KTOE Greater Mankato News

Learn Dakota 101 at the Blue Earth County Historical Society

By |2019-02-15T14:24:32+00:00February 14th, 2019|

The Blue Earth County Historical Society is hosting an informational speaker and question session on Dakota heritage. The presentation takes place on Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m. It is part of their traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter." Shelley Harrison says you can learn anything you've wanted to know about Native American culture. The event is free and open to the public.  

E-Waste Recycling Offered For Blue Earth County Residents

By |2019-02-15T14:24:37+00:00February 14th, 2019|

Blue Earth County is offering e-waste recycling for items such as TVs and computers. Each item is $5. Bill Goebel says it helps the environment because some of the metals can contaminate our water. The drop off is at the Ponderosa Landfill in Mankato. This service is for Blue Earth County residents and businesses.

Three Schools to Be Awarded Fitness Centers

By |2019-02-15T14:24:44+00:00February 14th, 2019|

Three schools in Minnesota will each be gifted a $100,000 Don't Quit Fitness Center from the Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council. Continuing his goal of ending childhood obesity, fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, the Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has kicked off 2019 by selecting Minnesota for its 2019 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. The winners will receive a DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center at three schools. The winners will be for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. School nominations will run through Friday, March 22, 2019. The nomination process is simple. All you need to do is fill out [...]

Mankato Public Safety Responds to Vehicle Fire

By |2019-02-15T14:24:47+00:00February 14th, 2019|

At 7:37 Thursday morning, the Mankato Department of Public Safety responded to a truck fire at the 1700 block of Monks Avenue. The driver had pulled the truck, a 2005 International 4200, off of the road. Firefighters extinguished the fire. There were no fire-related injuries in this incident. Preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000. The fire was determined to be unintentional.

Winter weather advisory issued for areas south of the Minnesota River Valley

By |2019-02-15T14:24:58+00:00February 14th, 2019|

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a winter weather advisory just after noon Thursday for Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Martin, and Faribault Counties. It impacts parts south of the Minnesota River Valley, mainly along a line from Morris to New Ulm and Mankato. Forecasters say drivers can expect gusty northwest winds, light snow, and widespread blowing snow that will create dangerous conditions. Meteorologists add that conditions should this evening as wind speeds decrease. The winter weather advisory will end at 6:00 p.m., but it will be followed by a wind chill advisory from 11:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. Friday.

Overnight wind chill advisory for several south-central Minnesota counties

By |2019-02-14T16:42:17+00:00February 14th, 2019|

A wind chill advisory goes into effect at 11:00 p.m. Thursday for Sibley, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Martin, and Faribault Counties. WeatherEye Meteorologist Megan Mulford said, "We're going to drop down to six below zero, wind chill values as low as –25. It's still going to be breezy out there; wind gusts as high as 35." Thursday night's advisory will remain in effect until 9:00 a.m. Friday and Mulford cautioned that the cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Friday the expected high is just seven degrees and Mulford said there [...]

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 [...]