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  MDH: 61 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 5,371 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 61 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 5,371 new confirmed positive cases.

Mayo Clinic Health System temporarily suspends operations at five clinics

  SMILES Center connects people with disabilities affected by COVID-19 with needed resources

VINE Faith in Action offering free arthritis program

  Improper mask disposal has environmental consequences

Minnesota reports 9,040 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths

  YMCA encourages community to stay active this winter amid pandemic

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  St. James holds annual Thanksgiving Blood Drive

  Veterans find comfort in craft kits amid tense times

  JP Fitness invites public to virtual Thanksgiving 5K for a cause

  ‘Extra Trimmings’ fundraiser raises money for Echo Food Shelf

  Walz: ready to call special session on COVID-19 economic relief package

Sevcik named 2020 LPHA Emerging Leader Award winner

  Walz, experts stress importance of mental health amid pandemic

Gov. Tim Walz joins experts to discuss mental health resources available to the public.

  MDH: 68 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,812 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 68 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 6,812 new confirmed positive cases.

FEMA ambulances to help Minnesota hospitals

Extra ambulances arrive in Minnesota to help hospitals overrun with COVID-19 patients.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

  Mankato Clinic launches diabetes care center

FDA plans to send foodborne illness updates weekly

  MDH: 72 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 7,877 new confirmed positive cases

  Family launches ‘Mac Initiative’ to help parents dealing with infant loss

  Mayo Clinic Health System highlighting Shaken Baby Syndrome

  MDH: 67 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 5,102 new confirmed positive cases

Free longer-term COVID-19 testing available in Fairmont

Fairmont is hosting one of 11 new longer-term free COVID-19 testing sites statewide.

Renville County offering emotional health programs to residents

The county is offering a number of programs that promote healthy habits.

  Highlighting safety on the farm prior to National Rural Health Day

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture stays aware that farming is a dangerous profession and has resources and grants available for producers.

  Taking a focus on mental health in rural America before National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health day presents an opportunity to focus on the many aspects of rural health, including mental health.

  MDH: 12 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 7,444 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 12 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 7,444 new confirmed positive cases.

  The Docket: MDH to begin new texting program to assist contact tracing

This week, the state is beginning a new texting program to reach positive COVID-19 cases.

  Bowling strikes to transform lives

Camp Sweet Life, a group of kids and families stricken by Type 1 Diabetes, brought southern Minnesota residents together to support the organization in an exciting way.

  Tips for keeping off unwanted pounds during the holidays

With the winter holidays right around the corner, it’s tempting to reach for extra servings of our favorite comfort foods. JP Fitness in Mankato tells us about the significance of staying active this holiday season and how to keep off those unwanted pounds.

  Mankato local shares COVID-19 story in hopes to reduce stigma

By now, many people have a connection to COVID-19, whether it’s infected a family member, friend, or coworker. Amanda Dyslin, Senior Communications Specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, is sharing her COVID-19 story in hopes of reducing the stigma

  MDH: 46 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 5,552 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 46 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 5,552 new confirmed positive cases.

  MDH: 39 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 7,228 new confirmed positive cases

Another record-breaking day for COVID-19 cases in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 39 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 7,228 new confirmed positive cases.

  Mayo Clinic Health System implements no-visitor policy for hospital, ER patients

The restrictions, which do not apply to outpatient clinics, will be implemented at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Mankato, New Prague, Fairmont, Waseca and St. James.

  Mental health awareness during pandemic, presidential election

Between politics and the pandemic, many Americans are on an emotional rollercoaster. Local mental health therapist Aaron Geringer says cases of stress, anxiety, and depression are at unprecedented high levels heading into the winter season.

  Blue Earth County works to mitigate spread of COVID-19

The Blue Earth County Public Health Supervisor offers some advice as we enter a critical time in Minnesota, approaching the holiday season, while many hospitals across the state are pushing capacity with COVID-19 patients.

  MDH: 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 3,930 new confirmed positive cases

Locally, cases continue to be high, with Blue Earth County reporting 46 new cases, Le Sueur County with 17, and Brown County with 14.

Gov. Walz hints at targeted restrictions to curb COVID-19 spread

Walz says the restrictions would be more targeted than last spring’s 51-day stay-at-home order.

New Ulm Medical Center leaders ‘alarmed’ about increasing COVID cases in region

The statement comes on the same day Minnesota reports 5,454 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, setting a new record for the 4th day in a row.

  Minnesota potentially ‘dialing back’ as COVID-19 cases rise

With COVID cases surging statewide, many people are wondering if the governor will implement some restrictions to Minnesotans similar to the ones put in place when the pandemic began.

