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Linda Vanderwerf

Reporter

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340

She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She spent her first two years of college at the University of Minnesota - Morris.

In her career, she has covered politics, city and county governments, business, public safety, health care and a wide range of feature stories. She currently covers education and health for the West Central Tribune.

Vanderwerf grew up on a farm between Redwood Falls and Morgan in Redwood County and graduated from Redwood Falls High School, now called Redwood Valley High School.

She speaks English.

The symptoms that linger after a COVID-19 infection can be puzzling and worrisome. Fatigue, breathing issues and brain fog can last for months. And because the disease has been around for only about two years, no one knows how much longer they may last.
West-central Minnesota health system is implementing an easy reference guide for physicians and information for patients about managing acute pain without using opioid pain medications. Often, the first line of treatment is over-the-counter painkillers, which doctors say are more effective than people think.
A worn-out staff at Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar is waiting to see a end to the latest surge of COVID-19 cases.
Patients were avoiding Minnesota's health care providers a year ago, but they started to return in the third quarter of 2020. Now, patient volumes are approaching 2019 levels, before the coronavirus arrived in the United States. Federal relief aid has helped them manage the upheaval.
Kendra Lindblad of Dawson has been acquitted of sexual contact with a child, charges for which she was indicted in South Dakota in October 2019. She was found not guilty by a jury late last week.
Frustration with distance learning is probably common among parents, but there's an added frustration for immigrant parents who can't understand their children's lessons.
Kandiyohi County officials have reported thefts of road signs since August, mostly in the northeastern part of the county, including the towns of Willmar, New London and Spicer. About three dozen signs and a construction barrel were recovered this week, and the investigation is continuing.