One of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his case dismissed. An attorney for Thomas Lane said in court papers that the case against his client should be dismissed for lack of probable cause. As part of his court filing, attorney Earl Gray filed transcripts from body camera footage recorded by Lane's camera and the camera of his partner. He also filed a transcript of Lane's interview with state investigators. Gray says Lane asked twice if the officers should turn Floyd on his side, and the officer who used his knee [...]
Well-child checks are very important, even in the middle of a pandemic. Galen Hilgendorf with the Daniels Health Center in St.Peter says it's important for children to keep up on their checkups. "Especially if they're due to vaccinations," said Hilgendorf. "We have a lot of different safety protocols in place." The Minnesota Department of Health has raised concerns over a drop in childhood vaccinations since the start of COVID-19.
Blue Earth County surpassed the 500 total of COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday. The Minnesota Department of Health says the county now has 509 coronavirus cases. County officials say 20 of those cases have required hospitalization and two deaths have been reported.
Minnesota Department of Health commissioner Jan Malcom says don't expect a rerun of the Minnesota COVID-19 model anytime soon. Malcom says she recently asked the department of health and University of Minnesota representatives about the situation "I know that they are continuing to work on updating the model," said Malcom. "I do expect another run in the next few weeks but it is not imminent." Malcom says even without the model there's a variety of data available for their analysis. "Case growth. Testing volume, new admissions into the hospital, percent of community spread", said Malcom. "We're also looking at surveillance indicators [...]
Two Milwaukee men have been sentenced for assaulting a Minnesota state trooper in Faribault County in 2018. Faribault County attorney Kathryn Karjala says Montrell Smith was sentenced to seven years in prison and Anthony Enriquez was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison. Both men entered guilty pleas in February to first-degree assault and possession of marijuana. Court records they admitted to assaulting state trooper Doug Rauenhorst after they were pulled over of December of 2018.
A Minnesota State Senator, who is also a Doctor, is being investigated by the state board of medical practices. Dr. Scott Jensen of Chaska appeared Monday on the Al in the Afternoon program on KTOE. He says there were two complaints against him. "On April 7th, in a TV interview, I mentioned death certificate completion as identified by the Department of Health was flawed and ridiculous I spending misinformation, even though I laid out why I said that," said Jensen. "The other complaint is when I dared to compare to COVID-19 to influenza, I was providing reckless information to the public." [...]
A New Ulm man has been charged after an early Friday morning incident in downtown Mankato. Blue Earth County court records say 22-year-old Adrean Castillo was charged with threats of violence, two counts of interference with a peace officer, disruptive intoxication, and disorderly conduct. Authorities say Castillo was accused of making death threats, attempting to fight with several individuals, and threatening a police officer.
The Minnesota Department of Health says they have a new metric they're looking at in determining how the state is doing in regards to COVID-19. "The new measure is the rate of new cases per one hundred thousand people averaged out over seven days," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "Our threshold is five cases for one hundred thousand residents." Malcom says this new measure will replace the rate of doubling. "This will make it easier to identify outbreaks or increases in cases faster than the doubling rate, which is a slow measure," explained Malcom. "Currently over the last seven days, we [...]
MnDOT District Seven says Highway 93 from Henderson to Highway 169 is now open. The road had been closed since June 29th due to flooding on the Rush River. MnDOT says the water receded over the weekend and crews repaired the shoulders and removed log jams under the bridge Monday.
Mankato Area Public Schools says they are conducting a thorough investigation of what district officials are calling a racist video made by a student that was posted to social media. District representatives say school administrators are in contact with the student and their family. They say based on the results on the investigation, disciplinary action will be taken. Mankato Area Public Schools says the district is committed to a safe and inclusive culture for all and they are thankful to all students and community members who alerted school staff to this matter. They add racist behavior or comments will not be [...]