The Blue Earth County Library has introduced an additional virtual opportunity. Every month a different guest storyteller shares tales of their life based on a different theme or topic. Patrons log on from their home computers and listen to great stories and are welcome to share some of their own. The next event will be held this Thursday, October 22nd at 8 pm. On Thursday, we will be joined by Esther Yunkin, RN with a theme of "Career and Changes." Esther has had a life-long passion for helping others. After 17-years working as an RN in the ER, she was fed up putting [...]
Mankato-City staff will be in front of the Public Safety Center, 710 S. Front St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 to assist anyone wanting to dispose of unwanted medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For safety, this is provided as a curbside service and staff and participants are required to wear masks during drop-off. Responsibly disposing of medications helps keep them out of landfills and the water system. Items collected are incinerated to have the least environmental impact. Accepted items: prescription medications over-the-counter medications narcotics and other controlled substances medication samples pet medications [...]
MnDOT seeking community feedback on design concepts for the Hwy 14 and Blue Earth County Road 56 intersection in Eagle Lake
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is seeking community feedback on design concepts for the Hwy 14 and Blue Earth County Road (CR) 56 intersection in Eagle Lake. The public is invited to view a video presentation of three design concepts and complete a corresponding survey by visiting the project website at mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy14eaglelake/public-input.html. The survey is live through November 2. MnDOT, Blue Earth County, and the City of Eagle Lake are partnering on a project, tentatively scheduled for 2022, to improve safety at the Hwy 14/CR 56 intersection. Safety improvements were made at three intersections on Hwy 14 in Eagle Lake in [...]
The uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic may have created financial instability for residents. Blue Earth County has an Emergency Assistance Program to assist with rent/mortgage and utility expenses in these instances to help individuals provide for themselves and their families during this uncertainty. This program is intended to help with shelter costs, such as past-due rent/mortgage payments or a damage deposit. The program may also assist with payments of utilities, including electricity, heat, and water, when there is a threat of disconnection. Residents may be eligible for the program if they do not have enough other resources to resolve their crisis and are [...]
Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson, who was shot in the line of duty on January 6th, 2020 is coming home today. All are invited to line the sidewalks of State Street (Highway 13) from the Waseca Junior/Senior High School to the Public Safety building to welcome him home, beginning at approximately Noon. An escort of emergency vehicles will bring Officer Matson past the public in a drive-by so he can see all that came to greet him. PLEASE follow social distancing guidelines and stay on the sidewalks or far off of the roadway. The road will NOT be shut down and [...]
Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. Total positive cases (cumulative) 119,396 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 119,145 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 251 Newly reported cases 2,297 Newly reported confirmed cases 2,287 Newly reported probable cases 10 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 7 0 Anoka 100 1 Becker 33 0 Beltrami 7 0 Benton 35 0 Big Stone 3 0 Blue Earth 43 0 [...]
Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason announces that the investigation into the Officer-Involved Shooting concerning Austin Dean Heights has been completed. This incident occurred on the Minnesota River within Le Sueur County on April 18th, 2020. After extensive review, Le Sueur County Attorney Brent Christian determined that the four Officers that discharged their weapons were justified and authorized under state statute 609.066. Therefore, no criminal charges against the involved Officers were supported. On April 18th, 2020 Austin Dean Heights entered a convenience store and proceeded to the restroom. As he exited the restroom he was holding a .22 caliber rifle [...]
COVID-19 testing at the drive-thru location at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato's Eastridge campus will move inside of the Madison East Center, beginning Oct. 21. The new location inside the previous Fountain Centers space provides an indoor location during winter for the safety and comfort of patients and staff. The move also frees up parking space on the Eastridge campus. Those with COVID-19 symptoms who want to be tested should call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525 to be referred to the testing location, or they should contact their primary care provider.
After a review of the most recent information related to COVID-19, Mankato Area Public Schools will remain in a hybrid learning model for all elementary and secondary schools when school resumes after the MEA break. So far in October, positive cases in Blue Earth County have ranged from around 20 on October 1 to 1 on October 12; and ranged from around 15 on October 3 to 2 on October 12 in Nicollet County. In MAPS, there have been nine cases this week and 27 since the start of the school year. We continue to monitor the information on a [...]
A second round of grant funding is being offered to small businesses and non-profits in Nicollet County that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of funding was offered in September. Grant awards will be provided to businesses and non-profits that experienced interruption, closure or significant revenue loss as a result of the public health emergency. Grant awards will be up to $10,000 based on eligibility. Businesses and non-profits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees can apply. The first grant round was limited to businesses and non-profits with up to 20 full-time equivalent employees.