Another watercraft venture on Lake Okabena in the works

WORTHINGTON – The watercraft rental added to the Beach Nook has been a successful addition to the amenities on Lake Okabena, and on Monday, the Worthington City Council approved on a 4-1 vote a motion to support another proposed lake adventure – the possible addition of electric boat rental.

Worthington resident Aleksander Lacayo has worked with Public Works Director Todd Wietzema to find a suitable location for the boat rental venture. Wietzema told the council the Centennial boat landing works well, with the bonus of additional parking across the street at the old pool site.

COVID-19 update for June 9

MINNESOTA – The number of deaths reported daily in Minnesota due to COVID-19 edged up again on Tuesday, adding 20 more for a pandemic total of 1,217. Of those, 968 were residents of a long-term health center or assisted living facility. Tuesday’s figures show 13 of the 20 deaths were residents of those same type of facilities.

COVID-19 update for June 8

MINNESOTA – Monday’s numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show 11 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with one person in the 20-29 age range, and seven of the victims were residents of a long-term care or group home settings. There have now been a total of 1,197 deaths in Minnesota since January.

There were 338 new cases added, with 2 in Cottonwood County and 5 in Nobles County. Of the 28,224 cases diagnosed state-wide since the pandemic began, with 23,657 of them no longer requiring isolation.

COVID-19 update for June 5; Gov to speak at 2 p.m.

MINNESOTA – Another 33 deaths were added to the toll taken on Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the total to 1,148. More than 900 of those deaths were people who resided in long term care centers.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 712 newly reported cases on Friday, including 3 in Cottonwood County, 1 in Murray County, 13 in Nobles County and 1 in Pipestone County.

Minnesota Governor OKs phase III of the StaySafe plan

MINNESOTA – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Friday signed yet another executive order - an 18 page document - that speaks to the gradual reopening of restaurants, bars, salons and now gyms and fitness centers.

As of June 10, restaurants and bars will be able to use indoor dining at a 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people indoors or outdoors. Workers are required to wear masks and customers are encouraged to do so. Reservations will still be required.