The City of North Mankato has completed the Draft Webster Avenue Area Plan to guide redevelopment in one of the City’s major gateways. Staff are now looking for assistance from area residents by reviewing the plan and providing feedback. The purpose of the study is to: 1. Examine land use around Webster Avenue identifying redevelopment and revitalization opportunities. 2. Outline a shared vision by the City, citizens, businesses, and property owners. 3. Provide a framework for investment and policy consistent with City of North Mankato goals. The following are ways for residents to provide feedback for the study. 1. Review the [...]
After lengthy and thoughtful debate, the Visit Fairmont Board of Directors has decided that they cannot proceed with hosting the 2021 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. The decision to submit an application to host this event was made in 2019. It was announced in October of 2019 that Fairmont was selected to host the 2020 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. In August of 2020, Governor Walz postponed the event until 2021.
South Central College (SCC) President Annette Parker will be testifying at a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business’s Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development on Thursday, May 6 at Noon CST (1 p.m. EST). The hearing will be aired live online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE46NWWG3R0. Parker was asked to testify at the hearing on “Growing Jobs through Infrastructure Investment” based on her broad higher education workforce development experience and South Central College’s success with public-private partnerships
(St. Paul, MN) -- State officials say over 800 Minnesota residents will be sworn in today as U.S. Citizens. The ceremony is scheduled to take place around 10 a.m. at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The U.S. Citizenship ceremony, also sometimes known as the oath ceremony, takes about two-hours and is the final stage of the U.S. citizenship process. During the ceremony, new citizens will sing the National Anthem and recite the Pledge of Allegiance before taking an Oath to defend the Constitution in front of a federal judge.
State health officials are reporting just under 13-hundred new cases of COVID-19 across Minnesota on Wednesday. According to the latest update, there were one-thousand-267 new positives which is over 260 more cases than reported on Tuesday. The Health Department also reported 17 new deaths from the virus. The number of Minnesotans who are considered fully vaccinated has now surpassed two-million-people.
Governor Tim Walz is expected to announce a timeline for ending all COVID-19 restrictions at a press conference today. The Governor is scheduled to speak around noon about the loosening of restrictions and provide guidance on what Minnesotans can expect moving forward into the summer. State officials are pointing to vaccination efforts as a reason behind the new COVID-19 protocols. The Governor will ask for more people to get vaccinated as doctors have warned recently that the pace of vaccinations has fallen over the past three-weeks.
Department of Public Safety Commission John Harrington says Minnesota needs more State Patrol troopers. He asked lawmakers for funding to hire staff and provide equipment for an additional 25 troopers during testimony Tuesday. Harrington says the state hasn’t added any troopers for road patrol in the last 16 years: "Additional troopers on the highway really make a difference in reducing the number of fatal crashes out there. And we think that's an important part of state government responsibility." Harrington points to a 28-percent increase in traffic fatalities so far this year, adding the deadliest time for road travel – the summer [...]
To make it convenient for South Central College (SCC) students and employees to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, the college will host clinics at their campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, where the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine will be administered. Additional spots are available for members of the general public who still need to receive their vaccinations. All those over 18 of age are invited to participate. See below for date, location and sign up details. The Vaccination clinics will be held on SCC’s North Mankato Campus on Thursday, May 6 from 2 - 5 p.m. SCC’s Faribault Campus on Friday, May 7 from 10 [...]
There's good news on vaccine availability for states like Minnesota that are at the head of the pack on vaccination rates. Governor Tim Walz says the White House has changed their vaccine allocations: "States that are doing like Minnesota is doing can now request above their allotted amount." Walz says potentially by June, Minnesota could have 70 percent of those either 12 years and older -- or 16 years and above vaccinated, depending on C-D-C guidelines: "I think Minnesotans should start assuming that they're going to have a very normal-looking summer." Walz adds the day is really close when there will [...]
An influential state Senate Republican, Bill Ingebrigtsen from Alexandria, threatened Tuesday there will be no budget for state parks and environmental programs after July 1st, unless the Walz administration drops its plans for new "clean cars" emission standards. The governor's response: "The idea that you would shut down government, shut down funding, because we're doing what 15 other states and most of the rest of the world has already done doesn't really make any sense to me." Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka later softened the demand, saying Republicans don't want "clean cars" emission standards implemented, but are willing to wait two [...]