Construction on Highway 99 from Nicollet to St. Peter is expected to be complete today, Wednesday, August 4, and the detour removed by the end of the day. The project began on April 12 and included resurfacing 11 miles of Highway 99 from Birch Street in Nicollet to the south intersection with Highway 169 in St. Peter, replacement of box culverts, replacing and lining several culverts, adding lighting at two county road intersections, and lengthening the right turn lane at Nicollet County Road 13. The project was originally scheduled to be completed by mid-August. The Mathiowetz Construction Co. of Sleepy Eye [...]
Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccination rate is experiencing an uptick as the delta variant continues to spread. Health officials say they are seeing a turnaround in vaccination numbers and hope people are listening to warnings about the variant-fueled infection wave. Over three million Minnesotans eligible for the vaccine have gotten the shot. The state's positivity rate is three-point-three percent.
To wear a mask or not, is the question as the number of COVID-19 cases around the state continues to spike. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. John O'Horo says the reason masking recommendations are changing is that the situation itself has changed: "What's emerged in the past few weeks is some evidence that those who are vaccinated still have the potential to transmit COVID-19, even if they aren't demonstrating symptoms of it themselves. Because of that, in areas of high transmission, the CDC is recommending that people wear masks, even if they are vaccinated to help try to slow down [...]
A Lino Lakes man is pleading guilty to attacking a couple carrying a sign critical of President Donald Trump in White Bear Lake. A judge sentenced Mark Ulsaker yesterday to five years of probation and stripped his right to vote over that same period. The 51-year-old defendant also must serve 100 hours of community service.
(St. Paul, MN) -- A St. Paul woman is accused of gunning down her ex-husband and burying his body in her backyard. Karina Her is charged with second-degree intentional murder in the death of Kou Yang. The incident happened last month on Kennard Street. Her remains behind bars on two-million-dollars bail and is expected back in court sometime today.
All city-owned buildings in the Twin Cities will have mask requirements as of today, regardless of vaccination status. In announcing the change, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul cited the increasing COVID-19 case numbers, saying the pandemic is far from over. Both also said they are looking into a vaccine requirement for city employees. City officials have recommended wearing a mask at all times when indoors in public and are urging businesses to institute universal masking policies of their own.
(Wadena County, MN) -- Michael and Paula Black have died following a deadly house fire in Wadena County Sunday. Authorities say the man and woman were pulled from a burning home in Section 32 of Wadena Township. A 13-year-old found outside the house was treated for injuries and released. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(Eagan, MN) -- Police have recovered a man's body near the swimming area at Lebanon Hills Park in Eagan. Yesterday, the Dakota County Sheriff's office confirmed the body was found in the water at Schulze Lake beach. Surveillance footage apparently captured the man walking towards the beach from a parking lot on Sunday afternoon. His identity has not been released as of yet.
More coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 1,667 new cases and four additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 614-thousand infections and about 76-hundred-78 deaths overall. About three-million-170-thousand-942 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Greater Mankato Area United Way is seeking volunteers for August events to benefit its programs. To volunteer, please visit United Way’s volunteer platform at GetConnected.mankatounitedway.org, email [email protected], or call United Way at 507-345-4551. · RibFest at Vetter Stone Amphitheater Volunteers at the 23rd Annual RibFest August 5-8 have the unique opportunity to help United Way earn donations. This year, RibFest attendees will vote with their dollars for People’s Choice Award. The ribber with the most dollars will win the title, and Greater Mankato Area United Way will receive the donations. Volunteers are needed to staff the donations table, scan tickets and drive the golf-cart [...]