The owner of the Wagon Wheel says the business is up for sale. According to a Facebook post. It says they have no intentions of closing, but they hope someone will buy it and keep it running. Until it sells, it will be open for regular hours.
Lake Crystal lawmaker who is also a landlord votes against bill meant to level playing field for tenants
New requirements for landlords in Minnesota passed in the Minnesota House. The bill drew strong opposition from Republican State Representative Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal, who is also a landlord. He said, "This bill would increase the costs for landlords." Republican State Representative Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal. The legislation authored by DFL Representative Mohamud Noor, who responded, "I don't see any provision in this bill that will increase the cost to the landlord. This is about the tenant/landlord relationship by making sure they have an equal playing field." Among the provisions is a requirement that landlords give the [...]
A St. Peter state lawmaker pulled off an April Fools prank on the floor of the Minnesota House on Monday. In 1857, a bill was introduced to make St. Peter the Capitol of Minnesota, which had the approval of the governor, but DFL Representative Jeff Brand said one man took the legislation and hid out until the session ended to prevent it from passing…and St. Paul remained the capitol city. "Since the legislation had been passed, there was a guy named "Jolly" Joe Rolette who stole the legislation," he explained, "And he hid somewhere in St. Paul until after the [...]
A greater Mankato area lawmaker is displeased with Senate Republicans. Democrat Minnesota State Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter. "Unfortunately, it's politics as usual," said St. Peter DFL State Representative Jeff Brand. Brand said he believes said the G.O.P.-led chamber is dragging its feet on legislation, passed with urgency in the state House. "Like, for instance, mental health resources," he explained, "We passed out House file 232 a few weeks back, which allocates the money to hire a new Ted Matthews to go around the state to meet with farmers at the kitchen table." Matthews is a psychologist who [...]
A man is charged with kidnapping and killing a South Carolina college student who police say mistakenly got into his car, and the Blue Earth County Attorney is asking people who use rideshare services to take precautions. Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott. Prosecutor Pat McDermott said, "If it's a licensed rideshare individual, they will know them by name; they should know their license plate number; they should know the vehicle description. It's easy just to make sure that those types of things match so you are getting into the correct vehicle." "They send you a picture of the [...]
"I think Jonathan actually defined the term, 'Pillar of the community.'" D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato was among the mourners wishing a fond farewell to former Greater Mankato Growth CEO Jonathan Zierdt at a memorial service Monday at Hosanna Lutheran Church. "When I first met him, I could not believe that somebody could be that positive and cheerful all of the time," Considine said, "But, son-of-a-gun, he was." Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine. In addition to leading economic development across the region, Considine said Zierdt's creation of the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund through the Mankato Area [...]
Emergency declaration could help Blue Earth County get flood recovery dollars from state, federal governments
The Blue Earth County Administrator is praising the sheriff's department for its work to rescue people stranded by flooding in Garden City just over a week ago. "It was pretty scary how quickly the river came up in areas that hadn't experienced as much flooding in the past," said Bob Meyer, "So, it really was a unique scenario that developed out there and they were able to rescue some folks via boat." The flooding was caused by ice dams that formed on the Watonwan River. "Other people were able to evacuate their homes with a little less fanfare, but it was [...]
"I was crushed." North Mankato State Senator Nick Frentz is among those mourning the death of former Greater Mankato Growth CEO Jonathan Zierdt and said, "Jonathan has been such an inspiration to Greater Mankato Growth. He's been a good friend of mine. Everyone had the exact same feeling which is just heartbroken." Zierdt died on Wednesday after a more than five-year battle against prostate and kidney cancer, surrounded by family and friends. Frentz said Zierdt's economic development leadership in the region was unmatched and added, "What an incredible legacy. The history of our business community has benefitted in so [...]
MSU is officially getting a sports bubble. This after final approval from the Minnesota State System Board of Trustees. David Jones says the bubble will go up this fall. He hopes it will be open by December 1st. It will be located off of Monks Avenue near the Kwik Trip.
A popular Chinese restaurant in Mankato closes its doors. According to its Facebook page, Yu's will no longer operate at its campus location. They are relocating and renaming to a spot in Eden Prairie. They thanked their customers for 20 years of service.