing for those infected and continued efforts to isolate the most vulnerable people from exposure to COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz said Monday.

Local leaders are preparing for another month of social distancing and its impacts on social and economic activity. Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday extended Minnesota’s stay-at-home order until May 4, saying his original order has bought the state valuable time to slow the spread of the coronavir…

Nationwide, more than 6,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled recently due to COVID-19 precautions. That equates to more than 200,000 fewer blood donations across the United States, according to Red Cross external communications manager Sue Thesenga.