MnDOT is urging motorists to use caution when heading through highway work zones this Memorial Day. Work on most projects is suspended for the holiday weekend, but travelers will still encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours. MnDOT is recommending that motorists consider taking alternate routes. Highway projects already under construction in southern Minnesota include; I-35 south of Owatonna, Highway 169 from Saint Peter to Le Sueur, Highway 14 in New Ulm and Hwy 63 north of Rochester. For the latest travel information, head to 511 mn dot org.
Blue Earth County has approved three contracts to continue overseeing services to address homelessness and aid in providing housing in the southern Minnesota. Phil Claussen, Human Services Director County Officials have signed off on a contract to reauthorize the Department of Human Services to provide funding for the Southern Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness. Director of Blue Earth County Human Services Phil Claussen says the program covers 20 counties across southern Minnesota to stabilize people who have experienced long-term homelessness. "The amount of that overall grant for the 20 county region is 2.5-million dollars. It represents a 1-dollar [...]
With fresh snow and a holding pattern of winter weather in Minnesota, a local Farm expert says the weather volatility this year could present some planting challenges. "Now what can happen sometimes in these kind of situations is you get the abrupt weather change where the jet-stream changes and all of a sudden you from this type of pattern to an almost late spring pattern kind of over night. There's not the gradual pattern that you see some years and things can change quite rapidly," says Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse. "But obviously it's gonna take a while. It isn't gonna happen in [...]
A bill on the house floor has been introduced to provide 250-thousand dollars in 2019 for a rural economic development study in southern Minnesota. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) is authoring the legislation that would help formulate research before Greater Mankato Growth's GreenSeam initiative takes some larger steps. "GreenSeam, we've watched it develop over the last few years from a concept and an idea to something that's emerging and really working full steam. Really helping out agriculture throughout the region and all its forums and all the services associated with it. That's the key to our economic development going forward. [...]
Recently released numbers from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service shows that it was a record year for corn yields in southern Minnesota. Estimates show that the statewide average for corn yields in 2017 was 194 bushels per acre, exceeding the previous record of 193 bushels per acre that was set in 2016. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says the difference from the two years is what parts of the state led in production. "In 2016, that statewide yield was built with record yields in west-central, northwest Minnesota. This year it was just phenomenal yields in the southern third of the [...]