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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!

UPDATE: Highway 22 Detour to Begin November 4

By |2020-10-30T11:20:25-05:00October 30th, 2020|

UPDATE – the contractor has moved the start date on the Highway 22 project to Wednesday, November 4.   Weather permitting, motorists can expect a month-long detour of Highway 22 south of Mankato beginning Wednesday, November 4 as crews repair slopes in two locations that were damaged during the rains on July 25. The Highway 22 detour for through traffic will consist of Highway 83 and Blue Earth County Road 90. Local traffic will be allowed to businesses within the closure from Blue Earth County Road 90 to 200th Street. Access to residential properties within the closed section of Highway 22 will [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 3,165 in MN (Oct. 30)

By |2020-10-30T11:15:24-05:00October 30th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. Total positive cases (cumulative) 145,465 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 144,862 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 603 Newly reported cases 3,165 Newly reported confirmed cases 3,083 Newly reported probable cases 82 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 16 0 Anoka 219 9 Becker 41 0 Beltrami 23 0 Benton 51 2 Big Stone 8 0 Blue Earth 20 0 [...]

Grateful Giving Activity Kicks Off November 1

By |2020-10-30T05:58:22-05:00October 30th, 2020|

MANKATO—United Way’s Greater Mankato Grateful Giving activity kicks off November 1 as a way for community members to be mindful of what they have and give back to local organizations fighting hunger and homelessness. Each day in November, community members are encouraged to make a small donation (e.g., “Deposit $0.50 if you have enough blankets to keep you warm at night.”). At the end of the month, participants donate their collection to a local organization of their choice. A list of suggested area organizations is included with the calendar. Participants can download the calendar at MankatoUnitedWay.org/grateful-giving or follow the Greater Mankato [...]

Mankato Schools to Stay in Hybrid Learning Model

By |2020-10-30T05:36:45-05:00October 30th, 2020|

Based on the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) data, Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) will continue in a hybrid learning model. We continue to monitor the case rates in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties, and the most recent MDH report that came out today for October 4 through October 17 shows that numbers in Blue Earth County have slightly gone up and Nicollet County have slightly gone down. Yet, in reviewing the numbers reported at the beginning of the month, Blue Earth County rates are slightly higher today in comparison. As we anticipate future numbers, we’ll continue to watch the data [...]

First Annual Let it Glow, Kato! Window Display Contest Coming to the City Center

By |2020-10-29T11:43:15-05:00October 29th, 2020|

This holiday season, the City Center Partnership is sponsoring the first annual Let It Glow, Kato! Window Display Contest. City Center businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows with festive holiday displays for all to enjoy. The competition will include People’s Choice for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000 and what is sure to become a coveted traveling trophy. Online voting will start with the Shop Small event on November 20th and go through midnight, January 3. Anna Thill, president at Visit Mankato, shared that, “This fun and festive competition has a serious strategy behind it, which [...]

PPE collection bins outside Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center to be removed for winter

By |2020-10-29T11:40:23-05:00October 29th, 2020|

Due to cold weather and reduced requests for face coverings/masks, the green Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Minnesota collection bins for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) located outside of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center lobby doors, 1 Civic Center Plaza, will be removed. The last day for donation collection is Sunday, November 1. Items collected will be sanitized and re-packaged for distribution to long-term care facilities, front line volunteers, public safety, transportation personnel and other essential workers. "More than 30,000 masks have been received and re-distributed locally since April," says Brian Sather, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event [...]

MN Sec of State responds after MPLS police union calls on retired cops to watch polls

By |2020-10-29T11:36:04-05:00October 29th, 2020|

The Minneapolis police union is asking retired officers to help serve as "eyes and ears" at polling sites in "problem" areas across the city on Election Day. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says: "Anyone can sound the alarm for others to show up at polling places, but the law is really clear and in Minnesota is that each major political party is allowed only one person per polling place, they have to designate that person in writing." Simon says Minnesota law also guarantees voters the right to a peaceful polling place free of harassment or intrusion.

COVID Cases Rise by Record 2,872 in MN (Oct. 29)

By |2020-10-29T11:13:34-05:00October 29th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. Total positive cases (cumulative) 142,311 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 141,789 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 522 Newly reported cases 2,872 Newly reported confirmed cases 2,849 Newly reported probable cases 23 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 10 0 Anoka 181 0 Becker 17 0 Beltrami 32 0 Benton 28 0 Big Stone 6 0 Blue Earth 27 0 [...]

Mankato Youth Place Celebrates Second Anniversary

By |2020-10-29T06:35:27-05:00October 29th, 2020|

MY Place is thrilled to be celebrating its two-year anniversary on October 29, 2020. Since opening our doors two years ago we have provided after-school programming, summer programming and full-day distance learning support throughout the pandemic.  “This special occasion would typically be marked by a large gathering of community partners and supporters, due to Covid we are doing things a little differently,” says Erin Simmons, Executive Director. In celebration of our anniversary, MY Place is hosting an online silent auction that has been coordinated by Minnesota State University Mankato’s IBE Class (Integrated Business Experience). “An important aspect of this class is [...]

COVID-19 Relief Funds Help Farmers Restructuring Debt

By |2020-10-29T06:31:43-05:00October 29th, 2020|

Eligible Minnesota farmers restructuring their debt can get half of the loan guarantee fees on USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) restructuring loans covered through a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) program, paid for through federal COVID-19 funding. The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $175,000 in COVID-19 relief toward a grant program that covers 50 percent of loan guarantee fees for FSA loans to restructure farmers’ debt. Loan fees are 1.5 percent of the loan value and average $3,000-$5,000 in total. To be eligible, farmers must have closed on an FSA restructure loan between May 28, 2020, and November 9, 2020. Preference will be given to [...]

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