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Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping is often a 16-hour experience for Deb Galles. Some years it was nearly 24 hours. This year? "It is my first year in 15 years that I haven't taken off work to go Black Friday shopping," Galles said.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, University of Minnesota Physicians ("UMPhysicians") issued notice of a data security event that potentially affected the confidentiality of personal information related to certain patients.

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ANOKA, Minn., Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Outdoor Inc. ("Vista Outdoor") (NYSE: VSTO) is donating Bell helmets, Bell bike pumps and CamelBak bottles to Pedal Power Minnesota following the theft of the organization's trailer filled with bikes, helmets, accessories and equipment. Vista Outdoor also joined with 235 other Minnesotans in supporting the Give Minnesota Pedal Power campaign. Vista Outdoor's $30,000 donation completes Pedal Power's goal of $50,000. The funding is needed to support Pedal Power's 2021 operations, including purchase of traditional bikes, adaptive bikes and other equipment such as high-visibility vests and shirts.

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In 1862, the Valley Grove Lutheran congregation erected a church made from local quarried limestone in Wheeling Township. By 1894, it had outgrown the original building and built a wooden Gothic Revival edifice seventy-five feet away. Although the congregation disbanded in 1973, the remaining picturesque site and its structures were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- City Hall building in South Sioux City will be closed to walk-in traffic by the public beginning Monday, as a precaution related to community spread of the novel coronavirus.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sezzle Inc. (ASX: SZL), the highest-rated Buy Now, Pay Later solution, today announced its partnership with GameStop to provide the world's largest retailer of video games access to its flexible and innovative digital payment solution. Sezzle is now available at GameStop's more than 3,300 U.S. retail stores, online at www.gamestop.com, and in the GameStop mobile app.

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SPRINGFIELD — Members of the state Senate Veterans Affairs Committee had pointed questions Tuesday for officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs about the agency’s response to an outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home that has resulted in at least 27 resident deaths from COVID-19-related complications.

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A roundup of state government and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday:

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CHANHASSEN, Minn., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A coalition of health and fitness companies, led by Life Time, issued an open letter today to Governor Walz and his administration, calling for the State to reconsider its complete closure of health and fitness facilities. The coalition has urged the Governor to permit health and fitness clubs to operate with enhanced COVID mitigation protocols to help Minnesotans reduce underlying health conditions that contribute to even worse COVID-19 health outcomes. The group cited the closures as counterproductive to the State's overall public health goals to reduce critical illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. The letter is as follows:

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SPRINGFIELD -- The state’s rolling seven-day average COVID-19 case positivity rate decreased by a half point Tuesday to 10.4% as hospitalizations continued to show signs of leveling, but officials urged caution ahead of the holiday weekend.