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Mankato ranked 3rd in US by Forbes for best place to have a business


MANKATO -  Forbes recently released its list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers,” ranking Mankato 3rd best in the United States.

Public Safety Citizen's Academy


Apply to participate in Mankato's public safety Citizens Academy, an eight-week course that allows community members to interact with staff and get an insider’s look at how the department contributes to the area’s quality of life. The course is held Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., September 11 through October 30 at the public safety center, 710 South Front

Light bulb drop off


BLUE EARTH CO – Bulbs will be collected at the county hazardous waste facility July 30. The annual business bulb collection is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. Xcel Energy customers are allowed to dispose of up to 10 fluorescent or other recyclable bulbs for free. Those with more can dispose the extras for a reduced price.
 

Seykora Faces Sentencing


MANKATO – A North Mankato man faces sentencing after originally being convicted with close to 40 burglary and theft charges. 18-year-old Garrett Seykora was arrested earlier this year and officially charged with four counts of 2nd-degree burglary for a string of thefts with Derrick Butson and Daniel Blanck. His appearance is set for this morning.

Roundabout Ready or Not?


MANKATO – Roundabout completion for the two on Hwy. 22 is up in the air again as crews continue to push for a fast finish.

"Get Connected" with MnDOT


MANKATO – “Get Connected” was recently launched through the MnDOT in efforts to keep the public informed, linking transportation and the economy. This allows anyone to have questions answered about money and transportation, and what goals MnDOT has. For more information, visit mndot.gov/getconnected.

Mankato and Blue Earth Co. Road Updates after Flooding Issues


Road Updates
Hwy. 66, Hwy. 169 SB from St. Peter to Mankato and Hwy. 14 Westbound are open to traffic.
Judson Bottom Road from Lookout Dr. to Cty. State Aid Hwy. 41 is closed indefinitely due to repairs.
All City of Mankato Roads are open to traffic except Bassett Drive.

Water main repairs needed on the 400 block of Belgrade Ave. Closed tomorrow 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water will be shut off from

Memorial Day Activities


Memorial day activities are coming up in support of our current and former soldiers for the armed forces. A complete list with times from the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Board are below.

6:30-7:30 a.m. - continental breakfast at Morson Ario

All posts, auxilliaries, and veterans groups are scheduled as follows:
8 a.m. - korean memorial
12:10 p.m. - Vietnam Memorial
1 p.m. - WWII

Civic Center to Begin Upgrade


MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – The Mankato Civic Center was approved for funds through the passing of the bonding bill in legislation. City Manager Patrick Hentges is grateful for the support of not only the community, but legislators. The $29 million upgrade is set to begin construction this fall. A rendered photo of the remodel can be seen at 3Enews.net.
 

Hwy. 22 Construction Between Mapleton and BEC Road 15


MAPLETON (TEC News), May 21 – Motorists should expect delays today and tomorrow on Hwy. 22 between Mapleton and Blue Earth County Road 15. MnDOT crews will be doing repair work and applying a temporary seal coating. Pilot cars will be directing traffic. For more statewide travel information, visit 511mn.org.
 

Minnesota to Host Super Bowl LII


MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), May 21 – The NFL announced yesterday that Super Bowl LII (52) will be held in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in February 2018. The game will be held in the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, currently under construction and set to open in July 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl.
 

Open House to Discuss Hwy. 4 Construction


MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – An open house is set for Thursday, May 29 in St. James for information on the reconstruction of Hwy. 4. From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Watonwan Co. Library, MnDOT officials will be available to answer any questions and give details to the project. For more information, visit the department of transportation website.
 

Man Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Theft in Le Sueur Co.


LE SUEUR CO. (TEC News), May 21 – Le Sueur Co. authorities arrested a 42-year-old in connection with multiple vehicles being stolen. Charles James Palm was taken into custody during a fifth vehicle theft attempt. He had stolen four previously in Elysian, Cordova and Lexington Townships. His bail was set at $100,000 but still remains in custody.
 

Shelley Appears in Court


MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – The 21-year-old in connection with the Isaac Kolstad assault case, made his first appearance in court yesterday. According to a complaint, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley doesn’t recall punching Kolstad in the face, nor does he remember speaking to Philip Nelson. Shelley was officially charged with 1st and 3rd degree assault.
 

