Last month, voters in St. Peter approved an increase in a sales tax to fund a new fire station. St. Peter City manager Todd Prafke says the next step in the process of building the facility should come soon. “We hope to bid for the new facility in February or March and hope to have the new fire station open by late next year or early 2023,” said Prafke. The new facility would replace the fire department's nearly century-old station.
Temperatures have been unseasonably warm as of late. “We are in the middle of a ridge pattern which has low temperatures higher than the average high temperatures, which is obviously unusual for this time of year in Minnesota,”said Paige Martin of the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Martin says it's very unusual to have overnight rainfall in Minnesota in late November or early December but many parts of the state have seen that this week
A Mapleton man was arrested after the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a rural Mapleton residence Tuesday. Blue Earth County court records say 38 year old Michael Smith has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, first degree sale of illegal drugs and first degree possession of methamphetamine. Smith was taken into custody without incident.
GreenSeam will host its 38th annual rural forum tonight. The event will be held from four-30 until eight-30 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato. GreenSeam representatives say the topic of this year's event will be Weathering the Xtremes, From Farm to Main Street. The keynote speakers will be Heidi Roop from the University of Minnesota and Bruce Rastetter of Summit Agricultural Group. Other speakers will include state FFA officers Nicole Koziolek and Raleigh Peterson as well as State Senators Rich Draheim and Nick Frentz and state representative Todd Lippert.
The city of Mankato is honoring Rosa Parks on its city buses this week. City officials say from now until next Wednesday, a seat will be reserved on each city bus to honor Rosa Parks' contribution to the civil rights movement. Parks made history 66 years ago when she refused to give up her seat while riding a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. That decision helped lead to the ending of racial segregation on public facilities.
A St. Peter man was charged after attempting to elude authorities last Friday. Blue Earth County court records say 24 year old Yahye Hurshe was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Authorities say Hurshe attempted to elude an officer last Friday leading authorities on a chase which included speeds of 55 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. The court report stated Hurshe was eventually captured on foot.
Two Mankato men have been charged in connection to a burglary in rural Blue Earth County in October. Blue Earth County court records say 26 year old Abel Rocha and 24 year old Peter Lohre have both been charged with aiding and abetting of first degree burglary, aiding and abetting to second degree dwelling, possession of ammunition or a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence and aiding and abetting of theft. Court records say 20 guns were stolen from the property.
A Mankato man is facing charges after authorities say he led police officers on a high speed case last week. Blue Earth County court records say 41 year old Thomas Mikell III was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Authorities say shortly after midnight on Thanksgiving morning, a Mankato Public Safety officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding but Mikkell failed to stop. The court report says the chase lasted 10 blocks and included speeds of 70 miles an hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. The chase ended when Mikkell's vehicle crashed into a [...]
Minnesota State University's Strategic Partnerships Center has been awarded a nearly one million dollar grant from the US Small Business Administration. Officials say the grant will allow the center to serve as a hub for a new American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers for small businesses seeking to access government resources. The Center will work with five partners to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to underserved small business, including micro and rural businesses in the food and agricultural sector.
The Maverick Machine band will get their New Year's plans for 2022 formalized tonight. College officials says the Maverick machine will host representatives from Rome at five-30 at the Elias Halling Recital Hall in MSU's Performing Arts Center. The Rome representatives will formally invited the band to participate the Rome New Year's Day Parade and Festival at the turn of the year 2022 into 2023.