Ashley Hanley

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!

UPDATE: Crews searching river in Redwood Falls for teen

By |2019-09-16T10:06:25-05:00September 16th, 2019|

The search is resuming for a teenager who authorities say was swept away while swimming in a Redwood County river. Redwood Falls police say 16-year-old Thunder Wambade Brothersofall was swimming with several other juveniles in the Redwood River Sunday when he was caught in a current and swept away about 6 p.m. Crews began searching the river and sent up a drone and a plane from the State Patrol but could not locate the teen. The search resumed Monday morning. Police say the Redwood River is high and the water is moving very fast. They're encouraging the public to stay away [...]

Think twice before pruning

By |2019-09-16T06:15:03-05:00September 16th, 2019|

With autumn on the way, you may be thinking about pruning your trees and shrubs as part of your fall cleanup chores. But, U-of-M Extension Educator Katie Drewitz says typically that isn't a good idea. She says if you are pruning trees this time of year, you're not giving them much time to heal those wounds: "We would want to do most of our pruning February, March timeframe. And part of that is also there are no leaves on the tree at that time and so you can really see what are those branches doing." Drewitz says shrubs are a little [...]

Klobuchar on Justice Kavanaugh

By |2019-09-16T09:38:23-05:00September 16th, 2019|

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says she was never satisfied with last year's FBI investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and she'd like to dive deeper into the documents before making any comment on possible impeachment: "The whole thing was a sham and that those documents need to be turned over as well as the documents that the White House hid from his time in the White House counsel's office." The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful made her comments on ABC's "This Week" program after a recent New York Times report on new sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Omar Responds to 9-11 remarks

By |2019-09-16T09:32:34-05:00September 16th, 2019|

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is responding to a family member of a 9/11 victim who called her out on the anniversary of the attacks last week: "I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel." Omar was responding to Nicholas Haros, the son of a woman who died in the World Trade Center attack. Last week while speaking at the memorial, Haros wore a shirt with the words "Some people did something," which was a reference to comments Omar had previously made. Haros singled out Omar, saying, "Today I am [...]

Fall harvest can be stressful

By |2019-09-16T06:13:18-05:00September 16th, 2019|

A safety official says stress on the farm could lead to more accidents this fall.   Minnesota Safety Council president Paul Aasen says the harvest is a challenge even when times are good. "Stress makes everything worse. If you go to a manufacturing company and speed up the production line and everyone gets stressed, they get hurt. Same thing is going to happen on the farm (and) same thing is going to happen to me driving around the Twin Cities on my commute. If I’m stressed, I’m not going to be as good a driver." He says one area to focus on [...]

Mankato Clinic Dr. will conduct Alzheimer’s research at Oxford

By |2019-09-16T09:24:55-05:00September 16th, 2019|

Preman Singh, MD, of Mankato Clinic Internal Medicine, has accepted an invitation to conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease at Oxford University, his Alma Mater. He had earlier earned a Master’s degree in experimental and translational therapeutics from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and will carry out his upcoming Alzheimer’s work in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics as a member of Balliol College, Oxford University. “I am honored to have been selected by this internationally renowned center to fight this devastating disease. Alzheimer’s is projected to become an unsustainable and unaffordable healthcare burden in just a few years,” Dr. Singh [...]

Local advocates agree with Pres Trump on flavored e-cig ban

By |2019-09-16T05:59:52-05:00September 16th, 2019|

The head of the American Lung Association in Minnesota applauds President Trump's push this week to ban flavored e-cigarette products. Director Bob Moffitt: "Last year alone there was a 78-percent increase in high school kids vaping and a 48-percent increase in vaping among middle school children -- so that's very alarming." The number of confirmed or likely cases of severe lung injury linked with vaping continues to rise in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says there are 28 confirmed cases of vaping that lead to hospitalization and 15 other cases that are under review. Last week, authorities announced the first [...]

Mankato Pursuit Ends in Arrest

By |2019-09-16T08:42:33-05:00September 16th, 2019|

At 1:23 a.m. Saturday, police attempted a traffic stop on Third Avenue.  The suspect led police on a vehicle pursuit and struck three police cars, before ending in the alley between the 1900 block of 5th and 6th avenues.  Arrested was Jeremy Terrell Hobbs, age 29 of Brooklyn Park, who was placed in the local jail.  There were no injuries. Recommended felony charges: fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle assault with vehicle driving while under the influence criminal damage to motor vehicles (one squad car disabled; other two police cars damaged) Assisting in the incident were the Minnesota State [...]

Gov Walz won’t say if he supports assisted suicide bill

By |2019-09-16T05:56:07-05:00September 16th, 2019|

There was passion on both sides this week during an informational House hearing about a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicides in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz says having the discussion is healthy and he shared his own experience about end-of-life care for his father. Walz would not specifically say whether he supports the House bill, but says he believes end-of-life decisions should be left with individuals and their families.

Prime time for MN apple picking!

By |2019-09-16T05:51:31-05:00September 16th, 2019|

It's prime apple picking time in Minnesota. Paul Huginin with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's an exciting season for Minnesota growers. "Some of those new varieties, specifically First Kiss, Sweetango is being harvested that's also a relatively new variety from the University of Minnesota, so I think that's the big thing is that these varieties developed here in Minnesota are becoming more and more widely available." You can find a list of local apple orchards and farmers markets online at