Governor Tim Walz announced on Sunday, March 15, that all Minnesota public school districts and charter schools that serve students pre-kindergarten through grade 12 would be closed from Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, March 27. On Monday, March 16, Walz ordered closure of restaurants, bars and places of public accommodation and amusement, such as fitness centers and movie theaters. Also on March 16, President Donald Trump discouraged any gatherings of ten or more people. As a result, event organizers and businesses announced cancellations and precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and to preserve health care resources.
On Sunday, March 22 Gov. Tim Walz announced an order activating the Minnesota National Guard to transport personal protective equipment needed by health care workers.
The Herald will keep a running list of canceled and postponed events with additional information. This list is not complete but it will be continuously updated on our website. If you know of a cancellation, postponement or have updated information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add or update the information.
Changes in the Spring/Summer Happenings Guide
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, many events planned for March and April, which are included in the most recent Happenings Guide, have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
We will be posting updates on event cancellations and business closures as they become available in the BP Herald and Henderson Independent, as well as on our website and social media.
If you know of a cancellation or postponement, please let us know at email@example.com and we’ll add or update that information. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
The public will not be able to access City Hall but City business will continue. City staff will be here to assist and provide services but that assistance will need to be over the phone, internet, through the drop box at City Hall, or via postal mail.
Residents can call 952-873-5553 or use the website (www.belleplainemn.com) to transact business. Payment may be made over the phone or online. Over the phone convenience fees are being waived until further notice. If you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Utility permit late fees are being waived for the month of March.
Building inspections will continue: call 952-873-5553 to schedule.
Belle Plaine Police
The Belle Plaine Police Department is limiting in-person contacts, especially close proximity in-person contacts. They can still provide the best possible services and remedies in those situations through alternative means (i.e. phone, email). Incidents that are considered essential, critical, or emergencies will continue to receive immediate in-person police responses and intervention as it has always been in the past. The office is also closed. Only authorized personnel are allowed within the building. To file a report or speak with an officer call: 952-873-4307
Belle Plaine Fire Department
Access to the building is limited to current members only.
The Lutheran Home Association
All TLHA announced that all of their care communities are restricting visitors due to coronavirus. For those with a loved one on hospice/end of life or with a critical or time sensitive reason for a visit, they will be allowed between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. They will actively screen individuals, including staff, who need to come into the building.
Belle Plaine Food Shelf
Due to the closing of the schools, the Belle Plaine Food Shelf will be offering the backpack program to all children in the Belle Plaine area, at the food shelf. You can pick up the bags during food shelf hours, which are Wednesday from 5-7 and Saturday from 9-12. They will also be putting together baskets of food for Easter that include the meat, salad, rolls, veggie and desert. If you are interested in this meal, and you have at least 3 in your family, swing by the food shelf to sign up.
Donations can be dropped off M-W-F around 9am as volunteers are there restocking shelves or during our regular business hours. There is also a drop-box on the side of their building where shelf-stable items can be left.
Chamber Bingo and Meat Raffles
The Bingo and meat raffles will be suspended for the remainder of March. The e-tabs and pull-tabs are still available at their sites located at Johan’s, Neisen’s Corner Bar, Huck’s Shipwreck Saloon, and Oldernburg Brewing Company.
Due to the Governor’s request, the VFW and Auxiliary have canceled all meetings for the month of March.
St. John Lutheran Church
All activities at St. John, including all worship services, church meetings and outside groups, are canceled until at least April 5 (Palm Sunday).
Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church
Due to the Coronavirus, all masses have been canceled and the Adoration Chapel has been closed. The following events at OLP have also been canceled.
3/25: Wednesday Evening Confirmation Classes, 3/26: Pietra Fitness 3/27:Word and Communion, 3/27: KC Fish Dinner, 3/28: Church Cleaning, 3/29: The Real Presence, 3/29: Storytime with Mrs. Urlick, 4/1: Wed. Evening Confirmation Classes, and 4/3: KC Fish Dinner. The following are also canceled until further notice: Friday Word and Communion and Friday Stations of the Cross (9 am, 1 pm school, and 6:30 p.m.) and Tuesday morning coffee and donuts after Mass.
Trinity Lutheran Church and School
Many events and services have been canceled including Wednesday Lent suppers and services. Worship service will be available to view via livestream by going to YouTube by typing in “Trinity Belle Plaine”. Watch their Facebook page for more updates as they occur.
City of Jordan
The Jordan City Hall will be closed to in-person customers (the doors will be locked.) There is a night drop slot on the front of the building for those who need to pay a bill. They will have staff working in rotating daytime shifts to answer phones and will continue to supply essential services.
Jordan Community Ed and Rec posted this information on their website. Due to the impending school closures, the CERC will be closed starting Monday, March 16, until further notice. All Community Education classes have been canceled, and families will be notified of refunds.
