The Mankato Department of Public Safety is partaking in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It goes from 10-2 on Saturday, April 27. Commander Dan Schisel says city staff will be in front of the Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street as a convenience to make it easy for anyone to dispose of unneeded prescriptions. Additionally, the city of Mankato provides a self-serve, anonymous drug drop box disposal service year-round 24-hours a day at Mankato's Public Safety Center.
Bethany Lutheran College announces the addition of a nationally sanctioned Collegiate eSports team to its campus. President Gene Pfeiffer says this has been in the works for about two years. As an official college activity, eSports will be similar to other activities where contestants are required to maintain academic eligibility in order to participate and retain their eSports activity scholarship.
The Eagle Lake Police Department has received complaints about fireworks going off on Saturday, April 20th in the evening hours. Many residents from around the city reported hearing the fireworks. The Police Department is asking residents to call the police department using 911 if they hear fireworks going off in the future and can help us pinpoint where the fireworks are coming from. The Police Department asks residents to be respectful of persons who may be suffering from PTSD, families who have small children and the public in general who live in town. Shooting fireworks off in town can be a [...]
Warm temperatures and dry conditions mean increased wildfire risk, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict open burning in the following counties effective immediately: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington, and Wright. The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until restrictions are lifted. “Escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires, so that’s why we issue these restrictions,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor. “They really work—we’ve reduced wildfires by nearly a third since [...]
Teen Treat Monday Monday, April 29th 3:30-5pm North Mankato Taylor Library Stop in at the library to get some treats to celebrate the end of another Monday! Feel free to stay and hang out with other teens and play some games as well. Open to ages 11-18. No registration required. 3-D Printing Class Monday, April 29th 6pm Mankato Makerspace Come to the Mankato Makerspace to learn all things 3-D printing! Anything and everything 3D-printing-related is on the table. If you want to buy and build a printer, need help tuning one, like discussing the latest industry news, want input on 3D modeling techniques, or [...]
Study details mercury exposure risks from use of skin-lightening creams, eating certain kinds of fish
Twin Cities women who use skin-lightening products or who eat certain kinds of fish more often may be putting themselves and their babies at risk for mercury exposure, a new study by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has found. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can harm the brain or nervous system and cause other health problems. The Minnesota Family Environmental Exposure Tracking (MN FEET) project measured mercury, lead and cadmium in nearly 400 Twin Cities women and their babies. Pregnant women from Asian, East African, Latino and White communities were recruited for the study. The study focused on these groups [...]
Highway 93 at Le Sueur is expected to open by noon today, (Tuesday, April 23). Highway 93 into Le Sueur closed for the second time this year on Saturday due to flooding on the Minnesota River. MnDOT crews are monitoring, especially during rains, the areas along Highway 169 between Mankato and Le Sueur where there were mudslides last week that closed the southbound lanes. Other Highways that remain closed: Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed March 19 due to flooding) Highway 93 south of Henderson (closed March 16 due to flooding)
The state Department of Education released the 2018 Minnesota graduation rates. More Minnesota seniors than ever before graduated in 2018 with 55,869, it is 83.2% of the graduating class overall, making it the state's highest rate on record. Education Commissioner Mary Catheryn Ricker says the credit for the historic numbers goes to the teachers, coaches, and administrators on a local level that work daily to keep students engaged in learning.
Minnesota DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen is touring the state highlighting budget items. She made her way to the Nicollet Conservation Club to discuss projects that will impact southern Minnesota. Among the projects includes funding for buildings, water/wastewater systems, water access sites, trails and bridges. There are also proposed fee increases. She adds that another big project involves combating Chronic Wasting Disease.
Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. “Bears are roaming around now with the loss of snow and warmer weather, so interactions with people have started in many areas of Minnesota,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife damage program supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources. As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Remove attractants such as bird seed, garbage, livestock feed, or compost to reduce potential conflict. [...]