Synthetic Drug Bill Re-Passed [AUDIO]


ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 15 – Some changes prompted a rewording to re-pass a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs. One change out of the five includes amending the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the FDA. Rep. Clark Johnson is in full support with the author Rep. Erik Simonson (Duluth) in saying it needed

Pick Up Rain Barrel and Compost Bins


MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – Orders of rain barrels and compost bins are in and need to be picked up by tomorrow. The distribution event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 651 Summit Avenue. For more information, visit the Recycling Association of Minnesota website at www.recycleminnesota.org.
 

Second Suspect Found in Assault Case


MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – It was released yesterday afternoon that the second suspect in the Isaac Kolstad assault case was taken into custody Monday night. 21-year-old Trevor Stenner Shelley of St. Peter will face the same charges as 20-year-old Philip Nelson; 1st and 3rd-degree assault. Officials are still looking for more information to piece together the incident. Anyone with

Donation Site Set Up for Isaac Kolstad Family


MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – A fundraising website was set up recently for Isaac Kolstad’s family according to KEYC. So far close to $20,000 has been raised and more is coming in. Friends and family projected a goal of $25,000 and they’re over half way there.
Make a donation:
http://www.youcaring.com/other/-22 strong-for-the-Isaac-molly-Kolstad-family/177076
 

GPS Monitoring Bill for Domestic Abuse Victims Passed [AUDIO]


ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 14 – The GPS monitoring system bill, authored by Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL-North Mankato), was passed through both parties yesterday. This bill allows judicial districts the option to use GPS programs to protect victims of domestic abuse by alerting authorities when offenders are too close to their victims. “Well I’m feeling good about a unanimous vote in

Mayo's 150 Year Celebration Exhibit


MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – For 150 years, Mayo Clinic has been serving patients and their families all over. In celebration of this, a mobile exhibit will be traveling to more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada including Mankato. May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. it will be available at no charge at the Madison East Center. For more information, visit

Nelson Faces First and Third Degree Assault Charges


MANKATO (TEC News), May 12 – 20-year-old Philip Nelson, former Gopher football player, made his initial appearance in court this afternoon for the assault of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad. Attorney James Fleming requested for little to no bail for Nelson so he can continue his education at Rutgers University and attend football practices and games. Judge Bradley Walker set bail at $20,000

Walz Holds Meeting to Promote Freight Rail Shipping Safety


WASECA, Minn. (TEC News), April 24 – Rep. Tim Walz held a meeting today in Waseca to address the community and local emergency teams about freight rail shipping safety. Walz is the only Member of Congress from Minnesota who sits on the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. He states, “As more and more hazardous materials are being shipped

MoonDogs Sign Two More Infielders


MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MoonDogs sign two more infielders for the 2014 season. Jake Yacinich from the University of Iowa and Tony Skjefte of the Minnesota Gophers. Yacinich, has had a strong year so far for the University of Iowa, hitting .338 with 4 triples, a home run, and 21 RBI's. In addition to hitting, Yacinich also has athletic ability, starting 37 games at shortstop for

Mankato Marathon Searching for Artist to Complete 2014 Commemorative Print


MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – The Mankato Marathon is gearing up for another year as they search for the completion of the commemorative poster design. The 5th Annual Races will take place on October 19. $500 will be awarded as commission. To be considered, the artist must first submit an application which can be obtained online at www.mankatomarathon.com or at Visit Mankato’s

Sheriff's Office Urges Safer Activities in Support for Missouri Resident Fightin


NICOLLET CO. (TEC News), April 24 – The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office sent a release warning those participating in the Plunge for Landon to do so with caution. Reports came in recently notifying the department that someone taking the challenge jumped off the Buesmann Bridge over the Minnesota River by New Ulm. Authorities indicate that this is extremely dangerous and could result

Sleepy Eye Man Back in Court for Violating Sex Offender Guidelines


MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – A Sleepy Eye man is back in court for violating predatory offender guidelines. 22-year-old Justin Wayne Karstens appears today for his initial appearance for an incident stemming from February. We know Karstens from his initial charge back in April of 2012 when he allegedly forced a 14-year-old to have sexual contact in her home in North Mankato.
 

