Biden to nominate Denis McDonough for Veterans Affairs

Stillwater’s own. WCCO reports: “President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Denis McDonough, who was President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff, as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. … The sprawling agency has presented organizational challenges for both parties over the years. Biden is continuing to stockpile his incoming administration with prominent members of the Obama’s team. Biden plans to make the formal announcement Friday, along with several other

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Where to find a perfect fir for the holidays? Try a national forest: Peak Northwest podcast

Why pay top dollar for a perfect Christmas tree when you can pay a nominal fee, tromp off into the woods and cut down your own?

While you might not walk away with the prettiest fir in the world, harvesting your Christmas tree from the national forest is a Pacific Northwest pastime – and a great excuse to get outside this time of year.

On this week’s episode of Peak

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Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

The BYU grad is aiming for an ‘engaging’ mix of ‘music-video esthetics’ and live performance

(Sydney Takeshta | courtesy of Lindseystomp/Concord Records) Electronic-dance violinist Lindsey Stirling has produced a Christmas TV special, “Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays,” which she will offer as a pay-per-view livestream on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

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Will workers return after COVID-19?

The big question for all those Salt Lake City office towers: Will workers return after COVID-19?

(Illustration by Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Few worlds blew apart with the pandemic like our lives at the office.

COVID-19 upended countless everyday workflows, habits and human interactions built around a culture shared daily and face to face at the workplace.
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Coronavirus may be pushing New York state hunting boom

The pandemic this year has helped reverse a long trend of dwindling interest in hunting as the number of people taking New York state’s mandatory hunting licensing test and license payments nearly tripled, according to an analysis by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

“We’ve had about three decades-plus decline, not just in New York, but in the United States as a whole, in hunting,” said Laura Rabinow, deputy director of … Read More

Is ‘rainscaping’ the next new yard trend? Here’s how to make your yard water-friendly.

Water is arguably the most important ingredient of a successful garden.

Not enough can slowly kill even the most drought-tough plants, while too much can rot roots and lead to the same outcome.

A hose (along with money to cover the water bill) is an antidote to the problem of not enough water.

However, it’s much harder to head off trouble from excess water after a heavy or prolonged rain

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India’s case level a third of its September peak

NEW DELHI — India is reporting 31,521 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, dropping to just over a third of the peak level seen in mid-September.

India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000 for more than a month.

The health ministry also reported 412 deaths Thursday, raising India’s total fatalities to 141,772.

India’s health ministry says some coronavirus vaccines are likely to receive licenses in the next

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Knox County Schools’ move to virtual learning has ripple effect for other organizations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knox County Schools’ announcement that all of its district schools would shift to online learning next week is causing a ripple effect of both closures/suspension of activities for related organizations as well as the expansion of other groups in order to help out.

Knox County Schools announced Wednesday evening that all of its district schools would shift to online learning beginning Monday, Dec. 14, with an

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Weekend roundup: Area events include ‘Nutcracker,’ other theatrical productions | Entertainment

Fans of live theater are in luck this weekend as curtains will rise on multiple live and streaming performances at venues across Central Texas.

‘We Need a Little Christmas’ at TCT

Temple Civic Theatre will present “We Need a Little Christmas,” a holiday spectacular with live and streaming performances this weekend.

Led by Wayne Bachus, the show will feature performances from popular TCT personalities spreading holiday cheer. Performers include Bachus

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The Latest: India’s Case Level a Third of Its September Peak | Business News

NEW DELHI — India is reporting 31,521 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, dropping to just over a third of the peak level seen in mid-September.

India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000 for more than a month.

The health ministry also reported 412 deaths Thursday, raising India’s total fatalities to 141,772.

India’s health ministry says some coronavirus vaccines are likely to receive licenses in the next

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Sparta Recreation Department Presents Holiday Celebrations

SPARTA, NJ-  With all the challenges facing the community this year, the Sparta Recreation Department has announced a number of holiday activities.  Some are new, some are tradition and some have been recreated.

On Thursday afternoon, the township will light a menorah on the grounds in front of the Sparta VFW on Main Street.  Because of the limits to the number of people who can gather, the Recreation Department will

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The Latest: Tex. Official Critical of Lockdown Is Virus Case | Business News

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas state official who has been critical of measures ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott in efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic says he has tested positive for the virus.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was among an estimated 200 people who rallied outside Abbott’s home in October to protest his pandemic orders, including a continued statewide mask mandate and lockdowns.

In a statement Wednesday, the 65-year-old

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York County modifying operations over holiday season

Public entry into York County government buildings will be suspended effective Dec. 21 and continue to Jan. 11, 2021. All county operations will continue during this suspension, according to a press release.

The commissioners encourage the public to conduct their business with the county either online or over the phone, if possible. The county’s website, yorkcountypa.gov, contains contact information for county departments, the release said.

Modified operations for essential services

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The Latest: Doctor Has Concern About Vaccine Availability | Business News

WASHINGTON — The founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium says she has concerns about the availability of potential coronavirus vaccines.

Dr. Ala Stanford said Wednesday that “everyone who needs a test cannot get a test. So, I do have concerns about the vaccine availability.”

She says it is important that vaccines are received by people “going to work every day in contact with the public, bringing it home to

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