KTOE Greater Mankato News

Top analyst on Klobuchar’s chances of being Biden’s running mate

By |2020-05-27T05:22:48-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Political tongues are wagging amid reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar is being vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden. Hamline University analyst David Schultz says if Minnesota is still in play in the race for president, there may be a need for Biden to consider Klobuchar: "If he doesn't carry Minnesota's 10 electoral votes, the Democrats are gonna have to pick up another state that they have traditionally not won, 'cause Minnesota's been so reliable." But Schultz adds, if Democrats think Klobuchar is the key to winning the Midwest, that "may not be an accurate assessment."

DFL lawmakers demand action after Minneapolis man dies in police custody

By |2020-05-27T05:20:43-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Democratic lawmakers are outraged at a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed African-American man and ignoring his protests that he couldn't breathe. George Floyd later died, and State Representative Rena Moran says it was like watching Philando Castile take his last breath: "To see George Floyd take his last breaths and asking for mercy. I don't know how you legislate humanity. I don't know how you do that." Moran says Democrats brought forward recommendations but could not get agreement from the Senate. Republican leaders declined to comment.

Care centers, food plants, drive Minnesota’s test positivity

By |2020-05-27T05:18:52-05:00May 27th, 2020|

State health officials say Minneapolis ranks among the top metro areas as measured by the percentage of positive coronavirus tests because the state has prioritized residents of long-term care facilities and food processing plant workers for testing. Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force, said Friday that Minneapolis ranked fourth in “positivity” among major U.S. metro areas, with about a 13% positive rate. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday that's because Minnesota has been aggressively testing long-term care residents and employees, and food plant workers, and only recently broadened its testing to include the general public.

Biden to keynote Minnesota Democrats’ online convention

By |2020-05-27T05:16:22-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker when Minnesota Democrats hold a virtual state convention under the theme “Minnesota Together” this weekend. Biden will address the delegates online Sunday, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who’s considered a potential running mate. Their speeches can viewed live on the state party’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Speeches by Gov. Tim Walz and other Democratic leaders will also be livestreamed Sunday. Saturday's sessions are for delegates only. Minnesota Republicans tried to hold their convention online May 16 but had to interrupt it due to “potentially malicious interference” with its voting technology.

North Mankato Hosts Spring Drop-Off

By |2020-05-27T06:20:39-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Spring Drop-Off The City of North Mankato and West Central Sanitation have arranged a spring drop-off at 610 Webster Avenue to take place Wednesday, May 27th - Sunday, May 31st between 7:00am- 5:00pm each day. The change is to protect residents and City staff from the COVID-19 virus by practicing social distancing:  A gate attendant will monitor the number of entrants into the site, please be prepared to show proof of North Mankato residency. The gate attendant and posted signage will direct citizens where to dump respective items.  Residents are asked to unload their own items and exit to allow for [...]

Deadliest Memorial Day weekend on MN roads since 2010

By |2020-05-27T06:15:44-05:00May 27th, 2020|

There were at least eight fatalities on Minnesota roads over the weekend, the deadliest Memorial Day holiday in 10 years.   Mike Hanson, director of the state Traffic Safety Office says: "While overall crash numbers are down, the severity rate is up, and what's driving that severity rate up is speed. The speeds that the officers, troopers and deputies are seeing out there are really horrific." At the same time, D-W-I arrests over the Memorial Day weekend were 25 percent less than last year -- Hanson says probably because bars and restaurants remain closed until June 1st under the governor's COVID [...]

Hundreds protest outside MPLS Police Precinct

By |2020-05-27T06:14:20-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Hundreds took to the streets of south Minneapolis Tuesday night to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Demonstrators carried signs that read "I can't breathe," "Black Lives Matter" and "KKKops" as they marched to the Minneapolis P-D's Third Precinct. Protesters were mostly peaceful before a police vehicle was spray painted, a squad car had a window broken and rocks were thrown at a building. Police deployed chemical irritants at them at the Third Precinct. Video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he appears to lose consciousness went viral Monday night. He died [...]

Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man

By |2020-05-27T05:14:37-05:00May 27th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firings came swiftly for four Minneapolis police officers after bystander video captured the death of a black man in custody. The video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the firings were the “right call.” Monday's death of George Floyd is under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities in a process likely to take months. The case drew immediate comparisons to that of Eric Garner, an unarmed [...]

State officials not worried about high usage of ICU beds

By |2020-05-27T05:11:49-05:00May 27th, 2020|

State health officials do not appear particularly concerned that nearly 90 percent of I-C-U beds in the metro area are in use -- swelled by COVID cases plus resumption of high-priority medical procedures. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm indicates officials have a good idea of possible surge capacity around Minnesota's health care system... ..."and mechanisms in place to... taking a really system-wide approach to this, and helping to place patients where there is available care on an immediate basis." State officials haven't said how soon it might be necessary to send metro area COVID patients to hospitals elsewhere in Minnesota, or [...]

ACLU-MN on killing of George Floyd

By |2020-05-27T05:00:26-05:00May 27th, 2020|

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota is calling for is an independent, thorough, fair, transparent investigation in the police killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police Monday. "It's enormously important to have a reliable and fair investigation that the community can rely on in assessing exactly what happened out there on that street." ACLU-Minnesota Executive Director John Gordon. Four MPD officers involved in the death have already been fired. Gordon says it's fair to have an appropriate process before legal action is taken against the officers involved... "It is also fair for people to watch that video and say [...]