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Miracle League to Host First Home Wheelchair Basketball Game

By |2019-02-19T01:31:45+00:00February 19th, 2019|

For the first time, the Miracle League is hosting a home wheelchair basketball game. It will take place at the Lake Crystal Rec Center on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:20 a.m. The Mankato team, the Wild Wheelers will take on the Rolling Rowdies from Minneapolis. Eric Sletten says it is much like a basketball game you would expect to see. The public can come and watch as well. The team has been around for four years.

Mankato Schools Seeking Input on Superintendent Search

By |2019-02-19T01:33:07+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Mankato Are Public Schools is inviting the public for input on the search for a new superintendent. Ken Dragseth who is helping gather the data, says they will ask students, parents, teachers and staff about the direction they would like the search to go. A public meeting will be held on February 25th at 7 at the Intergovernmental Center. Surveys can also be found on the district’s website.

Walz to roll out two-year Minnesota budget proposal Tuesday

By |2019-02-18T17:09:52+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Governor Tim Walz rolls out his two-year state budget plan on Tuesday. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. The governor has already floated proposals that would have significant impacts on major areas of the budget. For more equity between school districts, he wants the state to pick up a greater share of the cost of E-12 education, meaning less reliance on property taxes. He also proposed free tuition at public colleges and universities for the first two years during his campaign. Walz has pledged increases in state aid to cities and counties, and Republicans expect he'll ask for $50 to $100 [...]

Sunday snow puts Mankato into the record book for snowiest February

By |2019-02-18T16:57:15+00:00February 18th, 2019|

This month is now the snowiest February on record in Mankato, and it's not nearly over yet. WeatherEye meteorologist Megan Mulford said the next system is expected to move in late in the day Tuesday and one to two inches of snowfall is possible. She says the snow will continue through Wednesday, with two to four more inches possible. More snow showers are expected Thursday and another system may arrive on Friday that Mulford said includes the potential for significant snowfall. Since February 1st, 28.5 inches of snow has been measured in the back yard of the Radio Mankato [...]

Monday is Tribal Sovereignty Day at the State Capitol

By |2019-02-18T16:50:13+00:00February 18th, 2019|

It's Tribal Sovereignty Day at the State Capitol. All committee hearings have been canceled and Minnesota's 11 tribes have been invited to speak before and with lawmakers. Democrat Minnesota State Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter. St. Peter State Representative Jeff Brand says it's a day of particular importance given the history of the south-central Minnesota region. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is currently the highest-ranking Native American woman in state or federal office.

7th Annual Pedal Past Poverty is Feb. 24

By |2019-02-18T17:01:29+00:00February 18th, 2019|

The 7th Annual Pedal Past Poverty fundraiser takes place this Saturday at the Mankato YMCA. With nearly 300 participants, executive director Jen Theneman says it is their most important fundraiser for Partners for Affordable Housing. If you would like to participate, you can still register online.

Mankato state representative introduces prison safety legislation named for fallen corrections officer

By |2019-02-18T16:41:13+00:00February 18th, 2019|

A Mankato D.F.L. lawmaker has introduced the bill meant to increase staffing at state prisons. Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine. State Representative Jack Considine named the measure for fallen corrections officer Joseph Gomm, who officials say was killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison in July. Considine called his death a tragedy and said the bill gathered bipartisan support when he first floated the idea before the session began. Corrections officials have said they need 300 more corrections officers over the next four years, and Considine explained the bill will phase them in incrementally with up [...]

Hy-Vee Offering Free Biometric Screenings

By |2019-02-17T22:06:19+00:00February 17th, 2019|

In honor of heart month Hy-Vee is offering free biometric screenings. Holly Ellison says this screening is something that isn’t often done at a physical The free screenings are done at the downtown Hy-Vee on February 22nd from 7-11 and at the Hilltop Hy-Vee on February 23. Appointments are recommended.

Losing Weight: Group Challenge

By |2019-02-17T21:52:40+00:00February 17th, 2019|

A group of those wanting to lose weight in Mankato are teaming up as part of a meltdown challenge. Inspire Health and Wellness’s Tina McClain says there’s prizes for the highest percentage of weight loss and other categories. She says the group atmosphere helps to hold people accountable. She is hoping to start another challenge in March.

Sheriff says dog named Donald Trump was not shot and killed over political rivalry

By |2019-02-15T14:24:58+00:00February 15th, 2019|

A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents. Dog owner Randal Thom. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump the dog Sunday was "legally protecting their livestock" on private property. The dog's owner, Randal Thom, is an avid supporter of the president and has been featured in dozens of news stories for frequenting his rallies. Some social media users claimed a neighbor, who they believed to be a Democrat, [...]