Cottonwood County coronavirus case confirmed

COVID — In southwest Minnesota, Cottonwood County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 as of Sunday’s daily report from the Minnesota Department of Health. Nine Minnesotans have now died from the coronavirus, with the state’s cumulative total of cases jumping to 503.

The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert says the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic.

Minnesota's critical workers do not need papers of proof; LE makes joint statement

MINNESOTA – Minnesotans who are considered essential workers do not need papers from their employers proving they are essential. Employers do not need to issue paperwork for their essential employees. Law enforcement will not be stopping people and checking for papers or asking where people are going.

These facts have been confirmed repeatedly by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz since he signed Executive Order 20-20 on Wednesday, March 25 ordering people to voluntarily stay at home as of Friday night at 11:59 p.m. and through 5 p.m. Friday, April 10.

MDH now reports 4 COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota; Lincoln County case has been confirmed

MINNESOTA – According to a news release from Southwest Health and Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Health notified them Friday of a person in Lincoln County who tested positive for COVID-19.

With more cases being confirmed in Minnesota and the nation, the release states, it was only a matter of time before the virus was in their 6-county area.

Worthington man arrested in Iowa for brandishing toy gun in bank lane

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – A Worthington man with an extensive criminal history was arrested Thursday outside an Estherville bank after waving a gun while in a drive thru banking lane.

A report from the Estherville Police Department states Simon Berihu Gebrehiwot, age 20, was arrested for first-degree harassment, and it was also determined he had a outstanding warrant through the Minnesota Department of Corrections for a parole violation.

Second Minnesotan has died from COVID-19

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that a second Minnesotan has died of COVID-19.

The death has been confirmed in the MDH daily update, with a person in their 80s from Ramsey County dying this past Saturday. The first person to die in Minnesota from COVID-19 was also a person in their 80s from Ramsey County.