MSU Awarded $325 Million Software Grant


MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – Minnesota State was recently awarded a software grant that has a commercial value of $325 million. Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software awarded an in-kind grant which gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on everyday. Siemens senior director, Bill Boswell says that students who use this system are

MSU President Davenport Requests Legislative Audit on Hoffner Situation


MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MSU President Richard Davenport released a letter yesterday indicating he has asked for a review by the Office of Legislative Auditors “regarding the system’s and university’s actions in the matter” involving Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner. Hoffner’s attorneys, legislators and others raised concern after his return. Davenport

Rep. Johnson Continues to Advocate for Agriculture Community; Farm to Food Shelf


MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 - Rep. Clark Johnson spoke with us this morning about the bonding bill as well as other agricultural bills in the process of being evaluated within legislation. He said recently the Farm to Food Shelf bill was passed, which he was a co-author on. Johnson was quite excited for that to go through to help farmers with funds in order to take extra crop harvested and bring

Public Safety Seeking Burglar


MANKATO (TEC News), April 22 – An alarm went off this morning at the Loose Moose Saloon and Conference Center. Public Safety determined it to be a burglary. Surveillance footage can be seen below. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Two Mankato Council Members Plan to Run for Rep. Brynaert's Congressional Seat


MANKATO (TEC News), March 28 – Two local residents are planning to run for Rep. Kathy Brynaert’s seat in congress next session. Mankato city council members Jack Considine and Karen Foreman both recently announced their plans as candidates. Considine has many ideas, one involving a boost in our transportation system. “Rather than all light rail and things going into the Twin

Sgt. Sticha Addresses Speeding Issues with Nicer Weather Coming


MANKATO (TEC News), March 28 – The Minnesota State Patrol sends out reminders to motorists as the weather gets nicer to make sure to slow down and travel at the regulated speeds. Tickets start at about $120 per violation. Sgt. Jaci Sticha says that not always, but often officials find that violations do go hand-in-hand whether it’s speeding or registration issues.

Johnson Promotes Bill to Aid in Neuroleptic Med Prescriptions


ST. PETER (TEC News), March 28 – Neuroleptic medication, used to bring a patient into a calm state, is currently unable to be provided to patients at the security hospital unless approved by the courts they were committed by. Problems arose when severely mentally ill patients needed this immediately. Representative Clark Johnson hopes to pass a bill to speed up the process in these

Senator Sheran Continues to Promote Clean Indoor Air Standards [CLIP]


ST. PAUL (TEC News), March 28 – The Senate Commerce committee recently passed a bill that would uphold the standard of clean indoor air in the state. Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) says there is a lot we don’t know about e-cigarettes, including the health effects of the vapor, secondhand. “The major provision in the first part of the bill is to ask e-users to restrict their

Children Who Get Flu Shot at Lower Risk of Being Hospitalized


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 – The CDC released data recently that shows reduction in flu-related intensive care hospitalization for children. About 74 percent of kids who were vaccinated did not have to be hospitalized. Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical officer with the CDC stressed the importance of a flu vaccination saying the studies clearly show it’s good to get one. Children

Blue Earth County Reminds Residents of Med and Sharp Drop Offs


MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – Blue Earth County sends out a reminder to residents wanting to dispose of unwanted medication or sharps. This program was established in December of 2011. Over 1,600 pounds of unwanted medication was collected last year.

Medication Drop Off
Sheriff’s Dept. Lobby (BEC Justice Center – 401 Carver Rd. Mankato, Minn.)
Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

House Committees Exceptionally Busy


ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 - House Committee schedules have been jam packed since session began. Representative Clark Johnson says the majority of their time has been spent meeting deadlines, rather than voting on the House floor. “The last two weeks we’ve had committee deadlines, so we’ve had very little time to act on the floor.

