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!

Attend July 16 virtual open house and provide feedback on Long Range Transportation Plan

By |2020-07-10T06:40:30-05:00July 10th, 2020|

Mankato-Attend a live virtual open house at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 16 to provide input about the area's Long Range Transportation Plan update, a project of the Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO). Feedback is important to help develop this plan, which serves as a blueprint to help make transportation decisions and offers guidance and directions for elected leaders, citizens, economic interests and stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for system preservation and mobility. To join the live open house: Go to will also be available on project website.) Enter password: MAPO To join the meeting by phone: Dial: 1-301-715-8592, then as prompted, enter webinar [...]

MSU to Hold Online Community Listening Sessions on Review of University’s Criminal Justice Programs

By |2020-07-10T06:37:20-05:00July 10th, 2020|

 Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting four upcoming online “town hall-style” community listening sessions that will focus on a University review of its criminal justice programs, including the educational programs for peace officers and correction officers. The public is invited to participate in the sessions. The sessions are being scheduled in response to community concerns and the University’s ongoing commitment to reviewing its professional educational programs. Four panelists from Minnesota State Mankato will respond to advance questions submitted to [email protected] and will respond to questions submitted during the sessions as time permits. Panelists will include Henry Morris, vice president for the University’s Division of [...]

Mankato Area Public School Board filing election opens July 28

By |2020-07-10T06:35:25-05:00July 10th, 2020|

Mankato Area Public Schools (Independent School District No. 77) will hold its election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Four school board seats are open and have terms of four years. Elected candidates would take office January 1, 2021. The filing period for the election opens 7 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and closes at 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Candidates who wish to place their names on the ballot may access the necessary form online or pick it up in the Mankato Area Public Schools' Deputy Clerk's office in Suite 2 of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. Packets will be available [...]

Nicollet Co. Sees Largest One-Day Increase in COVID Cases

By |2020-07-10T05:28:49-05:00July 10th, 2020|

“Similar to other counties in our region, Nicollet County is experiencing a considerable increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19,” says Nicollet County’s Health and Human Services Director, Cassandra Sassenberg. “This week, we experienced our single largest increase in one day, an additional 11 cases.”  Sassenberg stated, “Our newest cases are occurring in younger age groups, ranging from ages 10-49, and through community exposure. We’re seeing transmission as a result of time spent in bars/restaurants, social gatherings, and return to workplaces. Many of our recent positive cases have been asymptomatic —people who are experiencing no symptoms but are spreading the virus.”  As [...]

Blue Earth County Library Extends Appointment Opportunities

By |2020-07-09T11:45:30-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, the Mankato location of the Blue Earth County Library System will be adding additional in-person access to the Library via appointment.  Patrons will be able to browse the collection, utilize equipment (computers, printer, copier, microfilm machine, etc.), receive technology help, reference services, and wireless internet.  Appointments will be in 45-minute increments Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm.  Patrons wishing to visit the Library by appointment may do so by calling 507-304-4001. No Contact Materials Pick Up Service will continue by phone or by visiting to request items.  [...]

City of Mankato receives funding for proposed redevelopment project

By |2020-07-09T11:34:57-05:00July 9th, 2020|

The city of Mankato was awarded a Contamination Investigation and Cleanup Grant in the amount of $49,162 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The grant will be used for updated environmental testing to determine whether remediation will be required at the former location of the Public Works Garage, 221 Lamm St. The 5.04-acre site is the location of a proposed redevelopment project, which includes 108 units of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) apartments, nine workforce townhomes and 7,500 square feet of commercial space. Matching funds will be paid for by the developer, Cohen-Esrey Development Group. "This site [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 24 in BEC, 589 in MN (July 9)

By |2020-07-09T11:11:34-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. 40,163 Total positive cases (cumulative) 589 Newly reported cases 5 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 36 Becker 1 Beltrami 6 Benton 6 Blue Earth 24 Brown 2 Carlton 1 Carver 16 Chisago 1 Clay 5 Clearwater 1 Cottonwood 1 Dakota 47 Dodge 1 Douglas 1 Freeborn 4 Goodhue 4 Grant 5 Hennepin 166 Houston 1 Isanti 2 Itasca 3 Jackson [...]

YWCA Receives $10,000 Grant

By |2020-07-09T11:01:07-05:00July 9th, 2020|

YWCA announced a $10,000 grant received from the Union Pacific Foundation as part of its COVID-19 Relief Grant program.  The grant will be used to support and enhance our work related to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.    “Funds will be used to help us re-start our Girls, Inc. program, making sure we provide a safe and nurturing environment for in-person programs to take place,” said YWCA Executive Director, Natasha Lopez-Rodriguez.  “Through Girls Inc., we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths.  We [...]

Friday: Mankato Mask Ordinance Takes Effect

By |2020-07-09T07:27:34-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Tomorrow (July 10) Mankato's mask mandate goes into effect. City Council Member Mike Laven defended why he voted in favor of the ordinance. "The feedback I heard from constituents showed these are things we can do to slow the spread such as washing your hands. And I thought what I am doing, and thought if I can do it, anybody can do it." The City says they are promoting an education first approach before a citation may be issued.