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Mankato City Clean Up Underway

By |2020-08-07T05:28:56-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Mankato’s annual city clean up is underway. Like most things, it was postponed from this spring due to COVID 19. Residents of Mankato should have received a postcard with their designated drop-off dates. The City says to bring that card with you to the drop off site and that you must follow your assigned time. The cleanup will remain largely the same as previous years, with drop off at 501 South Victory Dr. But the city says that this year, people will be asked to unload their own items this year as a safety precaution. Mattresses and box springs will not [...]

Alive After 5 Series Cancelled

By |2020-08-07T05:27:24-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Greater Mankato Growth says the 2020 Alive After 5 Concert series has been cancelled.   The downtown, free concert was originally scheduled for Thursdays throughout the month of August.

Klobuchar, Smith Announce Crop Insurance Deadline Extensions

By |2020-08-06T06:21:54-05:00August 6th, 2020|

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is extending deadlines on crop insurance policies due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. USDA is authorizing Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to provide policyholders additional time to pay premium and administrative fees and to waive accrual of interest. In addition, USDA is authorizing AIPs to provide up to an additional 60 days for policyholders to make payments and waive additional interest for certain agreements.

Waseca Woman Appointed By Walz to Council on Disability

By |2020-08-06T06:18:34-05:00August 6th, 2020|

A Waseca woman was named by Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan to the Council on Disability.  Hope Johnson will begin on August 10. The Council on Disability advises and aids the governor, state agencies, and the public on public policy and the administration of programs and services for people with disabilities in Minnesota.

Some Minnesotans head to Sturgis motorcyle rally, despite COVID warnings

By |2020-08-06T06:24:26-05:00August 6th, 2020|

A number of Minnesotans are headed to the huge motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota that begins tomorrow (Fri), despite COVID warnings from state health officials. Commissioner Jan Malcolm says: "There are people coming in to the event from high-incidence states and... it's just a pretty ripe environment for further spread and folks bringing the virus back to their home communities." Malcolm urges Minnesotans who attend the Sturgis rally to quarantine for 14 days when they get back, watch for symptoms, and be tested for COVID five to seven days after returning, even if no symptoms appear.

Mayo Clinic Health System advising patients not to delay treatment of minor injuries and illnesses

By |2020-08-06T06:13:15-05:00August 6th, 2020|

MANKATO, Minn. — During the COVID-19 pandemic, some people may be concerned with the safety of local clinics and hospitals. Unfortunately, this concern may keep them from seeking care when they need it.  “The fear of visiting Urgent Care locations may be exasperated because some Urgent Care locations are near dedicated COVID-19 testing sites,” says Graham King, M.D., family medicine physician and Urgent Care lead, Mayo Clinic Health System. “But you should know that it is safe to seek care in Urgent Care locations across Mayo Clinic Health System.” While health care providers are trained to ― and routinely do ― [...]

No health insurance? Check out MNsure exchange

By |2020-08-06T05:53:51-05:00August 6th, 2020|

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100,000 Minnesotans have come through MNsure to find health insurance coverage. The head of the state's health care exchange encourages any Minnesotan who does not currently have health care insurance to apply.   CEO Nate Clark says depending on your income, you may even also qualify for federal tax credits: "It will help off-set the cost of your monthly insurance premium. And also depending on your income you could qualify for no-fee or very, very low fee insurance coverage." Minnesotans encouraged to apply those that have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance or [...]

MPCA rolls out new electric school bus pilot project

By |2020-08-06T05:42:10-05:00August 6th, 2020|

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced a new pilot project that will help fund at least six electric school buses in communities across the state. MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop says she's committed to a move away from diesel-powered buses for two reasons: "One, we know that they're a major source of emissions in our local neighborhoods and two, because we know that children are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of air pollution." The new buses are expected on the roads in fall 2022. Officials say each new electric school bus will remove 29 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. [...]

Minnesota Auto Dealers Challenging Governor Walz’s Desire To Enact California Car Emission Standards

By |2020-08-05T16:46:18-05:00August 5th, 2020|

The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association is raising some concerns over a proposed action being discussed by Governor Walz. Scott Lambert is the president of the association. "The Governor wants to mandate California car emission standards," said Lambert. "And he wants to do it by rule rather than by legislative action. Under this rule, we would have to live under the California air resources board rules regarding what type of vehicles we could buy and operate. We in Minnesota are very, very different than California." Lambert feels with issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, this particular issue has been [...]

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