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As coronavirus infections and related hospitalizations continue to rise statewide, the region has shown only modest increases in vaccination rates, with Winona County up by only 0.3% from three weeks ago.

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First identified in South Africa, this was detected in the U.S. at the end of January 2021. This is also considered a variant of concern by the CDC.

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Although the Epsilon variant is included on the Illinois health department’s website, a spokeswoman said it would be soon taken off the “variants of concern” list as it is not considered one by the CDC. The CDC lists the Epsilon variant, which includes multiple mutations, as a variant of interest.

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First identified in the United Kingdom, and later found in the U.S. in December 2020, alpha is considered a variant of concern by the CDC, which noted it might have increased severity based on hospitalization and fatality rates.

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The state Legislature passed a bill this session to eliminate the personal property tax affecting businesses and provided funding in the 2021-23 state budget to give municipalities money to make up for it. But with a stroke of his pen on Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the bill that would have eliminated the archaic personal property tax.

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Open floor plans are out; dedicated spaces for remote work and learning are in. Also, check out more home and personal finance advice from experts at NerdWallet, Forbes and the Motley-Fool.

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