About Ashley Hanley

Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!

AAA: Dangerous Driving Behaviors on the Rise

By |2022-12-08T05:20:25-06:00December 8th, 2022|

 A new AAA report reveals that unsafe driving behaviors increased from 2020 to 2021. The increase comes after three years of steady declines. According to the new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the rise in risky behaviors included speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving, and driving impaired due to cannabis or alcohol. The most alarming increase was among drivers admitting to getting behind the wheel after drinking enough that they felt they were over the legal limit - an increase of nearly 24%. 

Major Winter Storm Could Hit Minnesota Next Week

By |2022-12-08T05:16:18-06:00December 8th, 2022|

(Chanhassen, MN) -- Minnesota could get hit by a major winter storm early next week.  National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Hasenstein says the exact track of the system is uncertain, but one model suggests big snow across the state.  He says that forecast indicates at least three to four inches and up to double-digit snowfall.   Hasenstein  says it's a pretty safe bet Minnesota will receive some precipitation on Tuesday and Wednesday.  He says the big question mark is the form and severity.

Kwik Trip Bend of the River Festival Returns to MSU Campus This Fall

By |2022-12-08T05:14:31-06:00December 8th, 2022|

Minnesota State University Athletics received a $50,000 check from this year’s Kwik Trip Bend of the River Fall Festival organizers, a portion of which will be used to support scholarships for student-athletes. In addition, it was also announced that a contract is in place for the festival to return to the campus of Minnesota State University this Fall. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2023 and other details including this year’s music line-up and an on-sale date for tickets will be announced soon.

Blue Earth County Library Invites You to a Winter Wonderland with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra

By |2022-12-08T05:03:56-06:00December 8th, 2022|

The Blue Earth County Library System (BECLS) is delighted to host a special performance by the Mankato Symphony Orchestra at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato on Saturday, December 10 at 1pm. The orchestra will perform their Winter Wonders interpretation of the "See, Hear, Play: Music" program, which is designed for young listeners to discover and learn about the history, purpose, and joy of classical music.

MN Chamber says, use budget surplus to improve business climate in MN

By |2022-12-08T04:47:52-06:00December 8th, 2022|

A major business advocate, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, says the state's massive budget surplus is an opportunity to update the state's tax code to make Minnesota more attractive to businesses.  Chamber President Doug Loon says Minnesota income taxes are sixth-highest in the country, affecting many small business owners -- and corporate taxes... ..."we're number-two in the country, second only to New Jersey -- and as I understand it, New Jersey's corporate rate turns off  in 2024 where, if we don't do anything on that, we'll be number-one in the country." Some warn that major changes to Minnesota's tax code could [...]

Judge Rules Cultural Competency Can Be Required For New MN Teacher Licenses

By |2022-12-08T04:27:27-06:00December 8th, 2022|

A judge says Minnesota's Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board can require cultural competency training for newly licensed teachers.  Administrative Law Judge James Mortenson said yesterday that officials must revise or remove sections of the training that dictate what material teachers use in the classroom.  Licensing officials say the board will meet Friday to address the feedback.  Opponents of the new standards say the rule changes amount to indoctrination and the politicization of schools.

Klobuchar Pushes Bipartisan Measure To Mark November As National Adoption Month

By |2022-12-08T04:26:12-06:00December 8th, 2022|

(Washington, DC)  --  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar [[KLO-buh-shar]] is pushing legislation that would designate November as National Adoption Month.  The Minnesota Democrat co-sponsored the resolution with Missouri Republican Roy Blunt.  Klobuchar and Blunt co-chair the bicameral Congressional Coalition on Adoption.  The is the eighth consecutive year that the two Senators have introduced the measure.

Public Safety Responds to Kidnapping and Burglary Report

By |2022-12-07T09:42:48-06:00December 7th, 2022|

Mankato Public Safety responded to the report of a kidnapping and burglary at 10:26 p.m. last night (December 6) on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett, age 33, with no permanent address, entered a Mankato residence, took her biological son and left. Plunkett had no parental rights to the child. Her vehicle was located and stopped by law enforcement on I35 northbound near the county line for Rice and Scott counties. I35 was closed for a period of time while law enforcement negotiated with Plunkett. After several hours of negotiation, Plunkett was taken into custody without incident. [...]

City of North Mankato invites residents to take community survey

By |2022-12-07T09:12:35-06:00December 7th, 2022|

The City of North Mankato is inviting residents to participate in the  final step of our community survey. This survey has been administered via Polco, an innovative  online engagement platform that lets residents provide direct input to the local government  decision-making process. The City began this process in October, in conjunction with the  Brewing New Ideas sessions, to gather feedback to guide upcoming strategic planning.  This fall, some residents may have received survey invitations in the mail. If you received that  invitation, please access the survey using the URL provided in the mailed materials. The survey  is now open to all [...]

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