The city of Mankato is asking residents to avoid activities around stormwater ponds. "Although they have aesthetic value, stormwater ponds are part of the city's infrastructure. Since they are constantly working, water is continuously moving making the ice inconsistent and unsafe, " said Baird. City environmental sustainability coordinator Rick Baird says stormwater ponds are part of a broad, city stormwater treatment system. Baird says they're designed to catch contaminants that end up in storm drains and remove them before the water goes to the river.
The North Mankato City Council is still dealing with the issue of off-street parking regulations. Councilperson Sandy Oaks was asked what's prompting the discussion. "Things are getting more congested," said Oaks. "So we need to take a look at how we're monitoring our streets and keeping them safe for emergency vehicles and residents." Oaks says it's a difficult discussion because of the different parts of the community. "When you're trying to make a decision on changing something you have to take a look at the geographic diversity of the community and how best does it work for everyone," said Oaks. The [...]
Two people were taken to the hospital after a house fire in New Ulm Tuesday night. The New Ulm Fire Department says shortly before 6 p.m. they were called to 717 South Valley Street on a report of a house fire. Fire officials say the blaze was contained to the kitchen. Two individuals were transported by Allina Ambulance and two cats perished in the fire. Authorities say the fire was contained to the kitchen but there was heavy smoke damage throughout the home. The Fire department says they were on the scene for an hour and a half and the cause [...]
A Blooming Prairie business was destroyed in a Tuesday morning fire. KIMT television reports the Blooming Prairie Fire Department was called to The Bakery in downtown Blooming Prairie shortly after six a.m. Authorities say the blaze began in the basement of the building and worked its way through the multi-level structure. Seven fire departments helped fight the blaze. No injuries were reported and no cause has been determined.
Two people were injured when a truck hit a guardrail on I-35 and rolled down an embankment near Owatonna yesterday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says the driver, 28-year-old Carlos Lopez of Owatonna, and a passenger, 25-year-old Jorge Baez of Fairbault, were taken to Mayo Clinic Health System Owatonna with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say shortly after 8:30, Lopez lost control of the truck on the snow and ice-covered interstate, the truck hit the guardrail, went over the guardrail and rolled down an embankment coming to rest near railroad tracks.
A vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident in Edina last week, which injured a student waiting for a school bus, has been found in Mankato. The city of Edina's Facebook page says more than 25 tips from the public led authorities to the Chevrolet Malibu, which is now in possession of the Edina Police Department. Authorities say no arrests have been made at this time but police are still actively investigating the case. The accident occurred on the morning of January 23rd.
A Tuesday morning accident near Waseca sent a Minnesota Lake Woman to the hospital. The Minnesota State Patrol says 33-year-old Sara Bautista was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System Waseca with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say around seven-30, Bautista lost control of her vehicle on a snow and ice-covered Highway 13. The vehicle spun out, entered the ditch and rolled. Three passengers in the vehicle were uninjured.
The Minnesota Pork Congress is taking place in Minneapolis. JoDee Haala of New Ulm is the president of the Minnesota Pork Board. She told the Linder Farm Network safety would be one of the big topics of discussion. "Protection from foreign animal disease and foreign animal disease preparedness," said Haala. "The goal is to make a stronger pork industry. To do that we all need to step up and make a stronger pork industry." Haala says federal authorities are always on the lookout but state and local officials have to be prepared as well. "We need to work with the University [...]
A Glencoe man was killed in a Monday afternoon accident. The Minnesota State Patrol says 34-year-old Anthony Mancino died of injuries in the two-vehicle accident. Authorities say shortly before five-30, vehicles driven by Mancino and 72-year-old David Wolf of Northfield collided in the intersection of Highway 19 and Rice County Road 2. Wolf was not injured in the accident.
The Minnesota Nurses Association says progress is being made in contract negotiations between their organization and Mayo Clinic Mankato. MNA spokesperson Rick Fuentes says the two sides negotiated from nine a.m. until five p.m. Monday. Fuentes called it a good discussion and said progress was made. He added an Unfair Labor Practice filing made by Mayo against the MNA was dismissed and the organization has adjusted how many nurses can participate in the contract negotiations. Mayo Clinic Regional Chief Nursing Officer Laura Evenson said discussions were cordial and added they had good conversations regarding several important topics. Evenson said Mayo is [...]