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YWCA-Mankato Girls Inc. Takes Action

Donate food and personal care items to ECHO! We're 6-9th grade girls from the YWCA Mankato Girls Inc. program, working on a project to help the ECHO food shelf. WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! There will be THREE drop off locations & times. **YWCA

Gaylord man dies

GAYLORD – Investigations continue in the death of a Gaylord man. 62-year-old Mike John Fenske was found in water of a ditch yesterday morning. So far Sibley Co. authorities say he accidently entered the water and couldn’t get out after fieldwo

Crash in redwood county kills one

REDWOOD CO. – Names still have no been released in the fatal crash in Redwood Co. over the weekend. Late Sunday afternoon a semi collided with a van a couple miles north of Walnut Grove. One was airlifted and later died while the other four were tra

Bersaw trial continues: Criminal sexual conduct

MANKATO – Trial continues for a Mankato man convicted of criminal sexual conduct in two separate incidents. 63-year-old Richard Bersaw was arrested back in June after someone came forward with the allegations and then a second one. He’s curren

Vikings' stadium on track (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials are confident the Minnesota Vikings' new $1 billion stadium will be completed on time in 2016. Nine months after the old Metrodome was demolished, officials say the new stadium is 23 percent complete as of the end of

Ebola protection demonstrations (AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Armed with new safety guidelines for head-to-toe protection of health workers treating Ebola patients, federal officials are taking the show on the road today to demonstrate recommended techniques. Thousands are expected to attend a m

Ebola is not that easily spread (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — One expert says the end of quarantine for people who shared an apartment with the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. underscores what doctors have said all along: Ebola is not that easily spread. It's not clear why E

Couple Dies in St. Peter Crash

ST. PETER – Names were just released from the fatal crash in St. Peter yesterday. Both Allen Cole and his wife, Marilyn died after being hit as they pulled into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 169 south near the Security Hospital. Driver of vehicle two, 34

Unemployment Down in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Speaker of the House said the state should be proud of the progress they’ve made economically. Paul Thissen said that the 4.1 percent unemployment rate is an accomplishment as its dropped compared to years past. Mankato

Authorities Warn Kids of the Dangers of Skitching (AP)

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Police officials are alerting those trying or have tried “skitching” of the dangers after a recent teen’s death. 19-year-old Gunnar Miller of Eagan was skateboarding and holding onto the mirror of a car when he

ISIS Update (AP)

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest worries over the Islamic State extremist group have prompted the imposition of a curfew in the provincial capital of Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province. Officials fear militants may try to advance on the city and hope the curfew will help to limit movement in and out of Ramadi. Two Iraqi military officials say major operations are under way against the

Candidate Profiles Available for our Region

MANKATO - Profiles of candidates participating in the November 4, 2014 elections in our region are now available on Greater Mankato Growth’s election website 
The information was provided directly from the candidates vying for office.

Mankato Marathon Road Restrictions

MANKATO - The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is taking place this Sunday. There will be some minor traffic disruptions in Mankato until early afternoon.

MSU Student Charged; Police Seeking More Information

MANKATO – The 20-year-old MSU student was charged in Blue Earth Co. court yesterday. Alexander Gowan-Nuehring allegedly gained access to at least five dorm rooms, stealing cash and assaulting another student with pepper spray. Public safety is asking for anyone with more information on his possible whereabouts within the dorms early Saturday morning on Oct. 11. Contact police with any info.

New Child Protection Task Force

ST. PAUL – Gov. Dayton’s new task force for child protection met yesterday in St. Paul. Rep. Joe Mullery, task force chair member, says he’s excited the state is taking action but “it’s terribly unfortunate that kids had to die” for this to come full circle. Gov. Dayton appointed the task force after the death of Pope County 4-year-old Eric Dean. Several

No school for Mankato Public - MEA

MANKATO – No school for Mankato public schools on Thursday and Friday this week. MEA training conferences will be held teachers. For more information, contact staff at 387-1868.

