Mankato Clinic Foundation announces grant recipients during quarter four

By |2020-11-24T06:30:20-06:00November 24th, 2020|

To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $22,125 in grants to community organizations during quarter four. Receiving grants for quarter four are: Camp Sweet Life Adventures – 2020-21 High School, College Diabetes Network, CSL Connects ($2,500) Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota – Healthy meals for seniors ($5,000) Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota – Resource Library for foster parents and youth ($2,500) Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest – JA Biztown for Greater Mankato Schools ($2,000) South Central Service Cooperative – Health Occupations Students of America Chapter participation fees for students in need ($625) Grow MANkato – [...]

Home Instead’s Be a Santa to a Senior Program finds new ways spread cheer

By |2020-11-24T06:28:50-06:00November 24th, 2020|

 At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s® seasonal favorite Be a Santa to a Senior returns stronger than ever with new options for community participation. Program coordinators evaluated the important holiday program and made adjustments with the safety of donors, seniors and volunteers in mind. With local seniors more isolated than ever because of concerns due to the virus, this year, for the first time in the program’s 17-year history, Home Instead is teaming up with Amazon Business, to create a contactless gift-giving experience for volunteers and recipients. Home Instead will collect gifts for area seniors through both online [...]

Extra Trimmings event moves the town to benefit ECHO Food Shelf 

By |2020-11-24T06:26:57-06:00November 24th, 2020|

Extra Trimmings event moves the town to benefit ECHO Food Shelf  From November 21-28, local gyms, Hy-Vee and Profile by Sanford are raising money for the ECHO Food Shelf in this community-wide event.                            MANKATO (November 23, 2020) — Extra Trimmings, a community event, encourages people to move and donate this week – November 21-28 – with the help of gym partners and Hy-Vee. This year, Extra Trimmings offers virtual workouts from partnering gyms and several ways to donate.  Here’s how people can participate in the Extra Trimmings fundraiser for ECHO Food Shelf.  Round up at Hy-Vee Hilltop or Downtown stores [...]

Virtual city offices closed November 26 and 27; garbage and recycling schedule changes

By |2020-11-24T06:18:22-06:00November 24th, 2020|

City of Mankato virtual offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage and recycling pick-up schedule: No garbage and recycling pick-up on Thursday. Thursday's garbage and recyclables will be picked up Friday. Friday's garbage and recyclables will be picked up Saturday. There is no city bus service on Thursday (November 26)

Highway 68 ravine repairs complete, road open by Thanksgiving

By |2020-11-24T06:03:34-06:00November 24th, 2020|

The detour for Highway 68 between New Ulm and Mankato will be removed late on Wednesday, November 25 as the final ravine repair work is complete. The major slope slide in the area south of Courtland has been complete for several weeks, but necessary repairs to a steep ravine nearby took longer than initially expected due to challenging logistics and weather. On related emergency ravine repairs from summer rains, Highway 22 south of Mankato remains closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday and traffic detoured to Highway 83 and Blue Earth County Road 90 until early December.

Bipartisan group of state lawmakers urging Minnesotans to take COVID safety pledge

By |2020-11-24T06:00:20-06:00November 24th, 2020|

A group of about 40 state lawmakers is taking a pledge to follow COVID precautions like masking, social distancing and limiting holiday gatherings to immediate family-- and they're urging Minnesotans to do the same at hashtag Take-the-Pledge-MN   (#TakeThePledgeMN). Farmington Republican Pat Garofalo says it's a bipartisan effort: "What we're here talking about today are just like generally-accepted public health principles. There's certainly a time and place for us to have a good, vigorous debate about what the appropriate level is for the chief executive to impose restrictions on commerce, freedom and liberty." Richfield Democrat Michael Howard says this could well be [...]

State to certify election results, Republicans objecting

By |2020-11-24T05:56:25-06:00November 24th, 2020|

The State Canvassing Board is set to certify results of the presidential election today (Tues), as state Republican Party leaders continue to allege "extreme abnormalities and statistical variations" from historical voter trends in Minnesota. State G-O-P Chair Jennifer Carnahan: "I think there is concern not only in Minnesota but in other states with the high level of mail-in voting and not having any verification system around it, right?" Democrats respond there's no evidence of fraud in Minnesota's election and D-F-L Party Chair Ken Martin says: "Joe Biden won with five million more votes nationally than Donald Trump. He won a decisive [...]

Gov. Walz urging MNs to use new smartphone COVID-tracking app

By |2020-11-24T05:54:56-06:00November 24th, 2020|

"This is your opportunity to be a good citizen." ...says Governor Tim Walz about a new app for smartphones that alerts Minnesotans and their contacts about potential exposure to COVID. Officials say it's totally voluntary and anonymous, using phone G-P-S to determine if people are closer than social distancing guidelines for 15 minutes or longer. If someone then tests positive for COVID, they can voluntarily and anonymously notify others they've had close contact with.   Minnesota I-T Commissioner Tarek Tomes: "This could be such an incredibly powerful tool that could help businesses and that could allow us to return to so [...]

Bar and restaurant owners worried about their future

By |2020-11-24T05:51:24-06:00November 24th, 2020|

As bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys digest the latest round of shutdown restrictions, many are wondering how they'll survive the latest blow to their businesses. Jason Mathiasen owner of Great River Bowl and Partners Pub in Sartell says they'll continue to offer curbside take out, but that will only help them avoid laying off employees before the holidays: "This is the hardest part about all of this stuff. We were all able to sustain this the first time, everybody kind of went through it we sucked it up and made it work. We brought in staff, probably overstaffed just to keep [...]

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