Governor Mark Dayton has authorized the use of funds from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account for emergency relief in eight Minnesota counties and one tribal nation. Areas of Faribault, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Martin, Renville, Rice, Steele, and Waseca counties, and the Prairie Island Indian Community experienced significant damage to public properties caused by severe thunderstorms with heavy rains, damaging winds, and tornadoes. The storms occurred between September 18 and September 20, 2018. Aid from the Contingency Account will reimburse the eight Minnesota counties and one tribal nation for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up costs associated with the storms. Under Minnesota [...]
Minnesota health officials are adding Alzheimer's disease as a qualifying condition to get medical marijuana. The state Health Department announced Monday that the new condition would take effect in August 2019. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there is "some evidence" that marijuana improves the mood, sleep, and behavior of people with Alzheimer's. The department takes public input on what conditions might be added to qualify for the state's medical marijuana program. Alzheimer's was one of seven suggested additions. Among those that didn't make the cut: Panic disorder, psoriasis, and traumatic brain injury. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. Minnesota [...]
Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol through Wednesday when a memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral. Bush was often evasive when asked about his legacy, but Carleton College political expert Steven Schier said he will be likely be remembered favorably for a number of reasons, "Specifically negotiating us through the very difficult end of the cold war, a peaceful re-arrangement of international relations around a changed Russia, the successful Gulf War of 1991." Schier said that domestic issues were more problematic for Bush, who had to contend with a Democratic Congress [...]
If you're looking to secure health care coverage in the new year, an important deadline is looming through the state's exchange. MNsure CEO Nate Clark said, "Any consumer who wants to come in and get coverage that is effective on January first needs to come in and complete their shopping by December 15th. We are always reminding folks to come to the exchange see what kind of tax credits are available, make your decision -- don't put it off." If you need additional help, Clark added, "We have free in-person assistance available across the state. Navigators and brokers are there to [...]
A sore throat is a common symptom of an upper respiratory infection such as a cold or flu. It's also a symptom of a bacterial infection commonly referred to as strep throat. Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist Dr. Tina Ardon said determining which is the cause of the illness is important because, "Antibiotics simply won’t work for a viral infection." She explained that it's more likely to be strep if there is no runny nose, coughing, or sneezing associated with the throat pain and, "Typically, if it’s strep throat, you’re only going to have symptoms related to the back of the [...]
Fire officials in Mankato are asking home and business owners to help make sure they can get to work quickly on putting out winter fires, by adopting the fire hydrant nearest their property. Fire Commander Don Lehne said, "Shovel that hydrant out, keep it clear of snow. It's very helpful for the firefighters, it speeds up their time on the scene if they don't have to spend time shoveling that hydrant, or even locating that hydrant in some cases." He added, "We like to see a three-foot path, clear path, all the way around it and have it cleared to the [...]
Hundreds of cars were ticketed and towed during the snow emergency in Mankato over the weekend. Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel said, "Officers issued 518 citations for snow emergency and there were 218 vehicles that were towed." Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel. A citation for parking on the street includes a $25 fine, and the two tow companies the city uses charges owners an impound fee of just under $120 but Schisel explained, "They try to get the same amount but sometimes if there's a significant amount of snow and it's piled around [...]
A snow emergency has been declared in New Ulm for Monday from 1:30 am to completion. "Downtown" is defined as: •German Street - 1st South to 4th North •Minnesota Street - 3rd South to 5th North •State Street - 1st South to 3rd North •1st South - State Street to Spring Street •Center Street - Broadway to Spring Street •1st North - State Street to Minnesota Street •1st North - German Street to Spring Street •2nd North - State Street to German Street •3rd North - State Street to German Street •4th North - Broadway to German Street •2nd South - [...]
-Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight (Sunday, December 2), Mankato is in a snow emergency until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning (Monday, December 3). During a snow emergency there is no parking on streets so snow can be removed quickly and efficiently. The only exception is where streets are posted "seasonal no parking" (which only affects a small amount of streets in the city). See detailed information about the exception. View a video and learn about snow and ice removal operations in Mankato online.
A snow emergency has been declared in Eagle Lake from 6:00 am through 6:00 pm on Sunday. City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland says during an emergency, cars must be removed from the streets until the order is lifted. Cars that are not moved will be towed and their owners will be responsible for any fees associated with that.