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In Minnesota hot spot, COVID has become a part of life

New cases and positivity rates have been high for months, but life has gone on in Wadena County


November 22, 2021

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Brittney Ewert, owner of Glamour Salon in downtown Wadena, Minn., is not vaccinated and has already had COVID-19 but honors her clients' requests if they ask her to wear a mask.

WADENA, Minn. - In this central Minnesota town, it's hard to find someone who hasn't been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just about everyone, it seems, either has had COVID themselves or knows someone who did. Many have seen friends or family members die of the disease.

Yet life is going on at a pretty normal pace. The annual Christmas lighting ceremony is set for Sunday night at the local park. The stands are full at school basketball games, and the high school thespians just wrapped up a performance of "The Wizard of Oz." Few residents are wearing masks.


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