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Isolated but not immune: Pandemic reaches Lake of the Woods County


August 14, 2020

Alex Kormann – Star Tribune

Willie Walleye, a large statue of the fish, stands at the eastern entrance to Baudette, Minn.

BAUDETTE, MINN. – The distant sound of boats filled in gaps in conversations on a packed patio overlooking the Rainy River on a recent summer night. The parking lot was full of cars from Iowa, Michigan and beyond.

What pandemic?

Lake of the Woods County was the last place in Minnesota to record its first confirmed COVID-19 infection in July, a full 142 days after the state's first case arrived. Since then infections have twice doubled - to four - as visitors pack resorts and summer homes here in the self-proclaimed walleye capital of the world.


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