Cinco de Mayo and Celebrate Jordan
Officials announced the cancellation of Celebrate Jordan, originally scheduled for April 5 and Cinco de Mayo scheduled May 5.
City of Henderson
The City of Henderson will not be taking reservations for the Community Hall, Bender Park Shelter, Allanson Park Shelter, or Allanson Park Campground at this time. All events held in these locations have been cancelled for March. No open date for Allanson Park Campground has been determined at this time.
Floodfest, originally scheduled for April 4, has b eenpostponed.
Henderson Public Library
Henderson Public Library is closed through at least Saturday, March 28.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
All activities at Redeemer Lutheran have been postponed until April 5 (Palm Sunday). The closures include their planned pancake supper that was scheduled for March 29.
St. Paul’s UCC (Henderson) has canceled the in-person services, but Pastors Deb and Kent Meyer will be broadcasting the Sunday worship at 10 a.m. on KCHK radio at 1350AM or 95.5 FM.
Lions Bingo will be canceled for the rest of the season.
City of Le Sueur
All city offices will be closed until further notice. Utility bills can be paid online, via phone, or dropped off at the lock box outside of city hall. More information can be found on our utility billing homepage at http://cityoflesueur.com/332/Utility-Billing.
Zion UCC (Le Sueur) has canceled the in-person services, but Pastors Deb and Kent Meyer will be broadcasting the Sunday worship at 10 a.m. on KCHK radio at 1350AM or 95.5 FM.
The Le Sueur Community Center is closed until further notice.
Le Sueur Food Shelf
At this time the Le Sueur Food Shelf will remain open for regularly scheduled hours, but face-to-face contact will be limited.
The City of New Prague will limit public access to City buildings. To access services from the city, it can be done through the city’s website at www.ci.new-prague.mn.us, other online services, email: email@example.com or via phone at 952-758-4401, option 5 for general questions.
Fitness and Aquatic Center in New Prague will be closed until further notice.
New Prague Mayo Clinic
Elective appointment deferment: While elective appointments and surgeries are being deferred, they will still see patients who have acute care needs, such as illnesses, injuries or required monitoring. For your own health and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to call first before visiting a hospital or clinic.
COVID-19 Testing: Testing is not available on a walk-in basis and patients must meet testing criteria. For our Mayo Clinic Health System patients in New Prague and the surrounding communities, call 952-758-4461 to speak to our dedicated COVID-19 Nurse Line. If it is determined that you require testing, you will be directed to one of their dedicated drive through testing sites. Note: COVID-19 testing is not available inside Mayo Clinic Health System campuses, including the Emergency Department.
City of Carver
Carver City Hall and the Fire Station/Public Services Building are closed to the public through at least March 31. The city will maintain essential services and city staff will be working during this time. Those who have service needs should conduct business by phone, mail, email, or the city website. All events schedule at the Carver City Hall are canceled through at least March 31. Utility bill payment drop box, located in the city hall vestibule, is open.
City of Chaska
City of Chaska has closed the Chaska Curling Center, Event Center, and Community Center. City hall will remain open during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday but before stopping by, call 952-448-9200 to see how they can help
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
As a member of the University of Minnesota community, and in partnership with the State of Minnesota’s declaration of peacetime emergency, the Arboretum has closed operations until further notice. All Arboretum classes and events as well as private group and rental reservations have been canceled and participants will be notified about their options.
City of Shakopee
The Shakopee Community Center and Shakopee Ice Arena will be closed until further notice. At this time, all other city facilities are open for business during regular hours; however, the public is encouraged to conduct as much business as possible via phone, website or email. All non-essential city activities, programs and events will be canceled until further notice.
Canterbury Park has temporarily suspended card casino, simulcast and event operations.
City of Prior Lake
The city has suspended all non-essential water services appointments, including appointments for water quality questions and high-usage concerns. They have also canceled all non-city meetings scheduled in city buildings through April, non-essential city meetings, and suspended the issuance of solicitor permits. Club Prior and all rec programming are canceled through April as well as all reservations at Lakefront Pavilion. Fire Stations are closed except for emergency response calls.
City Hall is closed to the public but city services and operations will continue as normal and can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (952-447-9800) or social media.
Mystic Lake and Little Six
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced the temporary closure of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino. All group meetings and events at Mystic Lake Center have been postponed or canceled until further notice.
City of Montgomery
The Montgomery City Hall, Police Department, and Public Works buildings are closed to public access and will remain so until further notice. The public is encouraged to conduct as much business as possible via telephone, email, or the website. All non-essential activities, programs and events sponsored or hosted by or at City of Montgomery Facilities are canceled until further notice. Additional information can be found on the City’s Website at www.cityofmontgomerymn.com
Czech Slovak Pageant has been canceled.
