The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility Medical experts are urging people to get the flu shot to avoid a flu epidemic on top of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because blood can only be given by those who are feeling well, a severe flu season could create additional challenges to maintaining a sufficient blood supply for hospital patients in need. Get the flu vaccine this [...]
The Mankato Symphony will launch its Music on the Hill series on Sunday, November 1st, 2:15pm as a virtual event. Watch the virtual Music on the Hill concert free of charge on the symphony’s website MankatoSymphony.org, on its YouTube channel, or on Mankato Symphony’s Facebook page. The concert, titled Big Sky, features the unbridled joy of classical works by Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn, along with contemporary chamber works by French composer Nadia Boulanger and American composer Joan Tower. The title for the program, Big Sky, is also the title of the piece by Joan Tower. According to Joan Tower, Big [...]
Greater Mankato Area United Way is now accepting applications for its Board of Directors for the next term beginning February 2021. The application can be found on the United Way website: www.MankatoUnitedWay.org/board. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 to Laura Murray, Communications & Marketing Director, at [email protected]
The group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says Congressman Collin Peterson's radio ads incorrectly state that the 7th District Democrat is "100 percent pro-life." M-C-C-L's Paul Stark points to Peterson's votes on overseas abortion providers and the conscience rights of health care workers -- and that he backed Nancy Pelosi for House speaker: "By supporting Nancy Pelosi's control over the House, Collin Peterson is helping to thwart pro-life progress in Congress." Peterson's campaign hasn't yet responded to a request for comment. Peterson's Republican opponent, Michelle Fischbach, has endorsements from a number of pro-life group
More Minnesotans are getting their flu shot this year. Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann says what they are seeing is a good first step in keeping yourself healthy overall. "The latest figures show a 42 percent increase in the number of Minnesotans getting their flu vaccine at this point in the season compared to last year." For the 2019 flu season, the C-D-C reported the flu vaccine was a combined 45% effective against influenza A and B.
Governor Tim Walz on Wednesday afternoon signed a 1.9-billion-dollar bonding bill for state public works projects -- the largest in Minnesota history: "This isn't all that different than your own home.... You don't let it run down. You don't let the roof fall apart or the windows crack and the foundation start to crumble. You invest and you build back up again." Jessica Looman with the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council says COVID has caused a slowdown in private construction investment: "When that happens, one of the things that we really have to count on is the public [...]
Democrats plan to boycott today's (Thurs) U-S Senate committee vote on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, but can do little to stop Republicans from confirming her before the election. On the Senate floor late Wednesday, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith said reputable research found 61 percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most instances: "Some of my Republican colleagues must know that they are out-of-step with the American people." Paul Stark with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life responds: "There's lot of polling that shows there's strong support among Americans for increased protections for unborn children [...]
Willmar-based Jennie-O Turkey Store will have a float in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Marketing V-P Nicole Behne says it's the first time in the parade's 94-year history that a turkey product company has been a sponsor: "The parade's always led off by a turkey -- that's their number-one float that goes through there -- but there's never been a turkey company that has been a sponsor of the parade, and we're really excited about that." Jennie-O is keeping details on the float under wraps for now, but Behne says it will have "a lot of glimmer, a lot of [...]
The final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden is set for tonight. Carleton College political expert Steven Schier says... "The president doesn't like the issue selection, he thinks there's hardly any foreign policy on the agenda in what is supposed to be foreign policy debate, so we'll see if he raises objections to that and produces any form of disruption as a result." Unlike at their last debate, as each new topic is introduced, each candidate will have two minutes of uninterrupted time to talk. During that time, the opposing candidate's microphone will be turned off. The debate is set [...]
The nationwide watch for a covid-19 vaccine continues. Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresman says they fully intend to move ahead with the distribution of a vaccine once they are sure it is safe. "We will take our lead from the advisory committee on the immunization practices, a national independent committee that will only recommend a vaccine that has met the safety criteria." The immunization practices committee operates under the umbrella of the C-D-C. Ehresmann says they already have the framework of a distribution plan in place, but will continue to refine it as needed.