The head of Minnesota's education department kicked off her statewide "Back to School" tour Monday at John Clark Elementary in Rockville. Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker and her team toured the school, met students and teachers, and learned about programs and activities specific to the school. Ricker says she was particularly impressed by a family-based activity that pairs fifth-grade students with their younger siblings and gives the older child an opportunity to lead lessons and classroom discussions: "It was a joy to see and it just really reinforces that when we give meaningful leadership opportunities to our students they are eager to [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is recovering after being struck by a bullet in north Minneapolis. Minneapolis police were sent to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale early Tuesday after the child was dropped off with a reported gunshot wound to the arm or hand. Officers were told the shooting happened about a half-hour earlier at a residence. The Star Tribune reports community members say the victim was a 2-year-old boy who was in the backyard with his mother when gunfire erupted. The boy is expected to survive. Police report no arrests and continue to investigate.
On October 10th plan to dine out with friends, family, and colleagues and “Stick A Fork in Cancer.” Twenty-seven participating Greater Mankato area restaurants will donate a portion of their 10/10 proceeds to benefit the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, American Cancer Society and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA in an effort to support and better the lives of area cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. This will be the third year of Stick a Fork in Cancer. Over the first two years, more than $60,000 has been raised for the three beneficiary organizations. The goal of this year’s event is to [...]
Greater Mankato Area United Way will host a presentation by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits regarding the 2020 census and what it means for local nonprofits. Community members, especially those from health and human service organizations, are invited to the free presentation “2020 Census: Nonprofits Count!” from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 3 at Blue Earth County Library in Mankato. Michelle Chang, Public Policy & Equity Coordinator at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, will present on the topic. Attendees will learn why the 2020 census matters, how nonprofits can get involved and what action steps nonprofits can take to mobilize [...]
The Waseca County Sheriff's Office is reminding drivers to obey road closed signs. This plea comes as they say County Road 3 was severely damaged. According to the Sheriff's Office, two drivers caused over $50,000 in damage. This was to an under-construction segment of the road south of Janesville. The road is closed between Highway 14 and County Road 9 through mid-October. It's for replacing the pavement.
As officials investigate an outbreak of E. coli infections associated with the State Fair, the Minnesota Health Department's Joni Scheftel says... "It's just important to get the word out so people don't spread this to other people if they have it, and also doctors can take the proper action. This happens to be one of those infections where antibiotics really don't help, in fact they make it more likely to get HUS." HUS stands for Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome--which can be life-threatening. All 11 people who are confirmed to have the infection visited the Miracle of Birth Center between August 25th and [...]
Madelia Police say the cause of death of a 17-year-old boy is under investigation. Police Chief Rob Prescher says officers and ambulance crews were called to a boy found unresponsive in a home Sunday morning. They say the boy was taken to Madelia Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Prescher says the cause of death is pending autopsy results and the case remains under investigation. The boy's name has not yet been released due to pending family notification.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With summer winding down, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he's looking ahead toward the 2020 legislative session, with plans to push proposals for making insulin affordable, reducing gun violence, clean energy and criminal justice reform. The Democratic governor said in an interview with The Associated Press that he's currently taking a "hard look" at each state agency to see what they could do better and where legislation might be needed. He said he's also reaching out to stakeholders to start building coalitions to support the policy proposals that he plans to advance in the next [...]
The Watonwan County Sheriff is asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect of a hit and run crash. The crash happened at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Facebook post from the Sheriff's Office says, “The vehicle drifted off the roadway down into the ditch and hit an electrical pole, which also resulted in the loss of power for some of our residents." Anyone with information about the crash, or anyone who sees a vehicle with damage consistent with such a collision should contact the Watonwan County Sheriff’s office.
Benco Electric says all power has been restored in Mankato. Around 10 this morning, they announced a large outage affecting more than 700 customers. According to their Facebook page, power was restored a little after 11:00. They say the cause is a squirrel getting into the substation.