Rochester Century's Riley Morris observes the national anthem alongside his teammates during Thursday's meet on Jan. 16, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rochester Century's Riley Morris observes the national anthem alongside his teammates during Thursday's meet on Jan. 16, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
John Marshall's Aidan Shue swims the 200-Yard Medley during Thursday's meet on Jan. 16, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
John Marshall's Aidan Shue swims the 200-Yard Medley during Thursday's meet on Jan. 16, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rochester Fire Department Captain Caleb Feine helps Lily Wildfeuer, 16, of Rochester, adjust her respirator before entering the simulator during a live burn training for area high schoolers instructed by the Rochester Fire Department on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in southeast Rochester. "This is the first time they actually are going to be inside a structure on fire, fully encapsulated in all their gear and breathing air. It's quite a rush the first time -- I still remember mine -- it's something you don't forget," Rochester Fire Chief Eric Kerska said, "We are just really excited that we can show our profession to the next generation. You can see the excitement in their eyes when they come out." (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rochester Fire Department Captain Caleb Feine helps Lily Wildfeuer, 16, of Rochester, adjust her respirator before entering the simulator during a live burn training for area high schoolers instructed by the Rochester Fire Department on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in southeast Rochester. "This is the first time they actually are going to be inside a structure on fire, fully encapsulated in all their gear and breathing air. It's quite a rush the first time -- I still remember mine -- it's something you don't forget," Rochester Fire Chief Eric Kerska said, "We are just really excited that we can show our profession to the next generation. You can see the excitement in their eyes when they come out." (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rochester John Marshall's Will Woodford, left, Steve Ndumbe (5), and Braden Black cheer after a play during Friday's game on Jan. 10, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. Rochester Century defeated Rochester John Marshall 53- 49. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rochester John Marshall's Will Woodford, left, Steve Ndumbe (5), and Braden Black cheer after a play during Friday's game on Jan. 10, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. Rochester Century defeated Rochester John Marshall 53- 49. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Byron's Ahjany Lee (13) jumps for a rebound during Tuesday's game on Jan. 21, 2020, at Byron High School in Byron. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Byron's Ahjany Lee (13) jumps for a rebound during Tuesday's game on Jan. 21, 2020, at Byron High School in Byron. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Chloe House, 10, left, Gabby Tangren, 10, Rylee Holst, 9, and Mackenna Klapperick, 10, all of Grand Meadow, play spin the bottle with questions about their favorite teachers, colors, and animals, during Tuesday's game on Jan. 14, 2020, at Grand Meadow High School. The girls play in a youth league and were playing during halftime. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Chloe House, 10, left, Gabby Tangren, 10, Rylee Holst, 9, and Mackenna Klapperick, 10, all of Grand Meadow, play spin the bottle with questions about their favorite teachers, colors, and animals, during Tuesday's game on Jan. 14, 2020, at Grand Meadow High School. The girls play in a youth league and were playing during halftime. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Dessa performs with special guests MONAKR and TOPO + the Chemist on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at The Castle in downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Dessa performs with special guests MONAKR and TOPO + the Chemist on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at The Castle in downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Norma Hanson sits for a portrait on Feb. 7, 2020, in her home where her son, Brandon Arndt, was murdered in September of 2018. "In my heart of hearts, I know he is still here," Hanson said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Norma Hanson sits for a portrait on Feb. 7, 2020, in her home where her son, Brandon Arndt, was murdered in September of 2018. "In my heart of hearts, I know he is still here," Hanson said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Chad Rolandson lifts Levi Peterson, 5, of Byron, into the air to shoot the ball as kindergartners get a chance to play during halftime during Tuesday's game on Jan. 21, 2020, at Byron High School in Byron. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Chad Rolandson lifts Levi Peterson, 5, of Byron, into the air to shoot the ball as kindergartners get a chance to play during halftime during Tuesday's game on Jan. 21, 2020, at Byron High School in Byron. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Jackson Daly, 11, cheers with the John Marshall Rockets cheer during Friday's game on Jan. 10, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. Rochester Century defeated Rochester John Marshall 53- 49. Daly is the coach's son and has been cheering with the team for 3 years. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Jackson Daly, 11, cheers with the John Marshall Rockets cheer during Friday's game on Jan. 10, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. Rochester Century defeated Rochester John Marshall 53- 49. Daly is the coach's son and has been cheering with the team for 3 years. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele, left, Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson, and Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly belly-flop into the water during the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Foster Arend Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele, left, Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson, and Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly belly-flop into the water during the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Foster Arend Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lourdes' Vivica Bretton, left, and Ellie VanSande celebrate in the locker room after a Section 1AA girls basketball championship game on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Lourdes defeated Goodhue 50-46. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lourdes' Vivica Bretton, left, and Ellie VanSande celebrate in the locker room after a Section 1AA girls basketball championship game on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Lourdes defeated Goodhue 50-46. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kimora McGee, 9, Sidney Flies, 10, Ella Cox, 10, and Michelle Ladu, 10, all of Rochester, hold hands for the wave before Friday's game on Feb. 7, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kimora McGee, 9, Sidney Flies, 10, Ella Cox, 10, and Michelle Ladu, 10, all of Rochester, hold hands for the wave before Friday's game on Feb. 7, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
John Beaudion, left, his soon-to-be wife, Angie Whipple, and their daughter, Ciarra Beaudion, 11, wait to be called into the courtroom to be married on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at the Olmsted County District Courthouse in Rochester. The couple has been engaged a number of years, but it never seemed to work out that they had both the money and the time for a wedding. That changed when they heard about the ceremonies happening on Valentine's Day. The couple kept the wedding a secret until Friday morning, when Whipple sat the girls down and called Beaudion on the phone to share the news. Upon hearing the news, 13-year-old Kalie sat quietly, fighting back happy tears, while younger sister Ciarra Beaudion, 11, pumped her arms in victory. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
