Apply for Mankato’s Neighborhood Engagement Grant Program

By |2023-01-27T05:22:14-06:00January 27th, 2023|

-Applications are being accepted for Mankato's new Neighborhood Engagement Grant Program. The pilot project is designed to provide small monetary grants to residents, neighborhood associations and community organizations located in Mankato to support community building events such as neighborhood block parties, movie nights and social gatherings. Grant recipients may receive up to $500 per event to assist with covering costs. Funds will be available until gone, and all projects must be completed by December 1. Download the application and guide or complete the application online. Community impacts include: Positive impacts in the community and neighborhood, which will help further goals in Mankato’s Strategic Plan in the [...]

Rep. Jeff Brand: MN House passes transformative clean energy legislation

By |2023-01-27T05:20:23-06:00January 27th, 2023|

Thursday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed transformative legislation to tackle the climate crisis and create good jobs. House File 7 establishes new clean energy goals for the state and puts Minnesota on a path to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040.   According to the University of Minnesota, the state of Minnesota is one of the fastest-warming states in the nation. In 2007, a DFL House, DFL Senate, and a Republican Governor enacted the Next Generation Energy Act, which sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. According to a 2021 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) report, the state is [...]

YMCA Mentoring Program Receives $30,000 Otto Bremer Trust Grant

By |2023-01-27T05:11:13-06:00January 27th, 2023|

The Mankato Family YMCA Brother/Sister Mentoring Program recently received a $30,000.00 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust which will help provide mentoring opportunities for youth and families in the Mankato area. The Mentoring Program at the YMCA includes the Brother/Sister Program and School-Based Mentoring. The goal is to build trusted relationships between the mentor and mentee, where confidence and hope becomes a reality. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor is asked to call 507-345-9815 or complete an online application

Minnesota State Mankato to Offer Free Dental Care for Kids on Feb. 2

By |2023-01-27T05:09:59-06:00January 27th, 2023|

 Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dental Education Program is offering free dental care to area children 18 years and younger Thursday, Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Patients seeking appointments for cleanings, X-rays, exams, sealants and fluoride should be 18 and under and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.   Exams will be conducted at the public dental clinic in the Clinical Sciences Building Room 128 (address is 150 South Road; building is located north of the Taylor Center and east of Ford Hall) on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, [...]

2023 State of Ag Survey Now Available

By |2023-01-27T04:48:18-06:00January 27th, 2023|

GreenSeam and Minnesota State University of Mankato, along with our partners and collaborators, is seeking a glimpse of how businesses, organizations, and leaders view the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture in Minnesota in 2023 and beyond. We have developed the State of Ag survey to study ways to better understand, serve, and support the workforce, businesses, organizations, and the communities we call home. In this study, you will be asked to complete an online State of Ag survey.   “The State of Ag survey is a valuable tool for gaining insight into the current state of agriculture in Minnesota. By asking [...]

Study Finds Minnesota State Contributed $8.4 Billion to State in 2021

By |2023-01-26T05:37:50-06:00January 26th, 2023|

A new study finds that the Minnesota State system has a multi-billion-dollar economic impact on the state's economy.   Nichole Parker of the Parker Phillips consulting firm conducted the analysis and says these schools do a lot more than produce graduates that fulfill Minnesota's workforce needs: "The operations of the 26 colleges and seven universities of Minnesota State are integral to the state's economy. And so they produce a combined eight-point-four billion (dollars)and sustain over 62-thousand jobs throughout the state." Parker says Minnesota State generates over 649 million dollars in state and local taxes.  More than 850 thousand alumni live and work [...]

DNR Would Get Big Boost In Governor’s Proposed Budget

By |2023-01-26T05:34:07-06:00January 26th, 2023|

Governor Tim Walz is proposing 287 million dollars in new money over the next two years to the DNR.  Commissioner Sarah Strommen: "This really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sure that those parks and those trails and our boat accesses and our streams are there for Minnesotans for the future for our health and wellness for our recreational enjoyment and for our economic well-being)." Much of the new money would come from the state’s $17 billion budget surplus.

House GOP Leaders Want Biden to Negotiate on Raising Debt Ceiling

By |2023-01-26T05:28:41-06:00January 26th, 2023|

House G-O-P leaders want President Biden to meet with them to discuss raising the nation's debt ceiling.  House Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota says they're pushing for changes in the way the government spends money: "Republicans ran and won in 2022 on reigning in reckless federal spending. So we're ready to negotiate." Emmer says he has consistently opposed every debt ceiling increase since he was elected to Congress.  The White House says lawmakers should raise the debt limit without conditions.

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