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Laura Butterbrodt

Heath and Business Reporter

Laura Butterbrodt is the health and business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since January 2021.

She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University. Laura grew up in rural southwest Minnesota and lived and worked in Watertown, South Dakota, before moving to the Twin Ports. She has worked in journalism since 2014. Laura was a 2018 fellow for the Bakala Foundation's Journey: Journalism Boot Camp in Prague, Czech Republic and has also done reporting for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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On Jan. 20, the Minnesota Department of Health and Wisconsin Department of Health Services recorded 678 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northland and five COVID-19-related deaths.
Infectious disease physician Sara Lund was among the first pregnant women in Minnesota to be vaccinated in 2020. Now, she and her family are hoping to increase the vaccination rate in pregnant women.
Even the pandemic’s grip on the economy loosens, a new challenge is cropping up for child care professionals at the new facility, and for teachers, across the region: an apparent labor shortage.
All team members at Granite Electronics will stay employed through DSC Communications, the companies said in a news release.
Intensive care nurses at St. Luke's said the shortage is due to employees retiring early, leaving the field due to burnout and seeking higher-paying travel nursing jobs.
Patients with positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 cannot have any visitors until the patient is no longer contagious, unless they are a child, in labor and delivery or end-of-life care.
U.S. Reps. Pete Stauber and Tom Tiffany said they plan to bring the concerns shared Friday back to Washington, D.C. to implement changes.
The Marengo, Wisconsin, plane crash killed siblings Aaron and Aleah Mika of Marengo on the afternoon of Oct. 23.
Voting for home and business Christmas light decorations begins Dec. 3, with winners announced Dec. 22.
The organization is accepting shoebox gift donations at 10 Northland locations.