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LAKE COUNTY

Fall tourism plays a large role in many small communities along Lake Superior's North Shore. Tourism experts from St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties highlight how visitors can capture the season with unique ways to experience maple and birch trees this autumn.
According to a report from the University of Minnesota, 2020 Northland birth and pregnancy rates stayed largely similar to 2019, but are low compared to years past. In most Northland counties, fewer teenage pregnancies and births were recorded in 2020 than in 2019.
Compared to 2019 and 2020 data, cases of chlamydia remained similar to past Northland data, while gonorrhea cases have continued to increase in the region.
On Feb. 23, the Minnesota Department of Health and Wisconsin Department of Health Services recorded 316 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northland and three COVID-related deaths.
The 300-mile race will begin in Duluth on Sunday and end in Grand Portage on Tuesday.
Cassandra Rhines was 19 years old when she went missing. She was last heard from in June 1985, when she called a friend to confirm that she would be attending her goddaughter's birthday party. Rhines never showed up at the party and was not seen or heard from again.

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National Guard helicopters will join the battle as fire spreads north.
The Northland logged 26 new COVID-19 cases and one more death Wednesday.
There are several ways Northland residents can show their support for frontline workers during "Project Blue Light" week.

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