(Oakdale, MN) -- A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for attacking a postal worker in Oakdale last summer. The U.S. Attorney's office says James Jackson Jr. repeatedly punched a worker who would not give him a package because his credentials did not match the needed information. That person needed surgery for their hand while also suffering several scrapes, cuts, and bruises. Investigators say they later found marijuana in the package. Jackson, who was convicted of assault and attempted robbery, will also have to serve three years of supervised release.
(Monticello, MN) -- A Buffalo man is dead after being hit while standing in a roadway Wednesday. State Patrol says the 23-year-old was in the middle of I-94 westbound in Monticello when he was hit by a Chevy Silverado. Troopers don't believe alcohol was a factor. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is calling on motorists in the state to change their driving habits and slow down as deaths on Minnesota roads continue to spike. D-P-S says just since Saturday 16 people have died on the state's roads. That brings the total fatalities so far this year to 254, the highest year to date number in the last five years. Speed continues to be the most common contributing factor, accounting for 91 deaths, 27 more than this time last year, and 53 more than we saw in the first 7 months of 2019. Alcohol and unbelted motorists [...]
More coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 551 new cases and three additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 612-thousand infections and about 76-hundred-63 deaths overall. About three-million-146-thousand-721 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Mankato-At 7 a.m., Friday, July 30, gas main installation along South Riverfront Drive and Liberty Street will begin and temporarily impact traffic on South Riverfront Drive (from Warren Street to West Liberty Street). The roads will remain open; however, lane shifts will be in place and traffic delays are expected. Traffic control will be removed for the weekend and placed again on Monday, August 2. Work is expected to be complete by mid-August (weather permitting).
Mankato's 23rd Annual RibFest returns in 2021 to Riverfront Park, 309 W. Rock St., Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8. To help guests get to and from the event, continuous shuttle bus service will be provided from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. View a shuttle bus service map and a parking map. Access the shuttle bus at the cutout on Riverfront Drive at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. RibFest features live music in the Vetter Stone Amphitheater and ribs made by “ribbers” from across the country. A limited number of reserved seats will be available and can be purchased [...]
A special working group that will recommend which Minnesota front-line workers receive COVID bonuses began work Wednesday, hearing from those who have worked in high-risk settings during the pandemic. Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said one night in I-C-U... "I was in that room for 45 minutes, holding this tube together as the COVID germs are flying all over the room, and I'm wearing the same mask as I have now worn for my eighth shift." The group must recommend to lawmakers who should receive bonuses and how much money they'll get. House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says with [...]
Democratic State Senator Melisa Franzen of Edina has resigned her post as assistant minority leader as she and other DFL senators call for an outside investigation of sexual harassment claims alleged by a former DFL staffer. "And in this case bringing outside counsel and outside investigation can actually really show what we could've done better and hopefully bring closure and improve upon that same policy that we point to as essentially our floor right? That we have a policy that's our floor, but it shouldn't be limiting to do more to support workers." The staffer alleges repeated harassment by a man [...]
Thirty-two state lawmakers are asking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to temporarily halt Enbridge's drilling along the Line 3 pipeline route until the state is no longer in drought -- citing reported release of drilling fluid at nine locations under low-water conditions. Democratic Senator Mary Kunesh from New Brighton says Enbridge will claim the material is not harmful or a pollutant... "But, you know, in a fragile environment, ecosystem, we just don't know what those effects are going to be, and so I guess I would say it's better to be safe than sorry." The group of lawmakers is asking the [...]
With start-of-school about a month away and the COVID delta variant surging in some areas, state officials recommend school districts follow C-D-C guidance this fall -- that all students, teachers, staff and visitors wear masks indoors, even if vaccinated. State Education Commissioner Heather Mueller says individual school districts could mandate that masks be worn... "But that would not be something that came from the Department of Health or the Department of Education." C-D-C guidelines also recommend schools maintain three feet minimum between students in classrooms whenever possible -- and everyone age 12 and older, before returning in-person to school should be [...]