Kendricks Makes Initial Appearance for Sexual Conduct


MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – A Mankato man involved in the standoff in Austin a few weeks back makes his first court appearance for criminal sexual conduct. Thomas Kendricks III allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl and according to court records got her pregnant. He’s facing three felony counts. Bail was set at $400,000 and he’s required to wear a GPS tracking

Nicollet & Waseca Counties in the Rankings for Good State Health


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 – The Department of Health recently released its County Health Rankings with Nicollet and Waseca coming out in the single digits. Out of 87, Nicollet ranked nine and Waseca is at a three for overall rankings in health. Nicollet came out on top with a one in health behaviors with a low percentage of smoking, obesity and other related things.

Mankato Woman Charged with Labor Trafficking


MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – A labor trafficking charge has come to rest as a Mankato woman pleads guilty. 59-year-old Tieu Tran illegally brought three Vietnamese women to the U.S. and forced them to work at her son’s restaurant according to multiple news sources including KEYC. Tran faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 

Fire Prevention Assessments Available


MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – With an assortment of house fires here and there, Mankato firefighters want residents to be prepared for prevention. Fire prevention assessments are available through the department to help educate the public. For more information or scheduling, contact public safety at 387-8600.
 

New GMG Board Members


MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – New members were elected in early March for the Greater Mankato Growth Board of Directors as well as the return of executive committee members. The list includes the following:

Board of Directors
Primary Economy:  
Stephanie Bottner, GM of Pear Tree Greetings/Taylor Corporation 
Ron Vetter, President & CEO of Vetter Stone

Tax Penalities Await Those Who Don't Sign Up for Health Insurance (AP)


ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 — The insurance exchange for the state reports a jump in an enrollment with Monday’s deadline coming up. AP reports that MNsure officials say total enrollment has topped 148,000. People who fail to enroll just before midnight on Monday face federal tax penalties.
 

Claims Against Dayton Saying to Buy Marijuana Illegally


ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 – A mother recently claims that Governor Mark Dayton told her to buy marijuana illegally to treat her 2-year-old son's intractable epilepsy. AP reports that Jessica Hauser of Woodbury said yesterday he told her to buy it off the streets or in another state where it’s legal. Dayton’s spokesman spoke with the media and said Gov. Dayton does

Four Arrests in Recent Narcotics Case Killing Two: Drug Task Force Agent Exclusi


MANKATO (TEC News), March 14 – Four arrests were made recently in the ongoing narcotics investigation related to the deaths of 17-year-old Chloe Moses and 22-year-old Louis Folson. Tyler Caputo, James Inman, Skylar Reichel-Schneider and a 15-year-old juvenile male were taken into custody without incident. All four individuals are being charged with various controlled substance violations.

Spring Truck Weight Restrictions Begin


ST. PAUL (TEC News), March 12 – Truck weight restrictions will begin for the spring season on state highways on the 14th. Ending dates for spring load restrictions will be established after close monitoring from MnDOT.

The South Zone extends south from the southern limit of the Central Zone (US 12 – Hennepin county line) to the Iowa state line and east to the Metro Zone and then a

Drug Kills Two: Public Safety in Search of the Source


MANKATO (TEC News), March 12 – Two are dead after ingesting what public safety officials say is some type of synthetic powder. A 22-year-old male and 17-year-old female were transported in two different incidents. Public Safety Director Todd Miller says that while they’re not positive of a connection, officers found a 2 by 2.5 inch blue baggie with crowns on it at each scene

MN House Updates with Clark Johnson


ST. PETER (TEC News), March 7 – Representative Clark Johnson is hoping for many things to be approved through the bonding bill, but one in particular is rebuilding the Minnesota Security Hospital. “The key thing is safety. That there are a couple of things going on there that make that facility less safe than it absolutely needs to be for both the patients and the employees.”

Hoffner Requests Documents to be Destroyed


MANKATO (TEC News), March 7 – New Minot State Head Football Coach, Todd Hoffner is asking for court records to be destroyed from a case that was dismissed. KEYC reports that the former MSU-Mankato coach was charged in 2012 for child pornography. Shortly after they were dismissed, he was demoted and eventually fired.
 

