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Largely behind the scenes, these heroes are tracking the virus, studying the effectiveness of PPE, even donating plasma after their own frightening bout with COVID-19. This month you have an opportunity to thank the scientists and researchers who are working day and night to crack the code on COVID-19 as quickly as possible. And Minnesota can be proud that so many national leaders reside right here in our state.

Some of your messages will be published in the Aug. 29 Inspired print section and online, too. Please be specific and limit your remarks to a couple sentences. Take a look at how readers have honored other front-line workers, from first responders to delivery people. (Editor's note:Entries are now closed. Check startribune.com/inspired on Aug. 28and in print the following dayto see reader thank yous.)