John Beaudion, left, his soon-to-be wife, Angie Whipple, and their daughter, Ciarra Beaudion, 11, wait to be called into the courtroom to be married on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at the Olmsted County District Courthouse in Rochester. The couple has been engaged a number of years, but it never seemed to work out that they had both the money and the time for a wedding. That changed when they heard about the ceremonies happening on Valentine's Day. The couple kept the wedding a secret until Friday morning, when Whipple sat the girls down and called Beaudion on the phone to share the news. Upon hearing the news, 13-year-old Kalie sat quietly, fighting back happy tears, while younger sister Ciarra Beaudion, 11, pumped her arms in victory. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Resurrection Lutheran students get a peek into the gym before entering during a visit from Harlem Globetrotter Flip White on Monday, March 9, 2020, at the school in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Resurrection Lutheran students get a peek into the gym before entering during a visit from Harlem Globetrotter Flip White on Monday, March 9, 2020, at the school in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Melody Sulenski rests on a bed after putting the sheets on it at the Dorothy Day House on March 11, 2020, in Rochester. "I feel relieved," Suleknski said after she and other guests at the Dorothy Day House spent their evening waiting to see if there would be enough space for them to have a bed. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Melody Sulenski rests on a bed after putting the sheets on it at the Dorothy Day House on March 11, 2020, in Rochester. "I feel relieved," Suleknski said after she and other guests at the Dorothy Day House spent their evening waiting to see if there would be enough space for them to have a bed. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kaylynn Evans, 9, of Rochester, carries a stack of books to check out on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Public Library in downtown Rochester. “This will last me a few days,” Kaylynn said. In preparation for the closure of the library and a shift to distance learning, Evans and her family checked out with 85 items. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kaylynn Evans, 9, of Rochester, carries a stack of books to check out on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Public Library in downtown Rochester. “This will last me a few days,” Kaylynn said. In preparation for the closure of the library and a shift to distance learning, Evans and her family checked out with 85 items. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
General Manager Jason Windsor carries an order to a customer as multiple takeout orders wait at the empty bar at Victoria's Ristorante and Wine Bar on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Rochester a day after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's order that coffee shops, breweries, and restaurants all close to dine-in guests through March 27 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
General Manager Jason Windsor carries an order to a customer as multiple takeout orders wait at the empty bar at Victoria's Ristorante and Wine Bar on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Rochester a day after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's order that coffee shops, breweries, and restaurants all close to dine-in guests through March 27 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Fishermen fish at White Water State Park on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Fishermen fish at White Water State Park on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kasey Rubin and her daughter Cora Jean, 3, sit for a portrait on March 25, 2020 at their home in Rose Creek. 
For some, staying home is a matter of livelihood. Kasey has shut down her in-home daycare and is self-isolating to protect her family — a potentially dire decision. Her family relies on the daycare's income to stay alive.
“I know morally and ethically I can’t keep my daycare open and keep the children safe,” Rubin said. I wouldn’t be comfortable keeping it open, knowing that I could be risking my daughter’s life or other children’s at this point.”
Cora Jean has primary lymphedema with associated lymphatic malformations. The affliction compromises her body’s immune functioning, and it puts the girl at a higher risk of serious complications if she were to contract COVID-19.
“It’s a really scary time right now for everyone,” Rubin said. “I think I’m actually in the position that most everyone is in. I really don’t know what to think, I’m just taking it day by day.” Rubin isn’t sure how long society can sustain self-isolation. But she knows it is a necessary evil for the safety of those like her daughter. “I feel like everyone is kind of left up to their own defenses,” she said of the spiraling contagiousness of COVID-19. “And trusting that everyone else is following the same rules. Because if they’re not, and they're not being safe, it’s another potential exposure.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kasey Rubin and her daughter Cora Jean, 3, sit for a portrait on March 25, 2020 at their home in Rose Creek. For some, staying home is a matter of livelihood. Kasey has shut down her in-home daycare and is self-isolating to protect her family — a potentially dire decision. Her family relies on the daycare's income to stay alive. “I know morally and ethically I can’t keep my daycare open and keep the children safe,” Rubin said. I wouldn’t be comfortable keeping it open, knowing that I could be risking my daughter’s life or other children’s at this point.” Cora Jean has primary lymphedema with associated lymphatic malformations. The affliction compromises her body’s immune functioning, and it puts the girl at a higher risk of serious complications if she were to contract COVID-19. “It’s a really scary time right now for everyone,” Rubin said. “I think I’m actually in the position that most everyone is in. I really don’t know what to think, I’m just taking it day by day.” Rubin isn’t sure how long society can sustain self-isolation. But she knows it is a necessary evil for the safety of those like her daughter. “I feel like everyone is kind of left up to their own defenses,” she said of the spiraling contagiousness of COVID-19. “And trusting that everyone else is following the same rules. Because if they’re not, and they're not being safe, it’s another potential exposure.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Amanda Gangelhoff, left, watches as her daughter, Ava, 7, casts glitter onto Madi (last name withheld), 7, while applying imaginary makeup under the constraints of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic from their sunroofs on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in a parking lot in Rochester. “We wanted to create a positive space for them. This is her best friend, it’s hard for these kids not to see their bests friends. But we also wanted to honor social distancing because it’s really important. You just have to get creative,” Danielle, Madi’s mom, said. Danielle said she noticed a change in Madi’s demeanor by bringing Madi to interact with Ava.  (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Amanda Gangelhoff, left, watches as her daughter, Ava, 7, casts glitter onto Madi (last name withheld), 7, while applying imaginary makeup under the constraints of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic from their sunroofs on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in a parking lot in Rochester. “We wanted to create a positive space for them. This is her best friend, it’s hard for these kids not to see their bests friends. But we also wanted to honor social distancing because it’s really important. You just have to get creative,” Danielle, Madi’s mom, said. Danielle said she noticed a change in Madi’s demeanor by bringing Madi to interact with Ava. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Iva Nagel, 7, left, her brother, Jadon, 9, Timi Sanni, 6, Rachel Nagel, and Hope Bengtson, 8, pose for a portrait on the Nagel’s front porch on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Rochester. “A lot of families are very overwhelmed,” Rachel Nagel said. “We feel like we’re keeping just a couple families a little bit safer.” With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nagel is helping her two children learn at home, and she’s also reached out to help a couple of other parents who aren’t able to stay home with their children. Nagel has taken the opportunity to do some non-traditional learning with the children, providing childcare while also ensuring the kids have some educational instruction during the school hiatus. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Iva Nagel, 7, left, her brother, Jadon, 9, Timi Sanni, 6, Rachel Nagel, and Hope Bengtson, 8, pose for a portrait on the Nagel’s front porch on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Rochester. “A lot of families are very overwhelmed,” Rachel Nagel said. “We feel like we’re keeping just a couple families a little bit safer.” With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nagel is helping her two children learn at home, and she’s also reached out to help a couple of other parents who aren’t able to stay home with their children. Nagel has taken the opportunity to do some non-traditional learning with the children, providing childcare while also ensuring the kids have some educational instruction during the school hiatus. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
