Port Authority considering request to aid NextGen’s move to North Mankato

By |2018-08-07T14:14:11-05:00August 7th, 2018|

NextGen RF Design, Inc. of Waseca is considering a move to North Mankato, bringing along 12 full-time employees and looking to expand its services in radio frequency research and product development. The North Mankato Port Authority on Monday night considered a request for a 300-thousand dollar business subsidy loan to help purchase the property at 2130 Howard Drive and allow for expansion and renovation of the location. The total estimated cost for the project and purchasing the site is just over 1.3-million dollars.  Luke Tholen with NextGen says the 11-thousand 700 square foot facility is slightly larger than their current needs. [...]

Resident requests North Kato council to consider pool covers as a better option for safety

By |2018-07-24T14:37:40-05:00July 24th, 2018|

North Mankato is considering changes to current regulations when it comes to safety measures surrounding in-ground swimming pools after a resident requested the issue be reviewed. Current code requires pools to be enclosed by a six-foot fence, but Bryan Sowers said he is looking for residents to have the option of an ASTM certified automatic pool cover instead.  "The fence still has the risk because it's open. If you have a pool cover it's open as well and ASTM goes so far as to say, in the cases since 2015 when this technology became available and they changed the code, the [...]

Port Authority receives $13,000 offer for lot behind Spinners, expansion in the works

By |2018-06-19T12:38:45-05:00June 19th, 2018|

The North Mankato Port Authority has received an offer on a piece of property behind Spinners Bar and Grill for future expansion. City Administrator John Harrenstein says the offer for the lot at 315 Range Street was 13-thousand dollars. The lot at 315 Range Street. "To be payable in two payments. There will be some earnest money placed down upon execution of the purchase agreement. The sum of $6,250 will also be paid when the contract is executed. Then the same sum due by August 2 for the property." Officials set a public hearing for July 2 on the sale [...]

Mankato Council sets public hearing on Tobacco 21 for Feb. 12

By |2018-01-09T07:38:39-06:00January 9th, 2018|

The Mankato City Council has approved a public hearing on raising the purchasing age for tobacco from 18 to 21. On a 5-2 vote, the Council set February 12 as the date of the hearing, an amended date from the originally discussed January 22. Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson voted no to the public hearing. "This issue should be relegated to the state and therefore I don't see any purpose on setting this public hearing on the matter." Meanwhile, Councilman Mark Frost voted in favor of the hearing and pointed to the cities "leading the way" motto. "Passing off to the state [...]

Mankato and North Mankato preparing to hold meetings in January on raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

By |2018-01-08T13:19:08-06:00January 8th, 2018|

Raising the purchasing age for tobacco to 21 is gaining attention this month as both cities in the metro will hold meetings on the issue. North Mankato has approved holding a public hearing on January 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss the issue. North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein. City Administrator John Harrenstein says it is yet to be determined if the council will adopt new regulations at that time, as he has offered no recommendation on the matter. Harrenstein added that he doesn't believe that local businesses are in favor of the proposal. "There have been some that [...]

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