This month is now the snowiest February on record in Mankato, and it's not nearly over yet. WeatherEye meteorologist Megan Mulford said the next system is expected to move in late in the day Tuesday and one to two inches of snowfall is possible. She says the snow will continue through Wednesday, with two to four more inches possible. More snow showers are expected Thursday and another system may arrive on Friday that Mulford said includes the potential for significant snowfall. Since February 1st, 28.5 inches of snow has been measured in the back yard of the Radio Mankato [...]
It's Tribal Sovereignty Day at the State Capitol. All committee hearings have been canceled and Minnesota's 11 tribes have been invited to speak before and with lawmakers. Democrat Minnesota State Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter. St. Peter State Representative Jeff Brand says it's a day of particular importance given the history of the south-central Minnesota region. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is currently the highest-ranking Native American woman in state or federal office.
Mankato state representative introduces prison safety legislation named for fallen corrections officer
A Mankato D.F.L. lawmaker has introduced the bill meant to increase staffing at state prisons. Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine. State Representative Jack Considine named the measure for fallen corrections officer Joseph Gomm, who officials say was killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison in July. Considine called his death a tragedy and said the bill gathered bipartisan support when he first floated the idea before the session began. Corrections officials have said they need 300 more corrections officers over the next four years, and Considine explained the bill will phase them in incrementally with up [...]
A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents. Dog owner Randal Thom. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump the dog Sunday was "legally protecting their livestock" on private property. The dog's owner, Randal Thom, is an avid supporter of the president and has been featured in dozens of news stories for frequenting his rallies. Some social media users claimed a neighbor, who they believed to be a Democrat, [...]
The Blue Earth County Historical Society is hosting an informational speaker and question session on Dakota heritage. The presentation takes place on Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m. It is part of their traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter." Shelley Harrison says you can learn anything you've wanted to know about Native American culture. The event is free and open to the public.
Blue Earth County is offering e-waste recycling for items such as TVs and computers. Each item is $5. Bill Goebel says it helps the environment because some of the metals can contaminate our water. The drop off is at the Ponderosa Landfill in Mankato. This service is for Blue Earth County residents and businesses.
Three schools in Minnesota will each be gifted a $100,000 Don't Quit Fitness Center from the Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council. Continuing his goal of ending childhood obesity, fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, the Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has kicked off 2019 by selecting Minnesota for its 2019 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. The winners will receive a DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center at three schools. The winners will be for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. School nominations will run through Friday, March 22, 2019. The nomination process is simple. All you need to do is fill out [...]
At 7:37 Thursday morning, the Mankato Department of Public Safety responded to a truck fire at the 1700 block of Monks Avenue. The driver had pulled the truck, a 2005 International 4200, off of the road. Firefighters extinguished the fire. There were no fire-related injuries in this incident. Preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000. The fire was determined to be unintentional.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a winter weather advisory just after noon Thursday for Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Martin, and Faribault Counties. It impacts parts south of the Minnesota River Valley, mainly along a line from Morris to New Ulm and Mankato. Forecasters say drivers can expect gusty northwest winds, light snow, and widespread blowing snow that will create dangerous conditions. Meteorologists add that conditions should this evening as wind speeds decrease. The winter weather advisory will end at 6:00 p.m., but it will be followed by a wind chill advisory from 11:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. Friday.
A wind chill advisory goes into effect at 11:00 p.m. Thursday for Sibley, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Martin, and Faribault Counties. WeatherEye Meteorologist Megan Mulford said, "We're going to drop down to six below zero, wind chill values as low as –25. It's still going to be breezy out there; wind gusts as high as 35." Thursday night's advisory will remain in effect until 9:00 a.m. Friday and Mulford cautioned that the cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Friday the expected high is just seven degrees and Mulford said there [...]