About Ashley Hanley

Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!

Local Elections Guide

By |2020-09-21T06:13:18-05:00September 21st, 2020|

The profiles of regional candidates running in the November 3 election, provided by the candidates themselves, are now available online at greatermankatoelections.com. Candidates were asked to complete an online profile, including biographical information and respond to an online questionnaire. The questionnaire enables voters to gauge a candidate’s perspective including the following areas: Understanding of the core responsibilities of the elected position Views on key issues and impact The role of public office and promoting business vitality and economic development Fiscal responsibility Open communication and accountability Compromise and consensus   Candidate profiles are available for the following races:      US Representative 1stDistrict [...]

Stay informed using Mankato Area Public Schools’ COVID-19 dashboard

By |2020-09-21T05:28:33-05:00September 21st, 2020|

Stay informed about confirmed COVID-19 cases using Mankato Area Public Schools' (MAPS) COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated regularly. Most recently a case has been confirmed at West High School. As new cases are confirmed, the information will be posted to the dashboard. In all cases, school staff will work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to identify anyone who has contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Due to data privacy, names will not be released.

Mankato Area Public Schools selected for Agricultural Diversity and Leadership/Technical Skill Challenge pilot program

By |2020-09-18T11:21:31-05:00September 18th, 2020|

Mankato Area Public Schools and its school-based Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) education teaching team has been selected as a pilot school for the Agricultural Diversity and Leadership/Technical Skill Challenge (ADLTS) program. The district will receive more than $8,500 over the next three years to support and implement the three-component AFNR model for 400 students at Mankato Area Public Schools' East and West high schools, which includes classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised hands-on agricultural experience and agricultural youth organization leadership experience. Teachers will be provided continuous support and development from the Minnesota FFA and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). ADLTS is a partnership between MDE, Minnesota FFA, and the University [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 1,099 in MN (Sept. 18)

By |2020-09-18T11:15:08-05:00September 18th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. 87,807 Total positive cases (cumulative) 1,099 Newly reported cases 8 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 60 Becker 2 Beltrami 3 Benton 13 Big Stone 2 Blue Earth 14 Brown 6 Carlton 6 Carver 19 Cass 3 Chippewa 3 Chisago 6 Clay 13 Cottonwood 1 Crow Wing 8 Dakota 51 Dodge 6 Douglas 10 Fillmore 7 Freeborn 15 Goodhue 7 Hennepin [...]

Absentee voting begins in MN today

By |2020-09-18T06:03:32-05:00September 18th, 2020|

Absentee balloting begins in Minnesota today(FRI). Secretary of State Steve Simon says it's easy to do and voters can rest assured... "Every voter can track their ballot just like you would a package, with certainty for sure when it has arrived, even what date, so it's not left to chance." To find out more about obtaining a ballot, visit mnvotes.org. Election day is November 3rd.

Waseca to Have Free COVID Testing

By |2020-09-18T05:57:58-05:00September 18th, 2020|

Over the next month, free COVID-19 testing will be offered in several communities for anyone who feels they need to be tested, regardless if they have symptoms or not. Health officials are using testing data to identify communities that are experiencing workplace clusters, are close to bordering states, or have not yet had larger-scale testing offered. Assistant Deputy Commissioner Dan Huff says they are deeply concerned in the spike in cases all across the state. The first three communities where this targeted testing will be offered are Grand Rapids, Pine City, and Waseca. The Minnesota National Guard will be activated to [...]

Highway 68 closing Monday Sept. 21 for additional slide repairs

By |2020-09-18T05:16:38-05:00September 18th, 2020|

Highway 68 from Highway 15 in New Ulm to just west of Blue Earth County Road 45 (south of Courtland) will be detoured once again beginning Monday, September 21 as crews make final repairs to the major hillside slide that took place during the June rains.  The Highway 68 closure is expected until the end of October. Traffic will be detoured using Blue Earth County Road 45/Nicollet County Road 24, Highway 14, Nicollet County Road 37/20th South Street in New Ulm and Highway 15. Crews were able to temporarily fix the slide in July to safely re-open the road. The work that [...]

Mankato Clinic and VINE team up to reduce falls among older adults

By |2020-09-17T11:38:08-05:00September 17th, 2020|

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Each year falls result in more than 2.8 million emergency room visits, 800,000 hospitalizations and 27,000 deaths. Falling is NOT an inevitable part of aging and many falls can be prevented. In conjunction with the nationwide Falls Prevention Awareness Week, Mankato Clinic Physical Therapy Department and VINE Faith in Action are hosting a FREE Falls Risk Screening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at VINE Adult Community Center, 421 E. [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 931 in MN (Sept. 17)

By |2020-09-17T11:14:36-05:00September 17th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. 86,722 Total positive cases (cumulative) 931 Newly reported cases 9 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Aitkin 1 Anoka 66 Becker 3 Beltrami 7 Benton 11 Big Stone 5 Blue Earth 16 Brown 6 Carlton 6 Carver 19 Cass 2 Chippewa 2 Chisago 2 Clay 20 Cottonwood 2 Crow Wing 15 Dakota 49 Dodge 1 Douglas 7 Faribault 1 Fillmore 2 Freeborn [...]

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