A Kasota man was arrested after a search warrant was executed Wednesday night. The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Curt Cermak was charged with first-degree sale of methamphetamine. Authorities seized several items from the residence including glass pipes and bongs, two digital scales, several Baggies, and approximately nine thousand dollars in cash.
157 people have been newly admitted to Minnesota hospitals with COVID-19 in the last three days. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says that total will likely keep going up. "Unfortunately, I just think it's going to keep increasing," said Ehresman. "I think we're seeing a ripple effect from our increased cases earlier this month." Wednesday marked the first day there have been more than three hundred Minnesotans in the hospital with COVID-19 since June 27th.
A Mankato woman is facing three offenses after an incident last Saturday night at a Mankato motel. Blue Earth County court records say 31-year-old Keshia Christmas was charged with threats of violence, malicious punishment of a child, and domestic abuse. Authorities say Christmas is accused of beating her 14-year-old child with a belt, choking and hitting her and threatening to kill officers while in a police vehicle.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota are at their highest rate in a month. The Minnesota Department of Health says there are 310 individuals hospitalized statewide. That marks the first time since June 27th that the overall hospitalization total has been over 300. The state's ICU total is 143, up five from Tuesday. MDH reports nine new COVID-19 deaths; the 36th time in 38 days, the state has seen single-digit COVID-19 deaths.
BEC Receives 8.2 Million Dollars in Federal CARES Funding, Needs to Spend Those Dollars By December First
Blue Earth County has received eight-point-million dollars from the federal CARES act to be used for COVID-19 relief. County administrator Bob Meyer says they need to make decisions on how to use those funds quickly. "The big challenge with this money is we have to spend it by December first of this year," said Meyer. "So we have a small window to develop programs and get those working in the community." Meyer says discussions have taken place with the county board regarding addressing the direct expenses that the county is incurring as a result of the pandemic, a business assistance program, [...]
25th Straight Day of Single-Digit COVID-19 Deaths in Minnesota, Hospitalizations and ICU Numbers Increase
Minnesota has now seen 25 straight days of single-digit COVID-19 deaths. MDH reported 4 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, including 3 in long-term care. The daily report says hospitalizations increased. MDH says the ICU total increased 12 to 138 and other hospitalizations increased 25 to 156. Blue Earth County officials say there are currently 774 overall COVID-19 cases in the county. Of that total, three are currently hospitalized and one is in the intensive care. The county has reported four COVID-19 deaths.
A Spring Lake Park man was arrested after an incident last Wednesday. Blue Earth County court records say 63-year-old Terrance Smith was charged with threats of violence, fifth-degree assault, interference with a peace officer, and possession of marijuana. Authorities say Smith is accused of slapping a man in the face and threatening to shoot the man and witnesses near a property he owns near Garden City.
A Sunday afternoon accident has led to the arrest of a Morris man. Blue Earth County court records say 45-year-old Micah Zeltwanger was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities say Sunday afternoon shortly before two p.m, a vehicle driven by Zeltwanger rear-ended another vehicle on Timberwolf Drive. The court reports said Zeltwanger left the scene of the accident before being apprehended a short time later. Authorities say officers spoke to Zeltwanger’s 9-year-old son who told them his dad hit the back of another car. The child was not hurt.
A Mankato man has been charged with eight counts of possessing pornographic work. Blue Earth County court records say 18-year-old Anthony Barnes was taken into custody earlier this month following an investigation. Authorities say four of the charges of possessing pornographic work were connected to photos of a minor under 13 and the other four were related to being a registered predatory offender. Court records say Barnes was also charged with two counts of distribution of electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct to a child.
A statewide mask mandate is now in effect. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health was asked how long would it take to judge whether or not the mandate will be effective. "The mandate only started on Saturday so it will likely take a few weeks or more to really see the impact," said Ehresman. The executive order, which went into effect Saturday, requires face coverings in all indoor public places for everyone age six and up.