Blue Earth County is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the [...]
Residents of South Central Minnesota are invited to join Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) planners online May 18 to test their knowledge of the state transportation system and share their vision for its future. The “Let’s Talk Transportation!” virtual events will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Topics will include aging infrastructure, climate change, economy and employment, equity, safety and transportation options. In addition to a trivia competition, these events will feature colorful comics that will encourage people to tell their own stories about how transportation affects their lives.
Due to the reconstruction of Victory Drive (between Hoffman and Stadium roads), access to Annual Clean-up has been adjusted. Eligible residents participating in Annual Clean-up at the Public Works Center, 501 S. Victory Dr., will need to enter the site using the eastbound lanes of Hoffman Road. To access Annual Clean-up from the: North: Use Victory Drive and turn left onto Hoffman Road. West: Use Glenwood Ave, continuing straight onto Hoffman Road. South: Use Pohl Road and turn right onto Glenwood Avenue, continuing straight onto Hoffman Road.
(MANKATO) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents ages 12 to 15. The final decision on Emergency Use Approval is expected Wednesday by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) applauds this step in bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents. Mankato Clinic physicians encourage parents and caregivers to protect their teens against COVID-19 when the vaccine is available to them. “Data from clinical trials shows that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for younger age groups. The [...]
Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is moving COVID-19 testing from the Madison East Center to its vaccination center at 1315 Stadium Road, effective Monday, May 17. The move allows for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to be consolidated at one convenient location. Testing and vaccinations will have separate hours, and both will require appointments. Appointments for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations can be made through Patient Online Services, which is Mayo Clinic Health System's patient portal. Appointments also can be made by calling 507-594-2100. Appointments for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are open to non-Mayo patients.
Sixteen Minnesotans are among 24 Midwesterners named to the Bush Foundation fellowships. The St. Paul-based foundation honors 24 community leaders each year from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and 23 Native Americans nations in the three states. This year's winners will get up to 100-thousand dollars for education or opportunities like networking or training to boost leadership skills.
A St. Paul man is accused of stealing vials of COVID-19 vaccine, recording the alleged theft, and posting it on social media. Thomas Humphrey was arrested last Thursday on an unrelated charge in Blaine. He was released the same day. Meanwhile, Oakdale police say they're opening a theft investigation after Allina Health reported May 4th that the 32-year-old defendant stole a vial of the Pfizer vaccine from the clinic's vaccination site.
The NFL schedule gets released today, meaning Vikings fans will learn weeks and times for the first ever 17-game season. Minnesota is one of the teams that adds a ninth road game this year; among the teams outside of the NFC North coming to U-S Bank Stadium are the Cowboys, Rams and Seahawks.
Boys volleyball will not be a sanctioned varsity sport in schools. Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League didn't achieve the two-thirds required vote to pass an amendment adding boys volleyball. Advocates said volleyball is one of the fastest rising sports, and that volunteer teams eclipse the number of those in boys lacrosse. Representatives who were against the proposal cited costs and the complications of Title 9. Despite this, the MSHSL did vote to add sectional playoffs and a state tournament for girls wrestling starting with the upcoming school year.
The Minnesota House will vote tomorrow on a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use in the state. That bill, which has passed through nearly a dozen committees, could face tough opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate if approved. The legislation would allow Minnesotans 21 and over to buy and possess certain amounts of cannabis while also expunging the criminal records of those convicted for non-violent crimes involving marijuana. Cannabis use is legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C.