Wednesday was the first day the state of Minnesota reported double-digit COVID-19 deaths since July 2nd. The Minnesota Department of Health says reported 12 deaths Wednesday. Watonwan county reported its first COVID-19 death, an individual between 80-89.
Two Mankato residents are facing charges after authorities were called to a Mankato hotel Monday night. Blue Earth County court records say 32-year-old Jacob Seltun and 22-year-old Courtney Vineyard have both been charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of interference with a peace officer. Authorities say Seltun was also charged with threats of violence.
Minnesota State is expanding its move-in dates for this fall. College officials say they will allow students to move anytime from August 17th to the 23rd prior to the first day of classes on August 24th. MSU Residential Life says the expansion of move-in dates is an effort to reduce the number of students moving in at any one time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Mankato man was charged after threatening a woman for not wearing a mask at an apartment complex. Blue Earth County court records say 59-year-old Brian Plakke was charged with threats of violence, disorderly conduct, and interfering with emergency services. Authorities say Plakke was accused of aggressively confronting a woman outside the apartment complex for not wearing a mask, threatening to kill the woman with a gun, and trying to grab the woman's phone when she called 9-1-1. The alleged incident occurred on July 31st.
Hentges: Education Time is Over, Enforcement Time is Necessary When It Comes To Bar/Restaurant COVID-19 Restrictions
Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges says the vast majority of bars and restaurants are doing a great job in keeping up with COVID-19 regulations. Hentges says the city has given people and establishments enough time to learn the rules. "We're out of the education stage and into enforcement measures," said Hentges. "If we see mass amounts of people in the middle of a bar, not wearing face coverings, not practicing social distancing, not seated at tables, that becomes an enforcement issue that we have to take action on." Hentges says the establishments that aren't following the rules makes it harder for [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health has released new guidelines regarding visitations in long-term care facilities. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom says things have improved in those settings. "Only a quarter of them have ever had an outbreak and over 90 percent of facilities have had no cases in the past 28 days," said Malcom. The new guidelines provide a matrix for those facilities to open based on COVID-19 case numbers in the surrounding community, the number of active, confirmed cases among facility residents, staff and visiting service providers, and whether staff is working at other long-term care facilities. Malcom says they're trying [...]
There are two area-contested races in (Tuesday's) primary election in the state of Minnesota. In House District 23-B, incumbent republican Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal is facing a primary challenge from Yvonne Simon from Lake Crystal. Five individuals will vie for two final spots in the Blue Earth County Commissioner District four race. Bob Diesch, Paul Fitzsimmons, Kevin Paap, Brian Riewe, and Sharon Schaller will all face off for the seat being vacated by the retiring Will Purvis. The top two vote-getters will face off in November's general election.
Minnesota Auto Dealers Challenging Governor Walz’s Desire To Enact California Car Emission Standards
The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association is raising some concerns over a proposed action being discussed by Governor Walz. Scott Lambert is the president of the association. "The Governor wants to mandate California car emission standards," said Lambert. "And he wants to do it by rule rather than by legislative action. Under this rule, we would have to live under the California air resources board rules regarding what type of vehicles we could buy and operate. We in Minnesota are very, very different than California." Lambert feels with issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, this particular issue has been [...]
A Faribault man was killed in a Tuesday afternoon truck vs bicycle accident east of Madison Lake. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office says 66-year-old Earl Pofahl died of injuries in the accident. Authorities say around three-30, a truck driven by 57-year-old Sean Baggott of Mankato collided with a bike ridden by Pofahl at the Sakatah Trail Crossing of Blue Earth County Road 189. The sheriff's office says Pofahl was airlifted from the scene but died later on Tuesday night. The accident remains under investigation.
Some studies are out suggesting potential long-term health consequences for those who have had COVID-19. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says it's too early to say for sure but it's something those in the medical community are keeping an eye on. "It is a little bit early, but there is data suggesting that having COVID could have longer-lasting consequences than we first thought," said Ehresman. "It is likely we will be asked to participate in some studies to look back at cases to evaluate that." Ehresman says MDH does not keep track of those who have recovered from [...]