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The North Mankato City Council is still dealing with the issue of off-street parking regulations. Councilperson Sandy Oaks was asked what's prompting the discussion. "Things are getting more congested," said Oaks. "So we need to take a look at how we're monitoring our streets and keeping them safe for emergency vehicles and residents." Oaks says it's a difficult discussion because of the different parts of the community. "When you're trying to make a decision on changing something you have to take a look at the geographic diversity of the community and how best does it work for everyone," said Oaks. The [...]
An Eagle Lake man is facing two charges in connection to an incident that injured a woman. Blue Earth County court records say 18-year-old Gavin Sellner has been charged with criminal vehicular operation and failing to stop after an injury accident. Authorities say Sellner allegedly ran over a woman on December 22nd in a Mankato parking lot.
City of Mankato Reaches Partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System, Including Naming Rights to the Civic Center
Effective Wednesday, the Mankato Civic Center will be renamed the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. City of Mankato officials made the announcement Monday. City officials say the agreement is part of an exclusive five-year partnership between Mayo and the city. City manager Pat Hentges said before finalizing the 120-thousand dollar annual sponsorship investment, the city had discussions with potential partners in a variety of other industry sectors. Hentges says in addition to the facility-naming rights, the agreement will create new opportunities for health and wellness events, healthy menu options within the arena and other community health tools.
State Senator Nick Frentz of North Mankato says the budget news state received last week is good news. Frentz says what will be done about it is anyone's guess. "It's a good problem to have", said Frentz. "I've talked to many legislators since the news came about and I haven't heard one of them give the same answer. So as we like to say in the Senate, never a dull moment, we'll see." The state announced last Thursday lawmakers will begin the legislative session with a one-point-three billion dollar surplus.
A discussion on the economic and individual need to close the postsecondary attainment gaps in Minnesota was held Monday morning at South Central College in North Mankato. Minnesota Office of Higher Education Commissioner Dennis Olson says the state has a goal of 70 percent all of adults 25 to 44 attaining some sort of postsecondary credential beyond high school by 2025. "We're on track to meeting our goal," said Olson. "But we have a lot of work to do particularly because our benchmarks include goals for our racial and ethnic communities in Minnesota and we know we have large attainment gaps [...]
A decision regarding the next year's school calendar and daily calendar for the Mankato School district will now be held later this month. Mankato schools superintendent Paul Peterson says a decision was originally scheduled for this week, but two board members are unable to attend Tuesday night's meeting. Peterson says the board members wanted to be present for the vote so the district delayed the decision until December 16th. The district is deciding on a tiered busing schedule which would change the start and end times for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Peterson says the district will also decide on [...]
Thanksgiving travel will be a challenge throughout a large portion of the country. Tyler Hasenstein with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen says Minnesota will feel the effects of a large system over the next couple of days. "Generally this type of system does tend to have wide-spread snowfall", said Hasenstein. "Just due to the nature of how the atmosphere reacts to this situation." A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect at six p.m. tonight for our area.
The second-annual "State of Lung Cancer" report shows Minnesota has some of the best lung cancer survival rates in the country. "Minnesota actually ranks third-best in the nation for survival rates at 26-percent. The national average is about 22-percent." Pat McKone with the American Lung Association says what most people might not realize is: "Lung cancer is the number one type of cancer that kills more men and women than any other type of cancer." McKone says part of the reason lung cancer is so deadly is that cases are diagnosed at a later stage after the [...]
Expansion of Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm is not among the projects selected for federal road funding. The U.S. Highway 14 Partnership made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. The Partnership had worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to apply for a 25 million dollar grant through the US Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, grant program. After receiving the news, Highway 14 advocates are calling on Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature to fund the project in 2020. The 12-mile stretch between Nicollet and New Ulm is the final stretch of Highway 14 [...]