On behalf of our business community, Greater Mankato Growth has partnered with the Minnesota Ready Coalition lead by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to call on Governor Tim Walz to provide immediate support to those businesses and their employees most impacted by issuance of Executive Order 20-99. Greater Mankato Growth joined 90 partner chambers and associations across the state in sending the Governor a letter this week regarding the urgency in supporting these businesses/organizations.
For the first time in a long while, Salvation Army locations across Minnesota are not serving walk-in Thanksgiving dinners because of the COVID pandemic. Spokesman Dan Furry says instead this time... "We're able to have two thousand frozen turkeys donated by Jennie-O Turkeys, and we're distributing those turkeys along with our food boxes the week that led up to Thanksgiving." Furry says they're also providing Thanksgiving meals to those in Salvation Army residences, but they have to take them back to their rooms or apartments. The Salvation Army says demand for help has been "enormous," with many families and individuals struggling [...]
Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. Total positive cases (cumulative) 289,303 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 283,831 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 5,472 Newly reported cases 6,399 Newly reported confirmed cases 6,180 Newly reported probable cases 219 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 6 0 Anoka 322 28 Becker 86 3 Beltrami 42 0 Benton 97 1 Big Stone 4 0 Blue Earth 74 0 [...]
Salvation Army CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKET SIGNUP will be online only due to COVID-19 for one week only. The link will be made live on our website beginning Monday, December 7th through Sunday, December 13. Registration is restricted to Blue Earth County and North Mankato residents only. Income eligibility will be required and verified before applications can be approved. Gift Certificates for nontaxable protein and dairy at Cub Foods West will be mailed to qualifying participants. Applicants will be required to upload images of the following documents: Government issued photo I.D. Proof of Income (Employment, SSI, SSDI, etc) Proof of government [...]
The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of thefts from mailboxes over the last week especially in the areas of Pemberton and Madison Lake. Those responsible are likely looking for sensitive information or personal checks that can be altered. The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to drop off outgoing mail in secure receptacles and retrieve incoming mail from their mailboxes as soon as possible. We also ask that anyone witnessing possible related activity call 911 immediately.
Mankato's fire prevention campaign "Keep the wreath bright, prevent a red light" begins Thursday, November 26 on Thanksgiving day since it's a peak day annually for home cooking according to the National Fire Protection Association. The campaign ends Tuesday, January 1. A wreath is on display at the Public Safety Center, 710 S. Front St., to remind people to practice fire safety during the holiday season at home and at work. The wreath is decorated with clear bulbs, and for each preventable fire, a clear bulb is replaced with either a red bulb, representing preventable fires, or a blue bulb, representing preventable [...]
The City of North Mankato is extending their COVID-19 Assistance Loan Program by offering an additional four weeks of support to businesses that were affected by the most recent executive order from the State of Minnesota. This local support may be eligible to be extended if the shutdown continues. North Mankato is also prorating liquor licenses for bars and restaurants for an additional four weeks. City Council will discuss these items at the December 7th regular council meeting.
Blue Earth County urges residents to avoid gatherings of people from outside your household, wear a mask in public places and wash your hands frequently as ways to slow the rampant spread of COVID-19 in our area. "Each of us can make choices to help reduce the number of positive cases and ultimately the number of deaths," says Kelley Haeder, Public Health Supervisor. The number of positive COVID-19 cases, the number of COVID-19-related deaths and the number of associated hospitalizations have all increased rapidly in the region over the last several weeks. “Healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics and long term care [...]
ROCHESTER, Minn. — New, unpublished data from researchers at Mayo Clinic found that physical separation reduces the exposure of respiratory droplets and that three feet is helpful but 6 feet separation reduces particle counts to near baseline levels. The findings strongly support the protective value and effectiveness of widespread mask use and maintaining physical distance in helping to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Watch: Dr. Elie Berbari and Dr. Matthew Callstrom discuss mask study. "This was an experimental study where we emulated the production of respiratory droplets by using mannequins, that were masked and other mannequins that were unmasked and measured [...]
A Mankato goal is to reduce garbage and increase recycling. In a continued effort to increase and improve sustainability practices in the city of Mankato, staff have launched a test recycling program in three city parks that feature year-round activities: Alexander Park, 900 E. Main St. Stoltzman Park, 521 W. Pleasant St. Thomas Park, 100 Thomas Park Court Staff will monitor the bins’ use to help determine if improvements should be made. If successful, the program will launch in other high-use locations such as Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave., and other sites near park shelters, ball fields and courts beginning spring [...]