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Economic Downturn Related to COVID-19 May Prevent City of Mankato From Accomplishing Some of its Goals

By |2020-06-04T15:44:18-05:00June 4th, 2020|

The COVID-19 related economic downturn will prevent the city of Mankato from doing things they wanted to do this year. "We're going to talk about the budget and how we're going to move forward on June 15th," said Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad. Massad said prior to the pandemic the city was having a good year. She says the city has to be smart in how the city budgets and prioritizes what needs to be done.

Corn Can Recover, Soybeans Most Likely Will Need To Be Replanted From This Week’s Hail

By |2020-06-04T15:35:05-05:00June 4th, 2020|

Southern Blue Earth County took a hit from severe weather Tuesday night. Dan Sohre is with Protein Sources in Mapleton. "The corn, for the most part, will recover," said Sohre. "Unless it was completely wiped. The soybeans will not. So I'm sure, if the weather cooperates, there will be some soybeans re-planted in the next ten days." At last check, the USDA said corn and soybean planting was ahead of schedule in Minnesota.

South Central College Announces Plan To Hold Face-to-Face Classes in the Fall

By |2020-06-04T15:13:21-05:00June 4th, 2020|

South Central College has announced plans to welcome students back for face-to-face classes this fall. The college made the announcement Thursday afternoon. College president Annette Parker says classes will look similar to previous years, with the addition of appropriate health and safety measures. Parker says the college will offer on-campus classes, online classes, and hybrid classes at both its Faribault and North Mankato campuses. The college says the 2020 fall semester will begin on August 24th.

Mankato Man Formally Charged After Breaking Into a Liquor Store Saturday

By |2020-06-04T15:04:58-05:00June 4th, 2020|

A Mankato man was charged with three offenses after allegedly breaking into a Mankato Liquor store last Saturday night. Blue Earth County court records say 38-year-old Ricky Lance has been charged with third-degree stealing, theft, and receiving stolen property. Authorities say Lance was identified after the businesses posted security footage on their website. Court records say Lance also posted on Facebook that he intended to violate the curfew that will in effect Saturday night in Mankato. Charges were filed after a search warrant was executed at his residence Monday.

Bail Set at $ 750,000 For Three Former Minneapolis Police Officers Charged In the Death of the George Floyd

By |2020-06-04T14:40:59-05:00June 4th, 2020|

A judge has set bail at $750,000 apiece for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng made their first appearances Thursday in Hennepin County District Court. The Minneapolis Police Department fired them last week and they were arrested Wednesday. Bystander video shows a fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck until he stops moving. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. If convicted of aiding and abetting murder, Thao, Lane, and Kueng face [...]

Local Attorney Says Finding An Impartial Jury in the George Floyd Case Will Be a Challenge

By |2020-06-03T16:16:19-05:00June 3rd, 2020|

With a high-profile case such as the death of George Floyd, how do you find an impartial jury? Fifth district public defender Scott Cutcher says it will be a challenge. "I'd be surprised if it is in Hennepin County," said Floyd. "We'll have to scour the state and find someplace where individuals can look at things objectively. It will be very difficult." Cutcher says putting law enforcement officers on trial is always a challenge. "These are uphill battles for the prosecution to win, even with video evidence," said Floyd. "We've seen it already such as the acquittal of the officer in [...]

Ellison Warns Receiving Convictions in the George Floyd Case Won’t Be Easy

By |2020-06-03T16:07:18-05:00June 3rd, 2020|

Charges have now been filed against four ex-Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd. But Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison warns receiving convictions won't be easy. "Being complete and through is critically important, but it takes time," said Ellison. "The reason thoroughness is important is because every single link in the prosecutorial chain needs to be strong. Trying this case will not be an easy thing. Winning a conviction will be hard." Ellison says it will be a while before the case goes to trial. "This is going to take months," said Ellison. "I don't know how many but [...]

Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Minnesota Down 129 In the Past Week

By |2020-06-03T14:38:12-05:00June 3rd, 2020|

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Minnesota is trending in the right direction. "What is a little notable is that there's been a steady decline of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the past week," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "A week ago today there were 666 patients in the hospital as compared to 537 today," Malcom says ICU hospitalizations have remained relatively steady but also saw a decrease of nine patients from Friday. The current total is 254.

MDH Says Recent Protests and Gatherings Create a Problem Related to COVID-19 Contact Tracing

By |2020-06-03T14:18:16-05:00June 3rd, 2020|

With a large number of persons participating in protests and gatherings after the death of George Floyd is contact tracing for COVID-19 even possible? The question was asked of MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "By the very nature of the event, people are not going to know who they were in contact with," said Malcom. "It not only creates a scale problem but a practical problem of not being able to identify contacts in the same way." Malcom says anyone who participated in the protest needs to monitor their symptoms and if necessary, isolate themselves and get tested.

Charges Against Chauvin Upgraded, Only Three Officers Charged in the Death of George Floyd

By |2020-06-03T14:07:14-05:00June 3rd, 2020|

The charges against a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd have been upgraded. US Senator Amy Klobuchar has tweeted Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing the charges against Derek Chauvin to second-degree murder and will also be charging the other three officers involved in the case. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter against Chauvin last Friday. Governor Tim Walz put Ellison in charge of the case on Saturday.   UPDATE at 2 p.m. Hennepin County court records say Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder-without intent-while committing a [...]