Solar Farm near Eagle Lake approved by County Board with added conditions for development

By |2018-07-11T13:43:32-05:00July 11th, 2018|

A large solar farm development approximately two miles north of Eagle Lake has been given the green light, but not without some pushback and added conditions for the project from the Blue Earth County Board. The issue was tabled in June after nearby property owners expressed concern with the development at the corner of 604th Avenue and 223rd Street. A revised plan was submitted this week to address the setback of the solar farm and measures to block the view of the solar panels. The development falls within Commissioner Kip Bruender’s district and says landowners saw positive progress towards some compromise [...]

Mankato Police arrest two juvenile males after a report of gun waving in vehicle at Kwik Trip

By |2018-07-09T11:12:22-05:00July 9th, 2018|

Two 17-year old juvenile males from Mankato were taken into custody on Sunday after an alert citizen reported the suspects were waving a gun in the air at 3:55 a.m. Authorities were dispatched to investigate the incident at the Kwik Trip store at 1701 Premier Drive, according to Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel.  "The caller reporting that there were a couple of males and a female in a vehicle. One of the males in the back seat was waiving what appeared a black handgun around in the vehicle. It was unknown what they were doing with it. Officers arrived, [...]

North Mankato launches Northside Revivals for homeowners looking to make upgrades

By |2018-05-09T12:20:14-05:00May 9th, 2018|

North Mankato is taking on a new program to preserve the City's aging housing stock. With 61-percent of homes over 30 years old, Northside Revivals will offer homeowners who own homes over 50 years old the opportunity to apply for incentives to make interior and exterior upgrades totaling up to 25-thousand dollars. City Administrator John Harrenstein says the program will help beautify neighborhoods and provide enhanced living choices for older homes. "Some of the older features that they may want to improve include bathrooms, bedroom additions, kitchen remodels. To qualify for the program or receive the incentives, the program does need [...]

Former public works site to become affordable and supportive housing and a daycare

By |2018-04-10T12:04:20-05:00April 10th, 2018|

The City of Mankato has approved a $23 million redevelopment of a property which was once home to city public works. The now-vacant land will become home to affordable housing, a complex focused on families at risk of homelessness, and a daycare. City Manager Pat Hentges will negotiate the deal and is expected to come back before the city council with a final contract by early summer. "We have given one whole year to allow for construction to start and to have the second part of the project make application for financing. The third part of the project may be out [...]

Saint Peter Council to take up issue of commercial creep during goal session

By |2018-01-29T05:51:15-06:00January 29th, 2018|

The Saint Peter City Council will hold a goal session meting Monday and plan to discuss commercial creep. Officials started to discuss the issue following approval of the new Dunkin' Donuts on Highway 169 last year. The Council approved rezoning and demolishing the former Mary's Flowers Site for the new development. Community Development Director Russ Wille says there has been concern that the highway commercial development on the north and south side of town will continue to migrate.  "Some council members felt it was important that we maintain that residential, historic downtown, residential, highway commercial rhythm as you come through the [...]

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