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Residents protest mask mandate

A parking lot full of people, with crowds spilling into the streets, showed up at the Sweet Home district office on Monday evening, Aug. 9, brandishing signs and making their voices heard in regard to Oregon's recent mask mandate in K-12 schools for the upcoming school year.

The crowd, which was listening to an audio version of the board meeting outside the building, cheered when the board unanimously passed a petition to Gov. Kate Brown to rescind the mask mandate and support the return to local health and decision making that had previously been in effect under the June 25 recovery order....