U.S. 1st Congressional District Forum

MANKATO – The U.S. 1st Congressional District Forum will be held tomorrow at South Central College. Rep. Tim Walz will join Jim Hagedorn in the conference center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Live streaming will also be available by KMSQ Public TV.

Child Car Seats Safety Check for Free

MANKATO – MnDOT in Mankato will be performing child car seat checks on Thursday at no cost. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 2151 Bassett Drive, safety officials will be available to look at the seats you have and if they’re buckled properly. Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 612-275-0916. This information can be found online at or our Three Eagles News

Names Released in Deadly St. Peter Crash

ST. PETER – Names were released last night after a deadly crash near St. Peter. 70-year-old Thomas Wendelschafer died after his pickup truck wedged itself underneath the back end of a semi driven by 80-year-old Lyle Bartsch. This new detour was set up the night before to complete construction on Hwy. 169.

Primary Results In

MANKATO – Primary election results were in last night and Pat McDermott and Jacob Birkholz will face off in the upcoming election for the County Attorney’s seat. McDermott came out on top with over 2,000 votes putting him just above 47 percent. Birkholz was in a close second with 30 percent. Other results can be found below--FULL LIST HERE

Public Assistance for Floodings (COUNTY LIST)

BLUE EARTH CO. – The second set of applicant briefings will be held starting today for public assistance from the June flooding. Those within the 18-county list are encouraged to attend and fill out an application if any of your things were damaged between June 11 and July 11 due to flooding.

Manufactured homeowner taxes

BLUE EARTH CO. (8/7/14) - A reminder for manufactured homeowners in Blue Earth County that the fist half of their 2014 taxes must be paid by Sept. 2nd to avoid late fees. This can be done at the historic courthouse on South 5th street as well as a variety banks within town. A complete list of the banks can be found at

Tolzmann to make appearance this morning for murder threats to brother

MANKATO – The 18-year-old who attempted to kill his brother will appear in court this morning.

Mayo Clinic Health System Seminar: Trauma Education at Farmfest

REDWOOD COUNTY – Trauma education is coming to farmfest this year through the Southwestern Minnesota Regional Advisory Trauma Committee and Mayo Clinic Health System.

Ameresco to Save MSU Millions in Energy Costs

MANKATO – A green consulting company is hoping to save Minnesota State University Mankato be between $4.8 million and $9.5 million within a 15-year period.

Location Still Not Released for Future Blue Earth County Fair

GARDEN CITY – No new information was released during the Blue Earth County Fair Board’s announcement over the weekend.

New Concertmaster at Mankato Symphony Orchestra

MANKATO – A new concertmaster was selected for the Mankato Symphony Orchestra after a statewide talent search.

Mayo Clinic Health System Seminar: Anxiety

MANKATO – Mayo Clinic Health System continues to aid the public in offering informational seminars periodically throughout the year.

Minnesota Finance Authority Expands Eligibility (list of counties)

Minnesota Finance Authority Release--

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) is expanding the eligibility of its zero percent interest rate Disaster Loan program.

Mankato ranked 3rd in US by Forbes for best place to have a business

MANKATO -  Forbes recently released its list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers,” ranking Mankato 3rd best in the United States.

Public Safety Citizen's Academy

Apply to participate in Mankato's public safety Citizens Academy, an eight-week course that allows community members to interact with staff and get an insider’s look at how the department contributes to the area’s quality of life. The course is held Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., September 11 through October 30 at the public safety center, 710 South Front

Light bulb drop off

BLUE EARTH CO – Bulbs will be collected at the county hazardous waste facility July 30. The annual business bulb collection is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. Xcel Energy customers are allowed to dispose of up to 10 fluorescent or other recyclable bulbs for free. Those with more can dispose the extras for a reduced price.

Seykora Faces Sentencing

MANKATO – A North Mankato man faces sentencing after originally being convicted with close to 40 burglary and theft charges. 18-year-old Garrett Seykora was arrested earlier this year and officially charged with four counts of 2nd-degree burglary for a string of thefts with Derrick Butson and Daniel Blanck. His appearance is set for this morning.

Roundabout Ready or Not?

