The latest COVID data for Blue Earth County shows there have been 1,648 cases reported since the pandemic began. The county has a total of six deaths. As of now, there is currently no one hospitalized or in the ICU in the county according to the county's website.
618 individuals took advantage of a free COVID-19 testing event held in Waseca this week. Waseca county public health director Sarah Berry says the test results are already being processed. It was the first in a series of no-barrier COVID-19 testing events put on by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Mankato City Council has chosen a new city manager. Susan Arntz, the current administrator of Waconia, was selected for the position during a special meeting Friday afternoon. The meeting was held after the council interviewed three finalists for the position. The council has asked the consulting firm the Mercer Group to work to finalize a contract with Arntz. A formal selection is expected to be made at Monday night's city council meeting.
MANKATO, Minn. – The Salvation Army in Mankato is announcing that it will launch a new rewards program for frequent shoppers at its Family Store on Mankato’s east side. The new program is slated to begin Thursday, October 1st. The program will utilize a punch card, with which shoppers will get a punch for each qualifying purchase (of at least $5). Once they have received 10 punches, they’ll have earned a reward worth $5 off a Family Store purchase. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for many retailers, including us,” said Lt. Andy Wheeler, who oversees both the operation [...]
Mankato-At 7 a.m., Monday, September 28, a portion of Adams Street (between Hope Street and Patriot Drive) will be temporarily closed for utility work. A detour will be provided and the road is expected to reopen later in the afternoon, Tuesday, September 29 (weather permitting). Stay informed about road closures. For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.
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. 94,189 Total positive cases (cumulative) 1,191 Newly reported cases 6 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Aitkin 1 Anoka 73 Becker 8 Beltrami 9 Benton 6 Big Stone 5 Blue Earth 29 Brown 2 Carlton 7 Carver 8 Cass 6 Chippewa 2 Chisago 13 Clay 32 Crow Wing 13 Dakota 74 Dodge 13 Douglas 11 Faribault 5 Fillmore 5 Freeborn 9 Goodhue [...]
The Highway 30 construction project between Highway 22 and New Richland has ended early. MnDOT says the project was scheduled to be completed in early October but the roadway will be open to traffic after five p.m. today. The project is included resurfacing 21 miles of roadway, replacing two box culverts, lining several culverts, adding lighting, upgrading guardrail, and adding aggregate to shoulders.
The North Mankato City Council will discuss the city's utility fund budgets in a work session on Monday. City administrator John Harrenstein says there will likely be a slight increase for city residents. "There will be a recommended rate increase for either stormwater or wastewater," said Harrenstein. "It will likely amount to around a dollar a month increase for residents." Harrenstein says most of the city's decisions from now until the end of the year will involve the budget. The city is planning a property tax levy reduction in 2021.
A 33-million dollar expansion to the Rivers Edge Hospital in St Peter was recently completed. St Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke says in normal times they'd hold a grand opening event but due to COVID-19 they're planning to do a virtual tour. "We have one of our local drone guys flying his drone through the building and he will be able to go everywhere," said Prafke. "During a normal in-person open house you wouldn't get to see, for example, the operating room. With this, you will. It will be really, really cool." Prafke says when it is finalized, the city will [...]
A Wells man was injured in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 22 and North Riverfront Drive in Mankato yesterday afternoon. Authorities say 38-year-old Micheal Moll was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System with non-life-threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol says around quarter to one, a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Edgar Gonzales of Henderson collided with a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Faisal Khalif of Minneapolis. The State Patrol says the collision caused the Jeep to roll onto its top where it was struck by a vehicle driven by Moll.