This year's Kiwanis Holiday Lights event in Mankato was a record-setter. The Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board of Directors says 65-thousand dollars raised from the event will be donated to 69 area non-profit groups. It is the most amount of money donated during the eight-year history of the event. Event representatives add 12 tons of food was donated to 19 regional food shelves. The board said over 160-thousand people attended the 33-day event, an average of nearly 4900 attendees per night.
High school hockey players in Waseca won't be able to wear game jerseys made in honor of a local police officer gravely wounded in the line of duty. League officials stepped in and told the school the jerseys don't comply with rules for uniforms. The Star Tribune says the decision drew criticism on social media. The jerseys donated by a Minnesota company are emblazoned with the words “Waseca Police” and Officer Arik Matson’s badge number on the front and his last name above each player’s number on the back. Matson was shot in the head earlier this month while responding to [...]
The Greater Mankato area saw a one percent increase in jobs from December of 2018 to December of 2019. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the area added 587 jobs in the past year. The one percent increase was the largest percentage increase in the five metro areas of the state where statistics were provided, which include the Twin Cities, Duluth-Superior, Rochester and St. Cloud.
Seven individuals will interview for the soon to be vacant St.Clair schools superintendent position over the next two days. The open-to-the-public interviews will begin at three-45 this afternoon and will resume at four p.m. Friday. The interviews will be held in room D127 of the school, located at 121 West Main Street. Current superintendent Tom Bruels is retiring in March. The school board says they hope to hold second round interviews on January 31st and hope to name a new superintendent at a February sixth meeting.
Region Nine Development Commission based in Mankato has joined an effort to conduct a statewide assessment of food and beverage manufacturers. Nicole Griensewic- Mickelson is with Region Nine. "We're conducting a survey to identify food and beverage trends," said Griensewic-Mickelson. "The survey's goal is to support growth in these and other related sectors." Grienswic-Mickelson says their organization is working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute on the survey. She says the ultimate goal is to create increased economic opportunity in all food and beverage related sectors throughout the state.
St. Peter Schools Hosting Another Community Input Session Regarding The District’s Superintendent Search Tonight
The second and final community input session regarding the St. Peter school district's superintendent search will be held tonight. The session will begin at six-30 at the Middle School Media Center. St. Peter residents also have the option of filling out a survey regarding the search. The survey is available on the district website until Friday night. Jeff Olson is serving in the position on an interim basis this year. The district is searching for a permanent replacement for Paul Peterson, who became superintendent at Mankato schools.
A man is facing five charges after allegedly leaving a toddler alone in a Mankato hotel and strangling a woman. Blue Earth County court records say 27-year-old Keegan Samsel has been charged with assault by strangulation, possession of a firearm while committing a violent crime, child neglect and two counts of domestic assault. Authorities say Samsel was upset that the victim was late for a Samsel's court appearance for DWI and he allegedly assaulted the victim to the point she lost consciousness. Court records say the investigation determined Samsel's biological son was left alone and unattended in a Mankato hotel room [...]
Mankato residents will have three opportunities (Thursday) to give their two cents on the city's plans for community development, housing, and social services. A public feedback session on community development needs will be held from nine until ten a.m. A feedback session regarding housing and social services and community development needs from five-30 until six-30. All meetings will be held at the Intergovernmental Center's Mankato room. City economic development specialist Courtney Kramlinger says there are other options for the public to give their feedback. "Persons can go to Soundoff Mankato on the city website, drop off any written comments to me [...]
Minnesota Representative Jim Hagedorn said a recent phase 1 trade agreement with China has done a lot to ease concern in the agricultural markets. Hagedorn says action on the imbalance of trade with China was long overdue. "Something should have been done regarding China ten or twenty years ago," said Hagedorn. "It shouldn't have taken President Trump to do it. I think most farmers understood something needed to be done to address China and I think in the long-term it's going to help." Hagedorn made his comments at the Minnesota Ag Expo, which is taking place in Mankato today and tomorrow.
We're three weeks away from the start of the Minnesota legislative session. State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake lists giving people more freedom when it comes to health care as one of his priorities. "The right to shop bill, which enables you to go outside your network, is one of my priorities," said Draheim. "If you save money by going outside of your network, you get half the savings and your insurance companies receive the other half. You can use your half for co-pays, deductibles or premiums." The legislative session will begin on February 11th.