Mankato deer hunt regulations undergo changes, addresses concern over deer stands

By |2018-08-15T13:32:58-05:00August 15th, 2018|

Mankato's annual deer hunt is undergoing some policy changes to expand and clarify rules. City Manager Pat Hentges says constituents brought issues to the council and it became evident that some practices needed to be clearer. Totals of deer taken during the annual hunt in Mankato. "We tried to gather as much input to really address some of the concerns about, you know, having deer stands adjacent to a property owner that did not want to have a deer stand in their vicinity, because knowingly if a deer is shot, it will move some distance." The city hunt began [...]

House looks to revamp sexual harassment, workplace rules

By |2018-04-20T13:55:51-05:00April 20th, 2018|

The Minnesota House of Representatives is considering sweeping changes to their decades-old discrimination and sexual harassment policies. The push to revamp the internal policies came after sexual misconduct allegations against two state lawmakers who resigned last year. A rule change proposed by Majority Leader Joyce Peppin Friday would extend beyond the Capitol for members. It also details how complaints can be made and would toughen rules on retaliation. The measure would also change how harassment claims are handled, including those from third parties. One of the women who accused Rep. Tony Cornish of unwanted sexual advances was a lobbyist but there [...]

House passes bill prohibiting new nitrogen rules, Dayton promises veto

By |2018-04-17T11:58:42-05:00April 17th, 2018|

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture would not have the final say on adopting rules regulating nitrogen fertilizer application under provisions of a bill passed in the House on Monday. Earlier this year Ag Commissioner Dave Fredrickson proposed plans to require farmers to apply nitrate fertilizer in the spring in the hopes to prevent runoff if it was applied in the fall. Passing on a vote of 69-56, Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says the bill makes the issue political. "Minnesotan's want clean drinking water. We all have to have clean drinking water. It's a fundamental mistake to make that a partisan, [...]

North Mankato to bring back 2nd public comment period in April

By |2018-03-25T23:47:37-05:00March 25th, 2018|

When the North Mankato City Council meets next on April 2, the meeting will include a second public comment period. Last July, the Council implemented rules that limited public comment to only business items and established rules that required citizens to submit a request to the City if they wished to talk about an item not on the agenda. Since that time, there has been months of questioning by residents and signs in protest of the rule changes at meetings. In January, the City Council began to hold open forums for citizens, but the input sessions went untelevised. Mayor Mark Dehen [...]

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