Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) announced today that the Mankato Regional Airport has received a $1,965,000 federal grant for the construction of a holding bay and taxiway, as well as the reconstruction of a taxilane. The funding is allocated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration as part of its Airport Improvement Program. This grant program strengthens aviation infrastructure by funding projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, and lighting.
Sources say the trial against the three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in George Floyd's murder has been pushed to next August. WCCO-TV says sources tell them the trial is being delayed so a federal civil rights trial can take place first. The former officers will appear in state court today.
The Minnesota Department of Health says suicides in 2020 decreased as compared to 2019. Records show about 100 less people died by suicide last year, but that 77-percent of those deaths involved males. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said it is the responsibility of the community to support people in need as we try to continue to stop these preventable deaths. Overall, suicide rates nationwide have been increasing over the last 20 years.
Minnesota is one of the states with the lowest level of drug abuse. This comes from a study by WalletHub, which ranks the state number-49 among 50 states and Washington, D.C. The site used drug use and addiction, law enforcement, and drug health issues and rehab as the categories to rank states. D.C., West Virginia and Missouri had the highest levels of drug abuse found. Unfortunately, drug overdose deaths in Minnesota still rose significantly from 2019 to 2020.
Longtime columnist Jim Klobuchar, who wrote for the Star Tribune, is dead at the age of 93. The father of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was said to have written over 84-hundred columns by the time he retired in the 1990s. Senator Klobuchar said the man born in Ely died Wednesday. He will be buried at Fort Snelling, and a public celebration will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to honor the late journalist can donate to the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 919 new cases and 15 additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 590-thousand infections and about 72-hundred-55 deaths overall. About two-million-676-thousand-919 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
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 [...]