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Tech gurus get high praise for pandemic work

A tiny Carlton County department gained national recognition recently for work they did to limit person-to-person contact during vaccination clinics held during the pandemic.

Geographic Information System coordinator Jared Hovi and GIS specialist Siona Roberts were awarded the prestigious Special Achievement in GIS award for their work creating a digital tracking system for residents wishing to be vaccinated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their goal was to eliminate paper forms and limit human contact for Carlton County Health and Human Services' drive-through vaccination clinic. Their efforts...