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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!

Children’s Museum Hosting Free Family Night

By |2020-02-14T11:25:44-06:00February 14th, 2020|

MANKATO, MN, FEBRUARY 14, 2020: On Thursday, February 20, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will host its quarterly Free Family Night at the Museum, a playdate intended to provide a Gateway to Play for families that experience barriers to Museum participation. Families are invited to explore the Museum’s galleries and exhibits and participate in hands-on activities at no cost. Save the date for the upcoming Free Family Nights at the Museum: Thursday, May 21, 2020 Thursday, August 20, 2020 Thursday, November 19, 2020

Try Hockey For Free Event Held in Belle Plaine Feb. 22

By |2020-02-14T11:13:17-06:00February 14th, 2020|

Bulldogs Youth Hockey Association invites all boys and girls between the ages of 4-11 to the Hickory Park Skating Rink at 801 Orchard Street, Belle Plaine, MN to Try Hockey for Free and enable them to experience ice hockey for the first time in a fun outdoor atmosphere. It takes place on Saturday, February 22nd, from 10:30-12:00 PM.

2 eggs for young eagle pair on DNR EagleCam

By |2020-02-14T07:25:34-06:00February 14th, 2020|

Record numbers of viewers are watching a Minnesota bald eagle pair on the Department of Natural Resources EagleCam, especially now that the young pair are caring for two eggs in the nest. This time of year is also when people can help our state’s wildlife with matched donations using the simple checkoff on Minnesota tax forms. The EagleCam is just one of many ways the Nongame Wildlife Program helps hundreds of wildlife species. The program focuses on helping animals that aren’t hunted, from eagles and loons to turtles and butterflies. Many of these species are rare and vulnerable to decline, especially [...]

High School Seniors Commit to the Skilled Trades on National Signing Day

By |2020-02-14T07:19:09-06:00February 14th, 2020|

NORTH MANKATO, Minn., February 13, 2020 – More than 100 high school seniors today participated in South Central College’s 5th Annual National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day at the college’s North Mankato Campus. The students signed letters of intent indicating they plan to pursue technical or professional program at South Central College in fall 2020. The event mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college, but instead of athletes, Technical Signing Day recognizes students who are entering a technical field. The annual nationwide event established by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is [...]

Minnesota archaeologist to give presentation Feb. 20 at MSU

By |2020-02-14T05:58:13-06:00February 14th, 2020|

Minnesota Archaeologist to Discuss Archaeology of the Mille Lacs Region at MSU. Archaeologist Jim Cummings will discuss “Life in the Center: Archeology of the Mille Lacs Region” in a presentation that is free and open to the public. It takes place on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. in the Heritage Room at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. Cummings’ presentation is part of the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Anthropology’s celebration of World Anthropology Day.

United Way Honors Volunteers

By |2020-02-14T05:56:32-06:00February 14th, 2020|

Greater Mankato Area United Way held its annual Thank You Luncheon & Volunteer Awards on Thursday, February 13 at VINE Adult Community Center.  More than 1,000 community members volunteered with United Way for the 2020 Campaign, serving at events, planning committees, employee campaign rallies and much more. 2020 Greater Mankato Area United Way Volunteer Awards   United Way 2020 Campaign Chair: Michael Kunkel, CCFBank   Volunteer of the Year: Matt Norland, Meyer & Norland Financial Group   Community Impact Volunteer Award: Justin Neumann, City of Mankato   United Way Community Champion: Natasha O'Hara, Mankato Independent Originals   United Way Regional Community Champion: [...]

Amboy to Host Vision 2025 Meeting

By |2020-02-14T05:55:17-06:00February 14th, 2020|

The Amboy area community has launched a planning initiative. It's to identify and implement ways to improve and grow their community. The community received a planning grant in October of 2019 from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. The group has since formed a Steering Committee and has developed an initiative to gather community input and ideas. The focus will be to revitalize the downtown, bring in new businesses and offer residential opportunities. Their first community gathering will be a brainstorming session scheduled for February 17th, 6 pm at Bonnie’s Room in the City of Amboy. All are welcome and encouraged to [...]

BECHS to Host Mayor Massad at Annual Meeting

By |2020-02-14T05:53:44-06:00February 14th, 2020|

Mayor Najwa Massad will speak a the Blue Earth County Historical Society's annual meeting. The Historical Society is holding its annual meeting on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This year, they will have a plated meal with the Annual Meeting. Tickets on sale through March 1, 2020, and are $30/BECHS Members, $40/General Public, $350/Table of 8. After a short business meeting, the Historical Society will present special guest speaker Mayor Najwa Massad in recognition of National Women’s History month and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Mankato Public Safety makes arrest in child abuse incident

By |2020-02-14T05:50:22-06:00February 14th, 2020|

Mankato Public Safety makes arrest in a child abuse incident. On February 10, Public Safety responded to an incident involving a 16-month-old child at the local hospital. Further investigation found that injuries were caused by the child's mother, 27-year-old Chelsea Rae Olinger of Mankato. Olinger was arrested today (February 13) at a hospital in Rochester and is being held in the local jail. The charge being requested at this time is first-degree assault.

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