Considine: No Other Choice But to Extend Governor’s Emergency Powers

By |2020-07-09T15:09:16-05:00July 9th, 2020|

State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato says he will support the extension of Governor's Walz peacetime emergency powers because he feels has no other choice. "I have two choices," said Considine. "One, end the peacetime emergency and have nobody at the helm, or two, back the Governor. There has to be someone who's willing to do the work and be there on a daily basis." Considine says if senate republicans agreed to finish their work, he'd have no problem stopping Walz's peacetime resolution. "If the Republicans would agree to negotiate and stick around, I would support the end to the emergency [...]

Draheim: Governor Will Keep His Emergency Powers “To Keep Us Jumping Through Hoops To Live Our Lives”

By |2020-07-09T14:56:33-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Minnesota lawmakers will be heading back to St.Paul for another special session next week. Governor Walz's emergency powers related to COVID-19 expire Monday, and State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake fully expects them to be extended. "I think Governor Walz wants to extend his powers as long as possible," said Draheim. "One way to do that is to keep the fear going. They'll keep changing the goalposts to keep us jumping through hoops to live our lives." The house and senate would need to vote to stop the emergency powers. Last month, the republican-controlled Senate voted to do so but [...]

Blue Earth County Library Extends Appointment Opportunities

By |2020-07-09T11:45:30-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, the Mankato location of the Blue Earth County Library System will be adding additional in-person access to the Library via appointment.  Patrons will be able to browse the collection, utilize equipment (computers, printer, copier, microfilm machine, etc.), receive technology help, reference services, and wireless internet.  Appointments will be in 45-minute increments Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm.  Patrons wishing to visit the Library by appointment may do so by calling 507-304-4001. No Contact Materials Pick Up Service will continue by phone or by visiting to request items.  [...]

City of Mankato receives funding for proposed redevelopment project

By |2020-07-09T11:34:57-05:00July 9th, 2020|

The city of Mankato was awarded a Contamination Investigation and Cleanup Grant in the amount of $49,162 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The grant will be used for updated environmental testing to determine whether remediation will be required at the former location of the Public Works Garage, 221 Lamm St. The 5.04-acre site is the location of a proposed redevelopment project, which includes 108 units of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) apartments, nine workforce townhomes and 7,500 square feet of commercial space. Matching funds will be paid for by the developer, Cohen-Esrey Development Group. "This site [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 24 in BEC, 589 in MN (July 9)

By |2020-07-09T11:11:34-05:00July 9th, 2020|

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. 40,163 Total positive cases (cumulative) 589 Newly reported cases 5 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 36 Becker 1 Beltrami 6 Benton 6 Blue Earth 24 Brown 2 Carlton 1 Carver 16 Chisago 1 Clay 5 Clearwater 1 Cottonwood 1 Dakota 47 Dodge 1 Douglas 1 Freeborn 4 Goodhue 4 Grant 5 Hennepin 166 Houston 1 Isanti 2 Itasca 3 Jackson [...]

YWCA Receives $10,000 Grant

By |2020-07-09T11:01:07-05:00July 9th, 2020|

YWCA announced a $10,000 grant received from the Union Pacific Foundation as part of its COVID-19 Relief Grant program.  The grant will be used to support and enhance our work related to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.    “Funds will be used to help us re-start our Girls, Inc. program, making sure we provide a safe and nurturing environment for in-person programs to take place,” said YWCA Executive Director, Natasha Lopez-Rodriguez.  “Through Girls Inc., we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths.  We [...]

State officials concerned George Floyd officer trials could spark more civil unrest

By |2020-07-09T06:49:39-05:00July 9th, 2020|

More video surveillance, more officers, possibly a bike response unit -- security measures that officials are considering for the State Capitol in this tense period following the death of George Floyd.   Republican Senator Andrew Lang from Olivia told state Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington: "I'm concerned about what the response is gonna be when these murder trials start happening. I'm very concerned. I expect a lot out of your department, I expect a lot out of the State Patrol in the upcoming months." Harrington responded: "We're tracking the concerns about when the George Floyd murder trial will start.   We [...]

State rep asks, why no state COVID assistance for adult day care providers?

By |2020-07-09T06:37:36-05:00July 9th, 2020|

State Representative Tim Miller from Prinsburg says organizations that provide daycare for adults with disabilities are on the brink of collapse because they've been shut down indefinitely by the pandemic but have received no financial assistance from the state: "These programs, I have like four or five of 'em in my district and they politely call me and say, we're still not seeing this funding, can you help us? And I'm like, yep. And I go and talk to people in the legislature and they're like, yep, we're working on it. And then nothing happens." Miller says Minnesota has not asked [...]

Republicans focus on State Capitol security after protesters topple Columbus statue

By |2020-07-09T06:30:26-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Security at the State Capitol was Senate Republicans' focus at hearings Wednesday, prompted by protesters toppling the statue of Christopher Columbus during civil unrest after the death of George Floyd.   Republican Senator Jeff Howe from Rockville says many people were surprised at how easily protesters pulled down the statue, and asked state Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington: "Has anyone made any request to have the rest of these statues... looked at to make sure that they are... securely fastened to their bases?" Harrington: "Have not asked that question. I have asked my staff to scour the Internet to see if [...]