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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.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at lbutterbrodt@duluthnews.com.

On Jan. 24, the Minnesota Department of Health and Wisconsin Department of Health Services recorded 925 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northland and two COVID-related deaths.
The ACTIV-6 clinical trial will include the study of fluticasone, fluvoxamine and ivermectin to treat mild to moderate COVID infection.
Nine COVID-related deaths were recorded in the region Jan. 14-20.
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.
Seventeen COVID-related deaths were recorded in the region Jan. 7-13.
The 10-county region recorded 1,209 cases between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6.
The 10-county region recorded 1,028 cases between Dec. 23 and 29.
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.
Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet has been feeling the trickle-down impacts of nurse shortages at hospitals across the state. In the Northland, there are more job openings for nurses than there were before the pandemic, causing hospital beds to remain unstaffed and unable to admit critical patients.
The Northland recorded 1,523 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week — the third week in a row total cases have decreased.