City of Arlington
The Arlington Community Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Employees will still be working and can be reached by phone at 507-964-2378 and email at email@example.com. Utility bills can be paid online or at the drop box outside of the Community Center.
City of Chanhassen
City Hall is currently closed to walk-in visits, but are still open for business via phone and email.
The Chanhassen Downtown Transit Station is closed. Service will still be available in Chanhassen at the SouthWest Village Station located at the crossing of Highway 212 and Highway 101.
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres suspended all performances through Sunday, April 12, and will also temporarily close Brindisi’s Pub and postpone wedding receptions through April 12. The box office will remain open to assist customers with questions and reservations for future dates.
Celebration 2020/Paisley Park
Paisley Park announced that Celebration 2020 has been postponed from June to the fall in 2020 due to coronavirus concerns. They have also temporally ceased all tours operations until further notice. More information on the new dates for Celebration 2020 will be released soon. Current ticket holders can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott County Government
All Scott County buildings will remain closed until at least Wednesday, April 1. Staff will continue to provide all life-safety and emergency services, including 911. They will also perform all services that can be performed through email, online, telephone, or other electronic means.
To view the status of county buildings and services go to: www.scottcountymn.gov/1922/COVID-19-Response.
Scott County Library
All classes, programs, events, and outreach at all Scott County Library locations until April 30. All library locations will remain closed through at least April 1. The due dates for any items that are currently checked out have been extended to May 1. They ask book borrowers to keep any materials borrowed at this time and will be waiving overdue fees. People may continue to place items on hold but physical items will not be available for pick up until libraries are open to the public again. Current items on hold will be held through April 15th to allow time for pick up after the library reopens.
Scott County Library Systems will be emailing newsletters out on Monday and Thursday each week. Each newsletter will include library updates as well as some ideas from their staff including library resources, favorite books and activities, and even links to their upcoming virtual mini early literacy classes.
University of MN Extension
All in-person University of Minnesota Extension meetings, events and classes are canceled March 16-31. This includes the Carver-Scott Master Gardener programs.
Le Sueur County
Le Sueur County closed all County public-facing services at their Courthouse, Justice Center, Environmental Services and Highway Department through April 6. However, Court Administration, Probation, and the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, which are all located in the Justice Center, will remain open to the public at this time.
Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library
Libraries in the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional system are closed and all events and meeting room reservations are canceled or postponed through the end of March. The library system advises community members to keep their library items for the next two weeks. All loans will be renewed and fines forgiven.
All county facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Business will continue as normal and county staff will be available by phone or email. Court administration will continue with scheduled cases only. For a list of departments and services availability and alternatives visit: www.co.sibley.mn.us/COVID-19/community_alerts.php
Sibley County Business Expo & Sibley County Senior Expo
Sibley County has canceled the Sibley County Business Expo that was planned for Tuesday, March 31, at the Henderson RoadHaus, and the Sibley County Senior Expo planned for Tuesday, April 21, at the Arlington Community Center.
All walk-up service have been suspended except for emergency and 24/7 operations. This suspension does not include the Justice Center or Carver County District Court.
The Carver County/Ridgeview Screening Call Center, Drive-Through Testing has been halted due to a national shortage of testing supplies changes testing guidance.
East Union Lutheran Church will suspend services until April 5.
West Union Evangelical Lutheran Church has canceled services and will take a week by week approach to future cancellations. West Union will be doing Facebook live worship services.
Annual Dairy Day Dinner
Out of concern for the safety and well-being of the dairy farmers, sponsors, and supporters, the 68th Annual Dairy Day Dinner has been postponed until a yet to be determined date in June. They will be setting a new date once the all clear has been given to move forward with gatherings larger than 10 people.
Three Rivers Parks
All programs scheduled between March 16-31 have been canceled. All buildings will be closed to the public through Sunday, April 5. This closure includes all visitor centers, nature centers, program centers, rental facilities and golf course clubhouses. They will have select restroom facilities open within each park.
Ney Nature Center
The Ney Nature Center has canceled all programs but their trails are open and they encourage people to get out to take a walk to get fresh air.
Carver County Parks
Carver County parks remain open for use, although no facilities within the parks are open.
MN Department of Natural Resources
The MN DNR has postponed/canceled all safety education training, including firearms safety training, deer open houses, and elk input meetings in northwest Minnesota, as well as interpretive naturalist programs and other meetings.
State parks, recreation areas, campgrounds, and other public lands will remain open to the public for people to enjoy; however, visitors will experience some changes in services available. State park visitor centers, contact stations, and other ancillary buildings will be closed, but visitors can pay through self-pay and informational kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are also encouraged to purchase daily and annual park passes through the online portal before they visit.
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