Minnesota

  Minnesota regulators deny request to delay Line 3 pipeline

  Authorities warn of increase in motor vehicle thefts

  Number of realtors rapidly growing in statewide

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

  Warehouse fire prompts evacuation of residents

First COVID-19 death reported in Minnesota Sex Offender Program

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Most in-demand job in Minnesota: registered nurse

  Vaccine cards to be issued to everyone getting COVID-19 vaccine, health officials say

  Moderna plans to test COVID-19 vaccine on Minnesota teens

  Plane on Minnesota interstate landed by award-winning pilot

  MDH opens no-barrier saliva testing location in Worthington

  Deadline approaching for Minnesotans in need of housing assistance

  Downtown Waseca lands on National Historic Register

Take a look at the shops along Waseca’s State Street, and you’ll find buildings with unique architectural features that take you back in time.

  Unsolved southern Minnesota murder to be featured on Dateline

An unsolved southern Minnesota murder case with a Mankato connection is set to be featured on NBC’s Dateline.

  Overdose deaths increase 31% in first half of 2020

About 80% of opioid-involved deaths were attributed to synthetic opioids, which are manufactured drugs that mimic the effects of natural opioids.

  COVIDaware MN app proves popular

It’s been a week since Minnesota launched a COVID exposure app, and already state officials say more than 230,000 Minnesotans have downloaded it.

  MDH: 92 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,166 new confirmed positive cases

  Salvation Army hiring bell ringers

New feed mill coming to Trimont

Cleveland Police investigate stolen piece of machinery

Mayo Clinic Health System temporarily suspends operations at five clinics

  Mankato rich in Dakota culture

  Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

The CDC director said the coming months are "going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation."

  Mankato sees job growth amid pandemic

Locally, Mankato has the second-highest job growth in the state and an unemployment rate of 3%.

  Sen. Tina Smith pushes bill for free COVID-19 treatment, vaccine

Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) says every American should be able to get coronavirus treatment and vaccination free of charge.

  COVID-19 slams Minnesota police, fire, ambulance services

Gov. Tim Walz and public safety officials pleaded Wednesday for Minnesotans to follow coronavirus safety guidelines to protect their local police, fire and ambulance services.

  MDH: 77 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 5,192 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 77 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 5,192 new confirmed positive cases.

  DNR: boating, fishing license sales skyrocket in 2020

The pandemic has more Minnesotans exploring the outdoors than ever before.

  Five Sisters Project works to provide safe homes

A local nonprofit organization in Wells is inching closer toward a big fundraising goal for a housing project, years in the making.

  Feedback Wanted: Railroad Quiet Zone Study

The City of Mankato is looking into establishing railroad quiet zones at multiple crossings throughout the town.

  DEED: slow employment growth expected

State officials say it could take years before we see a full recovery of the jobs lost during the pandemic.

  St. Paul officer fired after Saturday shooting

The chief of the St. Paul police department says an officer who shot and wounded a Black man Saturday night failed to measure up to department standards.

DPS: Minnesota traffic fatalities reach 364, equaling 2019 total

The agency reports there were 29 crashes across Minnesota in November, resulting in 30 deaths.

  Enbridge starts construction on Line 3 in Minnesota

The action Tuesday comes a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project.

  Minnesota’s updated budget forecast shows improvement

“Overall, this is good news compared to what we thought it might be,” Sen. Nick Frentz (DFL-19) said.

  GMG, coalition of MN chambers urge Congress to provide business relief aid

The Minnesota Ready Coalition is urging our state’s congressional delegation to provide quick and robust action to support small businesses.

Confidence in Midwest economic future plummets in survey

A new monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests faltering confidence in the region’s economy.

  MDH: 22 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 3,570 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 22 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 3,570 new confirmed positive cases.

  Pheasant bag limit increase takes effect

Pheasant hunters can now take home more birds as we enter the late season hunt in Minnesota.

  Christmas tree farm business booming

The pandemic has more local families adopting a new holiday tradition, producing a surge in sales for Christmas tree farms.

  Two fatalities during extra seat-belt enforcement campaign

Minnesotans are doing a better job at buckling up, but state officials say there’s still room for improvement.

  Minnesota now COVID-19 hotspot; passes NY, AZ in per capita cases

Ten days into new COVID-19 restrictions and health officials say it will take two or three more weeks for us to fully understand the impact it will have on the fight against Minnesota’s surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

  Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline

The decision gives the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project.

  MDH: 15 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 5,801 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 15 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 5,801 new confirmed positive cases.

  Concerns over alcoholism raise during the pandemic

A Minnesota State University Mankato assistant professor shares some concerning research on how the pandemic is impacting alcohol consumption.

  DOC reports fifth inmate death tied to COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Corrections announces a fifth inmate in the state system has died from COVID-19 complications.

  Improper mask disposal has environmental consequences

Wearing a face covering in public has been a requirement for quite some time. By this point, putting them on has become second nature, but little guidance has been given on how to safely dispose of them.

