COVID Deaths Rise By 33 in MN (May 27)

By |2020-05-27T11:02:20-05:00May 27th, 2020|

May 27   Situation Update for COVID-19 Updated May 27, 2020 Updated daily at 11 a.m., with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day. Data is for cases that were tested and returned positive. All data is preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Many data points are collected during case interviews. Data presented below is for all cases, regardless of interview status. Data for cases pending interview may be listed as “unknown/missing”. Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this data is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or [...]

Medical Researchers, Life Science Companies and COVID-19 Survivors Launch National Campaign to Drive Blood Plasma Donation

By |2020-05-27T06:02:10-05:00May 27th, 2020|

  “The Fight Is In Us” Campaign Seeks to Mobilize COVID-19 Survivors to Accelerate the Development of Potentially Lifesaving Therapies       A coalition of world-leading medical and research institutions, blood centers, life science companies, technology companies, philanthropic organizations, and COVID-19 survivor groups has come together to support the rapid development of potential new therapies for patients with COVID-19. Working together under the “The Fight Is In Us” campaign, the coalition is seeking to mobilize tens of thousands of people in the United States who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma, which contains vital antibodies that have fought [...]

Use of force expert on video of George Floyd killing

By |2020-05-27T10:33:27-05:00May 27th, 2020|

A police training expert says all sides must be considered, but adds that after seeing the video of a Minneapolis Police Officer killing George Floyd... "When a person is calling out that they can't breathe, and then now all of a sudden they're not resisting, they're not fighting, and now they're not calling out I can't breathe, there should be an alarm or a red flag showing up." Mylan Masson worked as a police officer for 20 years and ran police training at Hennepin Technical College until 2016. She says police are trained that it's best to get a suspect on [...]

Nicollet County Government Center Reopens to the Public

By |2020-05-27T05:57:04-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Starting May 26, the Nicollet County Government Center reopened to the public.  A limited number of people will be allowed in the building at one time.  While in the building social distancing guidelines must be followed.  The Government Center has been closed to the public since March 19 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. County Administrator Ryan Krosch stated, “We have made several modifications to the public spaces in the Government Center to assure we can safely provide services to County residents.  Residents are asked to be patient as there will likely be waiting lines for some services provided.” Guidelines for driver’s [...]

Economic Recovery Could Take Cue from Depression-Era Program

By |2020-05-27T05:54:58-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Minnesota News Connection May 27, 2020 Economic Recovery Could Take Cue from Depression-Era Program Mike Moen ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jobless rates have soared in Minnesota and across the country as a result of the pandemic, and conservation groups say bringing back a public works program from the Great Depression might ease some of the economic pain in 2020 and beyond. The National Wildlife Federation says Congress should create a new Civilian Conservation Corps to address overdue maintenance issues at public parks and on public lands. Brad Gausman, executive director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, said opportunities are endless to pay younger adults to [...]

Klobuchar, Smith, Omar, McCollum Call for Accountability for George Floyd’s Death

By |2020-05-27T05:51:02-05:00May 27th, 2020|

After Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, the lawmakers urge independent oversight at all levels MINNEAPOLIS -- After George Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department on the night of May 25, 2020, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) along with Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) and Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman calling for accountability for George Floyd’s death. Specifically, they are demanding thorough investigations at all levels -- including local, state, and federal -- into the events that led to [...]

Help us help you — flush water systems prior to reopening buildings

By |2020-05-27T05:41:16-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Mankato-As organizations prepare to reopen on June 1 as allowed under Minnesota's executive orders, it's recommended to refresh water systems as a result of temporary closures and decreased water usage. Freshwater should be drawn into a building's water systems and stagnant water flushed out following guidelines from the American Water Works Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Doing so can help prevent stagnant water, which can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels, and higher concentrations of lead/copper and possible development of Legionella. "We encourage businesses to review guidelines and prepare their water systems prior to opening their doors for safety and to [...]

Hagedorn Introduces Bill to Aid Reeling Livestock Industries

By |2020-05-27T05:39:36-05:00May 27th, 2020|

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, today introduced legislation titled the “Livestock Producer Assistance for COVID-19 Damages Act." Hagedorn’s bill expands the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm Raised Catfish Program (ELAP) to provide indemnity payments for farmers and producers who were not able to market livestock due to packing plant closures or reduced operations beginning on April 19, 2020. The bill also provides appropriations and specific guidance as to how the funds will be used. "The ongoing pandemic and disruption to livestock markets has quickly [...]

Blood donors urgently needed to prevent another shortage

By |2020-05-27T08:46:33-05:00May 27th, 2020|

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures, increasing the demand for blood products. Blood donors are urgently needed to make donation appointments to prevent another shortage like the one that occurred at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The Red Cross is thanking those who step up to help: Now through May 31: Those who come to give will receive a free We’re All in This Together Red Cross T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. June 1-30: Those who come to give will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift [...]

ICYMI: Blues on Belgrade Officially Cancelled

By |2020-05-27T05:29:47-05:00May 27th, 2020|

The Business on Belgrade Board today is announcing the cancellation of Blues on Belgrade 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The safety and health of our community, volunteers, and all who are involved with making this a successful event are our top priority.  We are taking into consideration the uncertainty of this pandemic and the social distancing guidelines, and feel it is best to cancel Blues on Belgrade 2020. We will monitor the pandemic and reassess the status of our community late summer to determine if Bier on Belgrade will safely be able to happen this year.  Blues on Belgrade is [...]