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Nicollet Man Charged With Riot, Damage to T-Mobile

By |2020-07-15T12:32:13-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A Nicollet man is arrested for allegedly looting the T Mobile store in Mankato. The incident happened at the end of May following protests of the death of George Floyd. The criminal complaint says 33-year-old Michael Conerly Sr. was one of nine suspects who were seen on surveillance video. Court records say damage to T Mobile is estimated at $3,000 and that about $500 worth of goods were stolen. The complaint alleged that Conerly threw a rock at the windows. He is charged with one felony count of first-degree damage to property and one misdemeanor count of third-degree riot.

Uninsured Minnesotans can get free COVID-19 tests

By |2020-07-15T11:38:33-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Many uninsured Minnesotans can get tested for COVID-19 at no cost to them during the federal public health emergency, thanks to a new health care option. The state will cover the cost of testing for individuals who apply and meet all of the following conditions: Be a resident of Minnesota. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawfully present noncitizen with an immigration status that qualifies for Medical Assistance. Provide their Social Security number unless they meet an exception for not having one. Not be enrolled in any other health insurance. How to apply Information can be found on the Minnesota [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 27 in BEC, 578 in MN (July 15)

By |2020-07-15T11:02:09-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

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. 43,742 Total positive cases (cumulative) 578 Newly reported cases 8 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 30 Becker 1 Beltrami 4 Benton 7 Blue Earth 27 Brown 2 Carver 10 Cass 1 Chippewa 2 Chisago 1 Clay 6 Cottonwood 2 Crow Wing 3 Dakota 65 Dodge 5 Douglas 8 Goodhue 4 Hennepin 162 Hubbard 1 Isanti 2 Itasca 4 Jackson 1 [...]

North Mankato lawmaker believes police reform can be done

By |2020-07-15T10:17:28-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

State Senator Nick Frentz of North Mankato says he believes police reform can be accomplished during this special session: "I'm an optimist I think there can be some common ground. Have they found it yet, no? And will that mean some gets done now and more later? Maybe, could it mean nothing gets done yeah that's always a possibility." He also says there are some fixes they could enact: "We can make changes to the police officers training board, that's the board that supervises cop's licenses and talks about the ways people become police officers and sometimes the way they lose [...]

Summer series: Mayo Clinic Health System offers tips to avoid ticks

By |2020-07-15T09:50:15-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

During the summer months, frequent “tick checks” are essential. “It is important to check for ticks after spending time outdoors because if a tick is not removed it can lead to the risk of getting Lyme disease,” says Paige Gernes, physician assistant, Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. “Symptoms of Lyme disease can include rash, joint pain, headache, fever and potentially more serious complications.” Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly wooded and grassy areas — some of the same places where you may be enjoying summer. Ticks get themselves into position by climbing up an object – called [...]

Hentges Says Mankato Mask Mandate Going Well

By |2020-07-15T09:42:45-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges says so far enforcement of the mask mandate has been going smoothly. "Mostly calls of clarifications and observations show that it actually went quite well." He says most of the businesses are adapting quite well, with some businesses even offering people masks. However, there have been some concerns. "We've had a few complaints from the hospitality business because they do some intermittent trade." Hentges says enforcement is not the goal of the mandate "Our approach has always been education first." The mandate expires on September 5.

ACLU-MN will appeal judge’s ruling on COVID protections at Moose Lake prison

By |2020-07-15T06:56:23-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

An appeal is planned after a judge threw out a lawsuit by American Civil Liberties Union claiming officials are not properly protecting prisoners from COVID-19 at the state prison in Moose Lake. The court says A-C-L-U did *not* prove corrections officials "have been deliberately indifferent" to risks of COVID-19 -- but attorney Dan Shulman (SHOOL-man) says affidavits from 14 inmates show differently: "There was no social distancing. They haven't been testing,... not been applying proper sanitary procedures,... not requiring guards and inmates to wear masks." In a statement Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell responds his department "has taken a serious, adaptive, and [...]

Jeffers Petroglyphs to open today

By |2020-07-15T08:50:34-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

QUICK FACTS What: Jeffers Petroglyphs to open today Where: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN 56019 Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday Cost: $8 Website: www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs Beginning today, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Jeffers Petroglyphs will once again welcome visitors to the red rock ridge. Timed entry tickets can be purchased online or through the box office at 651-259-3015. A limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups. Tickets cost $8. Jeffers Petroglyphs is home to about 5,000 sacred rock carvings, also called petroglyphs, made by the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. Guests can take a [...]

Minneapolis cops required to report de-escalation efforts

By |2020-07-15T06:41:19-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department is changing its policy on reporting use of force incidents to require that officers document their attempts to de-escalate a situation. The mayor and police chief announced the change Tuesday, amid calls for widespread police reforms following the May 25 death of George Floyd. Mayor Jacob Frey says the change is designed to place a greater emphasis on de-escalation. Frey and Chief Medaria Arradondo have said they’re committed to deep structural change in the police department, but they oppose abolishing it. The announcement came a day before a city commission plans to take public [...]