North Mankato Council gives City Administrator 3% raise

By |2018-05-22T12:14:48-05:00May 22nd, 2018|

North Mankato has signed off on a 3-percent raise for City Administrator John Harrenstein. Harrenstein tells KTOE News that it's gratifying to continue to serve the community and work with the council to achieve its strategic objectives. North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein. "Last year we had a lot of good accomplishments. Specifically, adding property out in the industrial park and locating Blue Star Power Systems as well as Palmer Bus Services to the park. As far as the work in the community. Moving through projects even though we had a false start with the bidding process on swim facility, [...]

Saint Peter approves 2.7% pay increase for police officers

By |2018-05-15T12:14:26-05:00May 15th, 2018|

The Saint Peter Council has signed off on a 2.7-percent across the board increase for police officers in 2018. City Administrator Todd Prafke says the agreement falls within the budget parameters. Saint Peter City Administrator, Todd Prafke. "I think it's good for everyone to have all of these things take place and be settles. You know, we have three other bargaining units that have settled, so it's great to have that done. I think the council's goal here is to always pay folks fairly and appropriately." There are currently 13 officers on staff in the Saint Peter Police Department. [...]

North Mankato waiting to make a decision on how it will help fund flood control system fix

By |2018-03-28T13:51:58-05:00March 28th, 2018|

North Mankato Officials say they are waiting to see how everything shakes out before determining how much money it will contribute to make repairs to the Minnesota River flood control system near Highway 169. The flawed portion of the levee system lies within the boundaries of Mankato and earlier this week the City Council approved contributing 1.6-million dollars to the 2.8-million dollar project. MnDOT will pay the remaining amount and says it is committed to working with both cities to make the levee permanent this summer. North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen says there are many pieces in play and they are [...]

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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