COVID Cases Rise by 10 in BEC, 423 in MN (July 3)

By |2020-07-03T11:02:26-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

37,624 Total positive cases (cumulative) 423 Newly reported cases 8 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 25 Benton 3 Blue Earth 10 Carlton 2 Carver 3 Cass 1 Chippewa 2 Clay 4 Crow Wing 2 Dakota 37 Dodge 1 Douglas 1 Faribault 1 Fillmore 1 Freeborn 1 Goodhue 2 Hennepin 104 Hubbard 1 Isanti 7 Kandiyohi 4 Le Sueur 7 Lyon 4 McLeod 3 Mahnomen 1 Martin 2 Meeker 2 Mower 12 Murray 4 Nicollet 4 Nobles 1 Olmsted 25 Otter Tail 1 Pipestone 6 Ramsey 32 Redwood 1 Renville 4 Rice 8 [...]

Put safety first on the water this weekend

By |2020-07-03T06:47:56-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The DNR is encouraging you to practice social distancing while recreating on lakes and rivers this Fourth of July weekend: "You are out with your family, you're boat is your space, you're able to social distance. And I guess with the rafting-- it's recommended at this time to not be rafting boats together because we are still under the guidance of social distancing." The DNR's Lisa Dugan says to stay at least six feet away from people who are not from the same household. This is essential on boats as well as at boat launches, fishing piers, and docks. When launching [...]

Provide input about draft face covering ordinance in Mankato

By |2020-07-03T08:45:35-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Mankato-At 6 p.m., Monday, July 6, the Mankato City Council will hold a special session to discuss a draft emergency ordinance requiring face coverings be worn in places of public accommodation. The public is encouraged to provide feedback on Sound off Mankato. Review the draft emergency ordinance. View answers to frequently asked questions. See July 6 meeting agenda. If preferred, public testimony may be provided at the public meeting. Sign up using the public comment process. Submittal deadline is noon, Monday, July 6. Information about face coverings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where [...]

MSU’s Strategic Partnerships, SBDC Announce COVID-19 Regional Business Recovery Initiative

By |2020-07-03T05:58:57-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Division of Strategic Partnerships and the South Central Small Business Development Center have announced initiatives to help regional businesses recover from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A COVID-19 Regional Business Recovery Initiative, intended to aid individuals, employees and small business owners in facing the future of workforce development in a post-pandemic world, will be based in the Strategic Partnerships Center located at the former “Hubbard Building,” in Old Town Mankato. Community and business partners throughout the region will have access to small business consulting services, open-enrollment and customized training opportunities, advisory groups, community events and assistance in [...]

As COVID-19 tests jump in June, case positive rate plummets

By |2020-07-03T06:40:45-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

With more numbers in from the month of June, the number of completed COVID-19 tests in the state surged. There were 141-thousand more tests completed in June than in May. Despite that more than 70% increase in testing, the state identified eight-thousand FEWER cases of COVID-19 statewide in June than in May. The case positive rate for May ended up at just over 9 percent, while the increased testing in June produced a case positive rate of 2.9 percent. Meanwhile, 680 deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the state in May. In June, just under 400 deaths were attributed to the [...]

Minnesota banks, credit unions, offer COVID-19 mortgage help

By |2020-07-03T05:29:10-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(AP) — State officials say 31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed themselves to provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic who don’t have federally backed mortgages. Under the framework announced Thursday, the four participating banks and 27 credit unions have agreed to offer 90-day forbearance periods. Qualifying families won’t have to make lump-sum payments at the end of that period for what they owe. Instead, the institutions will work with borrowers on repayment options. The institutions will freeze late fees for missed payments and won’t report late or missed payments to credit agencies.

Walz asks Trump for ‘major disaster’ aid following unrest

By |2020-07-03T05:27:15-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal money to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of extensive damage to public infrastructure following the death of Floyd on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes. A preliminary assessment found more than $15 million of eligible damages directly related to the fires. Among the structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station. Estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million.

COVID Cases Rise by 21 in BEC, 500 in MN (July 2)

By |2020-07-02T11:12:11-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

37,210 Total positive cases (cumulative) 500 Newly reported cases 13 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 30 Beltrami 1 Benton 4 Blue Earth 21 Carver 13 Cass 2 Chisago 2 Clay 4 Cottonwood 1 Crow Wing 2 Dakota 31 Dodge 2 Faribault 1 Freeborn 3 Goodhue 3 Grant 2 Hennepin 161 Houston 1 Isanti 1 Jackson 1 Kandiyohi 1 Le Sueur 5 Lincoln 1 Lyon 5 McLeod 1 Morrison 2 Mower 4 Murray 3 Nicollet 5 Nobles 6 Olmsted 18 Pipestone 5 Ramsey 54 Rice 3 Roseau 1 St. Louis 4 Scott 13 [...]

Minnesota health officials back statewide mask mandate

By |2020-07-02T10:06:03-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require masks in public statewide amid concerns that the spike in coronavirus cases elsewhere could happen in Minnesota. Governors in several states that are seeing rising numbers have mandated mask use statewide. Medical groups in Minnesota and the state Health Department are backing a mandate. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told reporters Wednesday the evidence is increasingly clear that masks are effective. While Minnesota has seen a slight uptick, driven partly by expanded testing, hospitalizations continue to fall and there’s still no sign of a spike. Walz says he’s reevaluating the situation daily.