MANKATO – Roundabout completion for the two on Hwy. 22 is up in the air again as crews continue to push for a fast finish.

"Get Connected" with MnDOT

MANKATO – “Get Connected” was recently launched through the MnDOT in efforts to keep the public informed, linking transportation and the economy. This allows anyone to have questions answered about money and transportation, and what goals MnDOT has. For more information, visit

Mankato and Blue Earth Co. Road Updates after Flooding Issues

Road Updates
Hwy. 66, Hwy. 169 SB from St. Peter to Mankato and Hwy. 14 Westbound are open to traffic.
Judson Bottom Road from Lookout Dr. to Cty. State Aid Hwy. 41 is closed indefinitely due to repairs.
All City of Mankato Roads are open to traffic except Bassett Drive.

Water main repairs needed on the 400 block of Belgrade Ave. Closed tomorrow 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water will be shut off from

Memorial Day Activities

Memorial day activities are coming up in support of our current and former soldiers for the armed forces. A complete list with times from the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Board are below.

6:30-7:30 a.m. - continental breakfast at Morson Ario

All posts, auxilliaries, and veterans groups are scheduled as follows:
8 a.m. - korean memorial
12:10 p.m. - Vietnam Memorial
1 p.m. - WWII

Civic Center to Begin Upgrade

MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – The Mankato Civic Center was approved for funds through the passing of the bonding bill in legislation. City Manager Patrick Hentges is grateful for the support of not only the community, but legislators. The $29 million upgrade is set to begin construction this fall. A rendered photo of the remodel can be seen at

Hwy. 22 Construction Between Mapleton and BEC Road 15

MAPLETON (TEC News), May 21 – Motorists should expect delays today and tomorrow on Hwy. 22 between Mapleton and Blue Earth County Road 15. MnDOT crews will be doing repair work and applying a temporary seal coating. Pilot cars will be directing traffic. For more statewide travel information, visit

Minnesota to Host Super Bowl LII

MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), May 21 – The NFL announced yesterday that Super Bowl LII (52) will be held in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in February 2018. The game will be held in the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, currently under construction and set to open in July 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl.

Open House to Discuss Hwy. 4 Construction

MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – An open house is set for Thursday, May 29 in St. James for information on the reconstruction of Hwy. 4. From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Watonwan Co. Library, MnDOT officials will be available to answer any questions and give details to the project. For more information, visit the department of transportation website.

Man Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Theft in Le Sueur Co.

LE SUEUR CO. (TEC News), May 21 – Le Sueur Co. authorities arrested a 42-year-old in connection with multiple vehicles being stolen. Charles James Palm was taken into custody during a fifth vehicle theft attempt. He had stolen four previously in Elysian, Cordova and Lexington Townships. His bail was set at $100,000 but still remains in custody.

Shelley Appears in Court

MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – The 21-year-old in connection with the Isaac Kolstad assault case, made his first appearance in court yesterday. According to a complaint, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley doesn’t recall punching Kolstad in the face, nor does he remember speaking to Philip Nelson. Shelley was officially charged with 1st and 3rd degree assault.

Synthetic Drug Bill Re-Passed [AUDIO]

ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 15 – Some changes prompted a rewording to re-pass a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs. One change out of the five includes amending the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the FDA. Rep. Clark Johnson is in full support with the author Rep. Erik Simonson (Duluth) in saying it needed

Pick Up Rain Barrel and Compost Bins

MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – Orders of rain barrels and compost bins are in and need to be picked up by tomorrow. The distribution event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 651 Summit Avenue. For more information, visit the Recycling Association of Minnesota website at

Second Suspect Found in Assault Case

MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – It was released yesterday afternoon that the second suspect in the Isaac Kolstad assault case was taken into custody Monday night. 21-year-old Trevor Stenner Shelley of St. Peter will face the same charges as 20-year-old Philip Nelson; 1st and 3rd-degree assault. Officials are still looking for more information to piece together the incident. Anyone with

