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Linda Vanderwerf

In nearly 40 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, New Mexico and South Dakota. She has been at the West Central Tribune for 25 years.

In her career, she has covered politics, city and county governments, business, health care and a wide range of feature stories. She currently covers education and courts for the West Central Tribune.

email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com

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Members of Willmar's medical community participated in a video released Sunday evening by Carris Health. They talked about how exhausted they are by the pandemic, pleaded with people to get vaccinated and thanked the community for its support.
Nearly 65,000 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Minnesota, and 205 deaths were reported in the past week as the omicron variant spreads around the state. Hospitals continue to operate at or near capacity with ICU beds in limited supply.
Citing a shortage of supplies and staff, Carris Health and CentraCare have paused testing of asymptomatic people for now.
A few days after some Willmar Public Schools employees were placed on leave for not complying with a policy to get vaccinated or wear a mask, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked enforcement of the proposed federal requirement. School employees could still face some discipline for refusing to comply with a district policy.
Some employees of Willmar Public Schools have been placed on administrative leave after refusing to provide proof of vaccination or to wear a face mask at work.
The impact of COVID-19 continues to mount in west central Minnesota, 16 deaths and 1,400 cases were reported. Willmar Lakes Area government and medical officials ask for the public's help to fight the omicron variant surge.
State driver exam stations that have been closed during the pandemic are all scheduled to have reopened by the end of January.
COVID-19 booster doses are available in the area for children from 12 to 15 who completed their initial vaccine series at least five months ago.
The Willmar City Council has given the city staff permission to implement a state policy requiring COVID-19 vaccines or testing for employees. However, permission was given only after Mayor Marv Calvin broke a tie. The state policy applies to employers with at least 100 employees.
The Willmar City Council has given the city staff permission to implement a state policy requiring COVID-19 vaccines or testing for employees. However, the council did not approve the policy and only gave the staff permission after Mayor Marv Calvin broke a tie.