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.

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.

COVID-19 update for June 4

MINNESOTA – There were 29 new COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health. Just over 400 new cases of coronavirus were also reported, including 2 in Cottonwood and Jackson Counties, 1 in Murray County, and 4 in Nobles County.

Deaths across the state have reached 1,115, with 896 of those occurring in long-term care centers. As of Thursday there were 512 people hospitalized due to the virus, with 244 of those patients in ICU.

Watercraft rental up and running at Beach Nook

WORTHINGTON – Summer is here and the sun is out, which means it is time to take advantage of a beautiful amenity of Worthington – Lake Okabena. Thanks to the Lake Okabena Improvement Association, the Radio Works Beach Bash and the city of Worthington, there’s a new way to play in the lake.

The Beach Nook is now renting out paddle boards, canoes and kayaks. Public Works Director Todd Wietzema said the rental program started Tuesday. The Beach Nook, open from noon to 9 p.m., will handle the rentals, but the equipment is actually owned by the city, purchased with money donated by the Lake Okabena Improvement Association.

Nobles County Commissioners back in the Government Center

WORTHINGTON – For the first time in a long time, the Nobles County Commissioners met Tuesday morning in the board room of the Nobles County Government Center to take care of county business.

And it was back to business for the commissioners. A proposed property tax abatement through the Nobles Home Initiative was approved, as was the designation of a surplus vehicle and a motion to apply for funds for a bridge on County State Aid Highway 15.