About Ashley Hanley

Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!

Mankato Man Has Life-Threatening Injuries After Crash

By |2022-08-19T04:59:40-05:00August 19th, 2022|

A Mankato man has life-threatening injuries after a crash in Kasota Township. According to the State Patrol, 38-year-old Charles Virkus was driving westbound on County Road 101 when he collided with a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Garrett Anfinson of Le Sueur. Virkus has life threatening injuries. Anfinson has none.  The Patrol says Virkus was not wearing a seatbelt and Anfinson was.  No alcohol was involved. The crash happened yesterday just after 5 in the morning.

Jensen, Birk to Hold Mankato Rally Today

By |2022-08-18T05:47:11-05:00August 18th, 2022|

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen and running mate Matt Birk will be in Mankato today. They are hosting a Freedom Rally at Riverfront Park Pavilion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you are attending, you are encouraged to bring a chair.

State Fair Reaches Goal Of 200 Police Officers

By |2022-08-18T05:24:54-05:00August 18th, 2022|

(Ramsey County, MN)  --  The Minnesota State Fair will have the security it needs to operate safely.  Word from State Fair Police Chief Ron Knafla is that they have reached their goal of 200 police officers to work the fair.  Just a week ago, the chief said they were more than 100 officers short of that goal.  With the help of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office,  Minnesota State Patrol, and other agencies, the chief says he feels much better about the fair from a safety perspective.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Minnesotans Rejected For Frontline Worker Pay

By |2022-08-18T05:19:02-05:00August 18th, 2022|

Pandemic-related bonus payments for frontline workers in the state is drastically lower.  The state's initial estimates of roughly 667-thousand workers applying for Frontline Worker Pay was exceeded by a large margin.  Still, the 500-million dollar pot has to be split evenly, meaning the initial projection of 750-dollar bonus payments has been cut down to about 500-dollars.  Meanwhile, the state is hearing appeals from about 214-thousand Minnesotans who were rejected for the payments.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Partners with Feeding Our Community Partners (FOCP)

By |2022-08-18T05:16:56-05:00August 18th, 2022|

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota recently established a new community  partnership with Feeding Our Community Partners (FOCP) through their Summer Pack  Food Program. The Museum worked with FOCP and provided a One-Day Family Free  Pass for each of the 1000 food packages distributed in June.  Kim Kleven, Vice President of Education and Learning Experience said, “These passes  give families who may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience the joy and fun  of the Children’s Museum. We are proud to distribute these passes as we continue  toward our mission of providing ways and places for children to play.”  Leaders from [...]

9/11 Traveling Exhibit to Visit Minnesota State Mankato Sept. 7-11

By |2022-08-18T04:41:29-05:00August 18th, 2022|

A traveling exhibit titled “RESOLUTE: MN Stories of 9/11 & the War,” created by the Minnesota Military and Veterans Museum, will be on display in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom from Sept. 7-11. The exhibit focuses solely on Minnesotans and their roles on 9/11 and during the global war on terror. The exhibit is not intended as a recruitment exhibit. Rather, it is put on by historians to show a variety of perspectives on 9/11 events from a Minnesota view. The exhibit is free and open to the public

United Way Hosts Region-Wide School Supply Drive

By |2022-08-17T09:17:22-05:00August 17th, 2022|

Area businesses are participating in a school supply drive for regional schools August 22 to September 2 through an initiative by Greater Mankato Area United Way.   Community members can drop off NEW school supplies at the following sites: ·         Frandsen Bank (Waterville) ·         Jay Zender State Farm (St. Peter) ·         Lake Crystal Area Rec Center ·         Maggie J’s (Mapleton) ·         Mankato Family YMCA ·         North Mankato Taylor Library ·         Snell Motors (Mankato) ·         Store It (Mankato) ·         Thrivent - Diane Beckmann (Waseca)   Supplies needed: ·         Colored pencils ·         Markers ·         Glue sticks ·         Whiteboard markers and erasers ·         All other new school supplies welcome!

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program ranked highly by Doximity

By |2022-08-17T08:35:43-05:00August 17th, 2022|

MANKATO, Minn. ― Mayo Clinic Health System’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Mankato has been ranked No. 2 in the state of Minnesota, No. 5 in the Midwest and No. 19 in the U.S. on Doximity's 2022 Residency Navigator.    The four Midwest Family Medicine Residency Programs at Mayo in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Mankato and Rochester occupy four of the top five spots in the highly competitive Midwest region. For the first time, the three established programs in Eau Claire, La Crosse and Rochester all ranked in the top 10 nationally out of 719 programs, and the programs in Mankato [...]

Former Minneapolis Office Lane To Report To Prison This month

By |2022-08-17T06:49:33-05:00August 17th, 2022|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane will start his prison sentence at the end of the month. The federal Bureau of Prisons yesterday ordered Lane to report to the prison in Littleton, Colorado by August 31st. He will serve a two-and-a-half year sentence for his role in George Floyd's death. The prison in Littleton is a minimum security facility with an attached work camp.

State Denies Nearly 215 Thousand Hero Pay Applications

By |2022-08-17T06:47:47-05:00August 17th, 2022|

A lot of people won't be getting a hero pay check from the state.  Minnesota's Department of Labor yesterday denied nearly 215 thousand applications for checks for people who worked during the worst of the coronavirus. The state says most of the rejected requests were because people didn't fill-out the forms properly, but people were also told 'No' because they maxed-out their unemployment benefits or simply didn't qualify. Over 985 thousand people will be getting a check. The Department of Labor says those checks should be about 500 dollars.

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