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Frentz says now is the time to address climate change in Minnesota

By |2019-02-14T16:12:42+00:00February 14th, 2019|

A recent report from Nature Communications shows that if nothing is done to reduce emissions and rein in climate change, by 2080 Mankato would be more like Salina, Kansas where summers are more than nine degrees warmer and over 12 percent drier, while winter would be more than 16 degrees warmer and 6.6 percent wetter. North Mankato Democratic State Senator Nick Frentz has been at the forefront of environmental issued at the capitol this legislative session and he said that's not the only recent study on climate change in Minnesota. "We saw a study this week that Minnesota might be [...]

Ney Nature Center to Host Candlelight Hike

By |2019-02-15T14:26:16+00:00February 13th, 2019|

The Ney Nature Center in Henderson is hosting a candlelight hike on snowshoes on February 16 from about 6-8:30 p.m. Program Director Joshua Sweet says this is a tradition that is a part of Minnesota's heritage. The event is free and open to the public.

Study predicts Mankato’s weather will feel more like that in Kansas by 2080 if carbon emissions are not reduced

By |2019-02-13T17:36:59+00:00February 13th, 2019|

Unless big changes are made to reduce carbon emissions, a new study shows that in 60 years Mankato's climate will feel more like that in Kansas. Nature Communications put together the study predicting some of the changes that major American cities can expect to experience by 2080 and it includes best and worst case scenarios. If steps are taken to reduce the carbon footprint researchers believe Mankato's weather will feel like that in Columbus, Nebraska which is about five degrees warmer in the winter and almost 19 percent dryer. However, if nothing is done to reduce emissions Mankato would be more [...]

Considine, Munson support strengthening the single-subject rule in the legislature

By |2019-02-13T17:13:37+00:00February 13th, 2019|

South-central Minnesota lawmakers on either side of the aisle are backing a bill they said will solve the legislature’s habit of breaking the Minnesota Constitution. Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine. D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato said he's in favor of the proposal, "To strengthen the single-subject rule for our legislature." The bill would put an initiative on the 2020 ballot asking voters to make legislators adhere to the single-subject clause, which limits each bill to one topic. Republican State Representative Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal. Lake Crystal Republican Representative Jeremy Munson says 2018's nearly [...]

Minnesota lawmaker questions top three insulin manufacturers about pricing and profit

By |2019-02-13T16:35:51+00:00February 13th, 2019|

A Minnesota lawmaker has sent letters to the top three insulin manufacturers asking for information about pricing and profit. U.S. Senator Tina Smith said, "It is high time that we take steps to reign in the rising cost of prescription drugs." Specifically, the Senator is asking for information on their pricing decisions and how they use their revenue because, "We need to hold big drug companies accountable and we need to get a better idea of why prices are going up, and then we need to focus on solutions that are going to bring prices down." Insulin prices have nearly tripled [...]

Funding for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota breezes through two state Senate committees

By |2019-02-13T16:27:39+00:00February 13th, 2019|

Funding for the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato has breezed through two state Senate committees so far. North Mankato State Senator Nick Frentz said the museum is a big tourism draw for the area and, "We have about 100,000 visitors a year and it's not just a Mankato area attraction. It's regional. They bring in students and people from all over southern Minnesota and, to some extent, around the state." The bill would provide $400,000 in grant money from the arts and cultural heritage fund because Frentz explained, "It has both a cultural and educational component.

“Granny scam” making the rounds in Nicollet County

By |2019-02-13T15:23:20+00:00February 13th, 2019|

The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office says a now-familiar scam is making the rounds in the area, particularly in Nicollet. Chief Deputy Karl Jensen explained that someone is calling people claiming to be a law enforcement official and telling the victim that their child or grandchild is in trouble and needs money sent to a specific address. In other calls, Jensen said the scammer claims to be the child or grandchild that is in trouble and often the caller claims to have a cold or sore throat to explain why they may not sound right. The scammers also sometimes tell the person [...]

Bill would outlaw child marriage in Minnesota

By |2019-02-13T15:42:41+00:00February 13th, 2019|

A law on the move at the State Capitol aims to make marriages for children under 18 illegal in Minnesota. "Under Minnesota law, it is illegal to have sex with a 16 or 17-year-old child if you are more than four years older than the child and in a position of authority. However, that very same conduct is legal if the victim and the perpetrator are married," said Attorney Ashlynn Kendzior in testimony before a key House committee. She added that abuse is pervasive in these types of relationships and a married child has almost no legal recourse because, as a [...]

Bill introduced that would raise the legal tobacco age to 21 statewide

By |2019-02-13T15:07:00+00:00February 13th, 2019|

Several communities in Minnesota have already passed local Tobacco 21 ordinances and a bill that would raise the legal tobacco age statewide is making its way through the legislature. State Representative Laurie Halverson of Eagan said the makers of e-cigarrettes and other vaping products continue to prey on youth and, "Our progress to reduce tobacco use is now slipping; in 2017 our youth tobacco rates went up for the first time in a generation. Youth are now using tobacco products like Juul that are flavored, easy to hide and contain incredibly high levels of nicotine." Danette Seboe is principal at Duluth [...]

Lawmakers propose five-year maximum on probation in Minnesota

By |2019-02-13T14:57:32+00:00February 13th, 2019|

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants a five-year maximum on probation in Minnesota and treatment instead of incarceration for probation violations in non-violent drug cases. Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said, "Sixty percent of the people who go into prison in Minnesota go not for committing a new crime, but for a technical violation of probation." Democrat Carlos Mariani, chair of a key committee, added he believes the bills will pass the Minnesota House and is "really hopeful" for support in the Republican-controlled Senate as well.