Doctors Oppose Medical Marijuana Bill (AP)


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Most of the doctors polled at a Minnesota Medical Association forum oppose the legislation that legalizes medical marijuana. The bill passed a Minnesota House committee yesterday. The Medical Association says two-thirds of the 35 physicians attending a medical marijuana forum this week in Eagan oppose the bill.
 

Sunday Prohibition Repeal (AP)


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of lawmakers is set to unveil new plans to repeal the Sunday prohibition on liquor sales in Minnesota. Senator Roger Reinert and Representative Jenifer Loon are introducing a range of bills, from full repeal to more measured steps. They say they see growing public support for lifting the ban.
 

Sam Clay Returnts to Pitch for Mankato MoonDogs (Press Release)


MANKATO (MOONDOGS), March 6
The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League is pleased to announce, pitcher Sam Clay will return to the roster in 2014.

Clay, a 6-foot-3-inch 205-pound sophomore from Georgia Tech posted a 2.07 ERA in 34.2 innings pitched last season for the MoonDogs. He also struck out 37 batters.

"We're always looking for good left handed

More Snow Expected and Wind Chill Warnings in Effect


MANKATO (TEC News), February 27 – More winter weather is coming our way starting tomorrow. The National Weather Service reports that there is one to two inches of snow expected in our area for Friday and the same on Saturday. A wind chill warning is still in effect through Monday with temperatures dropping to between -25 and -35.
 

Man Back in Court for Trying to Escape


MANKATO (TEC News), February 27 – A Mankato man is back in court for trying to escape custody. 21-year-old Cody Lee Stanton-Bridges was initially arrested for felony theft and damage to property last year. Stanton-Bridges fled custody recently and now faces more jail time. He appears for his initial appearance with a $50,000 bail set.
 

Walz Agrees to Obama's Infrustructure Plans


MANKATO (TEC News), February 27 – Walz released a statement after President Barack Obama addressed the public at Union Depot in St. Paul yesterday. The Minnesota Representative agreed with the President in proposing a transportation bill to make smart investments. He said although there will be things they all don’t necessarily agree on, this four year plan is headed in the right

Congress Looks to Possibly Regulate E-Cigs


ST. PAUL (TEC News), February 27 – Although industry officials argue that e-cigarettes are a lower health risk than standard cigarettes, the House Health and Human Services Committee isn’t entirely convinced. AP reports that bills to regulate the products could move forward, regardless of the evidence that’s out. No official vote has taken place yet and discussions will

Programs to Help Combat Thoughts of Suicide & Depression in Mankato Girls - Regi


MANKATO (TEC News), February 25 – With higher rates of depression and thoughts of suicide in Mankato area girls, the YWCA has taken strides to combat the issue. Sara Sinnard, owner of Fusion Life and Leadership, LLC. partnered with the YWCA in creating the SURGE program and Girls Inc. “It’s a lot about making an impact in the community and creating social change.” These

Blizzard Causes Major Highway Closures


MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – The weather is calming down from last night, but road conditions are still patchy. Lisa Schmidt, meteorologist with the National Weather Service says it’s still windy: “The winds are gonna stay strong but the snow is expected to taper off.” Minnesota Department of Transportation advise minimal travel as snow continues to blow across the

BEC Board Lawsuit Actively Waits


MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – Nothing major has moved forward with the lawsuit against the Blue Earth County Board for salary changes for the district county attorneys. Board Chair Will Purvis says that they did comply with what the judge asked in the meantime: “We decided that it was more prudent to put together a pay scale which we did a couple of meetings ago.” Everyone

Legislative Session Begins February 25


ST. PAUL (TEC News), February 21 – The Minnesota State Legislature heads into another session for the year soon and Speaker of the House, Paul Thissen is looking forward to many discussions including raising the minimum wage: “I think that that’s gonna be so helpful for many many families to lift them either out of poverty or to establish just a baseline so that they can

Last Night's Crash Numbers


MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – The Minnesota State Patrol released last night’s numbers and the Rochester District saw lots of cars off the road. 54 vehicles were off the roadway with 17 property damanges; 4 of which were rollovers. There were 2 injury crashes. The Mankato District saw 46 cars off the road with 4 property damages. There was 1 injury crash.
 