First Responders wave up to the medical staff at Saint Mary’s during a parade of public safety vehicles honoring healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, through downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
First Responders wave up to the medical staff at Saint Mary’s during a parade of public safety vehicles honoring healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, through downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Grace Malone, 6, left, and her sister, Claire,4, laugh with each other while waiting for a teacher caravan on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, parading around Stewartville. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Grace Malone, 6, left, and her sister, Claire,4, laugh with each other while waiting for a teacher caravan on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, parading around Stewartville. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Stadium lights illuminate an empty baseball field as part of #BeTheLightMN, a way to honor their students, staff, and community members while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19 concerns on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the high school in St. Charles. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Stadium lights illuminate an empty baseball field as part of #BeTheLightMN, a way to honor their students, staff, and community members while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19 concerns on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the high school in St. Charles. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Jack Klueckman, 9, prays with his parents, Gary and Julie, for Unite the Night, an event for families to pause and reflect with luminaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Pine Island. “When you can get into it, it turns out to be a really fun experience. We’ve been connected to God and everyone,” Jack said. The family will be lighting the luminaries and taking a moment to pause every Sunday in April. “For us, this was really important for Jack to see that even when things are going crazy in the world, people can still unite. People can still stand together for a cause. It’s neat to see the reaction, people around the country doing this with us. I think that the worst in the world brings out the best in people. You don’t get those lessons in just a normal, hamster wheel, busy day of life,” Julie said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Jack Klueckman, 9, prays with his parents, Gary and Julie, for Unite the Night, an event for families to pause and reflect with luminaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Pine Island. “When you can get into it, it turns out to be a really fun experience. We’ve been connected to God and everyone,” Jack said. The family will be lighting the luminaries and taking a moment to pause every Sunday in April. “For us, this was really important for Jack to see that even when things are going crazy in the world, people can still unite. People can still stand together for a cause. It’s neat to see the reaction, people around the country doing this with us. I think that the worst in the world brings out the best in people. You don’t get those lessons in just a normal, hamster wheel, busy day of life,” Julie said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Felix Herr 8, looks out their window of hearts for a portrait on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in southeast Rochester. “We didn’t really realize all the families that are in our neighborhood until everybody is at home, and you’re just seeing a lot more traffic of people walking by. It’s just something bright and positive, goodness knows we don’t have a lot of that these days. It doesn’t even have to be big, just something positive and cheerful,” Herr said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Felix Herr 8, looks out their window of hearts for a portrait on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in southeast Rochester. “We didn’t really realize all the families that are in our neighborhood until everybody is at home, and you’re just seeing a lot more traffic of people walking by. It’s just something bright and positive, goodness knows we don’t have a lot of that these days. It doesn’t even have to be big, just something positive and cheerful,” Herr said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A Spring Valley Resident waves through their window as  Carr’s Clubhouse daycare visits with residents through the windows during their lockdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the center in Spring Valley. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A Spring Valley Resident waves through their window as Carr’s Clubhouse daycare visits with residents through the windows during their lockdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the center in Spring Valley. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kimber Zimmer, 3, waves goodbye to Spring Valley Resident Maxine Jahn while visiting the residents through the windows during their lockdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the center in Spring Valley. “It was joyful, brought me to tears just to see the residents smiling,” Carr’s Clubhouse director said, “It was heartwarming all around.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kimber Zimmer, 3, waves goodbye to Spring Valley Resident Maxine Jahn while visiting the residents through the windows during their lockdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the center in Spring Valley. “It was joyful, brought me to tears just to see the residents smiling,” Carr’s Clubhouse director said, “It was heartwarming all around.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
 A Textile Care Services worker pushes a linen cart as other employees work on folding a heap of hospital gowns on Monday, April 20, 2020, at Textile Care Services in southeast Rochester. Health care and hospitality are Rochester's two top industries. They are also Textile Care's top customers. A wide variety of processes using soaps, chemicals, heat, pressure, and ultraviolet light are used to clean and sterilize the sheets, towels, gowns, tablecloths, and more that roll through the plant each day. The air in the facility is circulated every 20 minutes. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A Textile Care Services worker pushes a linen cart as other employees work on folding a heap of hospital gowns on Monday, April 20, 2020, at Textile Care Services in southeast Rochester. Health care and hospitality are Rochester's two top industries. They are also Textile Care's top customers. A wide variety of processes using soaps, chemicals, heat, pressure, and ultraviolet light are used to clean and sterilize the sheets, towels, gowns, tablecloths, and more that roll through the plant each day. The air in the facility is circulated every 20 minutes. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Evan Weishaar, 11, and his brother, Kaleb, 14, wait for their sister to return with more water from inside while having a water war on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, at their home in Rochester. The boys got water rockets in their Easter baskets and planned to play with them rain — snow — or shine. “We are Minnesotans,” Evan exclaimed stating they were celebrating Easter no matter what. