Mankato schools have released more information about the COVID-19 positive released yesterday. School officials say through contact tracing they've determined the individual at Mankato West High School who tested positive was not positive during the time when they were at school. The district is reminding residents to wash hands often with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching your face, stay home if you're sick, and frequently clean all commonly touched areas, to minimize the spread.
Local Ag expert Kent Thiesse says conditions as of now are set for a good corn harvest. Thiesse says one problem producers may have is a good one to have in the big picture. "If the crop ends up bigger than expected, they might have trouble finding room to store all of the corn," said Thiesse. "We could see corn piled on the ground if we have big yields. We haven't seen that in a few years since we haven't had that big of yields." Last year there was a shortage of LP gas which wreaked havoc with the harvest, but [...]
Waseca County With the Highest Rate of COVID-19 Cases/10,000 Residents in Minnesota, Blue Earth County Third
Waseca county currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per ten thousand residents in the state and Blue Earth county ranks third in the state in that category. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Waseca County has 72.84 COVID-19 per ten thousand residents and Blue Earth County has 57.3 cases per ten thousand. Those totals are the average number of cases between August 23rd and September fifth. The state's safe learning plan says anytime a county has 50 or more COVID-19 cases per ten thousand, distance learning is recommended for all students.
A Mankato man has been charged with being a fugitive from justice in another state. Blue Earth County court records say 28-year-old Mario Carlisle was wanted on a warrant from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. The warrant for Carlisle's arrest was issued in February. Carlisle was arrested Tuesday. He is being held in Blue Earth County Jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.
Minnesota Department of Health officials are keeping an eye on COVID-19 data in neighboring states. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom "Given we are still awaiting the impact the Labor Day weekend and schools and college re-opening, we watching the data with a bit of concern," said Malcom. "If we see the same increase we did after the fourth of July we could see the same increasing numbers we're seeing in our neighboring states." Malcom says it's a reminder state residents need to remain vigilant against the virus.
North Mankato city officials say they're playing a property tax rate reduction in 2021. City manager John Harrenstein says the city may have to tighten its belt due to the state's government situation. "If that Local Government Assistance situation gets more uncertain, that will force us to take a closer look at the budget," said Harrenstein. "That could affect our capital improvements and our ability to keep our staffing levels where they are." Harrenstein says it's about finding a happy medium to still provide the necessary services at the same time do so in as economically feasible of a way as [...]
DWIs in Minnesota are well ahead of last year's pace. Troy Christianson is with the Minnesota State Patrol. "Our 100 most traveled days are from Memorial Day to Labor Day," said Christianson. "This year we've had 300 more arrests for DWI than last year at this time. And that's a very high number since a lot of the bars and establishments are closed." Christianson says arrests are being made around the clock "There are a lot more arrests being made in the morning than in previous years," said Christianson. "Point-one-five to point-two-zero levels have been quite common." Christianson reminds motorists the [...]
Courtrooms recently re-opened after being closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Cutcher is the chief public defender for the fifth judicial district. He was asked is it possible to catch up on the current backlog. "It's not," said Cutcher. "Everyone needs to realize this is going to be a long process." Cutcher says the court system has used zoom for hearings, but that presents some challenges. "If there's live testimony, if you and I start talking at the same time it cuts out," said Cutcher. "More times than not the court is going to stay they want evidence [...]
COVID-19 Patients Currently Represent 3.4 Percent of All Hospitalization in the State, 6.6 percent of all ICU Patients
The number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU in the state of Minnesota is at its lowest level this month. MDH is reporting 131 patients in ICU, the lowest total since August 31st. That's out of 238 total hospitalizations, an increase of five from Monday. According to MDH data, COVID-19 patients represent 6.6 percent of all ICU patients in the state and 3.4 percent of all hospitalizations statewide.
The property tax levy rate in Mankato is staying the same. Alison Zelms is the deputy city manager in Mankato. "For the tenth year in a row, we are anticipating a flat extension rate of 44 percent for the city's property tax," said Zelms. "Any increase in actual dollars is primarily coming from new construction." The Mankato City Council took the action at its meeting Monday night. Zelms says the council takes similar action every year around this time. "Every year by mid-September, the city has to adopt the property tax levy," said Zelms. "From there the levy can go down [...]