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North Kato looks at future of CIP projects, eyeing improvements at Benson and Caswell parks

By |2018-09-24T05:23:16-05:00September 24th, 2018|

As North Mankato focuses on prioritizing projects in the 2019 budget, Officials are also laying out plans in the long-term Capital Investment Plan. The City sets aside 2-million dollars annually for equipment replacement, road repairs, facilities improvements and parks projects in the CIP. Mayor Mark Dehen says his number one priority in the CIP would be building a new shelter and restrooms at Benson Park. "I think that would make that park a lot more usable for the citizens and for events and those types of things. I think the other one that I'm seeing that is a new one that [...]

Xcel targeting all power to be restored in Mankato on Friday, Saturday in Waterville

By |2018-09-21T15:20:54-05:00September 21st, 2018|

Hundreds remain without power in the KTOE listening area Friday afternoon after severe storms swept through on Thursday and a major portion of the outage is in Waterville where over 2-thousand customers are impacted. Xcel Energy Regional Vice President of Distribution Operations Kelly Bloch says crews have been working around the clock to restore power.  "We have made some really good progress in the Mankato area, we expect to have everybody back in service in Mankato by this (Friday) evening. Waterville, we do not expect to have everyone restored in until later tomorrow (Saturday) evening." In Waterville, crews are in the [...]

Tornado touches down in Waterville, three other twisters reported in southern Minnesota

By |2018-09-20T20:25:53-05:00September 20th, 2018|

A tornado touched down in Waterville on Thursday evening, causing widespread damage. One of the homes that lost a roof due to the twister belonged to Jonathan and Beth Smith. Lori Smith is the mother of Jonathan and described what happened to KTOE's Brandon Lewis. A line of strong thunderstorms pushed through the listening area shortly after 5:30 p.m., causing power outages along with downed tree limbs and power lines. Three other tornadoes touched down in southern Minnesota including north of Faribault, near Northfield and West Concord. Jonathan and Beth Smith.  

MnDOT to finish Highway 14 project between Mankato and North Mankato next week

By |2018-09-20T15:00:59-05:00September 20th, 2018|

MnDOT is preparing for a weeks worth of finishing work on Highway 14 between Mankato and North Mankato starting on Monday. While most of the work is nearly complete on the stretch of Highway 14 between Lookout Drive and Highway 22, additional work to repair the shoulders will take place Tuesday through Thursday, according to Public Affairs Coordinator Rebecca Arndt. "We actually made a change in the contract, we think it will help with water ponding in the area. So, we're gonna kind of shave those down. So just a lane restriction, they'll still be able to get through. On Thursday [...]

MSU Small Business Center receives $40,000 grant from USDA to focus on business succession

By |2018-09-19T13:36:43-05:00September 19th, 2018|

The Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University- Mankato has been awarded a nearly 40-thousand dollar grant to pilot a program aimed at business succession in Sibley County. Minnesota State University- Mankato Small Business Development Center Regional Director Mike Hahn. "This is part of a USDA grant. Everything will start around October 1. We work through the Federal fiscal year, so we will work from October 1 through September 30 of next year," says Regional Director Mike Hahn. A series of events will be put on by the Small Business Development Center in Sibley County to focus on the [...]

Minnesotan’s can get REAL ID starting on October 1, have until 2020 to obtain

By |2018-09-18T16:30:49-05:00September 18th, 2018|

Minnesotans can begin the process of obtaining a REAL ID compliant card on October 1, but Officials are stressing that residents have until 2020 to do so after the federal government granted an extension. "So nobody needs to come in on October 1. It would just be the folks that are renewing their license as part of their normal process, or maybe they've gotten a name change or have moved and need to update their address," says Blue Earth County Director of Taxpayer Services Mike Stalberger. The extension means Minnesota residents can still use their standard license until October 1, 2020, [...]

Revere man facing charges after alcohol reportedly involved in Brown County crash

By |2018-09-18T15:15:49-05:00September 18th, 2018|

The Brown County Sheriff's Office reports a Revere man is facing charges after an accident involving alcohol on Sunday evening. According to the report, 22-year old Landon Lee Evans was driving on 450th Avenue near the Mound Creek Park west of Comfrey when he rolled his Mercury Montego at 5:46 p.m. Deputies say the vehicle rolled into the ditch and was totaled. Evens suffered minor injuries and is facing alcohol-related charges. A passenger in the vehicle, Shawn Wayne Burden of Jeffers was reportedly uninjured.

Fall enrollment at Bethany Lutheran College reaches 748 students, breaking old record set in 2008

By |2018-09-18T15:13:39-05:00September 18th, 2018|

Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato has broken several fall enrollment records for 2018 with 748 students signed up for classes, surpassing the previous record set in 2008. The fall class includes a record number of transfer and first-year students at 225, along with 94 high school students now taking online courses through Bethany Lutheran College. Director of Institutional Communication Lance Schwartz says the growth is exciting for the College.  "We have the capacity to serve more students and we've been intentional in looking for new students that want an education in a Christian Liberal Arts setting. The feeling on campus is [...]

North Kato sets .5% reduction in proposed tax rate for 2019, Tax Levy to total $6.9M

By |2018-09-18T13:50:13-05:00September 18th, 2018|

North Mankato is moving forward with a .5-percent reduction in the tax rate for 2019 and has set the proposed Tax Levy for next year at nearly 6.9-million dollars. Finance Director Kevin McCann says the Nicollet County Auditor updated the City on property values, which shows were higher than originally estimated.  "So we said, we could lower the tax rate even further based on that increase, but we decided to just go back to the half-percent, have a little extra cushion available for some projects that have come up with the extremely wet summer. With Pierce Avenue, with the sewer repairs there [...]

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