SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In the second episode of NewsMD podcast "The Health Variant," host and Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg and three fellow reporters — all who covered COVID-19 over the last year — will compare and contrast the unique pandemic choices of the governors of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Three neighbors, three different COVID-19 approaches.

Future episodes of the podcast will also dig into health topics important to the region — such as the health research, cannabis laws and the health of rural hospitals — and introduce listeners to must-know places and people.

NewsMD is a Forum Communications brand focusing on health and health care reporting, primarily in the Upper Midwest, including coverage of industry news, research, trends, technology, economic and policy issues.

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For comments or podcast episode topic suggestions, contact Fugleberg at or on Twitter: @jayfug.