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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials suspect a coronavirus variant is driving an increase in case growth across the state in recent weeks as they race to vaccinate the state’s population.

Health officials said more than 300 cases of the B117 variant first detected in the United Kingdom have been found in Minnesota. Officials warned against gathering for approaching spring holidays like Easter, Ramadan and Passover or travelling for spring break to prevent increased risk for spreading the virus.

More than 1.3 million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than 788,000 have been fully inoculated as of Wednesday.

9 Times People from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Were Featured on MasterChef

How many MasterChef contestants are from our neck of the woods: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa? There are actually 9 former contestants from one of those three states! Below you'll find those contestants, where they're from, and what season they were on.