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Minnesota recorded nearly 93,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week and 250 deaths due to COVID-19. The number of people in the state's ICUs with COVID-19 has decreased in the past week, but the number of people in hospitals has fluctuated without a definitive trend during the week.
Amanda Sieling of Hanley Falls has been re-appointed to serve on the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Her new term expires Jan. 5, 2026.
Subzero temperatures and mounting piles of snow matter not, as reservations open for popular camping destinations. Reservations are off to a fast start in Kandiyohi County's popular parks, despite an increase in camping rates.
Brent Olson of Big Stone County has been re-appointed to the Minnesota Council on Disability, which advises and aids the governor, state agencies and the public on policy and the administration of programs and services for people with disabilities in Minnesota.

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Ice anglers are far more mobile these days, with one exception. Annual count of fish houses on area lakes continues to show that anglers stay put when the crappies are biting.
About 80 students at Willmar Middle School are participating in the first year of SOAR, an after-school program to offer homework assistance and enrichment activities. Organizers hope the program is successful and can gain community support to help it grow.
Two people were injured in a head-on crash late Thursday south of Dassel on Highway 15.
A semi and a snowplow collided Thursday in Renville County. No one was injured in the crash on U.S. Highway 212 west of Olivia.
Area funerals scheduled through Feb. 3, 2022
Several clean energy projects in the region were awarded state Clean Energy Resource Teams Seed grants. This year the grant’s focused on underserved communities.

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A cooking fire damaged the kitchen of the Panda Garden Buffet and caused heavy smoke damage throughout the building on Thursday morning. Employees safely evacuated the building as the Willmar Fire Department and firefighters from neighboring communities extinguished the blaze.
Willmar Public Schools students are eligible to receive a test kit with two at-home rapid tests, thanks to a grant from the state. Tests were distributed earlier this week, and parents can still pick up tests at the Willmar Education and Arts Center on Friday.

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