Lane restrictions possible on Highway 169 from St. Peter and Le Sueur

By |2019-03-22T16:02:23+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be setting up for potential lane closures over the weekend on Highway 169 from St. Peter to Le Sueur due to rising forecasts for flooding on the Minnesota River. Motorists will be able to go north and southbound on Highway 169 with the restrictions, but two areas will have traffic control devices in place: Northbound lanes will be restricted on the north edge of St. Peter as backwaters fill in the large median. MnDOT is also preparing for the northbound lanes to flood between Robarts Creek and the Cambria Silo.  Traffic control will be set [...]

Consolidated Communications’ Community Fund Awards $150,000 in Grants

By |2019-03-22T14:30:33+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is pleased to award $150,000 in grants to 22 local non-profit organizations across the company’s southern Minnesota service area. Consolidated’s Community Fund focuses its support on local programs that meet critical community needs, such as hunger and homelessness, along with initiatives that provide opportunities for innovative education and learning.                                                                    Grants this year are being awarded to the following organizations:   Minnesota State University, Mankato – Scholarships; $15,000 Boys & Girls Club of Mankato – Local programming; $10,000 Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) – Direct assistance program; $10,000 ECHO Food Shelf – Egg and milk program; $10,000 [...]

Tyson recalls chicken strips due to metal fears

By |2019-03-22T13:46:54+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds (31,297 kilograms) of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by date of Nov. 30, 2019. The products have the establishment number "P-7221" on the back of the packages. The USDA says it received two complaints about the metal, but there are no confirmed reports of anyone being injured. The USDA is concerned the products could still be in freezers. Consumers should throw out the packages [...]

Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy

By |2019-03-22T13:45:04+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults. Omar spoke Thursday on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota's seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College. The Minnesota Democrat called gay conversion therapy "torture" and said it should no longer be a legal practice in Minnesota or in any other state. Omar was a co-sponsor of a similar bill when she was in the Minnesota House. She was elected to Congress in November. Minneapolis Democrat Scott Dibble, the only openly [...]

Unemployment inches up in February in Minnesota

By |2019-03-22T13:40:47+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Minnesota's unemployment rate increased slightly in February for the second consecutive month as brutal winter weather idled more than 6,000 construction workers. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development says the jobless rate last month was 3.1 percent, inching up from 3 percent in January. In addition to the loss of 6,200 construction jobs last month, Minnesota's professional and business services sector lost 3,500 jobs. But, leisure and hospitality employers added about 3,900 jobs and financial companies added about 2,500. The labor department's leader, Steve Grove, says Minnesota's employers are also contending with slow growth in the labor force and [...]

Walz tweaks budget plan to reflect slower economic growth

By |2019-03-22T13:39:05+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Gov. Tim Walz has announced a series of tweaks to his budget proposal to reflect projected slower economic growth. Walz told reporters Friday that his administration took a hard look and scaled back some proposals while sparing priority areas like education and health care. Altogether the changes include reductions in proposed new spending of $131 million, tax changes that would bring in an additional $65 million, returning $142 million in unspent health care reinsurance funds to the general fund, and new spending of $37 million that would go mostly to higher education. Republican leaders criticized the Democratic governor for standing by [...]

Mankato Clinic to Host Men’s Health Forum

By |2019-03-22T13:21:24+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

The Men’s Health Forum, an annual Mankato Clinic event, will be hosted Tuesday, April 9 at the Country Inn and Suites, Mankato. The free event begins at 5 p.m. with a Wellness Expo offering free health screenings and education provided by Mankato Clinic. A complimentary light supper will begin at 5:45 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Mankato Clinic patient Jim Levandowski will present “Not Done Living.” He shares his journey to living an active and healthy life despite setbacks and complications. He will be joined by his healthcare team – psychiatrist Dr. Bob Olson and Erin Gonzalez, registered and [...]

Flooding Causes Heavy Damage Throughout Midwest

By |2019-03-22T13:19:23+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage. Reynolds sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to quickly issue a disaster declaration for 57 counties in Iowa that have been severely impacted by flooding, including along the Missouri River. Ongoing flooding along the river has damaged thousands of homes and inundated agricultural land in several Midwestern states. Reynolds says Iowa will need the additional federal recovery assistance to help with damage and losses related to agriculture, businesses, homes and levees. The damage estimates indicate flooding that began last week has caused [...]

MnDOT’s Highway 14/15 New Ulm project schedule impacted by weather

By |2019-03-22T13:12:41+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Weather has not been kind to the New Ulm Gateway project, but MnDOT has been adapting its construction plans so that completion is still scheduled for this fall with a new detour tentatively planned  for mid-April, weather depending. The recent wicked winter hindered work on the Minnesota River Bridge, but two piers on the west end were completed and some progress on the other two were made. Construction on the new Highway 14/15 interchange bridge is actually ahead of schedule and crews will focus on the intersecting roadways as soon as a detour can be implemented.   The goal is to be [...]

Legislative panel takes up Walz transportation plan

By |2019-03-22T13:43:12+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

 The Minnesota Legislature has begun work in earnest on Gov. Tim Walz's transportation plan, including his disputed proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax by 20 cents. A House transportation committee on Thursday gave the Democratic governor's plan its first hearing. Supporters then rallied in the Capitol, where they heard key lawmakers and Walz urge the Legislature to approve the package. The governor says the only holdup is the lack of political will inside the Capitol. He says it's not a choice between raising the gas tax or not raising the gas tax, it's choice about having a robust and safe [...]

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