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Minnesota Auto Dealers Challenging Governor Walz’s Desire To Enact California Car Emission Standards

By |2020-08-05T16:46:18-05:00August 5th, 2020|

The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association is raising some concerns over a proposed action being discussed by Governor Walz. Scott Lambert is the president of the association. "The Governor wants to mandate California car emission standards," said Lambert. "And he wants to do it by rule rather than by legislative action. Under this rule, we would have to live under the California air resources board rules regarding what type of vehicles we could buy and operate. We in Minnesota are very, very different than California." Lambert feels with issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, this particular issue has been [...]

Faribault Man Killed in a Tuesday Afternoon Truck vs Bike Accident

By |2020-08-05T16:37:37-05:00August 5th, 2020|

A Faribault man was killed in a Tuesday afternoon truck vs bicycle accident east of Madison Lake. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office says 66-year-old Earl Pofahl died of injuries in the accident. Authorities say around three-30, a truck driven by 57-year-old Sean Baggott of Mankato collided with a bike ridden by Pofahl at the Sakatah Trail Crossing of Blue Earth County Road 189. The sheriff's office says Pofahl was airlifted from the scene but died later on Tuesday night. The accident remains under investigation.

Long-Term Consequences Possible For Those Who Have Recovered From COVID-19

By |2020-08-04T14:54:49-05:00August 4th, 2020|

Some studies are out suggesting potential long-term health consequences for those who have had COVID-19. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says it's too early to say for sure but it's something those in the medical community are keeping an eye on. "It is a little bit early, but there is data suggesting that having COVID could have longer-lasting consequences than we first thought," said Ehresman. "It is likely we will be asked to participate in some studies to look back at cases to evaluate that." Ehresman says MDH does not keep track of those who have recovered from [...]

Seven Hospitalized, Two in the ICU with COVID-19 in BEC

By |2020-08-04T14:45:37-05:00August 4th, 2020|

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Blue Earth County have remained relatively stable. Blue Earth County says there are currently seven people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county with two in the ICU. Since the start of the pandemic, the county has reported 859 positive COVID-19 cases.

North Mankato Man Facing Several Charges After a Chase Saturday Morning

By |2020-08-04T14:41:22-05:00August 4th, 2020|

A North Mankato man is facing several charges after allegedly speeding and attempting to flee officers early Saturday morning. Blue Earth County court records say 32-year-old Christopher Peters was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture, two counts of driving while intoxicated and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Authorities say they attempted to pull over Peters' vehicle around three a.m. before the vehicle suffered a disabling mechanical failure on Lor Ray Drive. The court report said Peters tried get away from officers but was eventually captured. Authorities say a backpack in the [...]

ICU COVID-19 Patients Up 19 Percent in the Past Week In Minnesota

By |2020-08-03T14:19:24-05:00August 3rd, 2020|

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota have seen a spike in the last week. "There has been a 19 percent increase in ICU patients and a five percent increase in acute care beds in the last week," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. Malcom says 302 Minnesotans are in the hospital with COVID-19 and 153 are in the ICU. State officials say the ICU total is the highest since June 27th.

It’s Been Over a Month Since Minnesota Has Seen Double-Digit COVID-19 Deaths in a Single Day

By |2020-08-03T13:47:23-05:00August 3rd, 2020|

It has now been over a month since Minnesota reported double-digit COVID-19 deaths in a single day. Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom says there are a variety of reasons for the decreased COVID mortality rate. "The systematic improvements that have been made in the long-term care sector on increasing protocols and dialing in rapid control has definitely helped," said Malcom. "Clinical care has also improved as treating physicians have learned more about best protocols and better care regarding oxygen therapy." MDH reported two COVID-19 deaths on Monday, matching July 13th and July 27th as the lowest single-day totals since [...]

Woman Killed in Le Sueur County Saturday After Driving Into a Construction Zone

By |2020-08-03T14:41:41-05:00August 3rd, 2020|

A Northfield woman was killed Saturday morning after driving into a construction zone and hitting a hole in the road. The Minnesota State Patrol says around quarter to eight, a vehicle driven by 51-year-old Michelle Burwell was westbound on Highway 99 in Le Sueur County, drove into the construction zone, and into the hole in the road. Authorities say Burwell was not wearing a seatbelt.

Minnesota Reporting the Highest Level of COVID-19 Positives Cases, Hospitalizations Since the End of May

By |2020-07-31T15:16:24-05:00July 31st, 2020|

The state of Minnesota is reporting its highest level of COVID-19 positive cases in two months Friday. "We had 779 laboratory-confirmed positive tests yesterday," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "This is the first time we've seen several days of 700 or more cases in a row since the end of May. Granted, we are testing more broadly and rigorously than we were in the spring." MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom says a total of 312 people are hospitalized in the state, with 151 in ICU. Malcom says those are at the highest level of hospitalizations since the end of May.

St. Peter To Continue Discussions on a Possible New Fire Hall

By |2020-07-31T13:56:02-05:00July 31st, 2020|

St. Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke says it's possible, but he doubts the Minnesota State Legislature will take up his city's request to hold a local option sales tax referendum this fall. It was part of the city's plan to help fund a new fire station. Prafke says the council will hold further discussion on the issue once they know for sure. "The decision now is do we want to fund the fire station totally from property taxes or do we want other people who shop and stop in St. Peter to help pay for the fire hall," said Prafke. The [...]