Authorities say a New Ulm resident died Sunday after being shocked by a power cord on a farm. The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Steven Franta was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities were called to the farm shortly before one p.m. on a report of an unresponsive male.
When COVID-19 restrictions were first put in place, they had the goal of not overwhelming our health care capacity. Most indications say that goal has been achieved. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom says there's a greater understanding of what the virus can and cannot do presently. "We are grateful for the stable and declining hospitalization rates and mortality," said Malcom. "However, this is a broader picture of long-term health damage from COVID and the disruptions that high numbers of cases cause schools and employers." MDH reported Tuesday there were 257 persons in the hospital with COVID-19, with 135 in the ICU. That's [...]
New Ulm Police are investigating a case of potential motor vehicle tampering. Authorities say the alleged incident occurred Sunday afternoon shortly after four p.m. in the Hy-Vee parking lot. Police say an individual popped the hood open of an unoccupied vehicle and when the owner of the car came out of the store, they were unable to start the vehicle. Officers identified a 27-year-old man in connection to the case, which has been turned over to the city attorney's offering for potential charges.
Two Minnesota State Lawmakers Sign a Letter Asking the Big Ten To Reconsider its Decision to Cancel Fall Sports
Two Minnesota state lawmakers have signed a letter written to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the league to reconsider its decision to cancel fall sports. Senate Majority leader Paul Gazelka and House minority leader Kurt Daudt were two of ten state lawmakers from Big Ten states who signed the letter. The letter states recent actions taken by other conferences to start fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members, and students at a disadvantage. The letter went on to say its frustrating that many Big Ten institutions are leading the way by providing health and safety protocols saying their [...]
The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office is releasing details of a single-vehicle accident which claimed the life of a Rochester man Saturday. Authorities say 20-year-old Ezequiel Angel Balderas died of injuries in the accident. The Sheriff's office says Balderas lost control of the vehicle on Highway 53 south of Pemberton, the vehicle left the roadway and rolled after hitting a field approach. Authorities say Balderas, the lone occupant in the vehicle, was ejected and died at the scene. The Sheriff's office says the Dodge pickup he was driving was reported stolen about an hour earlier by the Austin Police Department. Authorities [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health is offering a reminder to those who live in multi-housing unit buildings. "Please wear a mask in the common areas of your buildings," said Kris Ehresman with MDH. "When you're going to get the mail or taking out the garbage, it helps protect your neighbor." Ehresman says the apartment and condominium buildings are included in the Governor's executive order.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported 13 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. That was after the state reported 14 deaths Wednesday. It marks the first time the state has had back-to-back days of double-digit deaths since June 19th and 20th. MDH says there are 305 individuals in the hospital, one more than Wednesday. 139 of the 305 are in intensive care.
Prior Lake Man Facing Multiple Charges In Incident Which Started After He Refused to Wear a Mask in a Mankato Establishment
A Prior Lake man is facing five charges after an incident at a Mankato establishment Saturday night. Blue Earth County court records say 21-year-old Samuel Wocelka was charged with threats of violence, three counts of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Authorities say Wocelka was escorted out of a bar after refusing to wear his mask inside the bar. The court report said a bouncer stood with Wocelka at the back patio entrance of the bar and Wocelka allegedly told the bouncer he'd put a bullet in his head. Authorities say after a scuffle, Wocelka was taken to an emergency room, where [...]
The Minnesota DFL held a zoom press conference Wednesday regarding alleged unethical action by Congressman Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn is accused of spending more than one-fifth of his entire annual office budget in the first quarter of this year. The DFL says much of that money was spent on constituent mailing, with some of it contracted out to a company owned by a part-time staffer of Hagedorn. DFL party chair Ken Martin says where there's smoke, there's usually fire. "Franking on its own is not illegally," said Martin. "But when you consider the amount of franking he's doing compared to his colleagues [...]
Mankato Man Charged After Allegedly Pulling Fire Alarm at Public Safety Center, Causing Damage to Hospital Property
A Mankato man has been charged after an incident last Friday. Blue Earth County court records say 37-year-old Christopher Hawkinson was charged with first-degree damage to property and tampering with a fire alarm system. Authorities say Hawkinson showed up at the Mankato Public Safety Center trying to get his vehicle out of impound. According to police, Hawkinson got mad and pulled the fire alarm at the public safety center. The court report said the suspect was taken to the hospital where he allegedly urinated on property in the room, tore sheets, ripped apart the mattress, and hit the door numerous times [...]