Public Safety Responds to Kidnapping and Burglary Report

By |2022-12-07T09:42:48-06:00December 7th, 2022|

Mankato Public Safety responded to the report of a kidnapping and burglary at 10:26 p.m. last night (December 6) on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett, age 33, with no permanent address, entered a Mankato residence, took her biological son and left. Plunkett had no parental rights to the child. Her vehicle was located and stopped by law enforcement on I35 northbound near the county line for Rice and Scott counties. I35 was closed for a period of time while law enforcement negotiated with Plunkett. After several hours of negotiation, Plunkett was taken into custody without incident. [...]

City of North Mankato invites residents to take community survey

By |2022-12-07T09:12:35-06:00December 7th, 2022|

The City of North Mankato is inviting residents to participate in the  final step of our community survey. This survey has been administered via Polco, an innovative  online engagement platform that lets residents provide direct input to the local government  decision-making process. The City began this process in October, in conjunction with the  Brewing New Ideas sessions, to gather feedback to guide upcoming strategic planning.  This fall, some residents may have received survey invitations in the mail. If you received that  invitation, please access the survey using the URL provided in the mailed materials. The survey  is now open to all [...]

Mayo in Mankato named a ‘Best Hospital for Maternity Care’ by U.S. News & World Report

By |2022-12-07T09:06:57-06:00December 7th, 2022|

MANKATO, Minn. ― Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals in Mankato and Red Wing, Minnesota, and Eau Claire and La Crosse, Wisconsin received "High Performing" ratings on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals for Maternity Care" list for 2022-2023. "Congratulations to our maternity care teams in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Mankato and Red Wing on this well-deserved recognition," says Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., president of Mayo Clinic Health System. "We appreciate our patients' trust with their maternity care." The maternity evaluation looked at data related to uncomplicated pregnancies and measured five different factors: • Scheduled early deliveries • Cesarean section rates in [...]

Vikings Receiver Adam Thielen Is Nominee For Walter Payton Award

By |2022-12-07T06:53:30-06:00December 7th, 2022|

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Vikings star receiver Adam Thielen is a nominee for a popular NFL off-field honor. The pass catcher is in the running for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Thielen runs the Thielen Foundation, which focuses on youth development and has donated more than two-point-five-million dollars to Twin Cities organizations. The foundation also began a Change-Thru-Sport program in 2020, which renovated the weight room and repaired the stadium lights at Brooklyn Center High School.

Nurses union applauds staffing level protections in tentative agreement

By |2022-12-07T05:48:10-06:00December 7th, 2022|

"Unprecedented language... to address chronic understaffing in our hospitals for the first time in history," says the Minnesota Nurses Association about tentative contract agreements with 15 hospitals in the Twin Cities and Duluth-Superior, averting a strike that was set to begin December 11th. The nurses union says changes would vary between the different hospitals, but include measures to prevent reductions in staffing levels without consensus between nurses and management... to help protect nurses from discipline when they raise concerns about unsafe assignments... and of review staffing levels by nurses and management if preventable problems such as nurse injuries or patient falls [...]

Greater MN cities pushing for more state aid, Walz supports

By |2022-12-07T05:43:25-06:00December 7th, 2022|

A group representing communities outside the metro area is pushing the legislature for an increase in state aid (local government aid) to fund police, fire departments, libraries, infrastructure and other local needs.  Bradley Peterson with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities: "With the surplus as big as it is, there is absolutely no reason that the state can't make these kind of investments to keep local communities strong." Peterson says preliminary property tax levies are higher, largely driven by inflation.  Governor Tim Walz says: "The local property tax issue again, that is a result -- when you're seeing these levy increases [...]

Walz says huge budget surplus means it’s time for investments, Republicans say give it back to taxpayers

By |2022-12-07T05:40:05-06:00December 7th, 2022|

Governor Tim Walz says with a 17.6-billion-dollar state budget surplus, now is the time to lower costs for families and update Minnesota's aging infrastructure with the help of federal dollars -- and very important... "Now's the time to make sure that those classrooms are funded with the things that they need to do to make our kids the best-qualified workforce in the world." Fellow Democrats in the Minnesota House are also talking about paid family medical leave, early care and learning programs, plus housing initiatives.  But incoming House Republican Minority Leader Lisa Demuth from Cold Spring contends the huge budget surplus [...]

Twins & Red Sox Donate $200K to SW Florida Hurricane Recovery

By |2022-12-07T05:29:53-06:00December 7th, 2022|

The Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox are donating 200 thousand dollars to five nonprofits in southwest Florida for hurricane relief and recovery efforts.  The Fort Myers area was devastated by Hurricane Ian and both teams have spring training homes there.  Twins president Dave St. Peter said, "Lee County is a special part of Twins Territory, and we – along with our friends and Fort Myers neighbors, the Boston Red Sox – will be there for our Southwest Florida family in this time of recovery, as they have always been for us.”

Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Calls for Increase in State Aid

By |2022-12-07T05:25:28-06:00December 7th, 2022|

(St. Paul, MN) -- A group representing communities outside the metro area is pushing the legislature for an increase in local government aid to fund police, fire departments, libraries, infrastructure and other needs.  Bradley Peterson with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities says, "with the surplus as big as it is, there is absolutely no reason that the state can't make these kinds of investments to keep local communities strong."  Peterson says preliminary property tax levies are higher, largely driven by inflation.  Governor Tim Walz says he'll advocate in his budget for increased state aid to cities and counties.  Republicans say [...]

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