About Ashley Hanley

Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!

Historical Society Seeks Board Members

By |2022-01-19T08:53:10-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The Blue Earth County Historical Society is currently seeking candidates to fill open seats on the Board of Trustees beginning March 2022.  Monthly board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  All openings are for a three-year term ending March 2025. Applications are due by January 31, 2022, to the History Center. The Board consists of members representing Blue Earth County and is currently seeking individuals strong in one or more of the following areas: financial management, business management, development, and/or fundraising.  Previous non-profit Board experience preferred, but not required. The Historical Society will be making [...]

Governor Walz Announces Arrival of First Emergency Medical Teams to Support Minnesota Hospitals

By |2022-01-19T07:17:39-06:00January 19th, 2022|

After taking urgent action to provide staffing assistance for short-staffed Minnesota hospitals, Governor Tim Walz today announced more than 100 nurses will start arriving at health care facilities around the state beginning immediately. Governor Walz last week directed $40 million in American Rescue Plan funding to hire emergency staff to provide care at certain hospitals dealing with staff shortages during the current COVID-19 case surge. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) secured the staffing support and is directing nursing teams to hospitals identified by regional healthcare providers as most in need of emergency personnel. The nurses will work up to 60 [...]

Walz Proposes 2.7 Billion Dollar Construction Plan

By |2022-01-19T05:30:43-06:00January 19th, 2022|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Governor Tim Walz is proposing a two-point-seven billion dollar construction funding plan.  He announced the proposal yesterday at the University of Minnesota, saying it will help ease the backlog of maintenance needs across the state.  Walz also says the funds will help prepare the state for the future.  He says the funding will help create new skilled trade jobs and will tackle issues such as aging infrastructure.

Model Predicts Minnesota Omicron Peak Next Week

By |2022-01-19T05:29:54-06:00January 19th, 2022|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  A model developed by Mayo Clinic predicts that Minnesota's surge of omicron cases will peak next week.  The model shows that the fifth wave of the pandemic will peak next Wednesday, then cases will drop off dramatically.  The Mayo model is based on how the omicron variant driving the latest surge has spread in other areas.  The state reported over ten-thousand new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, along with 29 additional deaths.

Mankato Salvation Army is still short of 2021 Christmas Campaign Goal

By |2022-01-19T05:29:04-06:00January 19th, 2022|

Mankato Salvation Army is still short of  2021 Christmas Campaign Goal Now just $30,000 shy of its goal, The Salvation Army keeps hope alive MANKATO, Minn. – The community continues to step up in amazing ways.  Bringing the total to 94% of the $525,000 goal, The Salvation Army is just $30,000 away from meeting its goal. Donations to this campaign can still be made online at SalvationArmyNorth.org/Mankato, brought by 700 S Riverfront Dr or by texting “KatoCares” to 24365.

Mankato Man Arrested After Leading Authorities on Chase

By |2022-01-19T05:27:15-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop at 4 x 4 truck & Auto Parts located in Winnebago. The vehicle was a 2003 blue Jeep liberty sport-utility vehicle registered to a party out of Grenada, Minnesota. The Jeep was pulling a second vehicle, a Dodge pickup truck with a rig hitch and without any lights. The Jeep pulled into 4 x 4 truck & Auto Parts and the passenger bailed out of the vehicle and ran. The Sheriff's Office recognized the individual who fled to be Jacob John Friedrichs, who was wanted on a felony warrant out of Nicollet [...]

Share Your Perspectives About Agriculture in Minnesota

By |2022-01-19T05:24:18-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The State of Ag Survey, created in partnership with Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been rolled out. If your business or organization is directly or indirectly working in or near the food or agriculture industry, please complete the survey today! Your input is greatly appreciated and will help GreenSeam better understand, serve, and support the workforce, businesses, organizations, and the communities we call home. The results of the survey, along with comments from a series of focus groups, will be published in the State of Ag report on Tuesday, March 22.

MnDOT, MDA to host virtual public session on Clean Fuel Standard

By |2022-01-19T05:20:29-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a public session to explore ways to reduce the impacts of climate change through a Minnesota Clean Fuel Standard (CFS).   In October 2021, the Walz administration directed state agencies to determine if and how Minnesota should move forward with a CFS.   MnDOT and the MDA are engaging stakeholders and listening to the public as a key part of that process. The state’s goals through this process including identifying action steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, create new jobs, attract new economic [...]

School Board Announces Appointment of New Member

By |2022-01-19T05:19:15-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The Mankato Area School Board has selected Bukata Hayes to fill the open seat as a result of Darren Wacker’s resignation in December. Hayes is a long-time Mankato resident and community leader, currently serving as the Vice President of Racial and Health Equity at Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota.  He previously served 15 years as the executive director for the Greater Mankato Diversity Council during which time he worked closely with the school district. Hayes will take the oath of office and be seated at the February 22 School Board meeting.

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