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”
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 [...]
One of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his case dismissed. An attorney for Thomas Lane said in court papers that the case against his client should be dismissed for lack of probable cause. As part of his court filing, attorney Earl Gray filed transcripts from body camera footage recorded by Lane's camera and the camera of his partner. He also filed a transcript of Lane's interview with state investigators. Gray says Lane asked twice if the officers should turn Floyd on his side, and the officer who used his knee [...]
Well-child checks are very important, even in the middle of a pandemic. Galen Hilgendorf with the Daniels Health Center in St.Peter says it's important for children to keep up on their checkups. "Especially if they're due to vaccinations," said Hilgendorf. "We have a lot of different safety protocols in place." The Minnesota Department of Health has raised concerns over a drop in childhood vaccinations since the start of COVID-19.
Blue Earth County surpassed the 500 total of COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday. The Minnesota Department of Health says the county now has 509 coronavirus cases. County officials say 20 of those cases have required hospitalization and two deaths have been reported.
Minnesota Department of Health commissioner Jan Malcom says don't expect a rerun of the Minnesota COVID-19 model anytime soon. Malcom says she recently asked the department of health and University of Minnesota representatives about the situation "I know that they are continuing to work on updating the model," said Malcom. "I do expect another run in the next few weeks but it is not imminent." Malcom says even without the model there's a variety of data available for their analysis. "Case growth. Testing volume, new admissions into the hospital, percent of community spread", said Malcom. "We're also looking at surveillance indicators [...]
Two Milwaukee men have been sentenced for assaulting a Minnesota state trooper in Faribault County in 2018. Faribault County attorney Kathryn Karjala says Montrell Smith was sentenced to seven years in prison and Anthony Enriquez was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison. Both men entered guilty pleas in February to first-degree assault and possession of marijuana. Court records they admitted to assaulting state trooper Doug Rauenhorst after they were pulled over of December of 2018.
A Minnesota State Senator, who is also a Doctor, is being investigated by the state board of medical practices. Dr. Scott Jensen of Chaska appeared Monday on the Al in the Afternoon program on KTOE. He says there were two complaints against him. "On April 7th, in a TV interview, I mentioned death certificate completion as identified by the Department of Health was flawed and ridiculous I spending misinformation, even though I laid out why I said that," said Jensen. "The other complaint is when I dared to compare to COVID-19 to influenza, I was providing reckless information to the public." [...]
A New Ulm man has been charged after an early Friday morning incident in downtown Mankato. Blue Earth County court records say 22-year-old Adrean Castillo was charged with threats of violence, two counts of interference with a peace officer, disruptive intoxication, and disorderly conduct. Authorities say Castillo was accused of making death threats, attempting to fight with several individuals, and threatening a police officer.
The Minnesota Department of Health says they have a new metric they're looking at in determining how the state is doing in regards to COVID-19. "The new measure is the rate of new cases per one hundred thousand people averaged out over seven days," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "Our threshold is five cases for one hundred thousand residents." Malcom says this new measure will replace the rate of doubling. "This will make it easier to identify outbreaks or increases in cases faster than the doubling rate, which is a slow measure," explained Malcom. "Currently over the last seven days, we [...]