With more snow blanketing the area, MnDOT is staying plenty busy. But they also want to warn drivers to be safe in this winter weather. Jed Falgren says to keep a safe distance between you and the next vehicle and to be careful when pulling into an intersection when there’s large snow piles. He also reminds drivers to check their headlights, even if they have automatic ones.
The Eagle Lake American Legion is hosting a steak fry tonight (Friday). It’s all to help the Eagle Lake Fire Department and the Legion Tamie Guentzel says the firefighters will be cooking and cleaning up. There will also be bingo and a meat raffle. The steak dinner is $12. It goes from about 7-10 tonight.
The Group Operation Battle Buddy is hoping to raise awareness of veterans suicides in Waseca. Maurela Miller says they will do this through a 7-mile ruck. A ruck is the backpack service members carry with their supplies. The ruck leaves from the Waseca American Legion at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 24th. Twenty-three service members die by suicide each day in the United States.
For the 8th year, the North Mankato Taylor Library is inviting you to take part in a Community Read. Katie Heintz says the title will be revealed at 10 a.m. on March 5. She says 500 books will be available. Other events connected to the read include a discussion, movie screening and speaker.
The City of North Mankato is one step closing to getting an additional sports facility at Caswell Park. The council voted to ask the legislature for additional funding, including a $10 million ask for the recreational facility. John Harrenstein says the other funds will come from the local option sales tax. The council asked for a half a cent food and beverage tax to help support the operations at Caswell.
A Good Samaritan turned in an envelope of cash found at a Madelia gas station. According to a Facebook post from the Madelia Police Department, the envelope was found at the Expressway near pump three. They say if you correctly identify the amount of cash it is yours. However, the post also says this probably means someone will be behind paying their bills, so let’s be honest about it.
The Blue Earth County Historical Society is offering a presentation on how to preserve your family documents. Shelley Harrison says there are a variety of things you can help keep in the original shape to pass on to generations. The presentation is on Saturday, February 23 from 10-noon.
The City of North Mankato is taking the next step in hopes of building new athletic facilities. John Harrenstein says it will be paid for with a mix of the local option sales tax and asking the legislature for matching funds. He says it will build on the success of Caswell Park. The next meeting will be on February 25th as a work session to discuss the feasibility of the project. Mayor Dehen estimated that the ask to the legislature would be around 10-13 million dollars.
For the first time, the Miracle League is hosting a home wheelchair basketball game. It will take place at the Lake Crystal Rec Center on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:20 a.m. The Mankato team, the Wild Wheelers will take on the Rolling Rowdies from Minneapolis. Eric Sletten says it is much like a basketball game you would expect to see. The public can come and watch as well. The team has been around for four years.
Mankato Are Public Schools is inviting the public for input on the search for a new superintendent. Ken Dragseth who is helping gather the data, says they will ask students, parents, teachers and staff about the direction they would like the search to go. A public meeting will be held on February 25th at 7 at the Intergovernmental Center. Surveys can also be found on the district’s website.