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Evan Weishaar, 11, and his brother, Kaleb, 14, wait for their sister to return with more water from inside while having a water war on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, at their home in Rochester. The boys got water rockets in their Easter baskets and planned to play with them rain — snow — or shine. “We are Minnesotans,” Evan exclaimed stating they were celebrating Easter no matter what. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A motorcyclist waves to the “Quarantine-A-Sauras” as they drive by on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in southeast Rochester. The “Quarantine-a-sauras” wanted to remain anonymous but has been walking around the neighborhood over the past few weeks to spread some cheer. “It’s a good way to bring people back into the world,’” the dino said hoping the shock factor of seeing a dino walk the streets would rid them of quarantine mundaneness. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A motorcyclist waves to the “Quarantine-A-Sauras” as they drive by on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in southeast Rochester. The “Quarantine-a-sauras” wanted to remain anonymous but has been walking around the neighborhood over the past few weeks to spread some cheer. “It’s a good way to bring people back into the world,’” the dino said hoping the shock factor of seeing a dino walk the streets would rid them of quarantine mundaneness. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Betty Butters-McClellan poses for a portrait in her empty shop on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Stewartville. The boutique having clothes, household items, and other used items were deemed non-essential. “This is what I was born to do, and telling me that I can’t do that, that’s not a good quality of life,” Butters-McClellan. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Betty Butters-McClellan poses for a portrait in her empty shop on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Stewartville. The boutique having clothes, household items, and other used items were deemed non-essential. “This is what I was born to do, and telling me that I can’t do that, that’s not a good quality of life,” Butters-McClellan. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Josie Olgren, 5, left, throws her hands up in the air alongside her sisters Freya, 7, and Willow, 9, as they dance in the rain chanting “Rain, rain, don’t go away” on Monday, April 20, 2020, in southeast Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Josie Olgren, 5, left, throws her hands up in the air alongside her sisters Freya, 7, and Willow, 9, as they dance in the rain chanting “Rain, rain, don’t go away” on Monday, April 20, 2020, in southeast Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Anthony Cook sings Louis Armstrong’s "What a Wonderful World” on his front porch for MPR’s  “Bring the Sing Home, a moment of song” on Friday, May 8, 2020, in Rochester. “I feel like music is a uniter. It comforts, it heals, encourages, and supports. I love the song and the lyrics of the song. In spite of everything that’s going on in our world, if you just look around, there is beauty all around us. It’s a difficult time but we will get through it,” Cook said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Anthony Cook sings Louis Armstrong’s "What a Wonderful World” on his front porch for MPR’s “Bring the Sing Home, a moment of song” on Friday, May 8, 2020, in Rochester. “I feel like music is a uniter. It comforts, it heals, encourages, and supports. I love the song and the lyrics of the song. In spite of everything that’s going on in our world, if you just look around, there is beauty all around us. It’s a difficult time but we will get through it,” Cook said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Vice President Mike Pence gestures a thumbs-up towards Mayo Clinic medical professionals during his visit to the clinic on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Vice President Mike Pence gestures a thumbs-up towards Mayo Clinic medical professionals during his visit to the clinic on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Stacy Jacobson Mayo RN, Surgical OR, Syanti Hilman Mayo RN, Medical Unit, Marie Anderson OMC Nurse Practitioner, Orthopedics, Diane Wrobleski OMC RN, Emergency Room, Amy Berends OMC RN, Lead, St. Charles, Keith Berhow Mayo LPN, Express Care, Virtual Respiratory Rooming Nurse photographed in May 2020 for National Nurses Day. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Stacy Jacobson Mayo RN, Surgical OR, Syanti Hilman Mayo RN, Medical Unit, Marie Anderson OMC Nurse Practitioner, Orthopedics, Diane Wrobleski OMC RN, Emergency Room, Amy Berends OMC RN, Lead, St. Charles, Keith Berhow Mayo LPN, Express Care, Virtual Respiratory Rooming Nurse photographed in May 2020 for National Nurses Day. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Norman Pipho adjusts a flag for the class of 2020 senior recognition organized by the Pine Island Lions Club on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Pine Island. 88 flags were placed on the football field to honor and celebrate the seniors. “People really do care about them. We care that they aren’t enjoying their senior year the way that they had hoped to. My heart breaks for them. They didn’t get their prom, they may not get a graduation like they had hoped to have. Maybe this will give them at least one thing to remember that no other senior class had,” Philip Woodward, president of the Pine Island Lions Club said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Norman Pipho adjusts a flag for the class of 2020 senior recognition organized by the Pine Island Lions Club on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Pine Island. 88 flags were placed on the football field to honor and celebrate the seniors. “People really do care about them. We care that they aren’t enjoying their senior year the way that they had hoped to. My heart breaks for them. They didn’t get their prom, they may not get a graduation like they had hoped to have. Maybe this will give them at least one thing to remember that no other senior class had,” Philip Woodward, president of the Pine Island Lions Club said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A pair of C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Minnesota National Guard and the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve conduct a flyover in recognition of all essential workers and those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, over downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A pair of C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Minnesota National Guard and the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve conduct a flyover in recognition of all essential workers and those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, over downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Mabel-Canton teacher Paul Tollefsrud and elementary physical education teacher Lonnie Morken enter into their “time machine” as they film a “back to the future” themed distance learning education class for their students to watch at home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Mabel. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Mabel-Canton teacher Paul Tollefsrud and elementary physical education teacher Lonnie Morken enter into their “time machine” as they film a “back to the future” themed distance learning education class for their students to watch at home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Mabel. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Neighbors come out of their houses to watch as the Loud Mouth Brass band parades the street playing music during Slatterly Street Tunes on Monday, May 25, 2020, throughout the Slatterly Park neighborhood in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Neighbors come out of their houses to watch as the Loud Mouth Brass band parades the street playing music during Slatterly Street Tunes on Monday, May 25, 2020, throughout the Slatterly Park neighborhood in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Neighbors Scott Christiansen and Alan Sanchez, 3, mow their lawns on Monday, May 25, 2020, in Rochester. Alan typically helps his mom mow their lawn, but today joined in with his neighbor as well. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Neighbors Scott Christiansen and Alan Sanchez, 3, mow their lawns on Monday, May 25, 2020, in Rochester. Alan typically helps his mom mow their lawn, but today joined in with his neighbor as well. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Faith Apel, a teacher at Mayo high school, updates grades for her students as her son Beau, 8, goofs around under the bed on Monday, May 18, 2020, at their home in Rochester.  Beau typically gets special education services at school for reading and writing. With the pandemic, everything has fallen on Faith’s shoulders. “I definitely think there’s an academic cost; I think his special ed teacher was able to provide him with support that I don’t know, necessarily, how to do,” Apel said. “He pretty much needs to be one-on-one all the time because he gets so frustrated.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Faith Apel, a teacher at Mayo high school, updates grades for her students as her son Beau, 8, goofs around under the bed on Monday, May 18, 2020, at their home in Rochester. Beau typically gets special education services at school for reading and writing. With the pandemic, everything has fallen on Faith’s shoulders. “I definitely think there’s an academic cost; I think his special ed teacher was able to provide him with support that I don’t know, necessarily, how to do,” Apel said. “He pretty much needs to be one-on-one all the time because he gets so frustrated.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
UMR graduate Alynn Kruse, left, hugs Taylor Leas after receiving her diploma alongside Lexi Cronin during their virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in the courtyard outside their apartment complex in downtown Rochester. “I think the only thing I’m missing is saying thank you and goodbye to all the faculty and staff. All the people that got me here,” Kruse said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
UMR graduate Alynn Kruse, left, hugs Taylor Leas after receiving her diploma alongside Lexi Cronin during their virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in the courtyard outside their apartment complex in downtown Rochester. “I think the only thing I’m missing is saying thank you and goodbye to all the faculty and staff. All the people that got me here,” Kruse said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Andrew Sonnabend, 15, catches up with neighbor Patience Kankeh as they tend to their plants on Monday, June 2, 2020, at Cimarron community garden in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Andrew Sonnabend, 15, catches up with neighbor Patience Kankeh as they tend to their plants on Monday, June 2, 2020, at Cimarron community garden in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
The corn tower stands illuminated in a glow of orange following a storm on Monday, June 2, 2020, in southeast Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
The corn tower stands illuminated in a glow of orange following a storm on Monday, June 2, 2020, in southeast Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
George Floyd’s casket is carried out to the hearse after a family memorial service on Thursday, June 4, 2020, outside  Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University in Minneapolis. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
George Floyd’s casket is carried out to the hearse after a family memorial service on Thursday, June 4, 2020, outside Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University in Minneapolis. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kaliah Harden, 11, pleads that no more Black lives are lost to police brutality during a Power to the People rally honoring the lives lost on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Rochester. "When I speak, I speak for all the children around the world. We want to live," Kaliah said. "They want to feel equal. Sometimes people can't even walk in a store without someone saying in their mind, 'Oh, they're going to steal.' We're good people."(Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Kaliah Harden, 11, pleads that no more Black lives are lost to police brutality during a Power to the People rally honoring the lives lost on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Rochester. "When I speak, I speak for all the children around the world. We want to live," Kaliah said. "They want to feel equal. Sometimes people can't even walk in a store without someone saying in their mind, 'Oh, they're going to steal.' We're good people."(Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Malik Abdallah, 6, of Rochester, chants George Floyd’s name during a Power to the People rally honoring the lives lost to police brutality on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Malik Abdallah, 6, of Rochester, chants George Floyd’s name during a Power to the People rally honoring the lives lost to police brutality on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Eugene Washington yells “Mama I can’t breathe” in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody on Friday, May 29, 2020, outside the Law Enforcement Center in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Eugene Washington yells “Mama I can’t breathe” in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody on Friday, May 29, 2020, outside the Law Enforcement Center in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Protestors chant for justice in front of police presence in downtown Rochester on May 29, 2020, in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week. Traci Westcott / Forum News Service
Protestors chant for justice in front of police presence in downtown Rochester on May 29, 2020, in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the week. Traci Westcott / Forum News Service
A young protestor chants at a police officer through a window in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody on Friday, May 29, 2020, throughout downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A young protestor chants at a police officer through a window in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody on Friday, May 29, 2020, throughout downtown Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Jasmyne Johnson who grew up in Plainview but now of Minneapolis, reads off reasons that Black lives have been taken to a group of counter-protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest to bring awareness to systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality on Saturday, June 27, 2020, outside the City Hall in Elgin. “Respect my voice. I’ve studied these things, I’ve learned about these things. I’ve experienced them. I’ve lived them,” Johnson said. “It’s so disheartening because I did try to explain to them this is what [racism] is. I don’t know that they are ever going to learn from this, but maybe someday they will have some time to reflect on this. Their whole argument is that ‘All Lives Matter’ and of course all lives matter. The issue is that Black people are not treated the same, are not respected, and our lives don’t matter to many, many people.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Jasmyne Johnson who grew up in Plainview but now of Minneapolis, reads off reasons that Black lives have been taken to a group of counter-protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest to bring awareness to systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality on Saturday, June 27, 2020, outside the City Hall in Elgin. “Respect my voice. I’ve studied these things, I’ve learned about these things. I’ve experienced them. I’ve lived them,” Johnson said. “It’s so disheartening because I did try to explain to them this is what [racism] is. I don’t know that they are ever going to learn from this, but maybe someday they will have some time to reflect on this. Their whole argument is that ‘All Lives Matter’ and of course all lives matter. The issue is that Black people are not treated the same, are not respected, and our lives don’t matter to many, many people.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Abbie Anderson-Tryon, center, holds Michelle Zheng’s hand while listening to a speaker read the last words of George Floyd during a Power to the People rally honoring the lives lost to police brutality on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Abbie Anderson-Tryon, center, holds Michelle Zheng’s hand while listening to a speaker read the last words of George Floyd during a Power to the People rally honoring the lives lost to police brutality on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Yezi Gugsa, 17, top left, Youser Yousif, 19, Cristina Erickson, 18, and Muntaas Farah, 19, all leaders in recent movements are pictured in July of 2020. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Yezi Gugsa, 17, top left, Youser Yousif, 19, Cristina Erickson, 18, and Muntaas Farah, 19, all leaders in recent movements are pictured in July of 2020. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Innocynce Johnson, 10, of Minneapolis, plays saxophone with Ivan Cunningham and others along Chicago Ave on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Innocynce rollerbladed with her saxophone and stopped to play music with the group she had never met before. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Innocynce Johnson, 10, of Minneapolis, plays saxophone with Ivan Cunningham and others along Chicago Ave on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Innocynce rollerbladed with her saxophone and stopped to play music with the group she had never met before. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Light beams down after a storm on the construction site for a Love’s Travel Stop during a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the I-90 stop in St. Charles. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Light beams down after a storm on the construction site for a Love’s Travel Stop during a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the I-90 stop in St. Charles. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A couple watches during a drive-in movie showing Frozen 2 on Saturday, June 20, 2020, by Veterans Memorial Park in Kasson. About 75 cars attended the event which was sponsored by the Kasson Chamber of Commerce and was free to the public.  (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A couple watches during a drive-in movie showing Frozen 2 on Saturday, June 20, 2020, by Veterans Memorial Park in Kasson. About 75 cars attended the event which was sponsored by the Kasson Chamber of Commerce and was free to the public. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Terry Hanson works on fixing a carburetor as his grandson, Aiden, 6, helps on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, outside their home in Fountain. Hanson said he’s working on the car to sell it. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Terry Hanson works on fixing a carburetor as his grandson, Aiden, 6, helps on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, outside their home in Fountain. Hanson said he’s working on the car to sell it. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rod Jeche bows his head in prayer during a gathering to mark the opening of their Rochester campaign office on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Rochester. “We need to change this country and keep it going good,” Jeche said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Rod Jeche bows his head in prayer during a gathering to mark the opening of their Rochester campaign office on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Rochester. “We need to change this country and keep it going good,” Jeche said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Summer, 5, takes a bite out of her sandwich while having a picnic with her family and friends after tennis lessons on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Kutzky Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Summer, 5, takes a bite out of her sandwich while having a picnic with her family and friends after tennis lessons on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Kutzky Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Members of the Rochester Area Chamber work during a free mask distribution drive-thru event on Monday,  August 3, 2020, outside of 125 Live in northwest Rochester. The Rochester Area Chamber sponsored the event, receiving 148,000 disposable masks from the state of Minnesota to be distributed (up to 250 masks) to local businesses and non-profits on a first come first serve basis while supplies last. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Members of the Rochester Area Chamber work during a free mask distribution drive-thru event on Monday, August 3, 2020, outside of 125 Live in northwest Rochester. The Rochester Area Chamber sponsored the event, receiving 148,000 disposable masks from the state of Minnesota to be distributed (up to 250 masks) to local businesses and non-profits on a first come first serve basis while supplies last. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A classroom of students spreads out, maintaining a distance between students, on the first day of school on Monday, July 26, 2020, at Longfellow Elementary School Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A classroom of students spreads out, maintaining a distance between students, on the first day of school on Monday, July 26, 2020, at Longfellow Elementary School Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Carol Hall, Minnesota biological survey herpetologist works to assess the population of Blanding’s turtles on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Kellogg-Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area in Kellogg. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Carol Hall, Minnesota biological survey herpetologist works to assess the population of Blanding’s turtles on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Kellogg-Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area in Kellogg. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Byron’s Nate Noonan (20) congratulates his teammate after both scoring runs during a 14U game against Red Wing on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Athletic Field in Red Wing, Minnesota. Nate was diagnosed with Leukemia on May 2, 2019, Nate was unsure if he’d be able to join the team again for the summer season. “I just know that whatever happens, the Lord wants to happen,” Nate said. “God has a plan for me. The Lord will take care of everything, so there is really no reason to worry.” Nate’s had two clean bone biopsies since December 2019. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Byron’s Nate Noonan (20) congratulates his teammate after both scoring runs during a 14U game against Red Wing on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Athletic Field in Red Wing, Minnesota. Nate was diagnosed with Leukemia on May 2, 2019, Nate was unsure if he’d be able to join the team again for the summer season. “I just know that whatever happens, the Lord wants to happen,” Nate said. “God has a plan for me. The Lord will take care of everything, so there is really no reason to worry.” Nate’s had two clean bone biopsies since December 2019. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Emma Wegmen, 4, plays with a sparkler before the firework display, part of the Rochester Community Celebration, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Soldiers Field Memorial Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Emma Wegmen, 4, plays with a sparkler before the firework display, part of the Rochester Community Celebration, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Soldiers Field Memorial Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
The Patriot Parachute team jumps with an American flag for the 14th Annual Tee it up for the Troops charity golf event on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
