The past few days have been torturous, and unfortunately, today will be no different. 

Thankfully, I reside in a very nice air-conditioned office, followed by a nicely air-conditioned apartment. To say I'm lucky (and grateful) is an understatement. 

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However, this isn't the case for everyone. One of my best friend's family lives without AC, and during times like these, I simply couldn't imagine. (Sounds brutal.)

Fortunately, the people around North Mankato who are suffering due to the extreme heat have an oasis they can escape to if needed.

The North Mankato Police Annex Community Room is open to those looking for a bit of comfort in the hot temperatures. 

Located on 1001 Belgrade Ave., the room welcomes any who seek shelter. The room is open to the public until 5 pm today. 

According to a press release from the city, water and restrooms are also available. 

For more information, contact City Hall at 507-625-4141.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Cool, moist skin with goosebumps when in the heat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness and Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache

Signs of Heat Stroke:

  • High Body Temperature
  • Altered Mental State or Behavior
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Flushed Skin
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Racing Heart Rate
  • Headache

Prevention Tips:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes
  • Protect against sunburn
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Take it easy during the hottest part of the day
  • Be cautious if at an increased risk

Play it safe, and never risk it. In other words, maybe consider pushing that run off until next week. 


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