Test results are in from the first year of a multi-state study on West Nile virus in ruffed grouse in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. These first-year results are showing that, while the virus is present in the region, exposed grouse can survive. In 273 samples from grouse that hunters harvested in Minnesota during 2018, 34 samples (12.5 percent) had antibodies consistent with West Nile virus exposure that were either confirmed in 10 samples (3.7 percent) or likely in 24 samples (8.8 percent). The tests did not find the presence of virus in any of the ruffed grouse hearts, meaning the birds [...]
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Several days removed from a marathon Democratic presidential debate, Amy Klobuchar was still feeling an afterglow. On the debate stage, the Minnesota senator repeatedly hit Elizabeth Warren for failing to level with voters about how she would pay for her ambitious policy proposals, exposing a vulnerability in her progressive rival and earning much needed attention for herself in a crowded primary field. "It was really important to make the case that there are other ways to do things, and it doesn't mean you're not fighting" for people, Klobuchar said as her campaign bus sped past cornfields in eastern Iowa. [...]
“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: I had a question for the Ask a Trooper segment you do. I’ve noticed that school buses all have the words “School Bus” written at the top of the windshield on the front of the vehicle. Similarly, when the bus is used for a different purpose other than school, the words are scraped off or it says “Charter Bus” or something to that effect. What is the reason for that? Answer: Minnesota law requires the School Bus sign be covered when it is not being used [...]
Mankato citizens can dispose of unneeded prescriptions. For convenience, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 in celebration of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, city staff will be in front of the Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street, to assist anyone wanting to dispose of unneeded prescriptions. Additionally, the city of Mankato provides a self-serve, anonymous drug drop box disposal service year-round, 24-hours a day at Mankato’s Public Safety Center. Safely disposing of medications helps keep them out of landfills and the water system. Items collected are burned to have the least environmental impact. Accepted items: prescription medications over-the-counter [...]
No one is injured after a grain truck starts on fire Lura Township in Faribault County. The Sheriff's Office says they responded to the fire on County Road 17 and 240th Street. There were no people inside the truck. The owner of the truck is 28-year-old Jeffery Ward of Mapleton. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
A 72-year-old Winnebago man had to be extricated from his vehicle after his vehicle crashed into a ditch. The Faribault County Sheriff's Office says Robert Kaduce was taken to United Hospital in Blue Earth. His condition is unknown at this time. Sheriff's deputies say the one-vehicle accident happened on County Road 13 near 93rd Street in Blue Earth Township around 3:00 Friday afternoon.
Shorter days and more hours of darkness this time of year contribute to an increase number of crashes between people driving and walking, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. As the days get shorter, motorists and pedestrians should use caution when driving and walking. Motor vehicle crashes have killed 33 pedestrians so far this year. According to crash facts from the Department of Public Safety, 45 pedestrians died and 987 were injured in crashes with vehicles in 2018 and 42 pedestrian deaths and 1,053 injuries happened in 2017. “It’s more difficult to see people walking in the dark, so we [...]
Mankato-Augusta Drive (between Castle Pines Court and 100 Augusta Drive) will temporarily close 7 a.m., Thursday (October 24) for a utility repair. The road is expected to reopen later in the day.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has condemned a Republican state senator from North Dakota who posted a long-debunked photo on his Facebook page that purports to show the Minnesota Democrat holding a weapon at an al-Qaida training camp. Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Somalia and is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, blasted state Sen. Oley Larsen's post, which also led to a call Tuesday from a top fellow Republican to apologize and relinquish a state Senate leadership position. "This is pure propaganda designed to stir up hate and violence," Omar tweeted Monday [...]
VINE Faith in Action, in partnership with Mankato Clinic and Juniper is offering a free program for those suffering from a chronic lung condition. Living Well with Chronic Conditions will help adults with chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma gain skills to improve their health and maintain an active and fulfilling life while living with a chronic health condition. Classes are held Thursday from 1-3 pm at the VINE Adult Community Center, October 31 – December 12. Class facilitators will offer support, education and tools to use to improve health, including stress [...]