Mankato-Public Safety is asking the public to practice safety when using fireworks this summer. Fireworks are among the most popular traditions for celebrating events, especially the Fourth of July. With widespread cancellations of community Independence Day events due to COVID-19, public safety staff anticipate an increase in consumer firework use as residents bring the celebrations into their backyards. Fireworks are associated with many injuries each year, including sparklers, which account for the largest number of injuries according to the National Fire Protection Association. State law prohibits the possession and use of firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles, daygo bombs, and the type of lanterns that require fire to [...]
Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad says they are taking feedback on a potential proposal to require face masks be worn in public. "I can't even tell you how many emails we received both for and against it. There's passion on each side." She says there's several businesses and the medical field that have spoken out. "We have the medical field saying to please require it and other businesses like the fitness centers saying no, how could we do that." The city council meets on Monday to decide if they will move forward with this ordinance.
South Central College’s Faribault and North Mankato Campuses have been awarded the designation of Hunger Free Campuses by LeadMN, the statewide student association for the 30 Minnesota State system community and technical colleges. South Central College was one of the first four colleges to be designated as having Hunger Free Campuses this past spring. LeadMN’s Hunger Free Campus initiative addresses food insecurity. Those designated as Hunger Free Campuses are recognized for taking strides to reduce food insecurity amongst students. In order to awarded the designation, a campus must: Have a food pantry, partnership with a food bank, or some type of food [...]
A rally for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery will be held in Mankato Friday. The Greater Mankato Diversity Council is organizing the rally. They will gather at the bandshell in Sibley Park at 6 p.m. According to Facebook, the rally is designed to pay tribute to all victims of racial injustice while supporting local efforts to improve race relations and uplift the African-American community. Opening remarks will begin at 6:20 p.m., followed by prayer and a moment of silence. Attendees can then continue with a 2.35 mile socially distanced run.
Buukata Hayes of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council says he believes the racial justice work being done is more than a moment. "I do believe it is a movement." He says there's a lot of difficult conversations happening now, but a lot of it starts with the experiences people have as a minority in the community.
Death of COVID-19 Positive Man Incarcerated at MCF-Faribault Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections At approximately 9:45 PM, on June 23, 2020, a 43-year-old man incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault, Minn., died at a local hospital. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The man, identified as Adrian Raymaar Keys, along with a number of other men incarcerated at Faribault, tested positive for COVID-19 on June 4, 2020. Mr. Keys’ condition deteriorated over the weekend of June 20 and he was hospitalized on June 22. The medical examiner will [...]
The Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis will display the colors of Minnesota state high schools the evenings of Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, as a tribute to the graduating Class of 2020, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Education. MnDOT and MDE will be joined by the Minnesota Twins, who will also display colors celebrating the Class of 2020. “The global pandemic put an abrupt halt to many cherished traditions and activities this spring, including graduation ceremonies celebrating the hard work of thousands of Minnesota high school seniors,” said Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson [...]
34,123 Total positive cases (cumulative) 365 Newly reported cases 9 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail - County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 20 Becker 1 Blue Earth 11 Carver 3 Chisago 1 Cottonwood 1 Dakota 31 Douglas 1 Faribault 6 Freeborn 3 Goodhue 1 Hennepin 121 Houston 1 Itasca 3 Kandiyohi 3 Le Sueur 1 Lyon 5 McLeod 4 Mille Lacs 1 Mower 19 Nicollet 3 Nobles 2 Norman 1 Olmsted 11 Ramsey 49 Renville 1 Rice 10 St. Louis 5 Scott 7 Sherburne 1 Sibley 5 Steele 5 Todd 1 Wabasha 1 Wadena 1 Waseca 1 Washington [...]
MedExpress is now offering Minnesota patients the option to schedule a virtual visit with a licensed MedExpress health care professional from the comfort of their home with secure video conferencing.
After learning that an in-person commencement ceremony would not be possible, the South Central College (SCC) commencement committee and college leaders decided they wanted to create a virtual experience for students that was as close to a traditional ceremony as possible. That meant moving the event to a later date, so the college could extend the deadline for graduates to order their free caps and gowns and provide them with an opportunity to submit their photo to be featured in the virtual ceremony. “Our students deserve to be celebrated,” said SCC President Dr. Annette Parker. “We wanted to take a little extra [...]