DWIs in Minnesota are well ahead of last year's pace. Troy Christianson is with the Minnesota State Patrol. "Our 100 most traveled days are from Memorial Day to Labor Day," said Christianson. "This year we've had 300 more arrests for DWI than last year at this time. And that's a very high number since a lot of the bars and establishments are closed." Christianson says arrests are being made around the clock "There are a lot more arrests being made in the morning than in previous years," said Christianson. "Point-one-five to point-two-zero levels have been quite common." Christianson reminds motorists the [...]
Courtrooms recently re-opened after being closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Cutcher is the chief public defender for the fifth judicial district. He was asked is it possible to catch up on the current backlog. "It's not," said Cutcher. "Everyone needs to realize this is going to be a long process." Cutcher says the court system has used zoom for hearings, but that presents some challenges. "If there's live testimony, if you and I start talking at the same time it cuts out," said Cutcher. "More times than not the court is going to stay they want evidence [...]
COVID-19 Patients Currently Represent 3.4 Percent of All Hospitalization in the State, 6.6 percent of all ICU Patients
The number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU in the state of Minnesota is at its lowest level this month. MDH is reporting 131 patients in ICU, the lowest total since August 31st. That's out of 238 total hospitalizations, an increase of five from Monday. According to MDH data, COVID-19 patients represent 6.6 percent of all ICU patients in the state and 3.4 percent of all hospitalizations statewide.
The property tax levy rate in Mankato is staying the same. Alison Zelms is the deputy city manager in Mankato. "For the tenth year in a row, we are anticipating a flat extension rate of 44 percent for the city's property tax," said Zelms. "Any increase in actual dollars is primarily coming from new construction." The Mankato City Council took the action at its meeting Monday night. Zelms says the council takes similar action every year around this time. "Every year by mid-September, the city has to adopt the property tax levy," said Zelms. "From there the levy can go down [...]
A Hopkins man was arrested after an incident at a Mankato park on Saturday. Blue Earth County court records say 35-year-old Kendall Hampton was charged with three counts of domestic assault and one count of interference with a peace officer. Authorities say Hampton was seen on closed-circuit television grabbing a woman by the neck and pushing her and also threw a cell phone at the woman. The court report also stated he was uncooperative with deputies when they arrived on the scene.
A Mankato woman has been formally charged in connection to an incident that occurred on the day President Trump visited the city. Blue Earth County court records say 27-year-old Shawntay Allen was charged with disorderly conduct and fourth-degree assault. Authorities say Allen is accused of stopping a vehicle in the roadway blocking traffic and exchanging words with persons who were walking to their vehicles. The court report said Allen also spit out of the car window and the spit hit a deputy and another person in the roadway.
MSU One of Three Minnesota Colleges Reporting Over 100 COVID-19 Cases, MDH Says MSU Cases Going Down
Three Minnesota colleges have reported over one hundred COVID-19 cases. "Minnesota State-Mankato, Winona State and Concordia University in Morehead," said Kris Ehresman is with the Minnesota Department of Health. Ehresman says it's not all bad news at MSU. "We're actually seeing really positive signs that the numbers at Mankato are coming down," said Ehresman. Ehresman says all colleges in the state have protocols in place such as reducing and canceling campus activities, reducing visitors, increasing testing, and reinforcing the initiatives of masking, washing hands, and staying home when you're sick.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state of Minnesota are at its lowest level since July tenth. The Minnesota Department of Health says 233 individuals are in the hospital with COVID-19, with 135 in the ICU. MDH says three deaths were reported in the state and 3.7 percent of the tests processed were positive.
Crop producers in the immediate area have been lucky when it comes to weather this summer according to local ag expert Kent Thiesse. "Since we had the big rains back in July which caused some drown-out conditions, we've missed most of the severe weather," said Thiesse. "We've had pretty good growing conditions and the crops in this area, for the most part, are in pretty good shape." Thiesse says in extreme southern and western Minnesota and in parts of Iowa and South Dakota crops are struggling.
State officials are hoping to have a new COVID-19 saliva testing lab up and running by next month. Dan Huff is an assistant commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Health. "We're hoping the lab will come on-line in October," said Huff. "Obviously they have to rent the space and hire people, but they're moving at lightning speed and we're excited about the new partnership." Huff says the state has drastically increased testing capacity since the start of the pandemic and this lab coming on-line will allow that to continue. "It will more than double the state capacity," said Huff. "It's one [...]