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COVID Cases Rise by 5,371 in MN (Dec. 4)

By |2020-12-04T11:04:13-06:00December 4th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. Total positive cases (cumulative) 338,973 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 331,139 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 7,834 Newly reported cases 5,371 Newly reported confirmed cases 5,084 Newly reported probable cases 287 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 11 1 Anoka 295 41 Becker 34 0 Beltrami 36 1 Benton 37 1 Big Stone 9 0 Blue Earth 49 0 [...]

Reduce the risk of motor vehicle theft

By |2020-12-04T09:23:43-06:00December 4th, 2020|

Reduce the risk of becoming a victim of motor vehicle theft by locking vehicle doors and thinking about what attracts a thief. Since November 1, there have been 11 motor vehicle thefts. Most incidents occurred because doors were unlocked or vehicles were left running and unattended. Help prevent vehicle theft: Remove keys from vehicle. Keep windows up, doors locked and the interior empty. Remove or place power cords for electronic devices out of sight because they indicate items may be in a glove box or console. Park in well-lit areas. Remove valuables from inside. Citizens play an important role in staying safe. [...]

With DNA evidence, St. Paul man convicted in 1991 killing

By |2020-12-04T05:30:28-06:00December 4th, 2020|

A St. Paul man has been convicted in the 1991 homicide of a woman, after authorities reopened the case two years ago and found DNA evidence on a bloody washcloth left at the scene. Donald Jenkins, Jr., was convicted Wednesday in the death of 20-year-old Belinda Thompson. Prosecutors say Jenkins was interviewed in 1992 and 2010 but didn't admit to killing Thompson until 2018, after blurting out that his DNA was at the scene. He told investigators that he stabbed the woman in an apartment. Jenkins waived his right to a jury trial and agreed to a court trial based upon [...]

Minneapolis mayor: Private fund will transform public safety

By |2020-12-04T05:26:28-06:00December 4th, 2020|

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and local business owners have announced plans to create a private fund for new programs designed to change public safety. There have been calls to transform the Minneapolis Police Department since the May 25 death of George Floyd. Frey said the fund is a way for the city to make changes without cutting the police force. Jonathan Weinhagen, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, said private organizations committed roughly $5 million to the project so far. The funds will be managed by the Minneapolis Foundation.

Walz says COVID vaccine won’t relieve pressure on hospitals immediately

By |2020-12-04T05:24:23-06:00December 4th, 2020|

Top state officials say the first shipments of COVID vaccine will *not* cover all health care workers in Minnesota -- and they don't know yet, how many will initially receive it, or how long until all health care workers are vaccinated. Governor Tim Walz says: "The only thing right now to take the pressure off the hospitals is wear the mask, do not gather in gatherings, do and follow that guidance that's out there to reduce the spread -- because it's not gonna be a magic bullet with the vaccine. It's not as if we're gonna give somebody a shot and [...]

Unsolved SW Minnesota murder is focus of NBC Dateline segment

By |2020-12-04T05:22:35-06:00December 4th, 2020|

An unsolved 2015 murder case in Brewster, near Worthington in southwest Minnesota, is the focus of a two-hour episode tonight (8pm) on NBC's "Dateline": NBC promo: "Jan had taken a fatal shotgun blast to the chest, while in bed beside her own husband.... The idea that a stranger had walked in, killed Jan and just walked out again didn't make sense." Jan Kruse's husband Chris was charged with first-degree murder. Mankato attorney Thomas Hagen defended him and got an acquittal in February at trial in Worthington: "In talking to Chris right away, you could tell he loved his wife. He's never [...]

Housing assistance program application deadline is midnight Monday

By |2020-12-04T05:15:46-06:00December 4th, 2020|

Top officials are urging Minnesotans who are behind on rent, mortgage or utility payments to apply for the state's Housing Assistance Program. It's a last-minute appeal before any unused money -- 30 million dollars as of November 30th -- goes back into the state's general coffers Monday at midnight.   Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan says: "There is no shame in asking for help. You can go to 211UnitedWay.org or you can call 2-1-1 from your phone to get connected to people who can help you out." Governor Tim Walz says the importance of stable housing has never been clearer than during [...]

MDH sheds light on report as overdose deaths rise in MN

By |2020-12-04T05:14:23-06:00December 4th, 2020|

Drug overdose deaths are up in Minnesota so far this year. Nate Wright with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says... "The increase from quarter one to quarter two was larger in Greater Minnesota, the percentage change was larger in Greater Minnesota, so that was a surprising finding, I guess from what had been expected." There were 490 drug overdose deaths from January to June this year--that's a 31-percent increase compared to the first half of 2019. Wrights says overdose deaths in 2020 started to increase sharply in March--largely driven by an increase in synthetic opioid-involved deaths.

Water Main Repair on Pleasant View Dr. Takes Place Dec. 4

By |2020-12-04T05:12:16-06:00December 4th, 2020|

City crews will be performing a water main repair on Pleasant View Drive in North Mankato on Friday, December 4th, starting at 8:00 am. Staff will set detour signage and direct traffic as necessary as Pleasant View Drive will be closed from North Ridge Drive to Peregrine Lane until the repair work is completed.

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