Mankato East and MSU softball standout Coley Ries will be back playing professional softball in Mankato. The national champion pitcher signed with the Aussie Peppers. The Peppers will play its home games at Caswell Park in North Mankato. For Ries, the feelings are hard to describe. Ries is currently coaching with MSU. The professional season starts in June.
MSU athletics announce a five-year partnership with the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic and Sanford Health. This means more than $1.3 million in funding and nearly a half a million dollars in orthopedic services. Athletic Director Kevin Buisman says it will benefit the athletes and the student body. They are planning for the contract to begin in July
The first Mankato food and seed swap takes place this Sunday at the Living Earth Center on Good Counsel Hill. It starts at 1:00. Coordinator Kaylee Moody says the items are homemade goods such as canned pickles or homemade bread. She also says to remember to bring things to swap as no money will be used. There will be a documentary on seeds following the swap
Kids of all ages are invited to come out and bust a move at the Capitol Room in St. Peter. All of the fun takes place on Sunday, February 24 from 2-5 in the afternoon. DJ Kyle says it is a fun activity to get the kids moving in the winter weather. Admission is $3 per person.
If you are looking to get flowers for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, BENCHS is offering a sale of roses, candy and a card for $25. All of the funds raised will go to the care of the animals. To guarantee your order, you can go online until 11 Wednesday morning.
With winter still showing its wrath, public safety officials want to remind drivers to use caution when it comes to the safety of themselves and other. North Mankato Police Officer Jacob Kral says to always drive for the conditions and not for the speed limit. He also says to remember to turn on your headlights even if you have automatic lights, they may not turn on during snow events.
A new sport may be coming to St. Clair….bass fishing. Charles Freitag says all you need is two people to fish and a captain for the boat that is 18 or older. Lake Crystal is another town that offers competitive bass fishing. The season starts in June.
Infants and toddlers in the Mankato are taking part in a variety of early childhood education classes, including baby sign language. Chantell Drummer says it can help both the baby and the parent when it comes to communicating. The sign up for the spring session of classes is happening now. The classes begin in March.
The Minnesota DNR is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors by heading to our local state parks. Dennis Reinl says snowshoeing is one option at Sakatah Lake Park in Waterville. He also says with the compacted snow, walking the trails in boots is another fun option.
A community workout took place over the weekend to help a special boy. 5-year-old Brock Groe has ALD, a rare disease that affects the brain Chris Ellison of Kato CrossFit says the funds raised go to help his family with things such as medical expenses. To help Brock’s family, there is a Go Fund Me page under Can’t Stop Brock. The family also says to help, you can sign up to be a bone marrow donor.