What are Mankato’s Affordable Housing Needs? Share Ideas October 11 and Online

By |2022-10-06T09:38:53-05:00October 6th, 2022|

Provide ideas about Mankato's affordable housing needs by attending an open house, including round table discussions, on Tuesday, October 11. Two sessions will be offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Both will be held in the Mankato Room, first floor of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. For those unable to attend, ideas can be provided at Every Voice Mankato and a survey can be completed online. Feedback will be important as the City of Mankato develops an Affordable Housing Action Plan. Topics that may be covered include homelessness, senior housing, rental housing, home ownership options, housing preservation and other housing needs. Affordable [...]

Minnesota showcases manufacturing in October

By |2022-10-06T06:03:41-05:00October 6th, 2022|

Governor Walz has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Minnesota, in recognition of the critical importance of manufacturing to the state's economy and to highlight the many career opportunities in this vital industry.  DEED Commissioner Steve Grove: "The reality today is these are high-tech jobs. They involve using advanced machinery. They involve very enticing career ladders where you can build a career over time and advance. Automation has really changed the industry in ways that make it exciting." Manufacturers throughout Minnesota have open positions - ranging from entry-level to highly skilled and everything in between.

Apple season in full swing

By |2022-10-06T06:00:21-05:00October 6th, 2022|

Apple season is in full swing across the state.  And one apple variety in Minnesota is celebrating its 100th birthday this year -- the Haralson: "It was first introduced in 1922 and it became --- up until the 1990s and most important apple variety we grew in Minnesota. So a reign for many decades until the Honeycrisp came along." Jim Luby is a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the U of M.  The most recent apple releases, First Kiss (known as Rave when grown outside of Minnesota) and Triumph, both children of Honeycrisp, along [...]

Remains Of Minnesota WW2 Airman Laid To Rest

By |2022-10-06T05:58:27-05:00October 6th, 2022|

(Fort Snelling, MN)  --  The remains of a Minnesota World War Two airman are laid to rest.  Officials say Staff Sergeant Donald Duchene was only 19 years old when he was shot down over Romania during the bombing of oil fields in 1943.  His remains were recovered in 2017 as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's Operation Tidal Wave and were identified in September.  His remains were flown to Minnesota several days ago and were buried at Fort Snelling this week.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Candidates Appealing To Voters Through Differences

By |2022-10-06T05:56:54-05:00October 6th, 2022|

DFL Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan and Republican challenger Matt Birk are using their differences to appeal to voters.  Birk is a Harvard graduate and two-time All-Pro center for the Minnesota Vikings.  He says he decided to sign on to Scott Jensen's ticket because of disappointment in the way Governor Tim Walz handled the COVID-19 pandemic.  Flanagan is the nation's highest ranking Native American woman elected to executive office and says she approaches the job as a partnership with Governor Walz.

Second Congressional District Candidate Paula Overby Dies

By |2022-10-06T05:55:06-05:00October 6th, 2022|

Second Congressional District third-party candidate Paula Overby has died.  Overby was the Legalize Marijuana Now party candidate facing off against incumbent Democrat Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner.  The 68-year-old's death comes as early voting gets underway.  She is the second candidate from her party to die shortly before an election in the Second District, with the first happening prior to the 2020 election.

AG Suing Fleet Farm For Allegedly Selling Guns To Straw Buyers

By |2022-10-06T05:43:55-05:00October 6th, 2022|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Fleet Farm is accused of selling guns to buyers who then resell them to criminals who can't legally buy a firearm.  Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the suit yesterday, saying the retailer negligently sold firearms to straw buyers, aided and abetted criminals, and contributed to gun trafficking.  Ellison says the retailer ignored the signs of straw purchasing.  Fleet Farm denies the allegations.

Mankato River Ramble Rides Again

By |2022-10-06T05:42:31-05:00October 6th, 2022|

Greater Minnesota’s biggest bike ride, the Mankato River Ramble will hit the road this Sunday, October 9, with scenic tours of 12, 26, and 42 miles. This beloved autumn ride features the beautiful Minnesota River Valley and surprising sights like the beauty of Minneopa and Minnemishinona parks. A great ride for all ages. The Ramble is a community-wide celebration for cyclists, music lovers, and foodies of all ages and attracts riders from across Minnesota and the surrounding states. In fact, some families have three generations of riders participating on Sunday. The Ramble features five Rest Stops with live music (like the [...]

Sen. Smith in Mankato Oct. 6

By |2022-10-06T05:31:53-05:00October 6th, 2022|

 Today U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) will travel to Mankato for two events. The first event will be a tour of the Kasota Prairie Community Solar Garden to discuss the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act for the local clean energy economy. Senator Smith was a leader in passing this bill into law this summer, and it is the single largest investment in climate and clean energy in American history. The second event will be a roundtable at the Pioneer Bank Community Room in Mankato. The Senator will lead a discussion on the Rural Development Title of the Farm Bill. The discussion will be focused [...]

United Way Hosts Sex Trafficking Prevention Awareness Event: Oct. 25

By |2022-10-06T05:30:37-05:00October 6th, 2022|

Community members are invited to a free educational event on sex trafficking prevention, hosted by Greater Mankato Area United Way in partnership with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Safe Harbor program.   The event takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 at South Central College’s Conference Center A. Light lunch is sponsored by South Central College. Additional support provided by Zonta Club of Mankato.

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