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.
A bill sponsored by North Mankato State Senator Nick Frentz, which authorizes "granny cams" in Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities is headed for a Senate floor vote after passing out of a key Senate committee at the State Capitol. Toby Pearson with Care Providers of Minnesota supports electronic monitoring of vulnerable patients because, "To put it simply, if folks know there are going to be cameras recording what you do, you're less likely to do something bad." The bill is part of a push at the State Capitol for better elder care in the state. Protection of vulnerable adults [...]
A winter storm warning has been issued for much of east central through southern Minnesota, including the Mankato area, starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday evening. WeatherEye Meteorologist Megan Mulford said, "We'll start to see that snow during the late-night, overnight hours and we'll see temperatures rising from 11. During that time, we'll see accumulations of two-to-four inches. Definitely, that morning commute is going to tough." The warning goes into effect at midnight. She added that during the day on Wednesday, conditions are expected to get even worse and, "We'll continue with snow showers, heavy at times. We'll see new snow [...]
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.
Governor Tim Walz rolls out his two-year state budget plan on Tuesday. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. The governor has already floated proposals that would have significant impacts on major areas of the budget. For more equity between school districts, he wants the state to pick up a greater share of the cost of E-12 education, meaning less reliance on property taxes. He also proposed free tuition at public colleges and universities for the first two years during his campaign. Walz has pledged increases in state aid to cities and counties, and Republicans expect he'll ask for $50 to $100 [...]
This month is now the snowiest February on record in Mankato, and it's not nearly over yet. WeatherEye meteorologist Megan Mulford said the next system is expected to move in late in the day Tuesday and one to two inches of snowfall is possible. She says the snow will continue through Wednesday, with two to four more inches possible. More snow showers are expected Thursday and another system may arrive on Friday that Mulford said includes the potential for significant snowfall. Since February 1st, 28.5 inches of snow has been measured in the back yard of the Radio Mankato [...]
It's Tribal Sovereignty Day at the State Capitol. All committee hearings have been canceled and Minnesota's 11 tribes have been invited to speak before and with lawmakers. Democrat Minnesota State Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter. St. Peter State Representative Jeff Brand says it's a day of particular importance given the history of the south-central Minnesota region. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan is currently the highest-ranking Native American woman in state or federal office.
The 7th Annual Pedal Past Poverty fundraiser takes place this Saturday at the Mankato YMCA. With nearly 300 participants, executive director Jen Theneman says it is their most important fundraiser for Partners for Affordable Housing. If you would like to participate, you can still register online.
Mankato state representative introduces prison safety legislation named for fallen corrections officer
A Mankato D.F.L. lawmaker has introduced the bill meant to increase staffing at state prisons. Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine. State Representative Jack Considine named the measure for fallen corrections officer Joseph Gomm, who officials say was killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison in July. Considine called his death a tragedy and said the bill gathered bipartisan support when he first floated the idea before the session began. Corrections officials have said they need 300 more corrections officers over the next four years, and Considine explained the bill will phase them in incrementally with up [...]