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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!

Friday: Mankato Mask Ordinance Takes Effect

By |2020-07-09T07:27:34-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Tomorrow (July 10) Mankato's mask mandate goes into effect. City Council Member Mike Laven defended why he voted in favor of the ordinance. "The feedback I heard from constituents showed these are things we can do to slow the spread such as washing your hands. And I thought what I am doing, and thought if I can do it, anybody can do it." The City says they are promoting an education first approach before a citation may be issued.

COVID Cases Rise by 15 in BEC, 463 in MN (July 8)

By |2020-07-08T11:04:50-05:00July 8th, 2020|

Situation Update for COVID-19 Updated July 8, 2020 Updated daily at 11 a.m., with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day. Data is for cases that were tested and returned positive. All data is preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Many data points are collected during case interviews. Data presented below is for all cases, regardless of interview status. Data for cases pending interview may be listed as "unknown/missing." Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this data is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had COVID-19. Cumulative [...]

Concept selected for Hwy 169/Hwy 22/Hwy 99 intersection project in St. Peter

By |2020-07-08T10:20:55-05:00July 8th, 2020|

MANKATO, Minn. – Combining community input and data from a traffic analysis of the corridor, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) arrived at a preliminary design concept for two intersections on the south side of St. Peter. A project in 2023 will bring dual left turn lanes at the intersection of Hwy 169/Hwy 22 and a Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT, also known as a J-Turn) at the intersection of Hwy 169/Hwy 99. Both intersection modifications will improve safety and traffic flow, which were identified as top priorities when gathering input from the City of St. Peter, city council and the community. The project will [...]

DPS-DVS to Offer Knowledge Tests by Appointment Only Beginning July 13

By |2020-07-08T09:16:18-05:00July 8th, 2020|

 Instead of waiting in line, Minnesotans will now be able to schedule appointments online for class D knowledge tests at any of the 14 regional DVS exam stations. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is discontinuing class D knowledge tests on a first-come-first served basis and will require appointments beginning Monday, July 13. “There is a high demand for knowledge tests, because DVS exam stations were closed for eight weeks,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said. “People have had to adjust their lives and schedules in order to [...]

Face coverings required in all state court facilities beginning July 13

By |2020-07-08T05:57:01-05:00July 8th, 2020|

Face coverings will be mandatory for anyone in a court facility, including judges and staff, beginning July 13, 2020, according to an order issued today by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. The order requires that people wear their own face coverings when they will be doing business in person with a district or appellate court. Visitors to any of the 105 court facilities should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Visitors who do not have access to a [...]

Free COVID Testing in St. James July 8

By |2020-07-08T05:36:57-05:00July 8th, 2020|

St. James Testing Event registration and further information is available in multiple languages from this link: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/teststjames.html   When: Wednesday, July 8 from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m.   Where: St. James Middle/Senior High School, 1001 10th Avenue North, St. James, MN 56081   Eligibility Open to everyone Symptoms or no symptoms Free, no insurance needed   Testing information Testing is administered by professional medical staff. Test results Will be provided to each participant confidentially as soon as possible. Participants with negative results will be notified by email or text message as soon as results are available. Participants with positive results will be [...]

BEC to Legislators: Pass a Bonding Bill

By |2020-07-08T05:29:19-05:00July 8th, 2020|

Right now, communities all across Minnesota are reeling from the impacts of COVID-19. From health care to education to retail and manufacturing, local economies are struggling to provide critical services while keeping people safe. Every tool available needs to be brought to bear to get us all through this tough time. The main focus of the legislature this year was supposed to be passage of a capital bonding bill.  As of now, no agreement has been reached on a plan that would allow for improvements that will not only create jobs right away, but will leave lasting infrastructure that will benefit [...]

FAQs to Mankato’s Mask Requirement

By |2020-07-08T05:24:18-05:00July 8th, 2020|

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MANKATO'S FACE COVERING ORDINANCE Why should a face covering be worn? Wearing masks helps you protect others by preventing your germs from infecting them, especially in situations where you may spread the virus without symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Who is required to wear a face covering? Any individual 12 and older able to medically tolerate a face covering is required to cover their nose and mouth in accordance with [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 19 in BEC, 569 in MN (July 7)

By |2020-07-07T11:02:54-05:00July 7th, 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. 39,133 Total positive cases (cumulative) 569 Newly reported cases 3 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 23 Becker 1 Beltrami 4 Benton 3 Blue Earth 19 Brown 3 Carver 14 Cass 1 Chisago 3 Clay 4 Clearwater 1 Crow Wing 2 Dakota 42 Dodge 1 Faribault 1 Freeborn 4 Grant 5 Hennepin 139 Houston 1 Isanti 2 Kanabec 1 Kandiyohi 5 [...]

South Central Healthcare Coalition Gives Update on COVID, Testing Options

By |2020-07-07T10:03:43-05:00July 7th, 2020|

Eric Weller of the South-Central Healthcare Coalition says he hopes people don't think we are going back to normal anytime soon. "There won't be going back to normal". He says it is not surprising that cases are rising in Minnesota "We're doing more testing so there's going to be more cases." He says there's one group that's being hit harder. "Young people, the age range from 20-24 years old is having the largest amount of cases." He says we also need to remember: "You can be asymptomatic. We are not out of this yet." He says there are talks of a [...]