March 25, 2020
Today, Governor Walz directed Minnesotans to limit movement outside of their homes (beyond essential needs) from Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to Friday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m. Businesses deemed essential are allowed to stay open while practicing social distancing. Employees and customers are also allowed to travel to those businesses. The order is designed to slow the rate of COVID-19 infections.
What does critical/essential mean?
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development issued more clarification on what types of businesses must be closed as of Friday evening. Visit this newly created resource page to understand how they are defining “critical industries” and how you can request designation as an essential business.
What will happen with the businesses that are currently closed?
The actions today also extend current closures of dine-in restaurants and other “public accommodation” businesses until May 1st. Restaurants will still be allowed to offer take-out and delivery services.
Which businesses may be open?
Note: This is a partial list for public awareness. View full list here.
- Hospitals and clinics
- Food services, such as grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, bakeries, and take-out and delivery restaurants
- Convenience stores
- Liquor stores
- Child care facilities
- News organizations
- Gas stations
- Funeral homes
- Hardware stores
- Post offices
Which businesses must be closed?
Note: This is a partial list for public awareness. View full list here.
- Dine-in restaurants
- Bars and nightclubs
- Entertainment venues
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Bowling alleys
- Movie theaters
- Concert halls
- Country clubs
- Salons and barber shops
- Tattoo parlors
Which workers can keep working?
- Health care and public health workers
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders, including corrections personnel
- Food service and agricultural workers
- Employees in the energy sector
- Water and wastewater employees as well as those in public works
- Communications and IT staff, including journalists
- Construction and critical trades workers, including electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians
- Employees at animal shelters and veterinary clinics
- People in transportation and logistics, including workers in roadway construction or maintenance. Only automobile sales for essential travel are allowed and they have to be conducted by appointment and accommodate social distancing.
- Community-based government operations, including election support
- Critical manufacturing, including iron ore mining and processing
- Hazardous materials and chemical workers
- Financial services employees
- Tribal government employees deemed essential by the tribal government
- Essential employees in the state's judicial, executive and legislative branches
- National Guard members
- Faith leaders and workers needed to plan and distribute content to the community
- Education and child care workers
- Staff who support hotels, residential facilities and shelters
- Workers who support charitable and social services providers
- Some legal services
- Laundry services providers
March 23, 2020
With our Lobby Closed, we have revised, temporary Drive-up hours of M-F 8:30-5:00 and Sat. 8:30-noon.
The Scammers Are Back
Email: Scammers have started a spam campaign designed to play on people’s fears about the coronavirus. They are sending spoofed emails that are supposed to look like they come from officials with the World Health Organization.
The emails have a Word document attached that claims to be a list of precautions you should take to avoid being infected by the coronavirus; however, the Word doc is malicious and if you click on it your device could be infected with TrickBot malware.
Fake Charities: When a major health event like the coronavirus happens, you might be looking for information and ways to help. Scammers use the same events to take advantage of your generosity.
Some use names that sound a lot like the names of real charities. This is one reason it pays to do some research before giving. Money lost to bogus charities means fewer donations to help those in need.
Robocalls: Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam coronavirus treatments to work from home schemes.
The FTC wants to help everyone avoid falling victim to these heinous coronavirus scams. Here are some suggested tips to help:
- Hang up on robocalls – Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam coronavirus treatments to work from home schemes. It’s important to note that if you receive robocalls like these do not press any numbers on your phone. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from the call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
- Fact-check information – Scammers are sharing information that hasn’t been verified so before you pass along any info, contact trusted sources to verify it’s correct.
- Know who you’re buying from – Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products like disinfectants, household staples, health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
- Don’t reply to emails and texts about checks from the government – Details about a potential stimulus package are still being worked out. If anyone tells you they can get you your money now, it’s a scam.
- Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources – Emails and texts related to coronavirus could be phishing scams that infect your device with malware.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from experts – If you get an email supposedly from the CDC or WHO with coronavirus information, there’s a chance it’s a phishing attack. For the most up-to-date information go directly to the CDC and WHO websites.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations – There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations – Whether you’re looking to donate through charities or crowdfunding sites, verify they are the real thing first. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone asks for donations in cash, by gift card or wiring money, don’t do it.
