The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the Mankato and North Mankato area. The group has designated Mankato and North Mankato a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community. The League of American Bicyclists says the award recognizes a commitment to transportation and recreational resources that benefit all residents and encourages healthier and sustainable transportation options.
Minnesotans have until midnight Tuesday sign to sign up on the state's health insurance exchange. MnSure CEO Nate Clark says there are plenty of options. "Minnesotans have up to 160 plans to choose from," said Clark. "And in any area of the state there will be at least 30 options so our hope is there's something for everyone." Clark says the MnSure hotline of 855-366-7873 will be available until nine p.m. tonight and from eight a.m. until midnight (Tuesday).
The area has gone awhile without measurable precipitation. Ag Expert Kent Thiesse was asked if the current dry spell raises any concerns for producers. "Not really," said Thiesse. "We were in pretty good shape when it comes to subsoil moisture. Of course when the ground freezes any moisture will have minimal effect." He adds the weather of the fall likely allowed producers to do some early work for next spring.
Christmas week may bring some snow to the area, but the bigger story will be temperatures. Tom Hulquist is with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. "We may have some snow, but the bitter cold will be the story," said Hulquist. "It's going to be cold Wednesday night into Thursday, and maybe even into Christmas day." Hulquist says the lack of snowfall will help the temperature "The temps Wednesday night will be around zero," said Hulquist. "If there was snow on the ground the temps would be around ten below." Hulquist says most of the state will see some snowfall Wednesday, [...]
Snow is possible for parts of Minnesota this week. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol provides some winter driving reminders. "It's important to reduce your speed and increase your following distance," said Christianson. "Just make sure you're driving smart." According to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, most of the state has at least a 25 percent chance of seeing at least an inch or more of snow Wednesday.
There are 72 Blue Earth County residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19. County officials say 12 of the 72 are currently in the ICU. 22 Blue Earth County residents have died of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic
Last week, Governor Walz stated all elementary students in the state should return to in-person learning by mid-January. State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake says all healthy kids need to be back in school. "There's a lot of kids out there that are suffering emotionally," said Draheim. "Kids need social interaction. Many kids consider school and the activities related to school are the highlights of their day." Draheim says the teachers are doing the best they can, but students aren't learning as much in a virtual setting as they would with in-person instruction.
The North Mankato City Council will hold a public hearing on a potential food truck ordinance at its meeting tonight. City administrator John Harrenstein says the discussion started earlier this year with a simple premise. "Councilor Whitlock earlier this week raised the question of a food truck ordinance as a response to implementing a food and beverage tax earlier this year and as a way to support brick and mortar restaurants during the pandemic." Harrenstein says the proposed ordinance will focus on trying to find a balance between all of the existing parties on the issue "The food trucks can be [...]
The future of the school resource officer program in the Mankato Area School District will be discussed at a meeting of the district's board of education this evening. Superintendent Paul Peterson says the program has been in place for quite some time "It's been a long-standing partnership with the Mankato Department of Public Safety," said Peterson. "That partnership resulted in three police officers designed to the school district. They spend most of their time at East, West, Central, and Prairie Wind." Peterson says it was important for the board to hear from the community on the issue "We had a lot [...]
Two people were injured in a Saturday night single-vehicle accident at Highway 22 and North Victory Drive in Mankato. The Minnesota State Patrol says 30-year-old Bridget Palmer and 21-year-old Patrick Austin-Ellsworth Wintz, both of Mankato, were transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Mankato with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say shortly before 10 p.m., Palmer lost control of her vehicle and the vehicle left the roadway.