Crop Update: Standing rain in fields could lead to crop diseases, yields could vary this harvest

By |2018-09-05T16:46:42-05:00September 5th, 2018|

Crop progress was favorable over the last month for many farmers, but now many fields in southern Minnesota are wet or have standing water after heavy rains over the weekend While the September rains might not have the impact on crops that June rains had, Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says standing water can become an issue. "You can get a lot of stock diseases in corn and soybeans, so the plants will get weaker and then if we get some strong winds, as we usually do in the fall, tend to have more lodging and stock breakage. The other thing [...]

Attempted assault at Erlandson Park on Wednesday night, Mankato Police looking for suspect

By |2018-07-26T10:48:57-05:00July 26th, 2018|

Mankato Police are looking for a suspect involved in an alleged attempted assault on a 14-year old girl on Wednesday. According to the report, the incident occurred at Ray Erlandson Park around 8:30 p.m. and the girl was able to get away and make it home safely.  Police say the suspect is a black male in his early 20’s with a thin muscular build and approximately 5-foot 6-inches tall. The man had shoulder-length dreadlocks, a chinstrap beard and a cursive word tattooed on the right side of his neck. The suspect was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black jean [...]

New Richland Police seeking more information after reports of thefts from vehicles

By |2018-06-27T15:40:39-05:00June 27th, 2018|

The New Richland Police Department reports that numerous vehicles were gone through on Monday evening into the early morning hours on Tuesday. Police say they have taken multiple reports and have also obtained video. According to the report, only a small amount of cash has been taken from vehicles. Anyone that believes their vehicle has been gone through is urged to call 911. New Richland Police say even if nothing is missing, the information can help establish a pattern and timeline.

County Attorney and other local organizations aiming to raise awareness of sexual assaults

By |2018-03-30T03:56:37-05:00March 30th, 2018|

Numerous local organizations are teaming up to shed light on sexual assaults with a series of events planned throughout April. Officials say they are aiming to break down barriers for victims by focusing on resources and support available locally during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott says sexual assault cases are some of the most difficult to prove in the criminal justice system. Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott "Because the typical case is one person's word against another. But there is much more that we can do beyond the criminal justice system. [...]

Two North Mankato intersections could see roundabouts following recent report

By |2018-01-18T16:31:05-06:00January 18th, 2018|

North Mankato is moving forward with recommendations for improving the intersections of Lor Ray Drive at Carlson Drive and Lookout Drive at Howard Drive with roundabouts being a possible option. A report on both intersections concluded that future control improvements would be warranted for both locations that have operation and safety concerns. City Engineer Dan Sarff says the current four-way stop at Lookout Drive and Howard Drive is working well, but projections show changes will be warranted.  "So there were several different alternatives that were considered at that, maintaining the four-way stop, looking at a signal system and also looking at [...]

U-Haul report: Mankato led in arrivals, overall Minnesota saw decline in growth in 2017

By |2018-01-09T10:59:39-06:00January 9th, 2018|

A new report by U-Haul says Minnesota ranked 35th out of 50 states in terms of growth in 2017, a steep decline from the past two years. According to U-Haul data that analyzed last year's migration trends in the U.S., year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals dropped by 2-percent while departures increased by 2-percent from Minnesota’s 2016 numbers. Hermantown, Mankato and Alexandria were the leading cities in Minnesota for more arrivals than departures. Minnesota ranked number three on the list in terms of growth in 2016 and ranked twelfth in 2015. Growth States were calculated by using migration trend data [...]

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