Twin Rivers and North Kato team up to gather ideas to implement more art in the city

By |2018-06-07T16:15:55-05:00June 7th, 2018|

Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and North Mankato have partnered on an initiative to create public art and placemaking projects in the City. In 2016, Twin Rivers started a public art planning process with the city to gather ideas from the community on public art, that plan addressed parks, signage and streetscapes.  Some of the suggestions included murals, popup events, benches, banners and landscaping in North Mankato, according to Executive Director Noelle Lawton. "Really, North Mankato has a canvas to work with. We mapped out what the assets are and they're all really clustered along Belgrade (Avenue), obviously. We have [...]

Early look at 2019 North Mankato budget shows 8-percent increase in property values

By |2018-06-06T15:28:03-05:00June 6th, 2018|

Discussions on the 2019 North Mankato budget are already underway and it looks as if property values are increasing by 8-percent next year. Finance Director Kevin McCann says they are looking at what that number will do to the city's tax rate.   "Some indications are that if we just kind of kept things the way they are, we could possibly lower the tax rate. Or else if we kind of maintain the tax rate with such a big increase, we'd have additional funding to possibly set aside for some of those capital projects that have been kind of sitting on the back [...]

North Mankato signs off on $733,000 worth of construction

By |2018-05-08T12:13:53-05:00May 8th, 2018|

A plethora of street projects and improvements are slated for this summer in North Mankato after the City Council signed-off on 733-thousand dollars worth of construction on Monday. Just over 360-thousand dollars will be spent to reconstruct Jefferson Avenue from Cross Street to Range Street, which includes water and sewer improvements. The council also approved 373-thousand dollars for five projects in the 2018 Street Improvement Project. The final layer of bituminous surfacing will be placed on Raymond Drive and Leona Drive this summer. Two roadways will receive new overlay and isolated curb and gutter replacement, which includes Tower Boulevard from Commerce [...]

MnDOT, schools prepare for National Bike to School Day on Wednesday

By |2018-05-07T16:38:04-05:00May 7th, 2018|

Over 150 schools around Minnesota are signed-up to take part in the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday. Bike to School Day is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program, which focuses on getting more students walking and bicycling to school. Safe Routes to School Coordinator Dave Cowan says tying the two together makes absolute sense. "Since 1969 when 48-percent of students were walking and bicycling to school, that's fallen to about 13-percent in 2007. So, MnDOT is excited to partner not just with the Minnesota Department of Health, but also with local public health [...]

Local road projects to start on Monday

By |2018-04-24T14:12:22-05:00April 24th, 2018|

Two area road projects are set to begin on Monday. MnDOT announced that construction is slated to begin next week on Highway 22 from Beauford to Blue Earth County Road 15. Traffic will be detoured east on County Road 10 and north on Highway 83. Following that, work on the roundabout at Highway 22 and County Road 90 will start in May. This summer crews will also continue working on the Victory Drive Memorial Corridor project.  The Highway 169 project from Saint Peter to Le Sueur will also kick-off next week. MnDOT plans to make a plethora of improvements that include [...]

Saint Peter to see over $125M worth of development start this spring

By |2018-04-13T15:07:21-05:00April 13th, 2018|

The City of Saint Peter is preparing for over 125-million dollars worth of construction to kickoff this year. Community Development Director Russ Wille details the large projects that will get underway in the coming months. "So that included about a 50-million dollar expansion of Nobel Hall on the Gustavus Campus. About a 40-million dollar expansion out at the Regional Treatment Center. It will be about a 32 to 33-million dollar permit for the Rivers Edge Hospital expansion. The Solace Drug Court housing is under construction and that's about a 5-million dollar permit. We'll have about a 5-million dollar permit we're expecting [...]

Dayton pushes public works package for water quality efforts

By |2018-02-21T15:40:46-06:00February 21st, 2018|

Gov. Mark Dayton is doubling down on his call to fund hundreds of millions of dollars in water infrastructure projects. That funding is an integral part of the Democratic governor's $1.5 billion package of public works construction. But Dayton and other public officials said a new report released Wednesday that surveyed how to improve quality showed that money was critical. Local city officials like Windom Mayor Dominic Jones say they need state support to improve their aging wastewater infrastructure systems. Dayton's proposal would provide $167 million for those projects. Dayton has made improving the state's water quality a top priority for [...]

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