Minnesota's first coronavirus vaccination lottery sees lots of interest. The Star Tribune reports around 206-thousand people 65-years old and older signed up for the lottery Tuesday. The state will start randomly picking people to receive vaccines today, but only around eight-thousand doses are set to be administered this week. Everyone else will remain on a waiting list to get the vaccine in the future.
Officials say a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who recently traveled from Brazil to Minnesota. State health officials announced Monday that the Brazil P.1 variant was found in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who had recently been to Brazil. The patient lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and became ill during the first week of January. Viruses are constantly mutating, and new versions – called variants – often emerge. Health officials are also worried about variants that were first reported in the United Kingdom and South [...]
Mankato's latest "State of the City," is now available online and shares accomplishments and opportunities through 2020 of Mankato's Strategic Plan. Also included in this year's report are highlights of efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A sampling of highlights featured in the new "State of the City:" Twenty-one businesses helped through loan programs, with loans totaling more than $230,000. More than 30,000 face coverings/masks collected and distributed locally to help essential workers. In-person events brought live online reaching more than 100,000 people. Engagement taken online so community members had an opportunity to provide feedback on topics such as proposed Community Investment Plan [...]
Coronavirus numbers are low and staying low in Minnesota. The state department of health reported just under 800 new coronavirus cases and three new deaths Monday. That's the lowest number of cases in a single day since late September. Data from the department of health and the New York Times COVID tracking project shows new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are all down in Minnesota over the last two weeks.
Downtown Mankato snow emergency effective 10 p.m., Monday, January 25 to 8 a.m., Tuesday, January 26
Due to recent heavy snow, a downtown snow emergency begins at 10 p.m. tonight (Monday, January 25) and expires at 8 a.m., Tuesday (January 26). View downtown snow emergency corridor which includes: Madison Avenue to Plum Street; 100 block of east and west sides of Riverfront Drive from Madison Avenue to Plum Street; Main to Liberty streets from South Riverfront Drive to South Broad Street (does not include South Broad Street), and South Front Street from East Liberty to Marshall streets; and 100 block of east and west Liberty street The main purpose of a downtown corridor snow emergency is to haul snow out of the [...]
Mayo Clinic Health System awards $20,000 to area organizations advancing diversity, equity, inclusion
As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota awarded a total of $20,000 in grants to several nonprofit organizations in the region. Funding for these grants comes from Mayo Clinic's EverybodyIN Fund for Change. Last summer, Mayo Clinic staff contributed nearly $89,000 to the fund with the goal of supporting efforts to advance racial equity and inclusion. Mayo Clinic's match brought the fund's total to $200,000. More than 100 organizations located in communities that Mayo Clinic serves applied for the grant funding. “There are numerous worthy organizations in our area communities dedicated [...]
Minnesota's coronavirus numbers continue to fall. According to the Minnesota Department of Health and the New York Times COVID tracking project, new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all down over the last two weeks. New cases are doing especially well, down nearly 50-percent. The department of health reported about 12-hundred new cases and 32 new deaths Sunday.
Today Governor Tim Walz will hold a press conference with students and leaders in education to announce an education plan to address the immediate impact of the pandemic while building a world-class education system that prepares every student for success. Those at the press conference will be Governor Tim Walz; Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan; Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller; Education Minnesota President Denise Specht; Justice Alan Page; Minnesota students. It begins at 2:00 this afternoon, we will carry it live right here on KTOE.
Until 8 this morning, Mankato is in a snow emergency. (Monday, January 25). During a snow emergency, there is no parking on streets so snow can be removed quickly and efficiently.
A Le Center man is facing murder and arson charges. On Sunday, January 24, 2021, at approximately 7:15 am the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at the address 37722 Hunting Preserve Lane Le Center, MN. The investigation into the incident revealed the deceased body of an adult male believed to be Bruce Alan Traxler age 64, the resident of the address. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Hardy Robert Wills-Traxler age 25, of Le Center. Hardy Robert Wills-Traxler was booked into the Le Sueur County Jail on charges of Second Degree Murder [...]