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Man accused of calling former Minnesota Senator Al Franken’s office, saying he was going to “hang” Obama, facing 20 years in prison

By |2019-03-21T12:50:24+00:00March 21st, 2019|

Federal prosecutors say a central New York man faces up to 20 years in prison for threatening to kill former President Barack Obama and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. A jury convicted Stephen Taubert on Wednesday. The charges stemmed from phone calls, including racial slurs, that he made to Democratic Congressional offices. In 2018, Taubert called Waters' Los Angeles office and said he was going to kill the congresswoman and every member of her staff. Taubert called the Washington office of then-Minnesota-Sen. Al Franken in 2017 and said he was going to "hang" Obama. The jury concluded Taubert targeted Obama and Waters [...]

Five hurt, one seriously, in two separate Wednesday crashes; one near Mapleton, the other north of Waseca

By |2019-03-21T17:35:37+00:00March 21st, 2019|

An elderly woman was seriously hurt and two others were also injured in a crash in Mapleton on Wednesday. Minnesota State Troopers said 82-year-old Clint Lindemann pulled out from eastbound 134th Street to head north on Highway 22, into the path of another vehicle. Investigators added that the other driver, 31-year-old Amanda Stevermer, tried to swerve but couldn't avoid the collision. Clint Lindeman and Stevermer were hurt but are expected to recover. Officials said Lindemann's 80-year-old wife Dorothy, though, was taken to the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester with injuries that appear to be life-threatening. Two drivers are expected to recover [...]

NWS, MnDOT keeping a close eye in ice jams near Courtland and New Ulm

By |2019-03-21T16:44:00+00:00March 21st, 2019|

Another area highway has reopened after floodwaters began to recede. MnDOT District 7 operations manager Jed Falgren said Highway 4 north of St. James is back open to traffic as of Thursday and Wednesday they were able to reopen Highway 30 east of Mapleton. Last night Falgren said the Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge at St. Peter was shut down after an ice dam broke loose and caused a rapid rise in the water level. "I just happened to swing through the area after I saw a couple of pictures online about the ice jam south of St. Peter," he explained, [...]

NWS expert says this week’s weather conditions have been “ideal” for limiting flood concerns

By |2019-03-21T16:04:54+00:00March 21st, 2019|

Gradually-warming daytime temperatures followed by night-time temperatures just below freezing means the snowpack has been trickling away, an ideal condition to limit flood concerns. National Weather Service Hydrologist Craig Schmidt said that can change quickly, though, and, "Our worst case, or ones that would get us to the highest levels, would be an extended period of very warm wet weather. Temperatures in the 50s and 60s during the day, lows in the 40s." Schmidt added that any rain event can drastically accelerate the snowmelt and push water levels closer to flood stage statewide and the, "Main message there is really keep [...]

More information released concerning Mankato police standoff

By |2019-03-21T15:56:57+00:00March 21st, 2019|

More information has been released in the police standoff earlier this week in Mankato. The Mankato Department of Public Safety sent a detective to a home on North 5th Street to arrest 38-year-old Joshua Armendariz, who they said was released from jail while awaiting pending sentencing after pleading guilty to charges of making threats of violence, running from police, and felony domestic assault – but then violated the terms of his conditional release. However, when the officer arrived at the home he said Armendariz refused to surrender. Although Armendariz was ordered not to contact the victim or her daughters, all three [...]

MSU Gets Final Approval For Sports Bubble

By |2019-03-21T15:21:18+00:00March 21st, 2019|

MSU is officially getting a sports bubble. This after final approval from the Minnesota State System Board of Trustees. David Jones says the bubble will go up this fall. He hopes it will be open by December 1st. It will be located off of Monks Avenue near the Kwik Trip.

Farmers Can Get Assistance With Flooding

By |2019-03-21T14:35:13+00:00March 21st, 2019|

With the flood waters devastating local farms, there are a few options to turn for help. Kent Thiesse says to follow a few simple steps to get the help you need. He also says the department of agriculture also has some emergency funds available.

Yu’s Restaurant Closes

By |2019-03-21T14:16:42+00:00March 21st, 2019|

A popular Chinese restaurant in Mankato closes its doors. According to its Facebook page, Yu's will no longer operate at its campus location. They are relocating and renaming to a spot in Eden Prairie. They thanked their customers for 20 years of service.

MSU Spring Football Practice Starts March 29

By |2019-03-21T13:25:05+00:00March 21st, 2019|

The Minnesota State football team will open its spring practice schedule on Friday, March 29, at the Blakeslee Stadium practice fields. MSU finished its 2018 season with a 13-1 record and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks also claimed their fourth NSIC Championship in the last six seasons. The Mavericks will take part in a total of 14 practices from March 29 through April 25. Three practices, including the first two, the players will wear helmets. The remaining practices will be in full and half pads, including scrimmages on April 6 and April 13. Minnesota State concludes [...]

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