12/28/2020 11:36:00 AM The story of 2020: the coming of COVID-19
Robert Hruska, grocery manager at Fareway, stands near the shelves emptied of toilet paper and paper towels in mid-March. Shoppers concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 virus quickly bought all the store’s toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and more.
Anna Buckmeier, a highest honors graduate with the Stewartville High School class of 2020, smiles brightly as she accepts her diploma from Patrick Breen, principal of SHS, during the drive-up graduation ceremony and student parade on Sunday, June 7.
The year of Our Lord 2020 will forever be remembered as the year of the pandemic. In Stewartville, across the United States and around the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) closed schools, forced restaurants to serve only take-out food, eliminated traditional graduation ceremonies, reduced church attendance, cancelled sports events and changed people's vocabulary to include terms such as "social distancing," "community spread," and "flattening the curve." The pandemic reached Stewartville in mid-March, when shoppers concerned about the spread of the virus quickly emptied Fareway's shelves of a variety of items... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Dec. 29 Stewartville STAR.