  Belle Plaine man dies following LeSueur County duck boat accident

The LeSueur County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 9:45 Saturday morning on Clear Lake in Lexington Township.

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

Minnesota has now seen 304,023 positive cases

  Make-A-Wish gives Mankato teen a bedroom makeover

Make-A-Wish serves to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

  UMN Extension invites public to 2021 Strategic Farming sessions

Each session will be hosted via Zoom and will include different topics, speakers, key issues and questions surrounding crop production facing Minnesota corn and soybean farmers.

  Minnesota sets new single-day death record; 5,704 new cases confirmed

After a day off of reporting new numbers for Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Department of Health reports 5,704 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 101 additional deaths tied to COVID-19.

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

National Guard troops were deployed during this summer’s widespread unrest over racial injustice following George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis.

  USPS Operation Santa celebrates 108 years, encourages nationwide participation

USPS encourages people to adopt a Santa letter and send a gift this holiday season.

  Authorities: George Washington, Pioneers statues vandalized

A Minneapolis Parks employee called in when they discovered the Pioneers statue had been painted with graffiti.

  Iowa adds 41 virus deaths as new facilities report outbreaks

Iowa added 41 COVID-19 deaths Thursday as three more long-term care facilities reported virus outbreaks.

  Greater Mankato Growth calls on Walz to provide relief to businesses

The Minnesota Ready Coalition is led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and consists of over 90 chambers and business associations from across the state.

Ellison takes action against Wabasha County gym that refuses to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office filed a lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order Wednesday to prohibit a Wabasha County gym from remaining open to the public.

  Minnesota home to more than 60 holiday light shows; many open this week

Mike Marcotte, a Gustavus Adolphus College graduate who writes about all things Minnesota, created a virtual, interactive map to show you where they are and what you can expect.

  Mankato photographer lands spot in International Photo Collection

The photo was submitted then went through not one, but two panelists and then was chosen to be a part of the prestigious collection.

  Extra DWI enforcement begins across Minnesota

Authorities across Minnesota are putting in extra hours to keep an eye out for intoxicated drivers.

  Minneapolis announces updates to no-knock warrant policy

The new policy announced Wednesday requires officers to announce their presence as they cross the threshold of premises, as well as make periodic announcements while inside.

  Minnesota matches single-day high with 72 virus-related deaths

Deaths related to the virus in the KEYC viewing area totaled six and included residents in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, McLeod, Renville and Rice counties.

  Election officials certify Biden’s victory in Minnesota

The board voted 5-0 to confirm Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, giving Biden Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes.

  COVID-19 positivity rates, hospital capacity improve in the region

The Mayo Clinic released some positive news on COVID-19 positivity rates and hospital capacity in the region on Tuesday.

  Incumbent requests recount in Minnesota House race

Unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State showing 111 votes separate the incumbent from the challenger

  St. James native asks for letters of support for ICU patients struggling with COVID-19

Amy Spitzner, a St. James native who is working on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 at St. Mary’s in Rochester, has seen the gruesome toll COVID-19 can take on patients. Now she’s on a mission to brighten their spirits this holiday season.

  Walz, House Republican Caucus introduce coronavirus relief packages

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and the House Republican Caucus both announced outlines Tuesday for COVID-19 economic relief packages aimed at helping small businesses and workers across the state.

  MDH: 38 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,423 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 38 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 6,423 new confirmed positive cases.

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

Governor Tim Walz introduces a proposal for a new COVID-19 economic relief package to help struggling businesses across the state.

  Minnesota unveils app that tracks COVID-19 exposure

The app, COVIDaware MN, uses Bluetooth technology to notify Minnesotans if they've been exposed to COVID-19.

  Mayo Clinic releases new COVID-19 testing information

The Mayo Clinic released new information Monday regarding COVID-19 testing amid an influx in cases across the country.

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

Opponents, including environmental and tribal groups, are still trying to block the project.

Sevcik named 2020 LPHA Emerging Leader Award winner

The LPHA says Sevcik was selected based on her leadership in public health at the state and local levels.

Hy-Vee seeking 10,000 new employees across Midwest

The West Des Moines-based company says it is hiring individuals for temporary and permanent help and has openings for part-time and full-time positions at many of its Midwest stores.

  Minnesota inmate is fourth to die from COVID-19 complications

The Minnesota Department of Corrections announced Monday that a 73-year-old man incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility — Oak Park Heights died Sunday.

  Minnesota launches smartphone app to slow spread of COVID-19

The app also allows them to warn others anonymously if they test positive themselves.

  MDH: 24 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,353 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 24 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 6,353 new confirmed positive cases.

19 year old dies in LeSueur County crash

The crash happened on Ottawa Road Saturday afternoon

  Resources across southern Minn. being strained as cases continue to increase

On Friday morning, the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato announced it has reached 100% capacity and has no beds left for those who need hospital care.