With winter still showing its wrath, public safety officials want to remind drivers to use caution when it comes to the safety of themselves and other. North Mankato Police Officer Jacob Kral says to always drive for the conditions and not for the speed limit. He also says to remember to turn on your headlights even if you have automatic lights, they may not turn on during snow events.
A new sport may be coming to St. Clair….bass fishing. Charles Freitag says all you need is two people to fish and a captain for the boat that is 18 or older. Lake Crystal is another town that offers competitive bass fishing. The season starts in June.
Infants and toddlers in the Mankato are taking part in a variety of early childhood education classes, including baby sign language. Chantell Drummer says it can help both the baby and the parent when it comes to communicating. The sign up for the spring session of classes is happening now. The classes begin in March.
The Minnesota DNR is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors by heading to our local state parks. Dennis Reinl says snowshoeing is one option at Sakatah Lake Park in Waterville. He also says with the compacted snow, walking the trails in boots is another fun option.
A community workout took place over the weekend to help a special boy. 5-year-old Brock Groe has ALD, a rare disease that affects the brain Chris Ellison of Kato CrossFit says the funds raised go to help his family with things such as medical expenses. To help Brock’s family, there is a Go Fund Me page under Can’t Stop Brock. The family also says to help, you can sign up to be a bone marrow donor.
This week is part of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week. Kristen Thomas, a local mother of a child affected with CHD, says education is a key part of this week. She says about two babies are born each day in Minnesota with a congenital heart defect.
Ag Business owners are continuing to find uses for social media. That is why GreenSeam is hosting a social media breakfast on February 8th from 8-9 a.m. at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Mankato. Sam Ziegler says there will be a number of topics discussed. The event is free and open to the public.
Curlers of all ages and abilities are coming together for the 13th annual Beauford Bonspiel. Sam Ziegler says participation is free and everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass to enjoy a fun night of friendship and curling. The curling takes place on Saturday, February 9th starting at 6 p.m. at the Heather Curling Club in Mapleton. A bonspiel is another name for a tournament.
Six-year-old Kya Theneman is holding a fundraiser to help build play equipment for those who stay at two local homeless shelters. Kya is hosting a Paint With Kya event on Saturday, February 9th from 9-12 at the Partners for Affordable Housing location on Good Counsel Drive. You will make a canvas. The suggestion donation is $15.
The North Mankato Taylor Library and Monarch Meadows Assisted Living are partnering to offer a Valentine’s Day themed bingo. It takes place on Saturday, February 9 from 2-5. Hallie Uhrich says it’s a great connection to get the kids involved with the older adults. It is recommended to register in advance through the library.