The Patriot Parachute team jumps with an American flag for the 14th Annual Tee it up for the Troops charity golf event on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Election Official Chrissy Halverson sanitizes a voting booth during a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Willow Creek School in Rochester.  (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Election Official Chrissy Halverson sanitizes a voting booth during a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Willow Creek School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Nick, Matt, Alecia, and Zack Fernholz, 10, watch as Brother Ali performs during a drive-in concert, part of the Rochester Community Celebration, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. This was Zack’s first concert experience. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Nick, Matt, Alecia, and Zack Fernholz, 10, watch as Brother Ali performs during a drive-in concert, part of the Rochester Community Celebration, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. This was Zack’s first concert experience. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A group of children dashes towards candy during a parade to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kasson American Legion Post 333 on Saturday, August 15, 2020, in Kasson. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A group of children dashes towards candy during a parade to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kasson American Legion Post 333 on Saturday, August 15, 2020, in Kasson. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Arihant Kanwar, 7, takes a quick break to float in his inner tube before returning to swimming on August 24, 2020, at Chester Woods Beach in Eyota. This was his first time swimming at the beach during the summer season. According to the U.S. National Weather Service, there is a Heat Advisory in effect until 9:00 PM CDT for Olmsted County and other southern Minnesota counties. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Arihant Kanwar, 7, takes a quick break to float in his inner tube before returning to swimming on August 24, 2020, at Chester Woods Beach in Eyota. This was his first time swimming at the beach during the summer season. According to the U.S. National Weather Service, there is a Heat Advisory in effect until 9:00 PM CDT for Olmsted County and other southern Minnesota counties. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, left, and principal Amanda Durnen waves to students as they head towards their busses during his visit to Byron’s Primary School as part of the statewide Safe Learning Tour in Southern Minnesota on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in Byron. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, left, and principal Amanda Durnen waves to students as they head towards their busses during his visit to Byron’s Primary School as part of the statewide Safe Learning Tour in Southern Minnesota on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in Byron. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
St. Charles and Lewiston firefighters work to extinguish a barn fire on Thursday, August 27, 2020, near Chatfield. Winona County Sheriff's Department Deputy Charles Rolbiecki confirmed no people were injured in the fire, but at least one horse has deceased. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
St. Charles and Lewiston firefighters work to extinguish a barn fire on Thursday, August 27, 2020, near Chatfield. Winona County Sheriff's Department Deputy Charles Rolbiecki confirmed no people were injured in the fire, but at least one horse has deceased. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
RavensFire band performs for neighbors during Porchfest, a free music event hosted by the residents of Kutzky Park, on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
RavensFire band performs for neighbors during Porchfest, a free music event hosted by the residents of Kutzky Park, on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Twins Everly and Arlo Nieling, 4, enjoy their apples with their dad Nicky on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Northwoods Orchards in Oronoco. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Twins Everly and Arlo Nieling, 4, enjoy their apples with their dad Nicky on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Northwoods Orchards in Oronoco. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
June Hendrickson climbs a tree while playing with her brother James on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Rochester. June, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, is allowed multiple play breaks a day now. “It only makes me make more noise and make more trouble inside if I can’t get outside,” June said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
June Hendrickson climbs a tree while playing with her brother James on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Rochester. June, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, is allowed multiple play breaks a day now. “It only makes me make more noise and make more trouble inside if I can’t get outside,” June said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
James Hendrickson, 11, explores near the backyard of his home on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Rochester. “For us play is a lot of the purpose of having them homeschooled. That they get to really enjoy, they get to really engage with something deeply, their imagination, exploration. There is a lot more learning that is going on in that. I trust the play that they do as a kid to be will be really good for them longterm,” Brandon, James’ dad said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
James Hendrickson, 11, explores near the backyard of his home on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Rochester. “For us play is a lot of the purpose of having them homeschooled. That they get to really enjoy, they get to really engage with something deeply, their imagination, exploration. There is a lot more learning that is going on in that. I trust the play that they do as a kid to be will be really good for them longterm,” Brandon, James’ dad said. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Millville’s Alex Martin races in a 250 moto during the AMA Pro Motocross national championship series races on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Spring Creek MX Park near Millville. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Millville’s Alex Martin races in a 250 moto during the AMA Pro Motocross national championship series races on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Spring Creek MX Park near Millville. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Craig Erpestad of Rochester protests during a surprise visit from Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter, on Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Trump Victory Office in Rochester. “I’m scared. I’m scared that he blames everything on everyone else, and won’t take responsibility for anything. All he does is call people names and tell people lies so many times until they believe it. He tries to discredit everything that’s against him. He fires anybody that tries to stand up to him. He surrounds himself with ‘yes-men’ and it scares me,”  (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Craig Erpestad of Rochester protests during a surprise visit from Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter, on Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Trump Victory Office in Rochester. “I’m scared. I’m scared that he blames everything on everyone else, and won’t take responsibility for anything. All he does is call people names and tell people lies so many times until they believe it. He tries to discredit everything that’s against him. He fires anybody that tries to stand up to him. He surrounds himself with ‘yes-men’ and it scares me,” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter, holds a surprise visit on Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Trump Victory Office in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter, holds a surprise visit on Friday, September 25, 2020, at the Trump Victory Office in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Amy Caucutt, left, and Cathy Swessel with the League of Women Voters wave to cars during the Rochesterfest drive through parade on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at RCTC in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Amy Caucutt, left, and Cathy Swessel with the League of Women Voters wave to cars during the Rochesterfest drive through parade on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at RCTC in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lourdes’ Sydney Elliott serves the ball during a No. 1 doubler match against Stewartville on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lourdes’ Sydney Elliott serves the ball during a No. 1 doubler match against Stewartville on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lourdes’ Hannah Roth hugs doubles teammate Annabel Boughey after their final senior match on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Lourdes’ Hannah Roth hugs doubles teammate Annabel Boughey after their final senior match on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
