A Mankato woman has been charged after allegedly assaulting two hospital employees during a November 15th incident. Blue Earth county court records say 27-year-old Dominique Mapp is facing two counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree assault on a health care employee. Authorities say the incident happened after Mapp tried to run out of the emergency department.
State Senator Nick Frentz of North Mankato says the budget news state received last week is good news. Frentz says what will be done about it is anyone's guess. "It's a good problem to have", said Frentz. "I've talked to many legislators since the news came about and I haven't heard one of them give the same answer. So as we like to say in the Senate, never a dull moment, we'll see." The state announced last Thursday lawmakers will begin the legislative session with a one-point-three billion dollar surplus.
A discussion on the economic and individual need to close the postsecondary attainment gaps in Minnesota was held Monday morning at South Central College in North Mankato. Minnesota Office of Higher Education Commissioner Dennis Olson says the state has a goal of 70 percent all of adults 25 to 44 attaining some sort of postsecondary credential beyond high school by 2025. "We're on track to meeting our goal," said Olson. "But we have a lot of work to do particularly because our benchmarks include goals for our racial and ethnic communities in Minnesota and we know we have large attainment gaps [...]
A Mankato man arrested after a stabbing incident the day before Thanksgiving has been formally charged. Blue Earth County court records say 60-year-old Sidney Bruce is charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree assault. Authorities say the stabbing victim suffered a collapsed lung.
Two Vernon Center girls were injured in a Friday night accident in Lake Crystal. The Minnesota State Patrol says 7-year-old Elliana Nistler and 10-year-old Madilyn Nistler were transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say shortly after five p.m, a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Katie Nistler of Vernon Center was westbound on Main Street when it collided with an eastbound vehicle on highway 60 driven by 18-year-old Jannel Escamila.
A Mankato woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on Victory Drive in Mankato. The Minnesota State Patrol says 66-year-old Marie Miest was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities shortly before five p.m, a vehicle driven by Miest was traveling west across Victory Drive and collided with a southbound vehicle driven by 47-year-old Mary Cordes of Mankato. Cordes was uninjured in the accident.
Two people were injured in a Saturday evening accident in Mapleton. The Minnesota State Patrol says around quarter to six, a vehicle driven by 50-year-old Jeff Gisch of Lone Rock, Iowa was attempting to turn left onto Highway 22 and collided with a vehicle by 62-year-old Trudence Pitcher of Wells. Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System with non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the Gisch vehicle, 49-year-old Kelly Gisch of Lone Rock, Iowa, was uninjured in the accident.
It will be a busy night for the Mankato City Council this evening. The council will consider bids for the Land of Memories Bank Stabilization Capital Improvement Project. The council will consider a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a solar power facility north of the BMX track on Industrial Road. The council will also hear the results of several sales tax feasibility studies. The meeting will begin at seven p.m. in the Mankato Room of the Intergovernmental Center.
Discussion on a potential new hotel in downtown Mankato will be held tonight. A proposal by Downtown Mankato Properties LLC to construct a 117 room Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel along the Cherry Street Frontage will be discussed by the Mankato Economic Development Authority at its meeting tonight. The item will be a preliminary review of the hotel development proposal and no action will be taken tonight. The meeting will begin at six in the Minnesota River Room of the Intergovernmental Center.
A New Ulm boy was killed in a snowmobile accident in Nicollet County Saturday afternoon. The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office says 12-year-old Bryson Andrew Palmquist was pronounced dead the scene. Authorities say the accident occurred around quarter to five Saturday afternoon in a field adjacent to the Nicollet Public School.