The Mankato Symphony Orchestra announces that artistic director and conductor Kenneth Freed will resign after this season. Hannah Bretz says he leaves a lasting legacy. His official last concert will be June 1.
The Mankato Curling Club is hosting a fundraiser for one of their own who is battling cancer. Adam Bleck's colon cancer has returned. Fellow curling teammate Scott Nelsen says Adam is one of those guys who makes everyone's day better. The fundraiser is this Thursday starting at 6:30 at the curling club. Pub 500 is donating food as a free will donation and people will be able to watch the curlers in action.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Highway 19 from Henderson to Highway 169 by 1:00 p.m. Tuesday due to flooding from the Minnesota River. MnDOT's Rebecca Arndt said drivers will need to find an alternate route, as Highway 93 south of Henderson is already closed due to flooding. Highway 19 will remain closed until further notice. Highways that remain closed: Highway 19 east of Henderson Highway 93 south of Henderson Highway 4 north of St. James Lane closures: Highway 30 east of Mapleton When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area [...]
A 26-year-old Mankato man is facing domestic assault charges after police say he was angry that the mother of his child didn't include potatoes with dinner and beat her with a broomstick. Mankato Police say the victim told them that Dylan Breeggemann punched her in the head before hitting her over the back with the broom. Breegerman is charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, and the criminal complaint outlines at least four previous convictions for domestic violence-related offenses.
Waseca couple accused of neglecting adopted 7-year-old daughter who was hospitalized with injuries and the weight of a typical two-year-old
A couple from Waseca are facing charges after their 7-year-old adopted daughter was taken to the hospital following a seizure in September, and doctors discovered she weighed just over 28 pounds. The child was flown to the Mayo Clinic Campus in Rochester for advanced care and physicians discovered a large amount of bruising, broken fingers, severe head injuries, a pelvic fracture and other wounds that the doctor described as the force equivalent of a car accident. The criminal complaint shows the doctor added that the girl was severely malnourished, with the body weight of a two-year-old. In a police interview, 38-year-old [...]
After several hours of debate Monday, the Minnesota House, on a vote of 94-34, passed a bill to combat the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. "By passing this bill today, House DLFers are sending a message of hope to these communities and to the families impacted that we can work together to prevent future tragedies," said Democratic Representative Liz Olson from Duluth. Olson authored the bill alongside Republican Representative Dave Baker of Willmar, who lost his son to an opioid overdose. The bill would create an advisory council to make recommendations concerning ways to end the crisis and it also places a [...]
A rural Rochester woman was arrested Monday after running over her adult son – intentionally – and officials say she is the sister of Lois Riess, who is accused of murdering her husband in their Blooming Prairie home March 21 last year. Cynthia Grund is charged with felony assault after police say she intentionally ran over adult son. Olmsted County Sheriff’s Captain Scott Behrns said 58-year-old Cynthia Grund and her 37-year-old son got into a confrontation at her Salem Corners-area home because he had been drinking all day. Behrns explained that Grund told her son to leave and he [...]
The Minnesota House has approved legislation to provide flexibility to school districts for the three days of school closures during the January polar vortex. DFL Representative Shelley Christensen's bill would count January 29-January 31 of this year as instructional days. "We're just trying to make things whole, provide clarity for families, clarity for school districts," she explained, " and to just get it done as quickly as we can and move forward so that the calendar can be set and families and districts know where to go from here." The bill would require school districts to provide hourly employees with opportunities [...]
Governor Tim Walz has signed into law the Disaster Recovery Loan Program meant to help farmers and other agricultural workers who have been harmed during this unusually harsh winter. St. Peter DFL State Representative Jeff Brand said, "We know that many farmers across the state are getting by but they don't have barns, they don't have shelter for their cattle so this will address that and give them the resources to rebuild after the tremendous amount of snow that we received." There were several roof collapses at dairy and hog barns in February after a record amount of snow fell during [...]
The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would require drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone. Chief House sponsor, Representative Frank Hornstein said, "The bottom line is, hang up and drive. Don't use your phone. Two hands on the wheel. Concentrate. This is a privilege and so when you're hurtling down the freeway at 60 miles an hour you've got to pay attention." "We know this bill saves lives," he added, "In the 16 other states and the District of Columbia were this bill has been enacted there's been a 16 percent drop in fatalities." A similar [...]