September ends with fall in the air

By |2020-09-29T09:57:35-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The end of September is nearly here and fall is in the air. Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay: "The first half(of September) was a good touch of fall and we actually had some temperatures below freezing as far south as St. Cloud. And then we had a bit of a rebound with a lot of upper 70's and 80's for the third week of September and then it looks like we're ending out the month with another round of fall." Boulay says it looks like the cooler fall temps will stick around at least another week and then we could see [...]

MMA urges continued vigilance amid COVID, heading into flu season

By |2020-09-29T09:50:39-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Health officials continue to warn of a potential "twindemic" of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. And Minnesota Medical Association President Dr. Keith Stelter says the issue is complicated by the fact that some clinics are still waiting to receive their shipments of the flu vaccine. "In other years we might have received it by now, we have to realize as soon as we get adequate supply we have to immunize as many people as possible." In the meantime, Dr. Stelter is urging Minnesotans to wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick.

State seeing uptick in COVID-19 clusters

By |2020-09-29T10:03:06-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The state health department is concerned about an uptick in COVID-19 clusters statewide: "As of today we've had 89 case clusters in businesses that were regulated by the Department of Agriculture. So that includes places like veggie processing plants, dairy plants, bakeries, grocery stores. We've also had 40 clusters and outbreaks in meat processing plants.   182 clusters in manufacturing plants and 246 in general businesses of all types." MDH spokeswoman Kris Ehresmann.

COVID cases spiking among younger working age Minnesotans

By |2020-09-29T09:59:35-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

State health officials are seeing more COVID-19 cases among working-age Minnesotans 20 to 40 years old: "These are working-age people and it's important to note that cases associated with workplaces aren't necessarily due to spread happening in the workplace but rather it's often an employee who gets exposed outside of work and then brings it into the workplace." Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says you could be exposing a colleague who could get very sick, She reminds people to socially distance, where masks in indoor gathering spaces, and stay home if you don't feel well.

House committee holds 2nd hearing on racial justice today

By |2020-09-29T09:46:46-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A state House Committee on Racial Justice holds its second remote hearing today (1pm). The committee will discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and racism. Committee co-chair Rena Moran of St. Paul says she hopes that as lawmakers hold more hearings... "That legislators are not at the same point that they were when we had our first meeting, by the time we have our last meeting, my hope is at the minimum, more information more knowledgable, more insightful." The group's first meeting was held last week and focused on the definition of racism and maternal-child health mortality and morbidity.

Top analyst on Supreme Court process/political implications

By |2020-09-29T07:46:25-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin October 12th. Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says the Republican-majority Senate... "They certainly have the votes to do it, the question is what the electoral impact will be, will it help Democrats be the offended party in this regard, or will it help republicans be the victorious party." Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says the hearing will include a day of introduction, followed by two days of questioning. He believes the committee will send the nomination to the full Senate on October 22nd.

MN appeals court rules in favor of transgender student in Anoka-Hennepin case

By |2020-09-29T07:27:03-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student who identified as male when it kept him from using the boys’ locker room. Jess Braverman with Gender Justice says it's a victory for transgender rights... "It' really important to us that transgender students aren't treated like problems to be solved, transgender students deserve to go to schools with dignity and be treated just like other students." The parents of the boy sued the Anoka-Hennepin School District last year, claiming the district violated his rights to equal protection under the Minnesota Human [...]

Highway 14 Minnesota River Bridge maintenance set for Wednesday night

By |2020-09-29T06:44:08-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Motorists are advised that the eastbound lanes of Highway 14 over the Minnesota River in Mankato will be restricted on Wednesday, September 30 after 6 p.m. as crews will be working until midnight. The MnDOT bridge crew will once again be improving the surface for a smoother ride and to preserve the bridge deck.  Traffic restrictions on the eastbound lanes include leaving one lane (left lane) open with a 12-foot restriction.  The work to improve concrete spalling on the deck includes cutting out the poor pavement and pouring concrete. MnDOT will occasionally take advantage of the reduced traffic impact of an [...]

Dr. Chaun Cox named growMANkato Celebrity Ambassador, Hazy Hero IPA to Begin Brewing Sept. 30

By |2020-09-29T06:01:08-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Chaun Cox of Mayo Clinic Health System has been named growMANkato’s Celebrity Ambassador to raise awareness for men’s health during the month of November. In addition, Mankato Brewery and Lupulin Brewing Company are teaming up again to brew Hazy Hero IPA, honoring the late Jonathan Zierdt, with a portion of the sale proceeds being donated to JZCF. growMANkato and the JZCF—a donor-advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation—are collaborating to provide a series of educational and entertainment events focused on men’s health during the month of November. Mayo Clinic Health [...]

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