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!

Travelers in 12 southwest MN counties now able to get texts for state highway advisories

By |2021-07-23T04:41:33-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

Travelers in twelve southwest Minnesota counties are now able to get text messages for state highway advisories, construction project updates, and public participation opportunities in the region. The counties included are Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, and Yellow Medicine. While people have been able to sign up for emails to stay informed of construction projects and studies, travelers now have the convenient option of being notified by text of road situations that will help them make informed travel decisions, or let them know of occasions when they can provide feedback and learn about [...]

Walz in Mankato Friday

By |2021-07-23T04:26:49-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

Governor Walz will visit a school in Mankato this afternoon as a part of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s statewide education tour to highlight the historic education investments included in Minnesota’s COVID-19 Recovery Budget. We will be there to cover the press conference. It begins at 1:30 this afternoon.

Highway 14 Minnesota River Bridge maintenance set for evening of July 29

By |2021-07-22T07:43:59-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

Motorists are advised that the eastbound lanes of Highway 14 over the Minnesota River in Mankato will be restricted on Thursday, July 29 after 6 p.m. as crews will be working until midnight. The MnDOT bridge crew will once again be improving the surface for a smoother ride and to preserve the bridge deck.  Traffic restrictions on the eastbound lanes include leaving one lane (right lane) open with a 12-foot restriction.  The work to improve concrete spalling on the deck includes cutting out the poor pavement and pouring concrete. MnDOT will occasionally take advantage of the reduced traffic impact of an [...]

Now Accepting Applications: Eide Bailly’s Resourcefullness Award

By |2021-07-22T06:37:43-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

Submissions Due: August 13 Winners Announced: October 22 In a year of continued economic uncertainty and disruption, it’s inspiring to see how nonprofits carry on to find unique ways to meet the needs of their communities. In an effort to recognize and honor these creative, sustainable initiatives that have helped organizations to thrive despite challenges, we are thrilled to start accepting Resourcefullness Award applications today, July 15. New this year: our team has expanded eligibility to include all Nevada nonprofits! We encourage ALL Nevada 501(c)(3) nonprofits to apply for a chance to win $10,000, in addition to increased awareness for your cause. In [...]

Signal system upgrade, ADA improvements on Highway 13 in Waseca to begin August 2

By |2021-07-22T06:34:54-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

Replacement of an aging signal system and improvements to pedestrian crossings on Highway 13 in Waseca will begin Monday, August 2.  There will also be some preliminary work that will take place on Monday, July 26.   The traffic signal, located at the intersection of 7th Ave North and Highway 13 near the McRaith Funeral Home, needs to be replaced with a model that meets today’s standards and current American Disability Act requirements. The project also includes improving the curb ramps. Other Highway 13 work in Waseca includes underground storm sewer work.  A segment of 7th Avenue North adjacent to the intersection will be [...]

Detour extended on Highway 60 Eagle Lake to Elysian project

By |2021-07-22T06:33:49-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

The detour for the Highway 60 project between Eagle Lake and Elysian (Phase 1) will remain in place longer than expected due to drainage issues. The (Phase 1) detour that was expected to be removed around Friday, July 23 will now be extended to around Friday, July 30, weather permitting. The detour consists of Highway 14 and Waseca County Road 3. MnDOT has obtained an additional contractor to install edge drains at various locations to help alleviate the drainage issue to expedite the completion of construction on Phase 1 of the project. MnDOT would like to remind people attending Madison Lake’s [...]

Blue Earth County Seeks $4.33 Million For Energy Efficiency Projects

By |2021-07-22T06:29:25-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners announced its sole proposal for energy efficiency investments submitted to U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith were selected by both senators to move forward through the committee process as part of a congressionally directed spending appropriation.    Blue Earth County submitted one project to the senators for consideration: $4,330,000 in the Energy and Water Development Senate Appropriations committee.   The project is a county-wide energy efficiency project, which includes: a solar renewable energy application, county-wide energy efficiency measures, and the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system.   More specifically, Blue Earth County [...]

Unauthorized Data Access Found at North Mankato, Fairfax Deputy Registrar Offices

By |2021-07-22T06:26:41-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

 Five current employees at two deputy registrar offices have permanently lost access to driver and vehicle data as a result of audits conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DPS-DVS). Fairfax Deputy Registrar office DPS-DVS became aware of an employee of the Fairfax Deputy Registrar office using another employee’s access credentials, which is not allowed under the law. This triggered an audit by DPS-DVS and auditors found seven instances where the two users accessed DVS data without a lawful business purpose. As a result, their access to DVS data has been permanently revoked, as required [...]

North Mankato to provide swim lessons to the Somali community

By |2021-07-22T05:58:43-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

The City of North Mankato is providing swim lessons for Somali children  at no cost to families at Spring Lake Park Swim Facility this summer. The Mankato Clinic Foundation is helping  to fund the lessons with a $2,500 grant and a commitment for further funding if needed.   “Following the tragic drowning of a Somali child in our community, providing swim lessons to Somali families  right now is so important to alleviate fear and promote healing. My heart was full to witness this vital learning  experience and the community support for our children and families. These lessons are an important step in  [...]

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