GMG Hires New VP


MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – Greater Mankato Growth appointed a new Vice President. Trudie Gustafson plans to retire from Taylor Corporation after 37 years and join GMG, Inc. on Monday, March 31st. “We’ve been very deliberate about creating culture and expectations within GMG, Inc. that enable us to attract and retain some of the most skilled and committed professionals,

Local Fairmont Student Advances to National Spelling Bee


MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – One area student will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. After 13 rounds, 40 students trickled down to three. Results include:
1st - Kellen Rodriguez - Fairmont Jr/Sr High School (championship word - nemesis)
2nd - Blake Fosburgh - Mount Olive Lutheran School, Mankato
3rd - Jenna Rame - Le Sueur-Henderson Public

MCHS Donates to Books for Kids


MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – Mayo Clinic Health System recently donated $8,400 to Books for Kids. This program, coordinated by the Greater Mankato Area United Way, distributes free books and newsletters with parenting and community information to area families. Dr. Greg Kutcher, regional president and CEO of MCHS says this connects and enhances lives of others in the community

Drash New VP at Chankaska


KASOTA (TEC News), February 19 – Michael Drash, known winemaker from the Napa/Sonoma Calif. Area recently accepted a position at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery near Kasota. Drash will takeover the Vice President of Winemaking. Kent Schwickert, Chankaska proprietor and chief manager was looking to expand the winery’s skillsets and felt that Drash had this “in his tool

Deadly Start to Year on Roads


MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – The Minnesota State Patrol released numbers indicating the state is off to a deadly start on the roads. Sgt. Jaci Sticha and the rest of the crew are urging motorists to slow down and wear their seat belts. Almost 2/3 of the 31 people that died in the last month were not belted and were speeding. A memorial website was set up to bring perspective at

School Board Accommodates for Snow Days


MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – Superintendent Sheri Allen addressed the school board and public members about the recent snow days. As a result, three days were changed from late starts to full days accommodating for additional teaching hours. The calendar says that March 11th, April 8th and May 13th are now full days.
 

North Mankato Tables E-Cig Decision


MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – The North Mankato City Council tabled the e-cigarette issue last night. KEYC reports that the council will wait until after the Minnesota State Legislature makes a decision. No official action was made.
 

Cold Stint Over; No Record Lows


MANKATO (TEC News), February 13 -  Temperatures are heading back into the normal digits for this time of year after a fairly frigid stint. Michelle Margraff, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says that we were mostly average though. “We haven’t set any records, which is surprising; it’s just been consistently cold.”
 

Man Sentenced After Involvement in MSU Assault Lockdown in November


MANKATO (TEC News), February 10 –  A Coon Rapids man will be sentenced today for his involvement in the MSU assault lockdown back in November. 19-year-old James Lee Frazier fleed before authorities arrived, but was initially involved in a drug deal that went wrong. He was found guilty of a felony simple robbery.
 

North Mankato Awarded for Water Quality


The Minnesota Department of Health awarded the City of North Mankato Water Department for clean, healthy water. A Water Fluoridation Quality award was given from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We can be proud that in Minnesota, communities are employing this effective public health meausre," says State Oral health Director, Merry Jo Thoele. "Studies show

Update: CO Ruled Out at Sprinfield Schools


Tips came in that indicate that carbon monoxide was not the issue at the Sprinfield School yesterday morning. KEYC reports that State Health Department officials say it's called a mass psychogenic illness - which means many kids vomit out of nerves. Superintendent Keith Kottke was contacted but unavailable to talk. He recently sent out a letter explaining what parents can do. We're

Car Hit from Behind and Flipped


ST. PETER (TEC News), February 7 – A Prior Lake woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash that resulted in a rollover. 20-year-old Lane Dulan was stopped, wanting to make a left turn onto County Road 101 when her car was hit by 30-year-old Keith Stenzel from behind. Stenzel’s car pushed hers into the ditch and flipped it. Fire, ambulance and law enforcement assisted on

Wind Chill Warning Still in Effect



BLUE EARTH CO (TEC News), February 7 – A wind chill advisory remains in effect today for our listening area. With below zero temperatures mixed with 5 to 10 mph winds, the wind chill values will range from 20 to 30 below through the morning.

