Minnesota’s connection to Olivia Newton John

By |2022-08-11T05:50:33-05:00August 11th, 2022|

It’s not often that celebrities at the height of their fame honor request to appear at small town events, especially if there’s no prior connection. In 1978, the town of Olivia in south central Minnesota took a shot and invited singer and actress Olivia Newton-John to serve as Grand Marshal of the Corn Capital Days Parade. And to their shock, she accepted and also did it for free. Dave Pederson, who had the idea to invite her says her participation in the parade helped lift the spirits of town residents following a plane crash that had killed six prominent citizens. Olivia [...]

Top analyst: Special election win in 1st Congressional District likely gives Finstad advantage in November

By |2022-08-11T05:48:18-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Republican Brad Finstad defeated Democrat Jeff Ettinger in a special election in Minnesota's First Congressional District and will serve out the remaining months in the term of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn.  Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Finstad probably has an advantage going into the November election against Ettinger: "It was a district of course that was already leaning Republican.  The redistricting, of which the November election will now kick in for, is even a little bit more Republican that the one for the special election." Schultz says it's questionable whether Finstad will gain much of an "incumbency" advantage [...]

MN Sec of State: Primary voting turnout “good” this year

By |2022-08-11T05:46:48-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Roughly 18-percent of eligible Minnesota voters turned out and voted in Tuesday's primary election. Which isn't too bad, says Secretary of State Steve Simon... "So much of the turnout is focused year after year after year on whether or not and to what extent there are contests that are close contests that are interesting that are getting a lot of attention when there are a lot of those turnout tends to be high when they're not so many turnout tends to be low." Simon says 18-percent may seem like a low number, but typically but primary voter turnout is "much, much [...]

Mother Sues Walmart After Daughter Dies In Fire In MN Store Lot

By |2022-08-11T05:31:39-05:00August 11th, 2022|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A woman is suing Walmart after her daughter died in a fire in the store's parking lot north of Minneapolis.  Essie McKenzie accuses the retailer of negligence and wrongful death due to a lack of oversight.  The suit claims Walmart has a policy that welcomes RV campers to stay overnight in their parking lots.  The plaintiff's daughter died in August 2019 when a fire spread from a recreational camper to a car where six-year-old Ty'rah White was inside.  The victim's nine-year-old sister was badly disfigured.

Mankato Clinic Foundation announces grant recipients during quarter three

By |2022-08-11T05:30:20-05:00August 11th, 2022|

To support health and wellness in our region, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $14,162 in grants to community organizations during quarter three.    Receiving grants for quarter three are: ·         Friends of Learning – Back to School Project ($3,000) ·         Minnesota State University Foundation – Maverick Camp Rec & Read Scholarships ($4,662) ·         Helping Paws of Minnesota – Service dog for a person with physical disabilities, veteran or first responder with PTSD ($3,000) ·         City of Saint Peter – Active Aging Week 2022 ($1,000) ·         Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Elementary School – Every Knight Every Day positive behavior program ($2,500)

Highway 15 north of Madelia reduced to one lane beginning August 11

By |2022-08-11T05:26:09-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Motorists traveling on Highway 15 north of Madelia may experience traffic delays beginning Thursday, August 11 as crews begin resurfacing the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists can expect to encounter lane closures, flaggers, and pilot cars on Highway 15 from Madelia to the Brown/Watonwan County line until the resurfacing work is completed in early October. Approximately five miles of Highway 15 from the Highway 15/Highway 60 interchange to the Watonwan/Brown County line will be resurfaced. Project work also includes culvert repairs, installing snow fence along Highway 15 near County Road 3, installation of lighting at County Road [...]

Salvation Army to Host Back to School Community Fair

By |2022-08-11T05:14:43-05:00August 11th, 2022|

MANKATO, Minn. – The Salvation Army is hosting its second annual Back to School Community Fair, partnering with some amazing groups to make a difference in the lives of young families in Blue Earth County and North Mankato. This event will include The Pelican Food Truck, NAACP & True Essentials Co, BEC Library, Northside Hair Co., MVAC, SMRLS, Habitat for Humanity and Crisis Nursery just to name a few. The Salvation Army will provide clothing vouchers, backpacks, and shoes (“Good in the Hood – Shoe Truck”). The Salvation Army Church will be on hand for spiritual care as well. It is [...]

Christensen Farms’ Donates 200lbs of Pork to South Central MN Food Recovery

By |2022-08-11T05:08:39-05:00August 11th, 2022|

GreenSeam’s annual Celebration of Ag took place, Thursday, July 21, 2022, at the ISG Field in Mankato. In addition to the program, baseball game, booths, and networking, there was a new activity that sparked the interest of that evenings’ guests. Christensen Farms brought two 35 pound nursery pigs to the game and for every pig or agricultural question that their staff received, Christensen Farms would donate a pound of pork to South Central MN Food Recovery. They will be at the Wooden Spoon Monday, August 15th at 4:30pm, where 200 pounds of ground pork will be delivered to South Central MN Food Recovery. The [...]

Governor Walz, Business Leaders Discuss Workforce Training and Job Creation in Owatonna

By |2022-08-11T04:58:53-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove today met with business leaders in Owatonna today to discuss ways to expand the economy by addressing staffing shortages and ensuring Minnesotans can get connected to job and skills training opportunities. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has developed a Jobs Skills Partnership program to work with businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. Workforce Development Inc., recently opened a new location in Owatonna to help people looking [...]

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