The Minnesota Department of Corrections is hosting a "Ceremony of Remembrance" (1 p.m.) to honor Officer Joseph Gomm, who was killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison one year ago today. Since Gomm's death, 46-Stillwater officers have left and there are currently 26 openings. Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell: "These are really important and critical jobs to Minnesota's public safety system. You know they are really core to helping get offenders in a position to come back to our communities better than they were when they went in." During the last legislative session, the DOC asked the legislature [...]
A Renville County West school bus driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel Wednesday afternoon in Granite Falls on a busy highway. The bus was stopped only after a daring rescue operation. Several witnesses called 911 saying the bus was on the wrong side of the road and had hit at least three vehicles on Highway 212. A Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's deputy performed a rolling road block, slowing the bus down enough for a passerby to jump out of his vehicle and reach in and place the bus in park. The driver of the bus was taken to the [...]
The Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners will be demonstrating how to divide and replant Iris at the Mankato Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 20th at 8:30, 9:30. and 10:30 a.m. A free plant will be given to participants as long as the supply lasts.
Nearly 90-percent of Minnesota business service firms feel positive about the economy and expect sales revenue to increase or remain stable next year. Shane Delaney with the Department of Employment and Economic Development(DEED) says this is good news because these services are often some of the first to experience slowdowns: "Obviously, if other businesses are not hiring them for their services, that can be a little bit of bell weather as to how the state's economy as a whole is performing. So the fact that the majority of those surveyed are expecting a stable year ahead, that's an encouraging sign for [...]
The D-N-R is asking Minnesotans to let them know if they find two or more dead loons on a single lake with no obvious cause of death. Gaea Crozier in Grand Rapids says they're getting quite a few more reports than normal of dead loons in central Saint Louis County -- and tests confirmed that three had West Nile Virus: "Loons are actually quite susceptible to West Nile, so it seems like we potentially are having a small outbreak of West Nile virus that's causing some loon deaths." Crozier says loon deaths from West Nile can't be avoided -- but the [...]
Hold oversight hearings now, say Minnesota House Republicans to the Democratic majority as top management upheaval continues at the state's largest agency, the Human Services Department. Elk River Representative Nick Zerwas points to some top leaders leaving and others returning, amid a delayed investigation into fraud in the Child Care Assistance Program: "We have to get to the bottom of this. We got people fleeing the ship like rats out of a sinking ship. If we're not gonna look into it now, then why do we even bother doing any oversight?" Rochester Democrat Tina Liebling, who chairs the committee that oversees [...]
Dairy farmers are gathering in St. Paul this week to have what Midwest Dairy CEO Lucas Lentsch calls “disruptive conversations” about consumer preferences: "This is a conversation that is going to happen with or without us. And it is so important for us as an industry to come together across the barnyard with our farmyard friends and talk about how to engage today’s consumers, to bring them an excellent experience when it comes to their food. And also to trust where it comes from." Lentsch says the Dairy Experience Forum addresses the vast and ever-changing opinions people have about milk.
Region Nine Development Commission’s (RNDC) nonprofit Region Nine Area, Inc. was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The $200,000 grant, that will be used over the next two years, will help create and nurture more connected, resilient, and inclusive communities where all people have the support and resources to reach their full health potential. This grant is part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation’s Healthy Connections Program.
President Donald Trump has turned a campaign rally into an extended dissection of four Democratic congresswomen, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions. After Trump suggested they leave the country and singled out Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the crowd shouted, "Send her back!" Trump is accusing the lawmakers, all women of color, of "helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard-left."
The rain keeps coming. And while it certainly has a big effect on farms and outdoor activities, it's also impacting area roads. Blue Earth County reports that a section of 199th Street, just south of Mankato, has been washed out into the Le Sueur River.