Springfield Students Back to School After CO leak


SPRINGFIELD (TEC News), February 7 – Springfield students will be back in school today after a carbon monoxide leak hospitalized some students. KEYC reported that there were 30 children receiving oxygen just after the school was evacuated at 9 a.m. yesterday. Crews worked diligently to repair the leak after emergency precautions were taken.
 

R-Cut Changed to Interchange for Nicollet Bypass


NICOLLET (TEC News), February 7 – A meeting was held Wednesday in Nicollet to discuss the interchange plans for Highway 14. Discussions hit many road blocks in planning, but Governor Mark Dayton feels an interchange instead on the south edge of town would be the best option versus an R-Cut. MnDOT spokeswoman, Rebecca Arndt says that plans hope to be finalized soon with a joint meeting on

Springfield Schools Close Due to Possible CO Poisoning (CBS News)


SPRINGFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) – Schools were evacuated in Springfield, Minn. Thursday morning after a number of people were sickened with what may have been carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Springfield School District’s website confirmed that schools were being closed for the day and students have been taken to a nearby community center. Parents were instructed they could pick up their

First Appearance for Meth Dealer


MANKATO (TEC News), February 6 – A Mankato man makes his first court appearance today for 1st-degree drug possession and sale. 37-year-old Michael Benard Eken was arrested after officials with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force found 25+ grams of methamphetamine in his home. He also faces felony charges for possessing a firearm.
 

CERT Volunteers Sought


MANKATO (TEC News), February 6 – The Community Emergency Response Team is currently looking for volunteers. CERT members are trained to help others in their neighborhood and workplace in emergency situations. Training includes 20-hours of class time and hands-on training. Sessions will be held at the public safety center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31; and April

Additional Propane Will be Transported


WASHINGTON, D.C. (TEC News), February 6 – Legislation made a push to take action to make it easier to transport additional propane to Minnesota during the shortage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced they would extend the State Emergency Declaration hours-of-service exemption to March 1st. Rep. Tim Walz says that “this is an important step to help in the short

United Way Annual Awards


MANKATO (TEC News), February 6 – Awards will be given out at the annual event held by the Greater Mankato United Way. Area volunteers and community stakeholders will be recognized tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. at South Central College. For more information, call 345-4551.
 

Donate to Help Rebuild Chesley Skatepark


MANKATO (TEC News), February 4 – The aftermath of the fire that destroyed the YMCA Chesley Skate Park has left some residents devastated, but the road to rebuilding is well on its way. A donation page was recently set up to raise a goal of $5,000. So far, in just two days, people have donated $2,385. To donate, go to gofundme.com and type in Mankato Chesley Skatepark.
 

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives


Blue Earth County

Ask-A-Trooper: More DMS Signs?


Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I have seen lighted message signs telling drivers about problems, crashes, ice, etc. Are we going to use them in southern Minnesota? 
 
Answer: These signs are called Dynamic Message Signs [DMS] and are placed at interchanges, chronic congestion areas and icy length of roads, and to effectively relay safety and transportation

Unknown Cause of Fire that Destroys Chesley Skate Park


MANKATO (TEC News), February 3 – Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze that completely destroyed the YMCA Indoor Chesley Skate Park over the weekend. Crews were called out about 9:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, but reported that the entire building was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Damages are estimated at $150,000.
 

String of Burglaries Ends; Men Arrested


BLUE EARTH CO. (TEC News), February 3 – Three men were arrested over the weekend in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred throughout the month of January. 18-year-old Garrett Seykora, 20-year-old Derrick Butson and 20-year-old Daniel Blanck are facing multiple felony counts of burglary, aiding and abetting and theft. Residents are continually reminded to keep their valuables

Larson Sentenced for Fleeing Police from Hospital


MANKATO (TEC News), February 3 – A Mankato man will be sentenced today from an incident stemming from escaping authorities prior to being discharged from the hospital. 35-year-old Michael Lee Larson had active warrants for his arrest when he was a patient. He was charged with terroristic threats-reckless disregard, 4th-degree intent to commit burglary and simple robbery.
 

