Carey Hart upsets the parent police!

By |2019-01-30T15:43:35-06:00January 30th, 2019|

Carey Hart, husband of Pink gave the parent police something to freak over. He's not going to let anyone tell him how he should act with his children. This morning (January 30), Carey Hart took to Instagram to share a video of the couple's 7-year-old daughter, Willow, firing a rifle. "Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12-inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old," he captioned the short clip. In the video, Willow is seen wearing protective earmuffs [...]

Plan aims to invest $34M in Mankato Airport over next 10 years, 2nd busiest airport in Minnesota

By |2018-08-29T12:40:50-05:00August 29th, 2018|

Minnesota's second busiest airport is slated to see 34-million dollars in repairs and improvements over the next 10 years. Organizers held an open house on Tuesday at the Mankato Regional Airport to discuss a Master Plan that will layout the next 20 years for the airport. TKDA Aviation Planning Group Manager Marcus Watson says part of the City's plan is to maintain current assets. "And looking at ways to maximize funding opportunities from Federal Aviation Administration, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics and then leveraging matching dollars from the City of Mankato to maintain the infrastructure that's here now. Other improvements that we're looking [...]

Saint Peter Council ok’s vacating portion of Lincoln Drive in front of Middle School to improve safety

By |2018-08-17T14:56:18-05:00August 17th, 2018|

Saint Peter has approved the vacation of Lincoln Drive in front of the Middle School, a move meant to improve safety on the stretch of road between Broadway Avenue and West Grace Street. Flowing conversion of the former High School building into the Middle School last year, 5th through 8th grade students were exiting the cafeteria on the street side during their lunch break. Closing the portion of roadway is said to provide students with a safe crossing and allow for future improvements on both sides of the street, as the district owns the property on both sides of Lincoln Drive. [...]

Child Advocacy Center in Blue Earth County to open doors within the next two months

By |2018-06-25T13:21:58-05:00June 25th, 2018|

Officials continue to look at ways to improve child safety in the Mankato metro with work on a Child Advocacy Center that is expected to be in full operation this year, which aims to improve efficiency during child abuse investigations. Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott says a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System has helped avoid shuffling victims of abuse from agency to agency. "So it's about providing these services, making sure that these kids are dealt with and their issues are dealt with. Because if we don't deal with them today, they're gonna manifest into something that's going to [...]

Mankato District still waiting to see if Gov. Dayton signs bills that would impact education funding

By |2018-05-23T09:34:06-05:00May 23rd, 2018|

With the legislative session coming to an end at midnight on Sunday, local school officials are still trying to sort out the fine details when it comes to funding. The Legislature passed two bills that would help schools pay for bulletproof glass, monitoring systems, secure entrances as well as mental health counseling. Lawmakers included 28-million dollars in a mammoth spending package and another 25-million dollars in the public works bill. Additional money for schools was included in several different bills, pulling from several different funding sources to help avert teacher layoffs and program cuts. Much of the 225-million dollar total came [...]

Commerce Drive plan progressing with focus on traffic calming and safety issues

By |2018-05-22T12:22:24-05:00May 22nd, 2018|

A plan to redevelop Commerce Drive in upper North Mankato continues to progress as the corridor could undergo major improvements as early as next year. Of the top 50 employers in the Mankato metro, seven of them lie in close proximity to Commerce Drive, which has also seen a boost in visitors with the nearby Caswell Complex. City Staff report annual visitors at the facility jumped by nearly 37-thousand between 2013 and 2016. That coupled with a new walking and biking trail along Highway 14 has contributed to more congestion. Mayor Mark Dehen says they are continuing to explore how to [...]

Mankato Schools Superintendent: “we continue to work hard to look at safety”

By |2018-02-20T16:37:38-06:00February 20th, 2018|

The issue of school safety has been on the minds of some families and officials in the Mankato Metro after last weeks shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. ISD77 Superintendent Sheri Allen says she has received phone calls from concerned residents following the incident that killed 17 students and faculty. "Unfortunately, the times are where they're at. We need to continue to work to keep our schools as safe as possible. I can't imagine that school community and the tragedy. You know, our students are amazing, they have great voices and perspectives. We continue to work hard to look at [...]

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