Driving around St. Joseph, you notice the boarded-up storefronts, collapsed houses and empty lots of what used to be. Decay spreads and it’s clear which areas of town are infected.
More than a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic struck Northwest Missouri and the community had to react quickly. The task required not only manpower, but also heaps of cash.
Wade Braaten had just settled down with his wife in what they thought would be their retirement lake house in the spring of 2019. It wasn’t until a utility worker came knocking on his door that he realized something was wrong.
A school district almost can’t be discussed without reference to its facilities, and that is true in St. Joseph more than almost anywhere.
The first Buchanan County resident to die from COVID-19 was an inmate who had been housed at the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center. Now ten months after his death, more than 7,500 staff and offenders within the Missouri Department of Corrections have contracted the virus …