John Marshall’s Cole Peterson (18) tries to intercept a pass to Century’s Isaiah Huber (1) during a game on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
John Marshall’s Cole Peterson (18) tries to intercept a pass to Century’s Isaiah Huber (1) during a game on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at John Marshall High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
James  Hendrickson, 11,  gets a closer look as his mom Kristin tries to create a bubble filled with dry ice on Thursday, October 8, 2020, outside their home in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
James Hendrickson, 11, gets a closer look as his mom Kristin tries to create a bubble filled with dry ice on Thursday, October 8, 2020, outside their home in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Photos of Mayo friends and family of the players sit in the stands during a game against Mankato West on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Mayo High School in Rochester. Limited fans were allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Photos of Mayo friends and family of the players sit in the stands during a game against Mankato West on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Mayo High School in Rochester. Limited fans were allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Pine Island’s Ben Pike and Alex Bestgen (88) work through drills during practice on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, outside the high school in Pine Island. Bestgen, a Pine Island special education student, recently lived out one of his dreams. He was put in the game where he made a carry. “Anyone who knows Alex, knows that Alex can fixate on football,” Susan, Alex's adoptive mom said. “It is his passion, so it is special to see him out there. He wants to be out there with (his teammates) all the time, lifting weights, conditioning, and doing all of those things. He just wants to be one of the guys. That’s why I really appreciate these Pine Island coaches, letting him do that and looking out for his safety and well-being.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Pine Island’s Ben Pike and Alex Bestgen (88) work through drills during practice on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, outside the high school in Pine Island. Bestgen, a Pine Island special education student, recently lived out one of his dreams. He was put in the game where he made a carry. “Anyone who knows Alex, knows that Alex can fixate on football,” Susan, Alex's adoptive mom said. “It is his passion, so it is special to see him out there. He wants to be out there with (his teammates) all the time, lifting weights, conditioning, and doing all of those things. He just wants to be one of the guys. That’s why I really appreciate these Pine Island coaches, letting him do that and looking out for his safety and well-being.” (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a Get Out the Vote Mobilization event honoring essential workers on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Essex Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a Get Out the Vote Mobilization event honoring essential workers on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Essex Park in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Antewan Webber Sr., owner of Fade Clinic Barbers, works with Trahern Pollard of Rochester on Friday, October 16, 2020, at the shop in northwest Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Antewan Webber Sr., owner of Fade Clinic Barbers, works with Trahern Pollard of Rochester on Friday, October 16, 2020, at the shop in northwest Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Century’s Max Comfere (3) heads the ball during a Section 1AA quarterfinal soccer match against Lakeville South on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Century High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Century’s Max Comfere (3) heads the ball during a Section 1AA quarterfinal soccer match against Lakeville South on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Century High School in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A Trump supporter wears a hat as President Donald Trump speaks at a “Make America Great Again” rally on Friday, October 30, 2020, at Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
A Trump supporter wears a hat as President Donald Trump speaks at a “Make America Great Again” rally on Friday, October 30, 2020, at Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
President Donald Trump departs after speaking at a “Make America Great Again” rally on Friday, October 30, 2020, at Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
President Donald Trump departs after speaking at a “Make America Great Again” rally on Friday, October 30, 2020, at Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Brian Seifert, owner of Willows & Waters Senior Living facility, watches as Rochester Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that destroyed the garage on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in northwest Rochester. Nobody was injured in the fire. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Brian Seifert, owner of Willows & Waters Senior Living facility, watches as Rochester Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that destroyed the garage on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in northwest Rochester. Nobody was injured in the fire. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Annie Kaelber, 4, of Shoreview jumps as her Uncle Wade Miller of La Crosse, WI., pulls her and her brother Parker, 6, in a sled while picking out a Christmas tree on Friday, November 27, 2020, at Zumbro Valley Tree Farm in Zumbro Falls. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Annie Kaelber, 4, of Shoreview jumps as her Uncle Wade Miller of La Crosse, WI., pulls her and her brother Parker, 6, in a sled while picking out a Christmas tree on Friday, November 27, 2020, at Zumbro Valley Tree Farm in Zumbro Falls. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Chatfield High School teacher Nora Gathje walks her zoom students through classwork during an environmental science class on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at the high school in Chatfield.  (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Chatfield High School teacher Nora Gathje walks her zoom students through classwork during an environmental science class on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at the high school in Chatfield. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Blooming Prairie firefighters remain at the site of a hog facility that burned on Thursday morning, December 3, 2020 near Blooming Prairie on Minnesota Highway 30. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Blooming Prairie firefighters remain at the site of a hog facility that burned on Thursday morning, December 3, 2020 near Blooming Prairie on Minnesota Highway 30. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Research assistant Chase Lathrum prepares control samples for antibody testing on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Imanius Life Sciences in northwest Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Research assistant Chase Lathrum prepares control samples for antibody testing on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Imanius Life Sciences in northwest Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Brantley Pahl, 4, of Mazeppa, tells Santa what he wants for Christmas during a visit behind a plexiglass barrier on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at ABC and Toy Zone in northwest Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Brantley Pahl, 4, of Mazeppa, tells Santa what he wants for Christmas during a visit behind a plexiglass barrier on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at ABC and Toy Zone in northwest Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Juan Esparaza bows his head in prayer while presenting an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a shrine during an 8-mile pilgrimage on Saturday, December 12, 2020, from Eyota to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Juan Esparaza bows his head in prayer while presenting an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a shrine during an 8-mile pilgrimage on Saturday, December 12, 2020, from Eyota to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

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