Two New Richland residents were involved in a fatal car vs. semi accident on Highway 14 near Claremont Wednesday night. The Minnesota State Patrol says a 57-year-old male and the 52-year-old female, both from New Richland were passengers in a 2015 Ford Fusion which collided with a semi driven by 75-year-old Merritt Davis of Cleveland shortly after six p.m. Authorities say there was at least one fatality. They say Davis was transported to St.Mary's Hospital in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol says they will release more information this evening at nine p.m.
South Central College has a new mission statement. It now reads "South Central College provides an accessible and inclusive learning environment that cultivates student success and advances regional economic development." The college's board of trustees approved at the change it's meeting Wednesday afternoon. S-C-C President Annette Parker says the College's new mission takes the previous mission of the college's role in offering accessible education to the next level by placing great emphasis on inclusivity and most important student success. College officials say this is the first update to the mission statement since 2005.
Representative Brand Says All Parties Need To Be Heard From Regarding Potential Cannabis Legislation
A group of lawmakers discussed possible cannabis legislation at a forum Wednesday night in St. Peter. State representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter says if the state moves forward on the issue, they want to do it correctly. "We need to pull as many people to the table as possible," said Brand. "We're not looking for positive feedback necessarily, we're looking to make sure it’s the best possible legislation moving forward for Minnesota." Brand says he would like to make sure medical cannabis is more affordable and available to Minnesotans who need it.
The cost of prescription drugs was a topic of discussion of a listening session in New Prague Wednesday. State Senator Rich Draheim (Dray-heim) of Madison Lake was asked what the best-case scenario would be regarding the issue at the end of the legislative session. "Reimportation has to be done," said Draheim. "I am comfortable with reimporting drugs from Canada, or Israel or any other country that has similar standards to us." Draheim says lawmakers passed a bi-partisan to lower the cost of pharmaceuticals they need to do more.
2019 has been a hard year on Minnesota State Patrol vehicles. "We've had 32 squad cars hit this year already," said Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol. "Compared to 19 last year and 14 the year before. A lot of it people are driving too fast so when they see a squad car they break too late, lose control and hit the squad car." Christianson says especially with the winter months upon persons should reduce speed so you can break-in time before seeing emergency vehicles.
The holiday season is inching closer, and many retailers and transportation companies have bolstered their staff to handle the crunch. But this year, a Minnesota expert says there might be a shift in how some of that extra work is handed out. Oriane Casale is the interim labor market information director for the state of Minnesota. She says in transportation and warehousing, actual hiring in the state was down in October when compared with the previous year. But she adds that hours have been increasing, which bodes well for existing workers looking for extra income. Casale says allowing existing workers to [...]
A Mapleton man is in the Blue Earth County jail after attempting to flee police Tuesday night. Jail records say 20-year-old Alexander Paul Erickson was taken into custody shortly after eleven-30 Tuesday night by Mankato Police. He has been charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and additional charges are pending.
The Region Nine Development Commission was recently recognized by the National Association of Development Organizations. Nicole Griensewic Mickelson is the executive director of Region Nine says they receive the 2019 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award. "It was for our Medtech connect plan," said Griensewic Mickelson. "It looked at all of the medical supply chains throughout south-central Minnesota. We were able to talk to all sorts of business owners to advance this manufacturing field." Region Nine representatives say the plan examines how and how well manufacturing and related industries leverage their geographic proximity to the medical manufacturing hub of the [...]
A Mankato man is facing multiple charges after an incident early Saturday morning. Blue Earth County Court Records say 25-year-old Darrell Lamont Sims the second was arrested after allegedly assaulting three individuals. Authorities say one of the victims broke their ocular bone and was transported to the emergency room by ambulance. Sims is facing one count of third-degree assault and four counts of fifth-degree assault.
Mankato Public Safety officials say a fire Monday at 505 North Second Street was determined to be caused by a space heater close to combustibles. Authorities say no one was injured in the fire, which caused an estimated 115-thousand dollars in damage. Mankato Public Safety says persons are reminded to keep space heaters at least three feet from combustibles and it's important to turn off space heaters when you're not at home.