Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced today that the University’s annual Homecoming week, originally scheduled for today (Monday, Sept. 28) through Saturday, Oct. 3, will be replaced with “Spirit Month” this year because of the pandemic. Davenport said the University would celebrate “Spirit Month” from Sept. 28 through Oct. 29, with student activities scheduled throughout the month. This is the first year Minnesota State Mankato will not hold a traditional fall Homecoming since 1943, when Homecoming was postponed to February 1944 because of World War II. “Homecoming week, just like commencement, is a Minnesota State Mankato campus tradition that [...]
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. 97,638 Total positive cases (cumulative) 936 Newly reported cases 7 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Aitkin 2 Anoka 55 Becker 1 Beltrami 9 Benton 2 Blue Earth 11 Brown 1 Carlton 5 Carver 8 Cass 2 Chippewa 4 Chisago 6 Clay 7 Cottonwood 1 Crow Wing 20 Dakota 50 Dodge 9 Douglas 11 Faribault 1 Fillmore 10 Freeborn 2 Goodhue 6 [...]
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on September 24th, 2020, emergency crews were dispatched to a residence on the 2000 block of Round Table Rd. in Avalon Estates for a report of a suspected drug overdose. Arriving officers found an unresponsive 32-year-old male inside the home and administered Naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and began CPR. The male was transported by ambulance to MCHS-Mankato where he is listed in critical condition. North Mankato Police and the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force are investigating. “There has been an increase in overdoses in the area and [...]
A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in Greater Minnesota. The Minnesota Medical Association's Dr. Keith Stelter says the workers were... "Subjected to inflammatory remarks and negative statements so that's very distressing as we're trying to understand the pandemic and its effect, especially in rural areas." The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minnesota where a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who [...]
The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations. Already tens of thousands of people are being impacted by massive back-to-back disasters, including wildfires in the west, hurricanes and COVID-19. "As you can imagine, all of the blood drives that are in these affected areas and you see that map of the United States and you have to think all of those locations have now been canceled." Carrie Carlson-Guest with Red Cross Minnesota. For more information on donating blood, you can visit redcross.org.
When it comes to planning for Halloween the Minnesota Department of Health's Kris Ehresmann echoed recommendations from the C-D-C that labeled traditional trick or treating as a "high-risk activity." "Public health recommendations are not intended to ruin your fun, but to keep you safe, and it is actually the virus that is the buzzkill here." Ehresmann said health department-approved lower risk activities included pumpkin carving with your family, virtual costume contests or one-way trick or treating with pre-made, individually wrapped, goody-bags.
A survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) shows Minnesota businesses continue to feel the deepening impacts of COVID-19. Nearly 70-percent of Minnesota small businesses indicate the pandemic had a negative effect on their businesses to some extent, compared to 76% nationwide. 41% of the state's small businesses expect to go back to normal operations in more than six months, compared to 44% across the country. And 72% say they have received assistance from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), far surpassing any other financial assistance programs in the state.
Hospitality Minnesota is encouraging the Walz Administration to raise restaurant and event capacity. "Have done an analysis recently of other states and we honestly find at this point Minnesota is an out layer in terms of its restrictions on capacities." Liz Rammer president and CEO of Hospitality Minnesota says if the capacities aren't raised many restaurants and bars won't make it through the fall and winter months, especially when their outdoor seating areas close.
Secretary of State Steve Simon says he's hearing some claims that voting by mail is risky. He wants Minnesota voters to know that that is not the case here. "There are some states which are doing something called the universal vote by mail where all registered voters automatically get a ballot sent to them whether they requested it or not or whether they wanted it or not that's not what we're doing in Minnesota." Early voting started in Minnesota on September 18th. For more information on getting a ballot for the November election, you can visit mnvotes.org.