(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz believes the Minnesota State Fair will go on at full-scale next month. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Governor Walz said he has not considered any new statewide emergency that would implement new COVID-19 restrictions, including a mask mandate. This all comes after the CDC revised its guidelines and said vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masking indoors in parts of the country where COVID-19 cases have surged because of the highly-transmissible Delta variant.
(Jordan, MN) -- A maintenance worker is rescued from the top of the water tower in Jordan. Police say the 41-year-old man had a medical emergency Wednesday afternoon and had to be rescued. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
(Orono, MN) -- The man who was driving the car that was involved in a deadly crash in Orono that killed two people including the son of University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Bob Motzko turns himself in. Police say James Blue turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. Police say Blue was driving a car with Mack Motzko and Sam Schuneman last weekend when he crashed into a group of trees. Motzko and Schuneman died in the crash, and Blue suffered serious injuries.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for most of Minnesota due to wildfire smoke. The alert, which leaves out the North Shore of Lake Superior, is in effect until Friday afternoon. Unhealthy particle levels from wildfire smoke is expected to remain for the time being due to northerly winds. Sensitive groups, like the elderly and those with respiratory diseases, are advised to take certain precautions. More information can be found online on the MPCA's Air Quality Index webpage.
(Rochester, MN) -- Rochester Public Schools is requiring face coverings for all students between the ages of two and 11 until further notice. On Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved those mask guidelines as recommended by Superintendent Kent Pekel. Students who are old enough to be vaccinated are only encouraged to wear masks. This comes as state leaders have said that all Minnesota school districts will be able to make their own decisions on mask wearing for the upcoming school year.
(Otter Tail County, MN) -- Minnesota health officials are looking into an outbreak of COVID-19 tied to an Otter Tail County camp. Reports indicate that at least ten coronavirus cases among staff members were identified at the Castaway Club Young Life Camp on Pelican Lake. Those cases were reported over the last two weeks, though numbers have not been provided for campers. The camp, which uses several coronavirus precautions, serves campers from at least 10 Midwestern states.
(Hennepin County, MN) -- The family of a boy thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America has filed a lawsuit against the mall. The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, says that the mall and its security team failed to protect the young boy against Emmanuel Aranda, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison for tossing the five-year-old over third floor railing in 2019. Attorneys allege that the Mall knew of Aranda's previously violent incidents at the location and should have made efforts to stop Aranda from repeating his behavior. The boy suffered serious internal injuries in [...]
(Shakopee, MN) -- One person is in custody in connection to a reported homicide in Shakopee. Officers responded to the intersection of 4th Avenue and Spencer Street yesterday afternoon. Police say they don't believe the incident was a "random act." The investigation is ongoing.
More coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 625 new cases and four additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 611-thousand infections and about 76-hundred-60 deaths overall. About three-million-139-thousand-861 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
MY Place (Mankato Youth Place) is launching its first MY Hero Campaign. They say: Mankato Youth Place is assembling a team of caring heroes with the superpower of helping kids learn and grow. We are inviting community members to answer the call and become a MY Hero. Since opening its doors nearly three years ago we have provided after school programming, summer programming and full day distance learning support throughout the pandemic. While registration is required, there is no cost to participate in the program. MY Place provides youth with programs to support success in school including distance learning and homework [...]