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Businesses Choosing to Violate Stay-At-Home Could Face 90 Days in Jail and a One Thousand Dollar Fine

By |2020-05-13T14:57:14-05:00May 13th, 2020|

If Governor Walz continues his stay-at-home order, some small businesses have announced they will defy the order. Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott says if a business does… "The violation of the executive order is a misdemeanor in Minnesota which is punishable by 90 days in jail and a one thousand dollar fine," said McDermott. McDermott says it’s a difficult situation because many have empathy towards business owners who haven't been open since March, but law enforcement's job is to enforce the law.

Group Challenging the Governor’s Definition of Essential and Critical Businesses Say the Lawsuit Should Proceed Even if Walz Opens Small Businesses

By |2020-05-13T14:49:17-05:00May 13th, 2020|

A legal challenge to Governor Walz's designation of essential and critical businesses won't be heard for a while. Dan McGrath is a spokesperson for the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition. "The Governor has 30 days to respond to our brief because the courts allow both parties equal time to file their response briefs," said McGrath. McGrath was asked if the Governor lifts restrictions and allows more small businesses to open, will the lawsuit be dropped. "It would be valuable if the courts heard the case," said McGrath. "So if in the future an emergency comes along we wouldn't need to needlessly [...]

North Mankato Fire Department Responds to a Wednesday Morning Fire

By |2020-05-13T14:02:50-05:00May 13th, 2020|

The North Mankato Fire Department responded to Lindsay Windows on Commerce Lane (Wednesday) morning. Authorities say they were called to the scene at 11:20 a.m. for a report of a large pile of cardboard on fire along an exterior wall of the building. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

MDH Says More COVID-19 Tests Available Then People Being Tested

By |2020-05-12T16:27:50-05:00May 12th, 2020|

There are more COVID-19 tests available than people getting tested in the state of Minnesota. "We've got additional capacity in the state that is not being used," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "We remind people that are symptomatic that they should be getting tested. Malcom says the directive from MDH is to test every symptomatic person. Malcom says if a clinic is having difficulty meeting demand, they should assist persons in finding another location to be tested.

MDH Says They’re Monitoring the Extremely Rare Kawasaki Disease In Children

By |2020-05-12T16:24:09-05:00May 12th, 2020|

There have been some reports of an inflammatory disease that is affecting children. Health officials say it is known as Kawasaki syndrome, described as a rare condition of unknown nature that causes swelling, rashes, red eyes, irritated mouth, and high fever in children typically less than 5 years old. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says they're aware of the situation. "It's an extremely rare complication," said Ehresman. "We are aware of it and we are setting up surveillance so we can monitor it. But I want to reiterate that this is extremely rare." Reports say three children in [...]

Mankato City Manager Says Expected Budget Shortfalls May Lead To “Adjustments” In City Services

By |2020-05-12T16:19:19-05:00May 12th, 2020|

Mankato city manager Pat Hentges expects revenue shortfalls to be a major issue regarding the city's budget moving forward. "Shortfalls in liquor licenses, building permits, delinquencies in taxes, and that all will have a real impact on the city's budget," said Hentges. "The reality is moving forward services as we customarily thought may have to be adjusted." Hentges says he doesn't expect the full impact of the COVID-19 related economic downturn to be felt until 2021 and perhaps 2022.

Bethany Lutheran Says The College is Planning For On Campus Classes in the Fall

By |2020-05-11T21:30:21-05:00May 11th, 2020|

Bethany Lutheran College says its planning to have classes on-campus for the fall semester. College President Gene Pfeifer made the announcement in a video posted on the college's social media accounts Monday night. "Our Board of Regents, the Administration, Faculty and Staff are preparing to welcome you back to campus this fall, " said Pfeifer. "To the best of our abilities we are planning to open the campus for the fall semester." Pfeifer says the coronavirus will still impact the campus next fall, so he has appointed a Bethany Vikings COVID-19 response committee. Pfeifer says that committee will have the task [...]

Many Minnesotans Were on the Water This Past Weekend For the Fishing Opener

By |2020-05-11T16:31:17-05:00May 11th, 2020|

There were plenty of Minnesotans on the water this past weekend for the annual fishing opener. Minnesota DNR Fisheries manager Brad Parsons says the state has seen a 40 percent increase in fishing licenses purchased. "These are the highest licensed sales we've seen in over 20 years," said Parsons. "Our special five-dollar licenses for 16 and 17-year-olds have doubled from last year." Parsons says the better weather this spring also helped. He feels the stay at home order also helped because fishing provides a safe activity for many who've been stuck inside for over a month.

State Epidemiologist Touting Remdesivir As COVID-19 Treatment

By |2020-05-11T16:24:46-05:00May 11th, 2020|

State epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield says there's a new treatment in the fight against COVID-19. "The FDA issued emergency authorization for Remdesivir on May first," said Lynfield. "This drug offers a new treatment option for those with severe cases of COVID-19. Preliminary data says it reduces the time it takes for a patient to recover." Lynfield says an initial study says patients taking Remdesivir left the hospital four days earlier than those in a placebo group. She says the state received an initial shipment Saturday and distributed the drug to those with the most severe cases of coronavirus.