A new study using data from the U.S. Census Bureau says Minnesota was the best state for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Save the Children study looked at hunger, lack of tools for remote learning, and the difficulties families were facing with paying their bills in 2020 to find how kids were doing overall. While kids in Minnesota fared best in the U.S., along with those in Utah and Washington among others, the report still showed glaring inequalities in poverty, hunger, and struggles with distance learning. On average, kids of color and those in rural communities struggled far [...]
A state lawmaker in Minnesota has introduced a bill that would result in criminal charges for transgender athletes. State Rep. Eric Lucero introduced H.R. 1657 last week which aims to ban transgender athletes from competing in women's sports. Under the proposed legislation, transgender students who identify as women would be banned from trying out for or participating in female-only school sports. Doing so would be considered a petty misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of three hundred dollars. Additionally, the bill would also prohibit a transgender student from using communal areas such as restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms that [...]
The Minnesota department of health says they are encouraged by the approval of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. MDH's Kris Ehresmann says those currently eligible for vaccination could receive the newly approved vaccine when shipments arrive this week. "We view the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as a gamechanger, it has much easier storage and handling requirements, making it much more practical for use in the field." The state has been allocated just over 45-thousand doses of the newly approved vaccine. Ehresmann says in the end people do not need to concern themselves with which vaccine they get. "We encourage people [...]
The results are in, meaning Minnesota residents now know just which snowplows will be clearing their streets. Yesterday, MnDOT announced the conclusion of the "Name a Snowplow" contest for all eight districts. Plowy McPlowFace will be in the Metro District, Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya in District 4, Duck Duck Orange Truck for District 1, Plow Bunyan in District 2, Snowbi Wan Kenobi in District 6, F. Salt Fitzgerald for District 7, Darth Blader in District 3, and The Truck Formerly Known As Plow covers District 8. Transportation officials say the names came from a batch of over 22-thousand [...]
Mankato-Public Safety responded to a structure fire at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday at 232 Thayer Avenue. Crews confirmed that all occupants were not in the house, and firefighters extinguished the fire. There were no injuries. Damages are estimated at $25,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
During the stretch of extremely cold temperatures in February our furnaces were working overtime to keep our homes warm, and soon those utility bills will be arriving in the mail. Donna Ramler oversees the Energy Assistance Program at TriCAP and says there is still time for you to apply for heating assistance if you're falling behind on your bills: "Grants run from 300 dollars to 14-hundred dollars. They average between that range based on the number of people in the household, the household's income, the type of dwelling they live in, and also the type of heat source they use." The [...]
(Belle Plaine Township, MN) -- One person is dead following a crash around Belle Plaine Township Tuesday morning. Police say a Hyundai Elantra and a Chevy pickup collided on Union Hill Boulevard before 8 a.m. The driver of the Elantra was killed, while the pickup driver was hospitalized with serious injuries. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the accident.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. On Tuesday, health officials listed 425 new cases and four additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 485-thousand infections and more than 64-hundred deaths overall. About 908-thousand-590 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Mankato Area Public Schools could face millions of dollars in spending cuts for the next school year. However, the projected state budget surplus could impact those decisions. The district says the primary reason for the deficit is a decline in enrollment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the latest school board meeting, the district said revenue is down $5.3 million this year. Assuming there’s there is no increase in funding, another $1.6 would be lost. Superintendent Paul Peterson warned that staffing cuts were likely unavoidable since more than 80 percent of the budget is for payroll. But the state’s [...]