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By David Lamb Across the city and the state, COVID-19 vaccinations rates are exceeding expectations, with more than 43% of Minnesotans having received at least one dose when this newspaper went to press. The competition for appointments remains fierce, however—and the results inequitable, with vaccinations of Black residents lagging the population across the state by 35%. 
Being Well  By Erin Brandel Dykhuizen For over a year we’ve been waiting for the day when we can hug our loved ones who don’t live with us, travel, or get together with a friend without worry. As vaccination rates soar, more and more of us are facing the reality that these things are now possible, or...
Senate PerspectivesUrgent Need for Paid Medical Leave Program in Minnesota By Sen. Sandy Pappas, District 65Throughout the past year, all of us have faced daunting challenges that have pulled us away from our jobs and traditional routines. Whether you’re raising a newborn baby, caring for a sick child, looking after an elderly family member, or simply...
Dear Editor,Earth Day 2021’s theme is Restore Our Earth – focusing on ways to prevent and reverse the impacts of climate change. Incorporating more products and materials made from renewable, plant-based inputs into our lives can help address our environmental challenges head on.Using more plant-based products – including everything from household cleaners, packaging, textiles, building materials and more – can...
West End Healthline By Jonathan Dickman Now that COVID-19 vaccination of adults is in full force, people are daring to dream of a life that resembles something closer to what we had before the pandemic. But as we get our shots and return to once-familiar behaviors, confusion remains as to what is prudent.

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Board Election Results Thank you to everyone who voted in the Board election. The elected Board members are:  "Me and White Supremacy" book Discussion CircleRead Me and White Supremacy and participate in a book group to take the first steps toward recognizing unconscious racial bias and addressing systemic racism in our...
Landmark Center will be hosting a free virtual concert for Mothers Day at 1pm on May 9. Register to join it here: bit.ly/3aHfEeZ
Shop at www.RamseyMasterGardeners.org Features native plants, popular vegetables, including a large selection of tomatoes, herbs, annual and perennial flowers, and houseplants. This year: producing plants favorable to conditions in our Minnesota gardens. Excellent quality Atlas gardening gloves $5 a pair. Proceeds support U of MN horticulture student scholarships, youth group horticulture projects in Ramsey County. Master Gardener volunteer programs are...