Mankato-Update: Cullen Duane Kennedy has been found and is safe. He was located in Rochester, Minn. around 4 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, October 5). The Rochester Police Department assisted the Mankato Department of Public Safety with this case. ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE Public Safety seeks assistance locating missing person Cullen Duane Kennedy. Kennedy, a 25-year-old white male, is considered a vulnerable adult. He is 6-foot 5-inches tall and 250 pounds. He has not contacted his family and was last seen at approximately 6 p.m., Saturday, October 1 on the 100 block of Cardinal Drive. Kennedy was wearing a blue zip-up sweatshirt and [...]
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation presented three awards Friday, Sept. 30 at the annual Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Purple and Gold Gala—a black-tie reception and banquet in the University’s Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge and Ballroom that celebrates the generosity of alumni and friends. The Foundation honored Steve and Mary Klick as “Philanthropists of the Year,” Federated Mutual Insurance Company as “Corporate Partner of the Year” and Carol Sletner as “Volunteer of the Year.” Through the Klick Foundation of Glenwood, Minn., the Klicks gave more than $1.16 million to provide scholarships to students in a variety of programs. Steve Klick is [...]
More than a dozen commercial turkey facilities in Minnesota reported cases of high-path avian flu during September. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association executive director Ashley Kohls says this year’s outbreak is somewhat similar to 2015: "But what’s changed from 2015 is the understanding of how to respond to high-path AI." Kohls says state and federal partners continue to pool and refine resources: "If they have the unfortunate situation of finding high-path AI in their flocks, they’re able to respond in a timely manner so they are able to get back on track with turkey production for their specific farm." Since August 30th, [...]
School board members and educators from what organizers say are "multiple different school districts" this morning (1130am) call on Republican candidate for governor Scott Jensen to apologize for spreading a false rumor about litter boxes in schools. Meanwhile, Education Minnesota teachers union President Denise Specht is hammering Jensen not only for that, but also what he said about gender choice at a recent rally in Hutchinson: "The purpose of his comment suggests to me that he is not at all interested in protecting and helping... all our students." Gender Justice Action's Megan Peterson says it's "shocking and... appalling to see someone [...]
COVID "hero pay" bonuses of just under 500 dollars ($487.45) begin going out today (Wed) to just over one million Minnesota front-line workers. Officials say those choosing direct deposit should receive payment within seven to 10 business days; those who chose payment via debit card will be mailed their bonus within three to four weeks. Department of Labor and Industry's Nicole Blissenbach says: "Final payments (are) not taxable at the state level, however the payments are taxable at the federal level. We couldn't change that through this legislation." Blissenbach says everyone who applied for a hero bonus should receive an e-mail [...]
October 5th is national Energy Efficiency Day and CenterPoint Energy is promoting today's (Wednesday) event. Minnesota spokesman Ross Corson: "It's kind of the start of the winter heating season and the key message is that energy efficiency is one of the easiest, quickest and most cost-effective ways for people and homeowners to reduce their energy use, lower their utility bills and limit their carbon footprint from their energy usage." Corson recommends getting an annual tune-up of your furnace, checking or changing the air filter monthly, and using a programmable thermostat. CenterPoint Energy is Minnesota's largest natural gas provider, serving more than [...]
(Minneapolis, MN) -- A man convicted of killing a youth baseball coach during a road rage incident in Plymouth is getting life in prison. A judge sentenced Jamal Smith today. Smith was found guilty by a jury in July of first and second-degree murder in the death of Jay Boughton. The shooting happened on Highway 169 when Boughton was driving home from a baseball game with his son in July of 2021.
(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing to push for state funding to upgrade trails, campgrounds, fish hatcheries, and parks. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen published an op-ed yesterday focused on the agency's Get Out MORE proposal. The DNR requested the funding last session, but lawmakers adjourned without resolving the issue. Strommen says without the funding, outdoor recreation in the state could suffer.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Law enforcement leaders are choosing sides in the Minnesota attorney general's race. Nine Minnesota county attorneys endorsed Democratic incumbent Keith Ellison's re-election campaign yesterday. The move comes after nearly two dozen county sheriffs endorsed his Republican opponent Jim Schultz. Former Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and two former county attorneys have also endorsed Ellison. Klobuchar is a former Hennepin County attorney.
Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding on local projects that enhance transportation goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The $12.5 million in federal funding is available through the Transportation Alternatives program in Greater Minnesota (each region has a sub-targeted fund). This program offers a competitive grant for communities, schools and regional agencies to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.