Dr. Birx: Change needed to prevent spread of coronavirus

A top White House COVID-19 adviser said southeast Minnesota residents need to make changes.

“Living in a rural area, or being part of a rural area right now, doesn’t protect you from this virus because we’re finding that spread is occurring among individuals before a person knows they have COVID,” Dr. Deborah Birx said during a Saturday visit to the Rochester Community and Technical College campus.

The White House coronavirus response coordinator met for nearly two hours with local and state officials, as well as others from throughout the state, during what has become part of the physician's routine. Birx said she’s been touring the nation for 60 percent of her time in recent months.

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'The carry' provides lifelong memory for Pine Island player

Pine Island’s Alex Bestgen (88) laughs with his teammates as they stretch during practice on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, outside the high school in Pine Island. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Pine Island’s Alex Bestgen (88) laughs with his teammates as they stretch during practice on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, outside the high school in Pine Island. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

When the score is 28-6, game-ending plays rarely have a way of making a crowd’s collective heart pound.

But this was different. Pine Island senior Alex Bestgen had been anticipating for a lifetime what was about to happen, and everyone connected to the Panthers’ football team knew it.

That’s why 27-year-old Alex Robideau was hurriedly grabbing his phone and chasing over to the sideline. He’d heard Bestgen’s name being called two weeks ago in the waning moments of a game against Red Wing, and it could only mean one thing. Robideau’s special-education student, the guy he supervises at every Pine Island practice and game, was finally going to get his chance.

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Trick-or-treating risky, but not banned in Rochester

Trick-or-treaters line up at a house on Thursday Oct. 31, 2019, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
Trick-or-treaters line up at a house on Thursday Oct. 31, 2019, in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Health officials and city leaders aren’t trying to trick anyone out of fun. However, they say it would be a treat if people stayed in on Halloween and kept gatherings for the holiday small.

City officials are not forbidding door-to-door trick-or-treating for Halloween.

However, a joint announcement made Friday by the City of Rochester, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health and Olmsted Medical Center lists trick-or-treating as a “high risk” activity during the current COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement advises people who have vulnerable family members at home to abstain from the tradition this year.

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No. 3 'beats up' No. 2: Cannon Falls wears down, runs past Lourdes

Cannon Falls' Marcus Banks (16) carries the ball during a Southeast District football game against Lourdes Saturday, Oct. 24, at Mayo High School in Rochester. Cannon Falls beat Lourdes 34-7. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
Cannon Falls' Marcus Banks (16) carries the ball during a Southeast District football game against Lourdes Saturday, Oct. 24, at Mayo High School in Rochester. Cannon Falls beat Lourdes 34-7. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

The names Carson Kronenberger, Bailey Dwyer-Schact, Kendrick Otto, Mason Anderson-Rosebear and Lukas Hoffman didn't show up on the stat sheet Saturday.

But those five players had as big of an effect as anyone whose name did make the stat sheet, on the marquee matchup in Class AAA high school football in Week 3.

Cannon Falls' powerful and physical offensive linemen paved the way for 342 rushing yards and a more than two-to-one time of possession ratio as the No. 3-ranked Bombers earned a methodical, convincing 34-7 victory against No. 2-ranked Rochester Lourdes at Mayo High School Stadium.

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Trump's 'biggest supporter in Minnesota' dies in crash

Randal Thom, from Lakefield, Minn., gets a glass of water during a break right before Vice President Mike Pence delivers keynote remarks at an American First Policies "Tax Cuts to Put America First" event in Minneapolis Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  (Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Randal Thom, from Lakefield, Minn., gets a glass of water during a break right before Vice President Mike Pence delivers keynote remarks at an American First Policies "Tax Cuts to Put America First" event in Minneapolis Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

A Lakefield, Minn., man deemed President Donald Trump’s “biggest supporter in Minnesota” was killed in a car crash Monday, Oct. 19, reportedly days after meeting the president.

According to a Facebook group, Randall Thom, 60, was the creator of Front Row Joes, an online assemblage of Trump supporters.

“We all lost a true friend and we lost a great Patriot and original FRONT ROW JOE Randal Thom — and we are absolutely heart broken,” the group said in a post.

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