It’s critical that we all do our best to help each other through this frightening pandemic. Don’t let scammers ruin your spirit. Stay vigilant and we’ll make it through together.
March 20, 2020
In an effort to provide critical internet services for those who may have little or no access, CTC announced it’s opened several public Wi-Fi spots throughout the lakes area.
To find the nearest public Wi-Fi location, visit CTC’s Google map HERE >>
The map will be updated in real time as more locations are activated and added in the coming days. There will be no need to leave vehicles or enter any nearby buildings to access the Wi-Fi. Park in the area and search for a network named “CTC WiFi.” It will be free to use and will allow anyone to access high-speed, reliable internet from a safe location, a news release stated.
March 19, 2020
We’re all in this together, and to help each other out here’s some helpful shopping/dining information we’d like to pass along.
Call ahead to verify hours and types of service available at the business you want to patronize. Many area retailers are making adjustments for cleaning and distribution.
Many local businesses hardware/pharmacy/misc are offering curbside and/or delivery service, again give your local retailer a call and inquire.
With Restaurants/Bars closed to dinning in, many are offering take out. Give your favorite a call for more information. Or call and order a gift certificate for future use.
Grocery Delivery is available from Instacart.com for:
- Cub Foods
- Von Hanson’s
Special Shopping Hours for Elderly, Health Care Professionals, First Responders, High Risk Customers:
- Cub Foods: M-F 6-7 am
- Target: Each Wednesday, 7-8 am
- Walmart: For those 60+ each Tues, 1 hour before the store opens
If you have a neighbor who is elderly or at risk, perhaps give them a call and see if you can pick anything up for them.
Let’s all practice social distancing together and stay safe.
March 18, 2020
Beginning Thursday, March 19, Crow Wing Power, Crow Wing Power Credit Union and People’s Security Company lobbies will be closed to the public until further notice. This precautionary step is being taken to protect the health and well-being of our members and employees as part of our Coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness plan. The plan is being enacted to help insure we have adequate staff to serve our members and keep our essential services intact and to comply with federal and state requests for social distancing.
Employees will still be working and available by phone. Crow Wing Power and the Credit Union employee regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. People’s Security employees are available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Additionally, Crow Wing Power and the Credit Union’s drive through windows will continue to be open 8:30 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays.
We are encouraging members to pay bills online, pay by phone, mail, use our drop box or drive through window.
If you have any questions or concerns, call 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401.
March 13, 2020
As an electric distribution cooperative, Crow Wing Power is depended upon to bring reliable electricity to 38,000 members and their families and businesses who rely on electricity for their daily lives.
Therefore in preparation for a potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our region, we are updating our Emergency Restoration Plan to include detailed activities related to varying levels of risk associated with the latest COVID - 19.
Since 2004, Crow Wing Power has diligently practiced and implemented a nationwide practice of preparing for disasters or situations that could impact our ability to provide essential services.
Our current plan documented and practiced annually by key staff, addresses what we would do in case of fire/smoke, medical emergencies, severe weather, bomb threats, hostage/holdup/robbery/active shooter incidents, customer conflict, major power outages, HVAC failures, internal floods, chemical/biological threats, nuclear situations, facilities failures, pandemic influenza and now Coronavirus.
Minimally we’ve extended recommended practices to employees as outlined and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organizations on preventative measures employees can take.
Employees are being asked to follow hand washing and sanitizing methods. We are also asking employees to not shake hands to greet members/visitors to the office. If employees are sick, they are asked to stay home, so as not to spread any kind of illness.
Business travel is being limited and Webinar training will be the suggested norm for the time being.
Depending upon the level of threat to employees and members, various steps will be taken to insure we have a work force that can adequately serve our members, which may include key employees working remotely from home or at other locations.
As things progress, we will have updated actions and plans posted.