The city of St. Peter has yet to have a discussion on requiring its citizens to wear masks. St. Peter city administrator Todd Prafke says it’s a noble goal, but… "One of the challenges of it is the enforcement," said Prafke. "And that's been one of the challenges during COVID-19 started. Are they guidelines? Are they recommendations? Are they rules? Are we writing tickets? Aren't we writing tickets? All those things are challenges." The Mankato City Council will discuss an emergency resolution to require facemasks indoors at places of public accommodation Monday night.
As the Fourth of July weekend is upon us, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom has a reminder for young people. "Remember you are not invincible and neither are your loved ones," said Malcom. "Cases among people in their 20s are growing. If you're visiting bars and restaurants, spread out. Wear a mask. Carry Hand Sanitizer. And even if you're less likely to get really sick, you risk spreading it to people who are more vulnerable." MDH reported seven COVID-19 deaths Friday. It is the 10th time in 12 days the state has reported single-digit deaths.
Charges have been filed against a Mankato man who led authorities on a high-speed chase. Blue Earth County court records say 39-year-old Jordan Knutson was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated. Authorities say Knutson fled from an officer who tried to pull his vehicle over on Highway 14. Mankato Public Safety used stop sticks to stop the vehicle on the exit ramp of Highway 14 to Highway 169 south.
The Minnesota Department of Health is reminding persons holding Independence Day get-togethers this weekend that COVID-19 is still a threat. "July fourth is often a time to gather with friends and family," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "We know how tempting it is to feel like we can go back to normal especially when we're celebrating. But we need to be reminded we're in a new normal and need to remain to continue to stay vigilant to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our entire community." Malcom is encouraging residents to gather in small groups, practice social distancing, wear a mask [...]
The executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverages Association is asking for customers' cooperation in complying with COVID-19 restrictions. Tony Chesak says people need to put compliance over politics. "We're asking customers to be understanding and to take political beliefs out of the equation," said Chesak. "We're asking customers to walk in with masks and to follow social distancing. If customers do their part, and we do our part, we think we can continue to turn the dial forward instead of potentially turning it backward." Chesak says if customers don't, some of their favorite places won't be around. "If there continue [...]
MnDOT district seven says Highway 68, which was closed from Highway 15 to Blue Earth County Road 24 due to a mudslide, has reopened. MnDOT says Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson remains closed due to floodwaters and Highway 99 east of Highway 13 remains closed until further notice due to a failed culvert. MnDOT reminds travelers it is illegal to travel on a closed road and violators can be fined up to one thousand dollars and face 90 days in jail.
AAP: Negative Impact of Children Being Out of Schools Causing More Harm To Kids Than the COVID-19 Virus
The American Association of Pediatrics is out with a recommendation that children need to be back in school buildings in the fall. Doctor Katie Smentek with Mankato Clinic serves on the board for the Minnesota chapter of the organization "What we have been finding is the negative impacts of kids being out of schools, including social isolation, getting healthy meals and exercise and mental health support, are causing more of an impact on children than the actual COVID-19 epidemic, " said Smentek. Smentek was asked about the risk of children potentially spreading COVID-19 to vulnerable populations. "The studies that have been [...]
A collision in the roundabout at Madison Avenue and Highway 22 Wednesday afternoon sent a North Mankato woman to the hospital. The Minnesota State Patrol says 32-year-old Katalin Ann Schmidt was transported to Immanuel St. Joseph's, Mayo Health System with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say shortly after four p.m, vehicles driven by Schmidt and 56-year-old Cheryl Todtleben of North Mankato collided in the roundabout. Todtelben and a passenger were uninjured in the accident.
A Lake Crystal man has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. Blue Earth County court records say 47-year-old Andrew Teigen is accused of improperly touching a ten-year-old female in an incident on June 15th.
Pharmaceutical Industry Suing to Stop Insulin Bill A “What the Hell?” Moment According to Governor Walz
The Pharmaceutical Industry has filed a lawsuit against a bill to provide affordable insulin in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz says it's frustrating. "It was candidly a, what the hell? Moment", said Walz. "We compromised with pharma and we were guaranteed they wouldn't take us to court and now this." Walz says the pharmaceutical industry isn't on the side of people. "I didn't think anyone could be more hated than COVID-19," said Walz. "How can anyone be this awful?" The Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act passed the legislature during the regular session. The law gives diabetics access to an emergency supply of [...]