Mankato District enrollment to approach 8,500, 48 new teachers hired as school year starts next week

By |2018-08-29T14:45:05-05:00August 29th, 2018|

Mankato Area Public Schools are preparing for the start of the new school year next week with plenty of new faces around the District. This week all teachers are participating in workshops and preparing for the school year, which begins on Tuesday for 9 through 12 grades and the first full district day is on Thursday, September 6. Superintendent Sheri Allen says across the district they have 48 new teachers this year. ISD 77 Superintendent, Sheri Allen. "You know, retirements, additions, people moving into other jobs when they're open. But we have a total of 115 new staff. So [...]

Mankato to take over management of civic center, will save city around $200,000

By |2018-07-16T15:19:38-05:00July 16th, 2018|

The City of Mankato is in the process of taking over management of the Verizon Center, a shift from years of private management of the City owned facility. Over the last 25-years, management of the civic center has transitioned from Ogden & Company to IM Marketing, with Burt Lyman serving as the executive director of the civic center. The City's contract with Lyman is set to come to end in 2019 and his stint as the director came to an end earlier this month after his announced retirement.  City Manager Pat Hentges says taking over management of the facility will save [...]

Blue Earth County, Mankato agree to add additional human resources to address needs

By |2018-07-11T23:44:17-05:00July 11th, 2018|

With a growing demand for Human Resource Management Services in Mankato and Blue Earth County, the two entities have agreed on expanding services. County Commissioners approved a staffing change to appoint Laura Elvebak to serve as Deputy Director and will supervise the Blue Earth County Human Resources Staff. The change also includes an increase in hours that the County receives from the City of Mankato, according to Blue Earth County Administrator Bob Meyer. Blue Earth County Administrator, Bob Meyer. "We've added a lot of staff over the last few years. The public labor law is getting more and more [...]

Minnesota to spend $1.3M amid licensing system complaints

By |2018-04-11T15:20:37-05:00April 11th, 2018|

The Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Office plans to spend 1.3-million dollars to hire 26 more staff members to handle the fallout from the launch of the Licensing and Registration system. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says it will cost some money to be responsive to Minnesotan's questions. Rep. Clark Johnson "The call center is not that easy work, because each one is distinct. What they're finding is that if they work to respond to the calls and have supervisors there to hopefully immediately answer, but if not, get back to the folks. That communication is critical. Citizens [...]

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