Mankato city officials continue to push river connection

By |2018-08-12T07:55:20-05:00August 12th, 2018|

With the Minnesota River flooding more frequently, a city's attempt to connect residents to the water through riverfront parks and trails has become increasingly messy and expensive. With high water like the flooding this summer in Mankato dumps silt and driftwood on trails, campsites and recreational areas. Flood water can lead to damaged electrical hook-ups at RV sites, contaminated soccer fields, unsafe bike paths and washed out fencing in the city's park. Mankato City Manager, Pat Hentges. City Manager Pat Hentges says he doesn't have interest in abandoning the most flood-prone portions of the city's park system. The city [...]

Cottonwood and Redwood River levels to remain high

By |2018-07-09T07:29:40-05:00July 9th, 2018|

Water levels on rivers and creeks in Southwest Minnesota are expected to remain high this week. "The Redwood and Cottonwood rivers, they're still going to have a lot of high water to work with. We're hoping that it will stay dry there for a long length of time," says National Weather Service meteorologist Michele Margraf. Margraf adds two weeks of dry weather is needed to bring levels down and dry out the soil. The Cottonwood River at New Ulm currently sits at 15.2 feet, which is in the moderate flood stage. The river peaked in the major flooding category on Friday [...]

Authorities halt search efforts for Sleepy Eye man due to Cottonwood River flooding

By |2018-06-11T17:19:40-05:00June 11th, 2018|

The search for a missing Sleepy Eye man is being suspended due to the Cottonwood River being over flood stage. The Brown County Sheriff's Office reports the search and recovery effort to find 73-year old Vincent Hugo Mathiowetz has become nearly impossible due to recent rains. The man has been missing for over a week after his vehicle was found at a boat landing on June 3. Search efforts have been concentrated 3 ½ miles south of Sleepy Eye on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River. The river is currently at 12.08-feet, which is above the 11-foot flood stage. With strong [...]

Land of Memories Park closed

By |2018-04-23T14:11:26-05:00April 23rd, 2018|

The City of Mankato has closed Land of Memories Park due to high water. Staff are currently monitoring the flood control system and pumping stations along with the current river level. The trail from Riverfront to Sibley parks has also been closed. Residents can call 311 for more information.

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