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Help Deter Catalytic Converter Theft

By |2023-02-08T09:40:26-06:00February 8th, 2023|

Mankato-The Mankato Department of Public Safety, through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, is implementing a program to help deter theft of catalytic converters. To participate, vehicle owners must register their vehicles at the Public Safety Center, 710 S. Front St. any time. Once registered, the owner will be provided with a packet that includes an identification label with a unique code and instructions and materials to install the label. "Catalytic converters do not have serial numbers or other identifying features that make them easy to trace," says Associate Director of Public Safety Dan Schisel. "Registering and labeling catalytic converters helps them be identified should they be [...]

“Brewing New Ideas” Follow-Up Survey 

By |2023-02-08T06:45:20-06:00February 8th, 2023|

“Brewing New Ideas” Follow-Up Survey  The City of North Mankato is inviting residents to complete a city-wide survey following the  “Brewing New Ideas” public engagement sessions held in fall of 2022. In this survey, residents  can rank ideas generated during the public engagement sessions, and provide new ideas that  weren’t previously discussed. Access the survey at northmankato.com/brewingnewideas or pick  up a paper copy at City Hall or the Taylor Library. The survey will close on February 8th, 2023. 

Walz Signs “100 Percent Carbon-Free by 2040” Bill into Law

By |2023-02-08T06:03:25-06:00February 8th, 2023|

A bill signed into law by Governor Tim Walz requires 100 percent of the state's electricity to be carbon-free by the year 2040.  Walz says Minnesotans are not going to wait any longer: "And I have to tell you when I hear people say "you're moving too fast,"  we can't move to fast when it comes to addressing climate change. We can't move....applause." Kevin Pranis of LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota says this is a jobs bill: "Our members are ready to extend the life of Minnesota’s nuclear power plants, install thousands of megawatts of wind and solar, and deploy emerging [...]

President Biden Pushes for Police Reforms in SOU Address

By |2023-02-08T05:58:35-06:00February 8th, 2023|

President Biden issued another call to "finish the job on police reform" during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, as discussions stall in Congress due to disagreements on a number of key issues. Senator Tina Smith: "We have to just all continue to try to work to make sure that of course we're fighting violence but we are fighting violence in all the ways that it happens including  when it's perpetrated by law enforcement against citizens." Republicans still have the numbers in the Senate to filibuster Democratic initiatives such as policing proposals, and they now control the House, meaning [...]

Some Minnesota Hospitals NOT complying with Hospital Price Transparency Rule

By |2023-02-08T05:57:02-06:00February 8th, 2023|

A new report by Patient-Rights-Advocate.org shows a large majority of hospitals are continuing to hide the cost of care from consumers, including 33 hospitals in Minnesota. Cynthia Fisher, founder, and Chairwoman of PRA says they are finding there are wide price variations in the same hospitals for identical services: "No one would have put up with being charged $10 More for a gallon of milk or 10 times more for a gallon of milk in the grocery store or 10 times more can you imagine paying 10 times more for a car well that's happening every day in these hospitals and [...]

City-Owned Utilities Face Challenge Meeting ‘Carbon-Free’ Electricity Standard

By |2023-02-08T05:54:48-06:00February 8th, 2023|

City-owned utilities are trying to figure out how to meet Minnesota's new carbon-free electricity standard by 2040.  Willmar Municipal Utilities G-M John Harren says the law does not allow new nuclear facilities which could be vital after coal and natural gas plants are retired: "So when the wind quits blowing or the sun isn't shining you can rely on nuclear. We need some form of long-term, reliability-based load generation in order to meet these mandates." Harren says he does not envision municipal power providers building solar arrays or putting up wind turbines, but rather buying electric credits from large operations.  Xcel [...]

Teenager Admits To Luring Man To Minneapolis Apartment And Recorded His Death

By |2023-02-08T05:52:40-06:00February 8th, 2023|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A teen is confessing to luring a man to a downtown Minneapolis apartment, where she recorded the victim being beaten to death by her boyfriend.  Seventeen-year-old Qurionna Young says she also posted the killing, which happened in March of last year, on social media.  The defendant pleaded guilty yesterday to aiding and abetting first-degree manslaughter.  Her alleged accomplice Emmanuel Davis was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty.  Young is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14.

Officials Identify Three Workers Injured In East Bethel House Explosion

By |2023-02-08T05:50:36-06:00February 8th, 2023|

(East Bethel, MN)  --  Three construction workers who were injured in a house explosion in East Bethel are now identified.  The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says Keith Hyovalti of Oak Grove, Williams Swanson of Zimmerman, and  James Wells of Coon Rapids remain hospitalized in stable condition.  The blast took place yesterday morning at the site of a house under construction.  The cause of the explosion is still being investigated.

Eagle Lake Woman Charged For Assaulting Boyfriend With Chicken

By |2023-02-08T05:48:05-06:00February 8th, 2023|

(Eagle Lake, MN)  --  An Eagle Lake woman faces multiple charges after police say she assaulted her boyfriend with a whole chicken.  Officers noted the victim had "chicken residue" in his hair.  She also has pending assault charges against the victim dating back to December 2021. Natalie Bruemmer, a 36-year-old Eagle Lake resident, was arrested Wednesday after coming home from a bar with the victim, according to charges.

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