At 8:13 PM on Tuesday, June 22nd an officer with the New Ulm Police Department initiated a vehicle stop for a traffic violation. The incident occurred in the 500 block of 7th South St. in New Ulm. During the encounter, the adult male subject became non-compliant and then combative. During the ensuing struggle, the subject produced a handgun that was in his possession and shot himself. The subject was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The incident is currently under investigation by the New Ulm Police Department with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Blue Earth County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) Awards Grant to the Mankato Clinic
Thanks to a Blue Earth County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant, patients and staff at three Mankato Clinic locations will have easier access to drinking water due to new bottle filling water fountains. This project was identified as part of Mankato Clinic’s worksite wellness efforts to increase access to water during the workday. Grant funds will be used to provide bottle filling water fountains that will encourage consumption of water as well as support the need to avoid using traditional water fountains due to COVID-19. “This effort aligns with one of SHIP’s goals,” said Kristen Friedrichs, SHIP Coordinator, “to create healthier [...]
The FBI says it heard from a number of people who believe they purchased a golf cart that was likely stolen by a man tied to dozens of golf cart theft in several states including Minnesota. Nathan Nelson was arrested earlier this month in Georgia. The carts were stolen from golf courses and dealerships. The FBI's Kevin Smith in Minneapolis: "Stole them at night and moved them around to locations. He rented some garages and rental places and just kind of stashed them that way. Anything further than that I wouldn't want to go into based on it's still an active [...]
Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and HIV rates in Minnesota decreased slightly during the pandemic--while others continued to increase. The state Health Department's Christine Jones says in 2020 HIV and STDs overall in Minnesota declined two-percent, but gonorrhea rates increased 27-percent and... "We are experiencing and responding to two HIV outbreaks in our state, one is in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area Hennepin and Ramsey County and the second one is in our St. Louis County, Duluth area." Jones says the 2020 numbers reflect some uncertainty due to a pandemic-driven reduction in services and testing that may have affected reported cases [...]
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill to fund jobs programs as the legislature works toward finishing the state budget before the July 1st deadline. But Saint Paul Democrat Erin Murphy says the bill does *not* help front-line workers who had to use vacation time, or go without pay, when they got sick with COVID: "I thought employers would do the right thing but they're not -- not without our help. And that provision should be in this bill, and it's not." Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka responded they have an agreement on worker bonuses: "Well over 200 million dollars [...]
A July 1st shutdown at Minnesota state parks will likely be averted after the state Senate passed a compromise funding bill last night (Tues) which now goes to the House and then backers hope to the governor's desk. Alexandria Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen: "Those weddings that were planned over the summer in the state parks are not gonna have to be canceled. The bottom line is, they're gonna be open, and I know that's very important to Minnesotans." Democrats say Republicans held the environment funding bill hostage until Governor Tim Walz dropped his push for measures to encourage more Minnesotans to buy [...]
Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders have agreements on most of the state budget bills -- but three of the most difficult remain, with eight days until state government shutdown. Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said late Tuesday: "Two out of three, for all intents and purposes, are done." Those two are state government and health-and-human-services. The public safety funding bill reportedly remains stalemated over police reforms: "There's at least five what we would consider police accountability measures that we would take. There's not many more that we would take, if any more." Democrats want a much longer list, sparked [...]
A vote is expected in the Minnesota House today (Wed) on a transportation funding bill after the governor and legislative leaders agreed to a compromise package. "It is vital that the state of Minnesota have a good, sound, modern transportation system." ...Republican Senator Scott Newman from Hutchinson. Democrats pushed unsuccessfully for a gas tax increase indexed to inflation and a metro area sales tax increase for transit. Minneapolis Representative Frank Hornstein says long-term funding is required for much-needed improvements: "That would have provided sustainable funding for a number of our priorities and initiatives." Republicans said "no" to any tax increases -- [...]
Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders have agreed on the biggest component of the state budget -- the E-12 education funding bill -- with final votes possible later in the week or by the weekend. Republican Senator Roger Chamberlain from Lino Lakes says it's the biggest increase for public schools in 15 years (about 2.5 percent the first year, and an additional two percent the second): "It's gonna be over a billion dollars -- a billion dollars in four years just on the formula for the classroom funding -- and that was our goal: get as much in there as we [...]
More and more Minnesotans are booking flights as COVID numbers stay down and most restrictions are lifted... "It does really feel like the light is not just at the end of the tunnel, but we're at the end of the tunnel now and we're getting ready to back to something really pretty darn close to normal." Thrifty Traveler's Kyle Potter says there are still some good deals on flights--especially for people who are in a position to book flights on short notice.