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CORONAVIRUS

How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump’s Easter plan

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The projections were grim: Even if the U.S. were to continue to do what it was doing, keeping the economy closed and most ...

New York governor begs for help amid staggering toll

By JOCELYN NOVECK, LARRY NEUMEISTER and MARINA VILLENEUVE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor issued an urgent appeal for medical volunteers Monday amid a "staggering" number of deaths from the coronavirus, as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in ...

MLC president has COVID-19

NEW ULM — Brown County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection was announced Monday. Martin Luther College announced on its web page that its President Mark Zarling has been diagnosed with the disease. Zarling has been hospitalized in Mankato, but it is expected he would be released ...

Gun permits, sales spike amid crisis

NEW ULM — Permits to purchase and carry guns in Brown County and local gun and ammunition sales at local and regional outlets have increased notably this year, especially in March. “You can’t keep it (guns and ammunition) in stock. It’s like 9-11 (Sept. 11, 2001). It was the same ...

Feehan conducts video campaign

MANKATO — In a typical election year, Minnesota First congressional candidate Dan Feehan (DFL-Mankato) would be traveling across southern Minnesota and speaking to crowds of supporters. Instead, the new reality of COVID-19 has him creating campaign videos from home and talking to voters ...

First 2 Cases of COVID-19 in Brown County confirmed

The Minnesota Department of Health notified Brown County Public Health of two laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brown County. One of the individuals is in their 60s and is hospitalized, and the other individual, in their 40s, is recovering at home. The Minnesota Department of Health is ...

We can’t keep outsourcing health care equipment

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

Relief package billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortages

By MARTHA MENDOZA and JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press The billions of tax dollars headed for hospitals and states as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus response bill won't fix the problem facing doctors and nurses: a critical shortage of protective gowns, gloves and masks. The ...

New Ulm EDA approves $2,500 business grants

NEW ULM — Supporting local has an additional name and face. The New Ulm Economic Development Authority has pledged grant money to widen the relief efforts of area businesses affected by COVID-19. Businesses that were directly impacted by Governor Walz’s Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 may ...

Athletic trainers step up: App aids overworked hospitals

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Athletic trainers across the country are changing their routines and joining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The National Athletic Trainers Association has partnered with the Go4Ellis platform on an app aimed at helping trainers assist ...

As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

By MATT SEDENSKY, MICHAEL R. SISAK and STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as family members described wrenching farewells through hospital ...

Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they're far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem to be faring worse than women. And as cases ...

Minnesota reports 4 new COVID-19 deaths; total now 9

Editor’s note: Numbers current as of press time. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota reported four new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's death toll from the new coronavirus to nine. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said three of the new deaths were among people who ...

MLC President Zarling diagnosed with COVID-19

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College announced Monday that MLC President Mark Zarling was diagnosed with COVID-19. In a post on the college's webite, the college announced: "On Monday, March 30, Martin Luther College President Mark Zarling was diagnosed positive for COVID 19. When President ...

China’s lies, and ours

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured live and ...

EDA approves emergency business relief

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special meeting Friday to provide emergency relief for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which included the creation of $250,000 in grants for qualified businesses. COVID-19 has disrupted normal business practices ...

$1 million fund to help local businesses recover from COVOD-19

NEW ULM — New Ulm area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Volunteers, donors respond to New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf Executive Director Brad Kirk had lots of good news to talk about this week. “We surpassed our ($15,000) fundraising goal and we’ve got 10 volunteers that if needed, will help us,” Kirk said. “The volunteers are either laid off workers or ...

$2.2 trillion stimulus bill passed, signed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...

Trump seeks to force GM to make ventilators

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act. Trump said negotiations with General Motors had been productive, "but our fight against the virus is too urgent ...