A community notification meeting will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, March 1 online via Zoom. For those unable to access Zoom, a link to the meeting will be available at mankatomn.gov. The meeting, hosted by the Mankato Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Department of Corrections, is to inform the public that Dwayne Qutez Irving, a level three predatory offender, has relocated and will reside in the City of Mankato. Irving has served his sentence and is not wanted by police. View a fact sheet. The release of this information is required under Minnesota statute 244.052. Learn more about the different offender levels and the Community [...]
An unlicensed Winona therapist and her adult daughter are accused of collecting close to 200 thousand dollars through false claims under the federal Medicaid program. Kristine Hollund has been charged with aiding and abetting theft by swindle. The 53-year-old defendant's 34-year-old daughter Brittany Lindner allegedly handled the fraudulent billing and faces the same charge. Winona County prosecutors say the scheme lasted from April 2016 to January 2019. Hollund and Lindner are due in court on March 29.
(Bloomington, MN) -- The Mall of America will be the state's fourth COVID-19 community vaccination site. The governor's office says the Bloomington site will be large-scale and semi-permanent. Mall of America's site, set to open this week, will first vaccinate over eight-thousand educators, school staff, and childcare workers. Governor Tim Walz says the state and their community locations will be more ready when the federal government ramps up vaccine supply to meet demand. The other community vaccination sites are in Duluth, Minneapolis, and Rochester.
The University of Minnesota has received a five-million-dollar donation in order to address racial inequality in healthcare. University officials said Wednesday that the money from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will be used to establish the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity. Associate professor Rachael Hardeman will serve as the founding director, and says the center will conduct revolutionary research to understand how racism is a "fundamental cause of health inequities." Leaders from the university and Blue Cross and Blue Shield say recent civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that something must be done to [...]
As expected, those next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine will be people with specific high-risk conditions and essential workers in food processing and plants. Governor Tim Walz announced that while describing the vaccine's future rollout at yesterday's press conference. Minnesota will expand vaccine eligibility when 70-percent of those 65 and older have gotten at least one dose, which officials say should be done by the end of March. Following that, more essential workers and those in high-risk groups will be able to get vaccinated. Walz says it all ends with access for the general public in the summer. More [...]
Weather permitting, the preliminary work of tree trimming and removal along Highway 60 from Highway 14 to Highway 13 (through Madison Lake and Elysian) will begin March 4 followed by two stages of construction in 2021. The tree removal will have little to no impact on travel. However, motorists are advised to watch for workers and equipment on the shoulder. The construction, which may begin as early as April, will require traffic to be detoured. The tree removal sites are randomly located throughout the project with two areas of focus around Blue Earth County Road 44 and Le Sueur County Road [...]
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. On Thursday, health officials listed 996 new cases and seven additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 481-thousand infections and more than 64-hundred deaths overall. About 783-thousand-214 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Greater Mankato Area United Way is seeking volunteers to help with its Books for Kids program the week of March 8 through 12. Volunteers are needed to label and stamp envelopes and assemble the mailers with Capstone books for nearly 4,000 children in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties. The mailings also include a parent resource newsletter. The City of North Mankato will host volunteers at Fire Station #2 (1825 Howard Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003). Volunteers will be masked and socially distanced. Sign up on United Way’s Get Connected volunteer site at GetConnected.MankatoUnitedWay.org or contact 507-345-4551 for more information. [Direct [...]
Health officials in Minnesota want all school-age children to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks. That's the word from the Health Department's new youth testing campaign announced yesterday. They say if families make regular testing a priority, then it will limit the spread of the coronavirus as young people return to school and social activities. The campaign includes targeted outreach and online resources to make testing easier for families.
Three Minnesota restaurants are part of a new list describing the 50 best burgers in America. Travel website Travioso praised Hazelwood Food and Drink in Bloomington, Borough in Minneapolis, and Matt's Bar in Minneapolis in their compilation. Hazelwood was included for their Iowa Black Angus burgers and unique toppings. Borough was singled out for their Parlor Burger as their crafted cocktails. And, Travioso just couldn't resist the "legendary juicy lucy" from Matt's Bar.