Our communities are offering special help during the pandemic. Below is a list of current resources available to students in the Greater Mankato and Faribault areas. There are a number of Community Resources not specific to Covid-19 available on the Student Life Community Resources page as well.
In addition, the MN Office of Higher Education has compiled a number of community support resources for the state as a whole. Please visit Resources for Colleges, Faculty, Staff, and Students for COVID-19 for these.
- Charter is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 days for new K-12 and college student households and more.
- Comcast announced Friday, March 13, 2020, it would open free public Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the country, as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak. It will also eliminate data caps for its customers.
- Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter has drive-up WiFi available in the parking lot near the Golf Building and Soccer Fields. This lot is only accessible from Broadway Avenue, and the access point is located on the compost building, so parking closest to the gate will give you the best connection. WiFi is available both for registered Gustavus users and guests.
- Mediacom is participating in the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” by providing complimentary access to all Mediacom Xtream Wi-Fi Hotspots for 60 days.
- Minnesota Computers for Schools – Lifelong Learners Program: Do you need a computer but have no way of getting one? This may be a program to help. There is an application process, and the student would need a portion filled out by a Learning Partner/Counselor/Social Worker/Job Coach, etc.
- MIDCO Lifeline - Lifeline is a federal program intended to put a home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying families – giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access.
- Minnesota Office of Broadband Development - Digital Inclusion: If you are a low-income subscriber residing in either a Comcast, CenturyLink, Charter, or Midcontinent area, you may be eligible for reduced pricing of monthly broadband service.
- T-Mobile announced that they would lift the data cap for mobile users along with temporary low price plans.
Health and Mental Health
Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.
Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. (NAL) is taking major steps, accepting patients, and has already implemented changes to help mitigate the risk of the spread of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Telehealth appointments started on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for a limited amount of time until it’s determined that the pandemic is over and there is no longer a great threat of any COVID-19 pandemic concerns to the community.
In-person appointments are only available for injection clinic appointments and NEW PSYCHIATRY patient appointments. However, we are asking that NO ONE comes to any in-person appointment if ill or have been in close proximity to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
201 N Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001 - 507.200.2624
Our dental clinic remains available for dental emergencies. Due to Governor Walz’s executive order, we are no longer providing routine and non-emergency appointments. Examples of dental emergencies include dental trauma (injury), facial swelling due to tooth infection, and severe dental pain. Please call us right away (507.323.8100) if you are experiencing these symptoms, before going to the emergency room.
Our medical clinics remain open, and we are here for anyone who needs us. However, to support social distancing and reduce the risk of illness by keeping folks safely in their homes, we are transitioning many of our appointments to be conducted over the phone for virtual screenings/visits whenever feasible.
- If you have an upcoming appointment, we will reach out to determine if your needs can be met safely online and show you how to use the virtual visit platform.
See more about online visits
- If you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, such as fever, shortness of breath, or a dry cough, please call ahead (507.323.8100) so we can help you get the right help as soon as possible.
- We will monitor our phones over the weekend, including voicemails, and will respond to urgent needs as we are able.
Horizon Homes has implemented temporary practices to ensure staff and the clients they serve are safe. The Mobile Crisis Team is available through Telehealth connections, making it possible for individuals to access a Mobile Crisis staff member 24 hours per day, seven days per week, without having to leave their home.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call Horizon Homes South Central Crisis Center at (507) 344-0621.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Governor Walz recently signed emergency legislation making some changes to eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. If you are being affected because of COVID-19 please go to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to learn about benefits eligibility and to apply.
Temporary Employment Opportunities
Greater Mankato Growth, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has launched an inventory of available temporary employment opportunities. Over 100 job vacancies have been posted in various critical industries including, healthcare, assisted living, grocery, gas station, and some manufacturing. Access the inventory on Greater Mankato's Temporary Employment Opportunities page.
Faribault Public Schools is providing care at no cost for children ages four (4) through grade six (6). Childcare will be offered from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm at Roosevelt Elementary - 925 Parshall Street, during the week. Saturday and Sunday care are not available at this time.
This survey should only be completed by employees who need childcare between March 30 - April 10. We are checking the sign-up daily and placing children when we can. If you don't need care starting on Monday, please complete this survey as soon as possible as we need time to connect with you and confirm registration. Children who are ill should stay home
Landline is committed to helping out the communities during the COVID-19 crises and is offering FREE travel from MKT (Mankato) to MSP (Minneapolis) and DLH (Duluth) for students trying to get home due to classes being canceled. If you have groups that would like to travel, they can also arrange to pick up at the campus.
Liz Thiesse | Manager, Business Relations & Community Marketing
3030 North Airport Road - Mankato, MN 56001
A big focus of our work is ensuring our Helpline is up-to-date with all available food resources and that word is getting out to those needing assistance. There is an open Helpline (1-888-711-1151) and our Find Help Map.
Although Minnesota has been ordered to stay at home, Second Harvest Heartland provides an essential service and will continue to meet the need for emergency meals in our community. We need your help to continue.
Do you need help accessing food during the COVID-19 crisis? Follow this link for help with locating emergency food services in your community.