Even though you typically see an uptick in sales after a shooting or in an election year, Haag says it has been non-stop since COVID-19 hit, the civil unrest in the Twin Cities and an election coming up.
The Community Response Fund is a collaboration with the Greater Mankato Area United Way and the Mankato Area Foundation which has raised over $400,000 for non-profits on the front lines, strapped for cash due to the pandemic.
Blue Earth's City Council had a meeting Monday to decide how to spend the money. A portion will go to city departments and some to reimbursing expenditures made for COVID-19 related items, and to small business grant programs.
Because most of the Blue Earth County cases are closer to Mankato and Gov. Tim Walz is allowing each school district to choose a plan and make their case to the state, Collins says he will be doing that soon.