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!

City of North Mankato Announces Plans for Splash Pad in Upper North Mankato

By |2022-01-28T09:03:37-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The City of North Mankato is happy to announce the installation of a  Splash Pad in upper North Mankato. This Splash Pad is made possible by a generous donation from the Ward Family Foundation of $150,000 to be matched with city funds. The City Council  reviewed and approved the project proposal at their January 18th meeting and City staff are  finalizing design documents and logistics to prepare for installation in summer of 2022. Current  prospective features and layouts can be seen in the attached photos.  The Splash Pad will be located next to Fallenstein Playground at 1875 Howard Dr. and is [...]

Hormel Chili Creates Chili Cheese Keg

By |2022-01-28T05:27:42-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(Austin, MN)  --  Hormel Chili is giving away a Chili Cheese Keg to one hungry fan.  The chili brand unveiled the one-of-a-kind 15-gallon Hormel Chili Cheese Keg that dispenses Hormel Chili Cheese dip straight from its tap.  Hormel says the keg provides nearly 300 servings of Hormel Chili Cheese.  Fans can visit Hormel-Chili-Cheese-Keg-Dot-Com through February 6th to enter to win the unique prize.

Only Ten States Have 10%+ Rise In COVID Cases

By |2022-01-28T05:26:32-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

More states are going into the weekend with a better handle on the COVID surge.  Only ten are reporting at least a ten-percent increase in cases.  The rest are either seeing numbers drop or level off.  As of right now, the nation is dealing with an average of 627-thousand infections a day, down 18-percent over the last two weeks.

Final Day For Rent Assistance Applications

By |2022-01-28T05:21:45-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(Golden Valley, MN)  --  Rent Help M-N is not taking any more new or re-applications after today.  Submissions for rental assistance through the program will not be accepted after nine-o-clock tonight.  January 2022 is expected to have the most applications ever seen in the program according to Deputy Housing Commissioner Rachel Robinson.  The program also says any submissions by the deadline that are not complete will not be reviewed.

Minnesota Pharmacies Starting To Receive Free Government N95 Masks

By |2022-01-28T05:19:41-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Minnesota pharmacies are starting to receive N95 masks supplied by the U.S. government for free distribution.  The Biden administration announced plans to distribute about 400-million of the masks through pharmacies and community health centers nationwide earlier this month.  Those receiving the masks are limited to three per person.  The masks are approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to filter out 95-percent of particles in the air.

Officials Identify Family Frozen To Death At U.S.-Canadian Border

By |2022-01-28T05:01:49-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(Emerson, Manitoba)  --  Canadian officials are identifying the Indian family that froze to death while attempting to illegally cross the U.S. Canadian border east of Minnesota.  The family of four included 39-year-old father Jagdish Patel, 37-year-old mother Vaishaliben Patel, eleven-year-old daughter Vihangi Patel, and three-year-old son Dharmik Patel.  Canadian authorities believe the family was driven from Toronto to the border in Emerson, Manitoba as part of a human smuggling operation.  Prosecutors have filed charges of human smuggling against 47-year-old Florida man Steve Shand in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Doctors Calling Omicron Wave Becoming More Manageable

By |2022-01-28T04:58:58-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Health officials in Minnesota are saying the omicron variant wave of COVID-19 is becoming more manageable.  Doctors say they are seeing fewer severe cases in hospitals, with more than 15-hundred COVID-19 hospitalizations Wednesday.  Officials say hospitals are still overcrowded, but a rising number of patients are being admitted for other reasons before a COVID-19 infection is discovered after routine screening.  Officials say the fast spreading nature of omicron has been as bad as expected, but appears to have reached its peak.

Minnesota GOP Operative Charged With Sex Trafficking Minors Claims Unfair Targeting

By |2022-01-28T04:52:29-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  A Minnesota GOP strategist charged last year with sex trafficking of minors is claiming that he is being unfairly targeted by federal prosecutors because of his wealth and public profile.  Anton Lazzaro is arguing that the case against him should be dismissed because he was only giving females expensive presents before they "hooked up."  Prosecutors haven't filed a response to Lazzaro's motion.  The 31-year-old faces ten charges related to trafficking minors and obstruction of justice.

Police Inspector Testifies In Fourth Day Of Ex-Minneapolis Officers’ Trial

By |2022-01-28T04:48:46-06:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  A Minneapolis police inspector and longtime academy instructor says officers are required to intervene if a colleague uses unnecessary force or puts someone in danger.  Inspector Katie Blackwell testified to the protocol yesterday during the fourth day of testimony in the federal civil rights trial of three ex-Minneapolis police officers.  The officers are accused ignoring their duty to provide aid when fellow officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes before he died in May 2020.  Blackwell also testified to the training tactics implemented regarding use of force.  A doctor on the [...]

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