On Friday, April 17th, Governor Tim Walz announced a Statewide Homemade Cloth Mask Drive.  This drive will be on this Saturday April 25th from 10 am until 2 pm.  All donated masks will be distributed to facilities that have expressed a need for homemade cloth masks.  Brown County residents are encouraged to bring any new, unused cloth masks to any of the listed Fire Departments:

Comfrey – 120 Brown Street East

Hanska – 201 East Washington Street

New Ulm (Main Station) – 526 8th North Street

Sleepy Eye – 123 Walnut Street

Springfield – 8 North Cass Avenue


Face mask design patterns and instructions can be found below:

  • Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
  • Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Double-layer the fabric if possible.
  • Masks must be made from washable material such as fabric. Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming.
  • The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.
  • Suggested materials:
    • Outer layer tea cloth
    • Inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture
    • Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible
    • Use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding)
    • For straps, use elastic straps that loop behind the ears.

Or you can visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html