The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a winter weather advisory just after noon Thursday for Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Martin, and Faribault Counties. It impacts parts south of the Minnesota River Valley, mainly along a line from Morris to New Ulm and Mankato. Forecasters say drivers can expect gusty northwest winds, light snow, and widespread blowing snow that will create dangerous conditions. Meteorologists add that conditions should this evening as wind speeds decrease. The winter weather advisory will end at 6:00 p.m., but it will be followed by a wind chill advisory from 11:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. Friday.
A wind chill advisory goes into effect at 11:00 p.m. Thursday for Sibley, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Martin, and Faribault Counties. WeatherEye Meteorologist Megan Mulford said, "We're going to drop down to six below zero, wind chill values as low as –25. It's still going to be breezy out there; wind gusts as high as 35." Thursday night's advisory will remain in effect until 9:00 a.m. Friday and Mulford cautioned that the cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Friday the expected high is just seven degrees and Mulford said there [...]
The Blue Earth County Historical Society is hosting an informational speaker and question session on Dakota heritage. The presentation takes place on Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m. It is part of their traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter." Shelley Harrison says you can learn anything you've wanted to know about Native American culture. The event is free and open to the public.
Blue Earth County is offering e-waste recycling for items such as TVs and computers. Each item is $5. Bill Goebel says it helps the environment because some of the metals can contaminate our water. The drop off is at the Ponderosa Landfill in Mankato. This service is for Blue Earth County residents and businesses.
Three schools in Minnesota will each be gifted a $100,000 Don't Quit Fitness Center from the Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council. Continuing his goal of ending childhood obesity, fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, the Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has kicked off 2019 by selecting Minnesota for its 2019 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. The winners will receive a DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center at three schools. The winners will be for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. School nominations will run through Friday, March 22, 2019. The nomination process is simple. All you need to do is fill out [...]
At 7:37 Thursday morning, the Mankato Department of Public Safety responded to a truck fire at the 1700 block of Monks Avenue. The driver had pulled the truck, a 2005 International 4200, off of the road. Firefighters extinguished the fire. There were no fire-related injuries in this incident. Preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000. The fire was determined to be unintentional.
A recent report from Nature Communications shows that if nothing is done to reduce emissions and rein in climate change, by 2080 Mankato would be more like Salina, Kansas where summers are more than nine degrees warmer and over 12 percent drier, while winter would be more than 16 degrees warmer and 6.6 percent wetter. North Mankato Democratic State Senator Nick Frentz has been at the forefront of environmental issued at the capitol this legislative session and he said that's not the only recent study on climate change in Minnesota. "We saw a study this week that Minnesota might be [...]
Study predicts Mankato’s weather will feel more like that in Kansas by 2080 if carbon emissions are not reduced
Unless big changes are made to reduce carbon emissions, a new study shows that in 60 years Mankato's climate will feel more like that in Kansas. Nature Communications put together the study predicting some of the changes that major American cities can expect to experience by 2080 and it includes best and worst case scenarios. If steps are taken to reduce the carbon footprint researchers believe Mankato's weather will feel like that in Columbus, Nebraska which is about five degrees warmer in the winter and almost 19 percent dryer. However, if nothing is done to reduce emissions Mankato would be more [...]
A Minnesota lawmaker has sent letters to the top three insulin manufacturers asking for information about pricing and profit. U.S. Senator Tina Smith said, "It is high time that we take steps to reign in the rising cost of prescription drugs." Specifically, the Senator is asking for information on their pricing decisions and how they use their revenue because, "We need to hold big drug companies accountable and we need to get a better idea of why prices are going up, and then we need to focus on solutions that are going to bring prices down." Insulin prices have nearly tripled [...]
Funding for the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato has breezed through two state Senate committees so far. North Mankato State Senator Nick Frentz said the museum is a big tourism draw for the area and, "We have about 100,000 visitors a year and it's not just a Mankato area attraction. It's regional. They bring in students and people from all over southern Minnesota and, to some extent, around the state." The bill would provide $400,000 in grant money from the arts and cultural heritage fund because Frentz explained, "It has both a cultural and educational component.