A 41-year-old Mankato man is charged with possession of child pornography after Mankato Police detectives turned a cybertip from cloud storage provider Dropbox over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in December. The Dropbox username "RSS Jones" was tracked by special agents to Resty Senecal and the company identified 182 files uploaded to his account that contained child pornography. Court records show Senecal is a registered sex offender and was convicted of possession of child pornography in Roanoke County, Virginia, in June 2015. The BCA was granted a search warrant for his home in Mankato but could not be served [...]
A Mankato man is charged with malicious punishment of a child and two counts of domestic assault after the 36-year-old was accused of beating a 13-year-old unconscious in December and spitting a mouthful of chewed chips on her while she was lying on the floor. A school social worker reported receiving an email from the student, saying that her father Bradley Suess dragged her off the bed and punched and kicked her several times. The message also said that Suess spat in her face and called her a, "Waste of oxygen." The victim said she was unconscious for about 30 seconds. [...]
The Minnesota Attorney General's office will review the case of a woman accused of killing her husband in southern Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there. Lois Riess has not been charged in the fatal shooting of her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, at the couple's home in Blooming Prairie last March. Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose says his investigators were at a "standstill" waiting for a handgun recovered from Lois Riess' hotel room after her arrest in Texas to be released by Florida authorities for ballistic testing in Minnesota. Rose says testing by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal [...]
With more snow blanketing the area, MnDOT is staying plenty busy. But they also want to warn drivers to be safe in this winter weather. Jed Falgren says to keep a safe distance between you and the next vehicle and to be careful when pulling into an intersection when there’s large snow piles. He also reminds drivers to check their headlights, even if they have automatic ones.
A Winona mother has pleaded guilty to endangering her young son by trying to make him sicker so medical staff at Children's Hospital in St. Paul would pay closer attention to him. The toddler was admitted to the hospital last July for "failure to thrive." Doctors suspected Megan Kafer was harming her son because the child weighed so little despite their efforts to help him gain weight. A criminal complaint says hospital officials placed the baby and Kafer in a hospital room set up with a surveillance camera and saw her inject something into her child's feeding tube with a syringe [...]
The Eagle Lake American Legion is hosting a steak fry tonight (Friday). It’s all to help the Eagle Lake Fire Department and the Legion Tamie Guentzel says the firefighters will be cooking and cleaning up. There will also be bingo and a meat raffle. The steak dinner is $12. It goes from about 7-10 tonight.
A North Mankato State Senator said the snowy month of February has provided a good example of the need to raise the gas tax in order to fix Minnesota's crumbling roads and bridges. North Mankato State Senator Nick Frentz. Senator Nick Frentz fielded a call this week from a Minnesota Department of Transportation official who said, "Look, the roads are so bad where we're plowing that we're damaging the plows. You've got to get money for roads, you've got to increase the gas tax." In his recent budget proposal, Governor Tim Walz included a potential 20-cent per gallon increase [...]
A new report said black workers in Minnesota and across the U.S. would see the biggest boost if Congress raises the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would increase wages for 38 percent of all black workers, and for 23 percent of whites, according to the Economic Policy Institute report. The measure, introduced last month in Congress, would increase the federal minimum wage in six steps to $15 per hour by 2024. Wade Luneburg with the hospitality union Unite Here said Minnesotans who work full time, regardless of race, shouldn't have to live [...]
For decades, cash-poor American college students have joked about their "ramen noodles diet" but now more than ever, students say they have to choose between buying food and paying tuition. A first-of-its-kind federal government report found nearly two million college students are hungry., yet nearly 60-percent of low-income college students who may be eligible for food assistance did not report participating in a program in 2016. Frankie Becerra is president of the student advocacy group Lead M-N at Century College in White Bear Lake. He works full-time to pay for a college education he feels will help him climb the economic [...]
Three south-central Minnesota D.F.L. state lawmakers are taking questions from constituents and providing answers to them this weekend. Representative Jeff Brand and his colleagues will hold town hall meetings in two area communities. "Nick Frentz and I and Jack Considine will be down at the city council chambers in Mankato on Saturday morning and then Saturday at 11:30 we'll be in St. Peter at the community center," he explained. Brand, Senator Frentz, and Representative Considine are providing voters with a chance to discuss any legislation or issues they’d like to see addressed this session and Brand called it, "An opportunity for [...]