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Rochester requires masks in public places for a few weeks

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Rochester appears to be the latest city in Minnesota to impose a COVID mask mandate, because of the spread of the omicron variant.

The emergency declaration from the mayor’s office took effect early Sunday morning, and the Rochester city council was scheduled to meet Sunday night to decide whether the declaration can last longer than three days. 

Minnesota Public Radio says the order to require masks in indoor public spaces in Rochester, with a few exceptions, is scheduled to continue through the first week of February. 

Meanwhile, Minnetonka also has approved a mask mandate to take effect Monday night.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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