CenterPoint Energy is reminding residential customers about Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule, which protects Minnesotans who may have difficulty paying their heating bill by preventing disconnection of their natural gas service from Oct. 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023. Under the Cold Weather Rule, customers are required to set up a payment plan with their utility to prevent disconnection of their service. To arrange a payment plan, CenterPoint Energy customers can call 800-245-2377 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Suicide prevention advocate Emma Benoit’s return trip to Mankato next week has been expanded to include an additional community event as well as the opportunity for more high-schoolers to hear her story. The community is invited to a free screening of Benoit’s documentary “My Ascension” and panel discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 at West High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Mel and Todd Hoffner family. Refreshments sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. Support by Mankato Area Public Schools. No registration required. 22-year-old Benoit participated in a similar community event at [...]
Three neighboring organizations are hosting a Community Block Party on Tuesday, September 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the lawn of South Central College located at 1920 Lee Boulevard in North Mankato. KEYC News Now, the City of North Mankato and South Central College planned the event to provide an opportunity for community members new and old to gather and get to know one another. Everyone throughout the Greater Mankato region is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket, relax and enjoy music by Joe Tougas and Associates. There will also be lawn games available and [...]
Visitors to the Blue Earth County Library (Mankato location) between now and early December will see some exciting updates happening to the adult space. The library, built in 1976, is still home to the original shelves and while they are sturdy, their size poses safety and accessibility concerns. In addition to new shelving, the project, which is already underway, will include new carpeting and ceiling tiles in that space. The library will remain open throughout the project and materials are still available
Minnesota has seen an increase in calls for suicide prevention and crisis support since mid-July following the rollout of the new nationwide 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Dr. Dan Reidenberg Executive Director of Minnesota-based SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: "It's taken a long time to build the system and it's gonna take even longer for us to see how it goes it's gonna take years in fact before we know how effective it's working." The lifeline and Minnesota’s four call centers offer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Still no word on who made 14 'swatting' calls to Minnesota schools last Wednesday. Minnesota B-C-A investigators say it appears they all came from the same suspect. Mankato West High School was one of the schools that received a hoax report of an active shooter: :What was very helpful for us is that we had a school resource officer in the building at that time when the call came in. So we were able to dispel pretty quickly the specific details that came in with that call because the school resource officer was able to say, yeah that's not true." Mankato [...]
Law enforcement is warning Minnesotans about a dangerous new drug. It's called rainbow fentanyl and... "This is highly concerning to us and some of you may have seen this as a national trend but these are counterfeit fentanyl pills that are made in bright colors that look like candy and appeal to children." Drew Evans with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the pills were recently discovered in the Mankato area by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.
(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Health is raising awareness of the national 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The line was rolled out by the FCC earlier this year. Preliminary data shows there were over 775 suicides in Minnesota in 2021, the seventh straight year where more than 700 Minnesotans died by suicide. September is Suicide Prevention Month.
(Mankato, MN) -- Police in Mankato are releasing more information about a car crash from earlier last week that caused a power outage. Police say a car lost control on a curve on Augusta Drive last Monday afternoon, rolled, and hit a power pole. Two men in the car were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Police say speeding likely caused the crash.
Nearly 730-thousand Minnesotans are eligible for federal student loan relief. A recent announcement from the White House shows how many student loan borrowers are eligible in each state with the controversial plan. In Minnesota it's 729-thousand-700 borrowers that can get ten-thousand dollars in student loan relief. The White House also says there are 416-thousand-300 Pell borrowers in Minnesota eligible for up to 20-thousand dollars in relief.