Polar Plunge Raises $15,000 More Than Last Year


ST. PETER (TEC News), February 3 – The annual Polar Plunge in St. Peter was a success raising about $120,000 this year for the Special Olympics of Minnesota. Well over a hundred showed up to jump in the icy cold water. According to officials and spectators, the event raised about $15,000 more than last year.
 

Solar Air Heat Saving People Money?


MANKATO (TEC News), February 3 – Initial discoveries of solar power were discovered in 1839, but some still don’t line up at the door to use it. A workshop will be held next Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn how solar air heat can save money and benefit the environment. The Center for Earth, Spirituality and Rural Ministry along with Transition Mankato, Region 9 Renewable

Hoffner Appointed As New Minot State Football Coach


MINOT, N.D. (TEC News), January 31 – Former MSU Football Coach, Todd Hoffner was officially announced as the new head coach at Minot State University. At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Hoffner knew he had people backing him up from day one. “I think there was a lot of people that wanted to see me succeed and wanted to see me land this position and a lot of people texted me

Minissale Moved to Minnesota Security Hospital


MANKATO (TEC News), January 31 – The Twin Cities man who was arrested and charged for the murder of a Mankato woman will be transferred to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Documents showed that Levi Minnisale is considered to be mentally ill and dangerous and will undergo further evaluations. His next court appearance is set for April 30th.
 

State Patrol Wants Zero DWI Streak Continued


ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 31 – Numbers show that in the last five years there have been no alcohol-related crashes during the Super Bowl and the Minnesota State Patrol would like to see that continue. Traffic Safety Director, Donna Berger says that everyone needs to plan ahead for sober rides and make this a habit all year round. Each year, nearly 28,000 people are arrested for DWI and

Hotline Set Up for Propane Shortage Assistance


ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 31 – A Peacetime Emergency has been declared by Governor Mark Dayton in response to the propane shortage. A hotline has been created for those who need assistance to pay for heating costs as crisis payments go from $500 to $1000. For more information, call 1-800-657-3504.
 

Garbage and Recycling Back on Schedule After Fire


KASOTA (TEC News), January 29 – Trash and recycling pickup for North Mankato will resume today after a devastating fire. Hansen Sanitation lost the building and seven garbage trucks early yesterday in Kasota. LeSueur County officials are still investigating the cause.
 

Eagle Lake Snow Emergency


EAGLE LAKE (TEC News), January 29 – A snow emergency is set for noon today in Eagle Lake and will be in effect until tomorrow at 4 p.m. Parking will not be allowed on any streets within city limits and includes all county roads (#27, #17 and #55).
 

Walz to Hold Forum in Mankato; Greater Mankato Growth Hosts


MANKATO (TEC News), January 29 – Representative Tim Walz will be holding a forum in Mankato on February 7 organized by Greater Mankato Growth. He’ll be available at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel Conference Center from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. to address the public about the current issues being discussed in Washington D.C.

Farm Bill Heading for a Vote Today


ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 29 – Congress is set to vote a noon today on the Farm Bill after a lengthy compromise. Representative Tim Walz is pleased that it’s moving forward and says even though not everybody gets what they want. He says it will still save taxpayers around $23 billion along with helping farmers achieve their goals.
 

YWCA Women of Distinction Program Honorees


MANKATO (TEC News), January 29 – Honorees for the YWCA Women of Distinction Event were announced recently and a program will be held in March for them. Social hour and silent auction will begin at the Verizon Wireless Center at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 with a program to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Investigations Continue into Minnesota Security Hospital Patient Murder


ST. PETER (TEC News), January 24 – The Minnesota BCA continues to investigate the murder of a Minnesota Security Hospital patient. 31-year-old Darnell Whitefeather was arrested after authorities believed he was connected to this. He is currently awaiting formal charges. Officials say the 41-year-old victim died due to injuries caused by violent trauma. Commissioner Anne Barry released a

Blowing Snow Predicted for Weekend


MANKATO (TEC News), January 24 - The wind continues to pick up with predictions of 15 to 20 mph for today and increasing to 20 to 24 into tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Motorists are asked to take precautions when traveling as there may be blowing snow over the weekend.