Kittson Healthcare confirms first positive COVID-19 case

By Anna Jauhola Kittson County documented its first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on Thursday, April 16. Rumors of a second case circulated over the weekend, but as of Monday, that was false. Cindy Urbaniak, county public health director, said Monday morning there are no more positive cases in the…

Distillery donates sanitizer to essential businesses, organizations

By Anna Jauhola Minnesota’s furthest north distillery has transformed its business to include the production of hand sanitizer. Through emergency changes in federal regulations, Far North Spirits is able to help essential businesses and organizations by manufacturing and donating 5-gallon jugs in Kittson County. “Distilleries in Minnesota started doing this when we realized it’s something…

SBA offers disaster assistance for impacted small businesses

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Minnesota small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced last week. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Pre-paredness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act…

Governor Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans

  [ST. PAUL, MN] – To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, April…

Statement From U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement regarding her husband John: “I have news that many Americans are facing right now: my husband John has the coronavirus. We just got the test results at 7 a.m. this morning. While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off…

Hallock Council approves emergency declaration

By Anna Jauhola The City of Hallock declared a state of emergency in an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20. The city council met at the city hall in the basement and spaced more than 6 feet from each other. Councilor Kevin Waller attended and voted by phone, which is allowed in emergency instances. City…

Commission totally closes courthouse to the public

By Anna Jauhola The Kittson County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency at an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The commissioners called into the meeting via a digital service called GoToMeeting, which is allowed for public meetings during an emergency. Alongside the emergency declaration, the commission…

Area business, entity operations during COVID-19

UPDate as of 4/1/20 Sjostrand Agency: Lobby is closed, staff is on site and available by phone 218-843-3350 or call Steve, cell 218-843-1481 or Dan, cell 218-843-1387. Area businesses and entities are affected just as much as the rest of the state as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This list will be updated as we receive…

Minnesota State Parks and Trails: COVID-19 Response

Minnesota State Parks and Trails remain open to the public. We are closely monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 and adjusting our operations as conditions change. We recognize the importance of nature in helping to relieve stress during this time and are committed to providing a safe environment for our visitors to enjoy, while ensuring…

Covid-19 informational websites

As the COVID-19 virus unfolds in Minnesota, there are several resources that individuals can use to stay up to date on the latest information:   MDH’s COVID-19 page: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html   MDH’s COVID-19 prevention tips: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html   MDH’s COVID-19 Situation Update: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html   Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 page: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963   CDC COVID-19 page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html   CDC COVID-19…

County erring on the side of safety

Commission sets instructions for employees during COVID-19 By Anna Jauhola The Kittson County Board of Commissioners is erring on the side of safety and made a strong decision Tuesday, March 17 to keep two county employees at home, with pay. This was the main decision of the board’s initial discussions regarding pandemic planning.  The two employees…

UPDATED: Nursing homes closed to visitors amid coronavirus outbreaks

By Anna Jauhola Both nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Kittson County are now closed to visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak reaching Minnesota and nearby states. Kittson Healthcare announced restricted visitation to its residents’ families Thursday, March 12. Cindy Urbaniak, nursing home administrator, said as the coronavirus – known as COVID-19 – has reached…