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Highway 93 from Henderson to Highway 169 Re-Opens

By |2020-07-06T15:47:58-05:00July 6th, 2020|

MnDOT District Seven says Highway 93 from Henderson to Highway 169 is now open. The road had been closed since June 29th due to flooding on the Rush River. MnDOT says the water receded over the weekend and crews repaired the shoulders and removed log jams under the bridge Monday.

Mankato Schools Releases Statement Regarding a Racist Video Posted To Social Media

By |2020-07-06T15:03:30-05:00July 6th, 2020|

Mankato Area Public Schools says they are conducting a thorough investigation of what district officials are calling a racist video made by a student that was posted to social media. District representatives say school administrators are in contact with the student and their family. They say based on the results on the investigation, disciplinary action will be taken. Mankato Area Public Schools says the district is committed to a safe and inclusive culture for all and they are thankful to all students and community members who alerted school staff to this matter. They add racist behavior or comments will not be [...]

Monday 13th Time in the Last 15 Days There’s Been Single-Digit COVID-19 Deaths in Minnesota

By |2020-07-06T14:50:43-05:00July 6th, 2020|

Monday was the 13th time in the last 15 days that the state recorded single-digit COVID-19 deaths. State epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield credits a variety of factors. "There has been a lot of work done in long-term care facilities which is making a difference," said Lynfield. "We're also seeing younger people beat cases. They are less likely to see severe symptoms from the disease. There also have been a number of approaches that people have learned throughout the past few months on how to improve the care of patients." MDH reported three deaths on Monday, which was the lowest one-day total [...]

Area and State Crops Looking Good

By |2020-07-06T13:33:47-05:00July 6th, 2020|

The latest crop report is good news for producers both statewide and regionally according to Ag Expert Kent Thiesse with MinnStar Bank. "84 percent of the corn and 81 percent of the soybeans have been rated good to excellent," said Thiesse. "I've had a chance to travel around southern Minnesota recently and I'd say those numbers are similar to what we've seen here." Thiesse says there are pockets of the area still reeling from too much rain last week and a hail storm last month, but overall it's been mostly good news.

St. Peter City Officials Haven’t Discussed a Mask Requirement

By |2020-07-03T16:03:05-05:00July 3rd, 2020|

The city of St. Peter has yet to have a discussion on requiring its citizens to wear masks. St. Peter city administrator Todd Prafke says it’s a noble goal, but… "One of the challenges of it is the enforcement," said Prafke. "And that's been one of the challenges during COVID-19 started. Are they guidelines? Are they recommendations? Are they rules? Are we writing tickets? Aren't we writing tickets? All those things are challenges." The Mankato City Council will discuss an emergency resolution to require facemasks indoors at places of public accommodation Monday night.

MDH Commissioner Malcom to Young People: You’re Not Invincible

By |2020-07-03T14:32:33-05:00July 3rd, 2020|

As the Fourth of July weekend is upon us, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom has a reminder for young people. "Remember you are not invincible and neither are your loved ones," said Malcom. "Cases among people in their 20s are growing. If you're visiting bars and restaurants, spread out. Wear a mask. Carry Hand Sanitizer. And even if you're less likely to get really sick, you risk spreading it to people who are more vulnerable." MDH reported seven COVID-19 deaths Friday. It is the 10th time in 12 days the state has reported single-digit deaths.

Charges Filed Against Mankato Man Who Led Officers on a High Speed Chase

By |2020-07-03T14:19:19-05:00July 3rd, 2020|

Charges have been filed against a Mankato man who led authorities on a high-speed chase. Blue Earth County court records say 39-year-old Jordan Knutson was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated. Authorities say Knutson fled from an officer who tried to pull his vehicle over on Highway 14. Mankato Public Safety used stop sticks to stop the vehicle on the exit ramp of Highway 14 to Highway 169 south.

MDH Reminding Minnesotans to Remain Vigilant Against COVID-19 As We Enter Independence Day Weekend

By |2020-07-02T15:32:00-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The Minnesota Department of Health is reminding persons holding Independence Day get-togethers this weekend that COVID-19 is still a threat. "July fourth is often a time to gather with friends and family," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "We know how tempting it is to feel like we can go back to normal especially when we're celebrating. But we need to be reminded we're in a new normal and need to remain to continue to stay vigilant to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our entire community." Malcom is encouraging residents to gather in small groups, practice social distancing, wear a mask [...]

MLBA Asking Customers To Follow the COVID-19 Guidelines, Or Risks Their Favorite Places Going Away

By |2020-07-02T15:12:40-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverages Association is asking for customers' cooperation in complying with COVID-19 restrictions. Tony Chesak says people need to put compliance over politics. "We're asking customers to be understanding and to take political beliefs out of the equation," said Chesak. "We're asking customers to walk in with masks and to follow social distancing. If customers do their part, and we do our part, we think we can continue to turn the dial forward instead of potentially turning it backward." Chesak says if customers don't, some of their favorite places won't be around. "If there continue [...]

MnDOT District Seven Says Highway 68 Now Open, Highway 93 and 99 Remains Closed

By |2020-07-02T14:23:14-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

MnDOT district seven says Highway 68, which was closed from Highway 15 to Blue Earth County Road 24 due to a mudslide, has reopened. MnDOT says Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson remains closed due to floodwaters and Highway 99 east of Highway 13 remains closed until further notice due to a failed culvert. MnDOT reminds travelers it is illegal to travel on a closed road and violators can be fined up to one thousand dollars and face 90 days in jail.