COVID-19 update as of May 30

MINNESOTA – The death of a 60-69 year old from Nobles County due to COVID-19 was reported Saturday by the Minnesota Department of Health, making this the third death this week and bringing the county’s total number of deaths due to coronavirus to 5.

Thirty newly reported deaths across the state were added to the total on Saturday, bringing the number of people who have died to 1,026 in Minnesota. Another 660 cases of coronavirus were reported, bringing the cumulative total since January to 24,190. As of Saturday, 17,864 of those patients no longer require isolation.

Worthington High School 2020 Commencement

It has been a year like no other.

To celebrate the graduation of the Worthington High School Class of 2020, this commencement video was created, complete with an address by Principle Josh Noble, Superintendent John Landgaard and speeches by other dignitaries

Fourth Nobles County COVID-19 death is reported

MINNESOTA – Another Nobles County resident has died due to COVID-19, according to information released by the Minnesota Department of Health. The death of a person in the 40-49 age range brings total death sin the county to four. Deaths in the state went up by 29, bringing Friday’s total to 996. Just over 800 of the deaths were residents from long term care facilities.

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested, authorities say

MINNESOTA – Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who was fired after being videotaped kneeling on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, according to the state public safety commissioner.

Less than an hour after it was revealed Derek Chauvin was in custody, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the former police officer has been charged with the murder of George Floyd.

Chauvin has been charged with 3rd-degree murder, as well as manslaughter, though Freeman says that further charges may follow subsequently.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz made it very clear today that he and his team believe the lack of a visible, coordinated public safety response to the looting and riots can be laid at the feet of city leadership.

Beach Bash, June Worthington City Band concerts cancelled

WORTHINGTON – Radio Works and the Lake Okabena Improvement Association have made the decision to cancel the Beach Bash due to COVID-19.

This would have been the 5th annual Beach Bash on the shores of Lake Okabena at Centennial Park. The event is normally held on July 3 and draws large crowds to the city park in Worthington for food, music and fun. The event has raised thousands of dollars to improve Lake Okabena and the community of Worthington that surrounds it.