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 [...]
It looks like -- as analysts predict -- the courts will again draw new legislative and congressional district boundaries in Minnesota, with no clear signs of agreement between House Democrats and Senate Republicans and only about two weeks to the February 15th deadline. Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller says he's had some discussions with House Speaker Melissa Hortman, but... "It's gonna be a challenge. I'm not quite sure that it's gonna get done, but we are having discussions and if we can get there we'll do it. If not, then it'll be up to the courts." Split control of the Minnesota [...]
The American Lung Association’s 20th annual "State of Tobacco Control" report, finds that Minnesota had mixed progress on passing policies to reduce and prevent commercial tobacco use, including e-cigarettes: Spokeswoman Pat McKone: "We are doing mediocre with our tobacco taxes. And we are failing in two categories and that is with the amount of funding that goes to our programs that address prevention. And also a new category, and that is restricting access to flavored tobacco products." McKone says Minnesota scored an "A" in the strength of smoke-free air laws and coverage and access to services to quit commercial tobacco.
As national debate continues on whether the Equal Rights Amendment is now part of the U-S Constitution, Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota are introducing a bill to align *state* statutes with the E-R-A -- a review in 2022, then law changes next year. Backers say Minnesota also needs its own Equal Rights Amendment in the state Constitution, but that issue got tangled up at the legislature in a debate over rights of transgender Minnesotans and others. D-F-L Senator Mary Kunesh from New Brighton argues... "It's not an issue of gender or sex. It's an issue of equality under the law, both at [...]
The Coalition for Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) is urging state lawmakers to address critical needs in the upcoming legislative session. CGMC President and Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian says childcare is the number one economic development priority "2021 wasn’t a good year, we started out with 36 childcare providers and zero childcare centers, and in 2021 we’d lost nine additional childcare providers." Baustian says when you talk about economic development--if workers don’t have any place to bring their kids for daycare, “businesses can’t grow.”
Our final installment of a month long series on meeting your fitness goals in the new year looks at the key components of becoming healthier as people and society. Steve Ritz, an exercise physiologist and founder of Fitness First M-N says the formula for a healthier society is simple. "It really boils down to the basics as a society. Exercise, diet, and sleep. Those are controllables. If we control that, we have less need for medical intervention." Ritz says we cannot eliminate all instances of illness, but focusing on those three key components will put our bodies in the best position [...]
(Faribault, MN) -- A Minnesota State Patrol officer is recovering from injuries after a squad car was struck by another vehicle. The crash happened last night on I-35 near Highway 60 in Faribault. The trooper, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, had their emergency lights on at the time of the crash.
(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.
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.
(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.