  Minnesota’s daily COVID-19 total breaks record for fourth straight day

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 36 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 5,454 new confirmed positive cases.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Some of the symptoms are loss of weight, anorexia, diabetes and the biggest give away is jaundice.

Minnesota State University, Mankato to provide free dental care to veterans

Current and former military members will be able to receive cleanings, x-rays, exams, sealants and fluoride treatments during their visits.

  MDH: 25 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 3,956 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 25 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 3,956 new confirmed positive cases.

  MDH: nine additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 2,954 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports nine additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,954 new confirmed positive cases.

  Putting old jack-o'-lanterns to good use

With Halloween already behind us, many folks are looking forward to changing their décor for the upcoming holidays.

  MNsure open enrollment begins November 1

We are just two days away from the start of MNsure’s open enrollment period.

  MDH: 32 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 2,872 new confirmed positive cases

Minnesota health officials are reporting the highest daily record for new cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Big drop in COVID-19 cases at Waseca prison

One month after seeing the third-highest COVID-19 infections in the nation, the Waseca prison has seen a significant drop in cases.

  Mayo Clinic’s Southeast MN regional facilities implement no visitor policy

In our coverage area, that affects the Faribault and Owatonna facilities.

  MDH: 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,916 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,916 new confirmed positive cases.

  New robotic-arm assisted orthopedic surgeries available at MCHS in Mankato

The Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato celebrated its first robotic-arm assisted orthopedic surgery.

  Fewer students opting for distance learning

Going into month three of the school year, the Mankato Area Public School District is seeing more classroom desks filled with students.

  MDH: 15 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 2,178 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 15 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 2,178 new confirmed positive cases.

  MDH: four additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,578 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports four additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,578 new confirmed positive cases.

  Recovering addicts incorporate fitness in their journey to wellness

Blustering snow flurries, below freezing temperatures and gusty winds aren’t stopping the fun for these brave visitors at Sibley Park.

  MDH: 17 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,721 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 17 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,721 new confirmed positive cases.

  MDH: 20 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,574 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 20 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,574 new confirmed positive cases.

  Mankato educator opens center for children with autism

The Christopher Center provides a gathering space for children with autism and their families.

Salvation Army sees COVID-19 outbreak following conference

The Salvation Army says 20 of its staff members from Minnesota and North Dakota tested positive for the coronavirus after 62 people attended a recent conference in Minnesota.

MDH: seven additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,120 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports seven additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,120 new confirmed positive cases.

  River’s Edge Express Clinic opens at Hilltop HyVee

The River’s Edge Express Clinic is now open in Hilltop HyVee.

MDH: five additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,632 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports five additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,632 new confirmed positive cases

CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  New nursing home guidelines take effect Saturday

Beginning Saturday, more indoor visitations will be allowed at senior homes across the state.

  Mayo Clinic drive thru testing moves indoors

With winter weather on its way, Mayo Clinic Health System announces a change in location for COVID-19 drive-thru testing.

  Minnesota health officials report over 2,200 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19

Health officials report a new record high for daily cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,297 new confirmed positive cases.

Iowa Lakes receives grant to address mental health of students, staff

The grant will help the college provide mental health services to current students coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MDH: 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,169 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,169 new confirmed positive cases

  MSU Mankato offers free dental care for kids

This event is important because it lends a helping hand to families who are struggling and can’t afford this service.

  Survey: 29% of Minnesota’s educators are considering quitting, retiring

Survey results found nearly one-third of Minnesota educators are considering leaving the profession, and applications for retirement benefits increased by 35% in August and September compared to the same period last year.

  Tips, benefits of exercising during pregnancy

A Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN and an expecting mother talk about the pros of engaging in safe, physical activity while pregnant

  The benefits of physical therapy for athletes

As October marks National Physical Therapy Month, a local physical therapist weighs in on the practice.

  Hilltop Hy-Vee offers drive-up flu shots

The Mankato Hilltop HyVee pharmacy is offering flu vaccines in a new way.

  MDH: eight additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 1,276 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports eight additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,276 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

HyVee expands COVID-19 testing to 150 locations

You can now get a free COVID-19 test at a Hy-Vee store near you.

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The New Ulm Medical Center is home to a fully functional cancer institution that has Oncology, Genetics, Plastic Surgery for reconstruction, Screening, Prevention and 3-D Mammography.

  NicBluCares receives SHIP grant

The grant money will go toward an online resource that will be available to anyone in the community.

  Fairview Health to close 16 clinics, cut 900 jobs

Minneapolis-based Fairview Health says the coronavirus pandemic has caused deep operating losses, forcing it to close 16 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin and reduce its workforce by 900 employees.

  Virtual Nobel Conference: Cancer in the Age of Technology kicks off this week

Gustavus Adolphus College to host free, two-day online event from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7