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COVID-19 vaccination divides rural America


A syringe needle is filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, during a vaccination clinic at Winona Park & Rec East Recreation Center in Winona, Minn. (Traci Westcott / Forum News Service)

Chris Haugen and Mark Strand reflect the new great divide in rural America: whether or not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Haugen believes in freedom of choice and the importance of thinking for himself. And the 44-year-old Butte, N.D., farmer and entrepreneur has decided not to be vaccinated.

"I'm just not going to do it," he said, citing his distrust of the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as his belief that the dangers of COVID-19 have been exaggerated.


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