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License Center offers drop-off service

FAIRMONT — In an effort to assist customers who practice social distancing or who are unable to come into its office during open hours, the Martin County License Center has installed a dropbox outside the front door. This can be utilized any time.

The dropbox will be checked several times per day. Transactions will be processed within two business days, and receipts and stickers (if applicable) will be mailed.

The License Center asks that customers, as always, include insurance information. For more information, customers are asked to provide a phone number. A correct address is required to assure timely mailing.

For more information, call (507) 235-3335 during office hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Driver jailed in Sherburne County

PRINCETON (AP) — A driver who struck and killed a woman walking along a Sherburne County road is jailed while authorities wait for blood test results to see if he was impaired.

Catherine Lynn, 69, was killed Monday afternoon while walking with her longtime partner on County Road 2 southeast of Princeton. He was not injured.

According to sheriff’s officials, the two were walking on the shoulder of the road when the 55-year-old driver crossed the center line and struck her. He was arrested at the scene.

The Star Tribune says the man has a prior conviction for drunken driving and for driving with a revoked license.

Iowa virus cases reach 145

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of Iowans testing positive for the coronavirus has increased by 21, bringing the state total to 145 cases, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday.

Data released by the Iowa Department of Public Health said 23 Iowans are in the hospital with COVID-19 and 12 have been released and are recovering at home. The virus is now in 31 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

On Tuesday evening, Reynolds announced the state’s first death from the viral disease. An adult between 61 and 80 years old in Dubuque County died.

Testing shows that of the 145 people who have tested positive, 81 are women and 64 are men.

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