An incident that started at the intersection of Highway 169 and Riverfront Drive led to three people being arrested in Mankato Thursday. Mankato Public Safety says Pierre Tieh-Bryant was charged with second-degree assault, Christopher Chustz was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and Ayla Grother was charged with fourth-degree DWI and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Authorities say a U-Haul truck and a pickup got into an incident on Highway 169. Public Safety says both vehicles pulled over at the intersection of Second and Walnut where Tieh-Bryant was accused of displaying what ended up being a replica BB [...]
A North Mankato woman was arrested after a search warrant was executed Thursday by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. Authorities say 51-year-old Roberta Brown was charged with fifth-degree sales of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities say Brown was arrested for the same offenses in November. The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force located 235 grams of synthetic cannabinoids and a loaded 22 pistol during the execution of the search warrant in the 1700 block of Northway Drive in North Mankato.
Three finalists for the St. Clair superintendent position will be interviewed over the next two days. The interviews will be open to the public and will be held in room D127 of the school. The school board hopes to name a new superintendent in a special session next Thursday. The district is seeking a replacement for Tom Bruels who is retiring March 29th.
Two area residents have been appointed to state commissions by Governor Tim Walz. Marty Duncan of St. Peter has been appointed as a superintendent member to the Minnesota State Academies, the governing board for the state academies for the deaf and the blind. Bonnie Danberry of Mankato was been appointed as an advocate for the Statewide Independent Living Council. State officials say the council is a federally mandated council under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which jointly develops and signs the State Plan for Independent Living.
President Trump recently approved a phase 1 trade agreement between the US and China. Minnesota representative Jim Hagedorn says while the approval was a positive, there's more work to be done. "I think the administration was smart to keep the tariffs on," said Hagedorn. "A lot of that was purchasing our agricultural products. Phase two is going to involve a lot more regarding manipulation or currency or technology. I think if they want the tariffs to go away they're going to have to comply." Hagedorn says he's encouraging the administration to take a trust but verify approach in future negotiations with [...]
The St. Peter City Council took the first step in establishing a local option sales tax to help fund a new fire hall in the community at its meeting this week. City manager Todd Prafke says the request now moves onto the state legislature. "You have to pass a resolution including the amount of sales tax," said Prafke. "There are specific people you have to send the resolution to and since the law changed last May you have to demonstrate regional significance." Prafke feels they can make the case for regional significance "Our fire department has equipment that many other departments [...]
Earlier this month, senate republicans held a hearing in Hibbing on potential gun legislation. State Senator Nick Frentz of North Mankato says lawmakers can't be afraid of hot button issues. "We get sent up there to St. Paul to not just to do the easy part, " says Frentz. "You have to be willing to do the hard part as well. That being said guns are one of the toughest topics. I'm opened-minded. We have to work across the aisle if we're going to get stuff done." Lawmakers head back to St. Paul on February 11th.
Mankato Area Public Schools have established school day schedules for the 2020-2021 school year. District officials say MAPS preschool will begin at eight a.m. The Elementary school day will be eight a.m. until 2:30, Bridges Community School will run from 8:20 until 2:50, middle schools will run from 8:35 until 3:20 and the high school day will be 8:45 until 3:35. District officials say the new school times reflect the district's transition to a new two-tiered busing system.
A Mankato man was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman Sunday at a Mankato apartment. Blue Earth County court records say 37-year-old Charles Carpenter is facing three counts of domestic assault. Authorities say Carpenter allegedly kicked his victim in the ribs and face, punched her in the head and hit her ear and finger. Court records say he is also accused of strangling the victim multiple times. Authorities say the victim was taken to the emergency room for further evaluation.
The Minnesota DNR is urging drivers to use caution when heading out onto frozen lakes and rivers. Lisa Dugan is with the DNR. "Stay off the ice at night, especially if it's foggy or there are snowfall conditions, it makes it hard to see any areas of hazard that might be ahead of you," said Dugan. The warning comes after a truck fell through the ice on Lake Hanksa this week. The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the two occupants of the truck escaped through the windows. Authorities remind people ice thickness is unpredictable. The Sheriff's Office says where the vehicle [...]