Although no specific details have been released, President Trump reportedly will make a stop in Mankato on Monday. Hamline University political science professor David Schultz says the President believes Minnesota is in play in November. "Some recent polls say Joe Biden only has a three to a four-point lead in Minnesota," said Schultz. "And if Trump doesn't win the state he forces Democrats to defend the state more than they planned on, and for every extra dollar they have to spend in Minnesota, it's one less dollar they have to spend in other battleground states so strategically it's a smart move." [...]
The 2020 Mankato Marathon will be 100 percent virtual. Visit Mankato made the announcement Thursday. Anna Thill is with Visit Mankato. "In the end, there were too many barriers that got in the way," said Thill. "In addition, new guidance gave from the state regarding keeping schools open. We did not want to present a situation in which cases could grow creating a need to shut down schools." Thill says runners will now get to choose where and when to run their event October 12th through the 26th. She says the Scheels Sport and Health Expo will still be held at [...]
The Spring Lake Park Swim Facility has been closed. North Mankato City officials say the facility was closed as a precaution due to a possible COVID-19 exposure in one or more of its staff members. City Administrator John Harrenstein says the Spring Lake Park will remain closed as the city works with Public Health officials to determine who may have been exposed at what, if any risk, remains to pool guests and staff. Harrenstein adds the city does not believe there is concern about widespread exposure to pool guests and staff.
Wednesday was the first day the state of Minnesota reported double-digit COVID-19 deaths since July 2nd. The Minnesota Department of Health says reported 12 deaths Wednesday. Watonwan county reported its first COVID-19 death, an individual between 80-89.
Two Mankato residents are facing charges after authorities were called to a Mankato hotel Monday night. Blue Earth County court records say 32-year-old Jacob Seltun and 22-year-old Courtney Vineyard have both been charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of interference with a peace officer. Authorities say Seltun was also charged with threats of violence.
Minnesota State is expanding its move-in dates for this fall. College officials say they will allow students to move anytime from August 17th to the 23rd prior to the first day of classes on August 24th. MSU Residential Life says the expansion of move-in dates is an effort to reduce the number of students moving in at any one time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Mankato man was charged after threatening a woman for not wearing a mask at an apartment complex. Blue Earth County court records say 59-year-old Brian Plakke was charged with threats of violence, disorderly conduct, and interfering with emergency services. Authorities say Plakke was accused of aggressively confronting a woman outside the apartment complex for not wearing a mask, threatening to kill the woman with a gun, and trying to grab the woman's phone when she called 9-1-1. The alleged incident occurred on July 31st.
Hentges: Education Time is Over, Enforcement Time is Necessary When It Comes To Bar/Restaurant COVID-19 Restrictions
Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges says the vast majority of bars and restaurants are doing a great job in keeping up with COVID-19 regulations. Hentges says the city has given people and establishments enough time to learn the rules. "We're out of the education stage and into enforcement measures," said Hentges. "If we see mass amounts of people in the middle of a bar, not wearing face coverings, not practicing social distancing, not seated at tables, that becomes an enforcement issue that we have to take action on." Hentges says the establishments that aren't following the rules makes it harder for [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health has released new guidelines regarding visitations in long-term care facilities. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom says things have improved in those settings. "Only a quarter of them have ever had an outbreak and over 90 percent of facilities have had no cases in the past 28 days," said Malcom. The new guidelines provide a matrix for those facilities to open based on COVID-19 case numbers in the surrounding community, the number of active, confirmed cases among facility residents, staff and visiting service providers, and whether staff is working at other long-term care facilities. Malcom says they're trying [...]
There are two area-contested races in (Tuesday's) primary election in the state of Minnesota. In House District 23-B, incumbent republican Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal is facing a primary challenge from Yvonne Simon from Lake Crystal. Five individuals will vie for two final spots in the Blue Earth County Commissioner District four race. Bob Diesch, Paul Fitzsimmons, Kevin Paap, Brian Riewe, and Sharon Schaller will all face off for the seat being vacated by the retiring Will Purvis. The top two vote-getters will face off in November's general election.