Area women pledged a record amount of over $175,000 to support Greater Mankato Area United Way’s 2020 campaign at the nonprofit’s 10th annual Women with Heart Luncheon. This is an increase of more than $30,000 in pledges from last year’s then-record amount. Nearly 700 women attended the event on August 7 at the Mankato Civic Center.
Two canoeists were rescued on Leech Lake Monday after their canoe capsized. A mother and her adult son left a Pine Point area resort in a canoe around 8:30 on Monday morning. When they didn't return, deputies and resort staff immediately began searching Leech Lake. Just after 7 p.m., searchers found a canoe and a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter spotted the pair in a very remote wooded area. The two capsized but were able to float with the canoe for several hours, eventually ending up on shore. The two were treated for minor injuries at the resort.
Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) will visit Jones Metal Inc. in Mankato. Hagedorn will learn about the metal fabrication company’s workforce and the jobs it brings to the Mankato region. They will also discuss the promotion of skills training to hire and retain qualified workers.
The public is invited to Greater Mankato Area United Way’s 2020 Campaign Kickoff in St. Peter from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22 at Gustavus Alumni Hall, featuring local speakers and live music. The event is free and open to the public. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with a cash bar, hosted appetizers and live music by The Snaps. A program will begin at 7 p.m., featuring South Elementary Principal Doreen Oelke, Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus, Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman, and Comedian/Motivational Speaker Shannan Paul.
One person is injured in a house fire in New Ulm. It happened late Monday night on North Spring Street. Upon arrival, the house was filled with smoke. The Police Department assisted in evacuating the occupants. Crews extinguished the fire on the lower level and were on scene for approximately 1 ½ hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The smoke alarm on the main floor was working. One occupant was transported by Allina Ambulance.
It is unknown why youth with asthma are more likely than their peers to vape. A new study shows nearly 30-percent of students in grade 6-through-12 who suffer from asthma are using a tobacco product. Sharrilyn Helgertz with the state Health Department says like traditional tobacco vape smoke also contains harmful chemicals: "Ultrafine particles, heavy metals like nickel, tin, and lead -- and other cancer-causing chemicals." Helgertz says youth with asthma who smoke or vape is likely to experience more intense symptoms and need more medical care.
In just a few short weeks, the kids will head back to school. Dr. Conrad Iber with Fairview Sleep Center says now is a good time to get your child back on a regular sleep schedule: "No more than three caffeine(drinks)and certainly none after three o'clock in general and avoiding screen time in the last couple of hours." As for how much sleep your child should be getting? "10-to-13 hours for children 3-to-5 years of age. 9-to-12 hours for children 6-to-12. And then for our teenagers and high school...more like 8-10 hours. The average is 9 hours." Iber says sleep plays [...]
Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Donald Trump said that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes. It came amid Trump's ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Muslim. Trump has closely aligned himself with Israel, including its conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while the Muslim lawmakers have been outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. Tlaib is a U.S.-born Palestinian [...]
Target is reporting second-quarter results that topped expectations on just about every level as the company pushes faster delivery and invests heavily in new private label brands. It's raising its profit expectations for the year, sending shares up 11% before the opening bell Wednesday. Target Corp. profits jumped 17.4% to $938 million, or $1.82 per share. That's 21 cents better than Wall Street was looking for, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. The Minneapolis retailer's revenue was $18.42 billion, also breezing past expectations. The company now expects full-year earnings between $5.90 and $6.20 per share, up May guidance of [...]
A Mankato man is accused of waiting outside of a New Ulm apartment for over three hours to attack his former friend with a baseball bat. According to the criminal complaint, 40-year-old Jesse James Cowing has been charged with felony counts of 1st-degree burglary and 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. The court documents allege that the victim told police that Cowing began swinging a baseball bat at him when he was taking his dog out. He alleges Cowing hit him with the bat during a struggle.