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The Uninvited Tragedy: A wedding — then six funerals

The deaths and infections from COVID-19 in a long-term healthcare facility continue to pile up, leaving families in mourning after a super-spreader event about 100 miles away.

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The Uninvited Tragedy: A wedding — then six funerals

The Uninvited Tragedy: A wedding — then six funerals

MADISON – The first call to Giberson Funeral Home came Sept. 3 from Mary ‘Janey’ Hughgill’s family. Eight days later, another call came from Helen Lynch’s family. The two women, both residents of Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison, died nearly a...

Chasing Maine: The Goat Farm

Chasing Maine: The Goat Farm

To learn more about Sunflower Farm Creamery, visit its website and YouTube channel. Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people,...

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CMP, Avangrid spent dark money to drum up support for controversial power corridor on top of record-breaking $11.3M public campaign

A lawyer for the dark money conduit, Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs, said the financial ties between it and the utility would have been disclosed by Sept. 7 under new ethics guidelines. But now that the referendum is off the ballot, the extent of those connections will go unreported.

The preacher and the outbreak

The preacher and the outbreak

For the Sanford pastor at the center of the East Millinocket wedding, sin is ‘a pandemic worse than the coronavirus.’ Now his church has multiple COVID-19 cases.

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Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

The Maine Monitor examines Maine’s criminal justice system at a time when there’s appetite for major change. Our series looks at the system – successes and failures – to test whether defendants and victims can rely on it to give them due process.

Coronavirus in Maine: Daily Headlines

A compilation of top stories about the pandemic from The Maine Monitor’s media partners across Maine.

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Follow the Money

Mainers are facing a historic congressional election season in 2020. Examine how campaign fundraising and spending are shaping the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using The Maine Monitor’s interactive campaign finance trackers. 

2020: A Class Dismissed

The Maine Monitor spoke to seniors from high schools across the state to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a pandemic and a disrupted senior year.

Help Wanted: The Immigrant Opportunity

Given that Maine is racing into an economic crisis because it doesn’t have enough workers for its jobs, we decided to examine the role immigrants could have in helping to solve Maine’s serious workforce needs.

The Last Responders

Along with provoking a pandemic, COVID-19 has triggered a grief epidemic. It has robbed families of final goodbyes, left loved ones to die with strangers, postponed wakes and funerals. And it has overwhelmed Maine’s “Last Responders,” priests, chaplains, funeral directors and hospice workers who must work around restrictions aimed at diminishing virus infections.

Born to Drugs

Nearly 5,000 babies have been born affected by drugs in Maine in the past five years. These innocent victims are caught in a crisis that is marked by suffering and strained hospitals and state resources.

The News Makers

Journalism created with care and integrity is a cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant democracy. In this series, we examine the newspaper landscape in Maine and how the loss of local reporting is a growing civic crisis.

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Chasing Maine: The Goat Farm

Ten years ago, Hope Hall and her family decided to chase a dream of living on a farm. What they didn’t expect was to become an internet sensation. Videos of their baby goats in Cumberland now attract millions of viewers from across the globe.

Chasing Maine: Tugboating on Casco Bay

Chasing Maine: Tugboating on Casco Bay

 Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree State.

Chasing Maine: A Banner Day with Flying John

Chasing Maine: A Banner Day with Flying John

   Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree...

Maine’s governor born for hard times, and hard decisions

Maine’s governor born for hard times, and hard decisions

Janet Mills weighed the life-changing decision.  A month before her 15th birthday, Janet, her parents and two of her siblings traveled in the family station wagon from their Farmington, Maine, home to the A. I. duPont Institute for Crippled Children in Wilmington,...

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