Kiwanis Holiday Lights is back this year. Tonight will be the opening night of the ceremony which kicks off with a parade and lighting ceremony beginning at six p.m. The drive-through traffic will begin at eight p.m. Tonight at Sibley Park. The event will run through December 31st. The hours will be five until nine p.m. Sunday through Thursday and five until ten p.m. On Friday and Saturday. Event organizers say cash and non-perishable food donations are accepted. Persons can also make monetary donations by texting KATOLIGHTS to 44321.
A Mankato man was arrested following a Monday morning incident. Blue Earth county court records say 30 year old Riley Sprenger was charged with four counts of domestic assault and obstructing the legal process. Authorities say Sprenger allegedly assaulted two individuals and attempted to grab the arresting officer's taser gun.
A groundbreaking for a new housing project is St. Peter will be held Monday morning. The ceremony to break ground on the Rok Lofts will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the corner of Highway 169 and West Grace Street. Developers say the project will include multi-family housing units, commercial opportunities and 36 off-street parking stalls and is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
Mankato Public Safety's annual holiday season fire prevention campaign is underway. The Keep the Wreath Bright, Prevent a Red Light will go through Saturday, January first. Public safety officials say a wreath will be on display at the public safety center at 710 South Front Street lit with only clear bulbs. If a preventable fire occurs, red bulbs will appear and if a preventable injury occurs, a blue light will appear. Public safety says some ways to reduce the fire risk include staying in the kitchen when cooking, using candles properly and making sure someone is around to watch them, avoiding [...]
Charges against a Mankato man accused of killing his 2-month-old child have been upgraded to murder and manslaughter. Kristopher Henderson is accused of causing fatal injuries to his daughter in September. The child died earlier this month. The 39-year-old Henderson was originally charged with first-degree assault. Court records say the charges were amended to include second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony, and first-degree manslaughter while committing malicious punishment of a child. The complaint says Henderson admitted to hitting the baby on the back forcefully for about five minutes while trying to quiet her. The infant’s injuries included bleeding in [...]
The mayor of North Mankato has announced he's running for the Nicollet County Board of Commissioners. Mark Dehen made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, Dehen said he looked forward to continuing to be a strong advocate for the citizens of North Mankato at the county level. He said it is bittersweet as he reflects on his work for the city of North Mankato for the past 11 years, but the city is in a solid position financially with a strong council, an excellent administrator and staff and with a robust strategic and long-range plan in place for the future.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) in Nicollet and Redwood counties for the first time. Thirty counties in the state now have EAB. An MDA employee was surveying for EAB near reported infestations in Brown County when he noticed ash trees with signs of EAB at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Park Campground in Sanborn, Redwood County, and across the Minnesota River from New Ulm in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County. Both sites are less than 10 miles from previously confirmed EAB infestations. MDA staff were able to find live EAB larvae and collect samples for federal [...]
For the second consecutive year, Minnesota State University, Mankato ranks 12th nationally in international student population among master’s institutions, according to an annual “Open Doors Report” recently released by the Institute of International Education. The rankings, which reflect data from the 2020-21 academic year, list Minnesota State Mankato has having 1,121 international students over the course of that year. It’s the third time (2018, 2020, 2021) in four years Minnesota State Mankato has ranked 12th nationally. The University ranked 14th nationally in the 2019 rankings.
(Brooklyn Park, MN) -- An 18-year-old is avoiding prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a six-year-old. Jonah Canny was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and sentenced Tuesday to 145 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse and five years of probation. Canny has credit for time served in the workhouse so he'll only be required to serve his probation sentence.
(Fridley, MN) -- A man is dead after being hit by a semi truck in Fridley. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says the man was hit near Old Central Avenue Northeast and 72nd Avenue Northeast Tuesday evening. The man later died at the hospital and the truck driver wasn't hurt. The victim hasn't been identified.