Minnesota's coronavirus cases continue to hover in the low thousands. On Thursday, the state department of health reported nearly 13-hundred new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths. New cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are all down at least 25-percent over the last 14 days.
This week Mankato elementary students had a successful return to the hybrid learning model. Families are encouraged to continue to report their child’s illness to Health Services. Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Staff can help identify COVID-like symptoms and explain the isolation and quarantine process. Tentatively the district is planning for middle and high school students to return to the hybrid learning model on February 4th. The transition days for this would be February 1st and 2nd, which would be no school days for secondary students. Again, this is tentative, as we will be [...]
Governor Tim Walz is setting loftier goals for Minnesota when it comes to clean energy. Walz released a list of climate change proposals Thursday, which includes a proposal for Minnesota to have completely carbon-free energy by 2040. Minnesota lawmakers will consider several bills connected to Walz' proposals during the 2021 legislative session.
Much of central and southern Minnesota will see snow this weekend. The National Weather Service says areas from Brainerd to the south could see anywhere from one to six inches of snow Saturday through Sunday morning. A small area between Mankato and Redwood Falls could see up to seven inches of snow.
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) 450,762 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 432,312 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 18,450 Newly reported cases 1,292 Newly reported confirmed cases 1,087 Newly reported probable cases 205 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 3 0 Anoka 45 16 Becker 5 1 Beltrami 17 5 Benton 5 0 Big Stone 5 1 Blue Earth 15 1 [...]
Just after 2:00 am on 01-21-21 a Blue Earth County deputy attempted to stop 2004 Chrysler 300 for an equipment violation in the area of Highway 60 and County Road 118 near the Watonwan County Line. The driver refused to stop resulting in a pursuit with speeds over 100 mph. The pursuit traveled through Lake Crystal, went south on Highway 169 and ended in Garden City when deputies pinned the car in so it could no longer move. Deputies determined that the Chrysler had been reported stolen in South Dakota. The driver, 42- year-old Shawn Eugene Humphries of Sioux Falls, was [...]
Blue Earth County has reported 5,410 cases of COVID 19 since the pandemic began. There are currently 86 people in the hospital with COVID, 11 are in the ICU. The county's website says 33 people in the county have died from COVID 19.
The North Mankato Fire Department was called to a residential structure fire at a side-by-side duplex (32 & 34 Restless Court) at 6:49 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, for a report of a garage fire. Emergency crews arrived to find vehicles on fire inside the structure, with the garages of both units fully engulfed. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire keeping much of the fire damage to the garages. The living areas of both units received smoke and water damage. Firefighters were able to rescue several family pets from one of the units. One resident received minor burns to [...]
“Mankato Clinic is receiving a high volume of calls from people who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, the Mankato Clinic does not have vaccine available for eligible patients. Please do not call your healthcare provider right now. We will let patients know when they can start making appointments for the vaccine. Visit www.mankatoclinic.com for updates on vaccine availability,” said Dr. Andrew Lundquist, Mankato Clinic Chief Medical Officer. “Our providers are eager to offer COVID-19 vaccinations when vaccine becomes available to us.”
At the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners approved a Business Assistance Grant Program available to eligible businesses and nonprofits. The funds have been allocated to Blue Earth County from a COVID relief package by the State of Minnesota. Eligible business owners may apply for a one-time grant to cover operational expenses. Operational expenses may include, but are not limited to, insurance costs, legal fees, payroll, rent, utilities, property taxes, marketing/advertising, licensing fees, accounting fees, routine maintenance, travel/vehicle expenses, office supplies, repairs to existing building and equipment. Grant awards will be based on [...]