The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is calling on motorists in the state to change their driving habits and slow down as deaths on Minnesota roads continue to spike. D-P-S says just since Saturday 16 people have died on the state's roads. That brings the total fatalities so far this year to 254, the highest year to date number in the last five years. Speed continues to be the most common contributing factor, accounting for 91 deaths, 27 more than this time last year, and 53 more than we saw in the first 7 months of 2019. Alcohol and unbelted motorists [...]
More coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 551 new cases and three additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 612-thousand infections and about 76-hundred-63 deaths overall. About three-million-146-thousand-721 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Mankato-At 7 a.m., Friday, July 30, gas main installation along South Riverfront Drive and Liberty Street will begin and temporarily impact traffic on South Riverfront Drive (from Warren Street to West Liberty Street). The roads will remain open; however, lane shifts will be in place and traffic delays are expected. Traffic control will be removed for the weekend and placed again on Monday, August 2. Work is expected to be complete by mid-August (weather permitting).
Mankato's 23rd Annual RibFest returns in 2021 to Riverfront Park, 309 W. Rock St., Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8. To help guests get to and from the event, continuous shuttle bus service will be provided from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. View a shuttle bus service map and a parking map. Access the shuttle bus at the cutout on Riverfront Drive at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. RibFest features live music in the Vetter Stone Amphitheater and ribs made by “ribbers” from across the country. A limited number of reserved seats will be available and can be purchased [...]
(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz believes the Minnesota State Fair will go on at full-scale next month. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Governor Walz said he has not considered any new statewide emergency that would implement new COVID-19 restrictions, including a mask mandate. This all comes after the CDC revised its guidelines and said vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masking indoors in parts of the country where COVID-19 cases have surged because of the highly-transmissible Delta variant.
(Jordan, MN) -- A maintenance worker is rescued from the top of the water tower in Jordan. Police say the 41-year-old man had a medical emergency Wednesday afternoon and had to be rescued. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
(Orono, MN) -- The man who was driving the car that was involved in a deadly crash in Orono that killed two people including the son of University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Bob Motzko turns himself in. Police say James Blue turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. Police say Blue was driving a car with Mack Motzko and Sam Schuneman last weekend when he crashed into a group of trees. Motzko and Schuneman died in the crash, and Blue suffered serious injuries.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for most of Minnesota due to wildfire smoke. The alert, which leaves out the North Shore of Lake Superior, is in effect until Friday afternoon. Unhealthy particle levels from wildfire smoke is expected to remain for the time being due to northerly winds. Sensitive groups, like the elderly and those with respiratory diseases, are advised to take certain precautions. More information can be found online on the MPCA's Air Quality Index webpage.
(Rochester, MN) -- Rochester Public Schools is requiring face coverings for all students between the ages of two and 11 until further notice. On Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved those mask guidelines as recommended by Superintendent Kent Pekel. Students who are old enough to be vaccinated are only encouraged to wear masks. This comes as state leaders have said that all Minnesota school districts will be able to make their own decisions on mask wearing for the upcoming school year.
(Otter Tail County, MN) -- Minnesota health officials are looking into an outbreak of COVID-19 tied to an Otter Tail County camp. Reports indicate that at least ten coronavirus cases among staff members were identified at the Castaway Club Young Life Camp on Pelican Lake. Those cases were reported over the last two weeks, though numbers have not been provided for campers. The camp, which uses several coronavirus precautions, serves campers from at least 10 Midwestern states.