Donation Site Set Up for Isaac Kolstad Family

MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – A fundraising website was set up recently for Isaac Kolstad’s family according to KEYC. So far close to $20,000 has been raised and more is coming in. Friends and family projected a goal of $25,000 and they’re over half way there.
Make a donation: strong-for-the-Isaac-molly-Kolstad-family/177076

GPS Monitoring Bill for Domestic Abuse Victims Passed [AUDIO]

ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 14 – The GPS monitoring system bill, authored by Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL-North Mankato), was passed through both parties yesterday. This bill allows judicial districts the option to use GPS programs to protect victims of domestic abuse by alerting authorities when offenders are too close to their victims. “Well I’m feeling good about a unanimous vote in

Mayo's 150 Year Celebration Exhibit

MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – For 150 years, Mayo Clinic has been serving patients and their families all over. In celebration of this, a mobile exhibit will be traveling to more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada including Mankato. May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. it will be available at no charge at the Madison East Center. For more information, visit

Nelson Faces First and Third Degree Assault Charges

MANKATO (TEC News), May 12 – 20-year-old Philip Nelson, former Gopher football player, made his initial appearance in court this afternoon for the assault of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad. Attorney James Fleming requested for little to no bail for Nelson so he can continue his education at Rutgers University and attend football practices and games. Judge Bradley Walker set bail at $20,000

Walz Holds Meeting to Promote Freight Rail Shipping Safety

WASECA, Minn. (TEC News), April 24 – Rep. Tim Walz held a meeting today in Waseca to address the community and local emergency teams about freight rail shipping safety. Walz is the only Member of Congress from Minnesota who sits on the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. He states, “As more and more hazardous materials are being shipped

MoonDogs Sign Two More Infielders

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MoonDogs sign two more infielders for the 2014 season. Jake Yacinich from the University of Iowa and Tony Skjefte of the Minnesota Gophers. Yacinich, has had a strong year so far for the University of Iowa, hitting .338 with 4 triples, a home run, and 21 RBI's. In addition to hitting, Yacinich also has athletic ability, starting 37 games at shortstop for

Mankato Marathon Searching for Artist to Complete 2014 Commemorative Print

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – The Mankato Marathon is gearing up for another year as they search for the completion of the commemorative poster design. The 5th Annual Races will take place on October 19. $500 will be awarded as commission. To be considered, the artist must first submit an application which can be obtained online at or at Visit Mankato’s

Sheriff's Office Urges Safer Activities in Support for Missouri Resident Fightin

NICOLLET CO. (TEC News), April 24 – The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office sent a release warning those participating in the Plunge for Landon to do so with caution. Reports came in recently notifying the department that someone taking the challenge jumped off the Buesmann Bridge over the Minnesota River by New Ulm. Authorities indicate that this is extremely dangerous and could result

Sleepy Eye Man Back in Court for Violating Sex Offender Guidelines

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – A Sleepy Eye man is back in court for violating predatory offender guidelines. 22-year-old Justin Wayne Karstens appears today for his initial appearance for an incident stemming from February. We know Karstens from his initial charge back in April of 2012 when he allegedly forced a 14-year-old to have sexual contact in her home in North Mankato.

MSU Awarded $325 Million Software Grant

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – Minnesota State was recently awarded a software grant that has a commercial value of $325 million. Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software awarded an in-kind grant which gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on everyday. Siemens senior director, Bill Boswell says that students who use this system are

MSU President Davenport Requests Legislative Audit on Hoffner Situation

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MSU President Richard Davenport released a letter yesterday indicating he has asked for a review by the Office of Legislative Auditors “regarding the system’s and university’s actions in the matter” involving Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner. Hoffner’s attorneys, legislators and others raised concern after his return. Davenport

Rep. Johnson Continues to Advocate for Agriculture Community; Farm to Food Shelf

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 - Rep. Clark Johnson spoke with us this morning about the bonding bill as well as other agricultural bills in the process of being evaluated within legislation. He said recently the Farm to Food Shelf bill was passed, which he was a co-author on. Johnson was quite excited for that to go through to help farmers with funds in order to take extra crop harvested and bring

Public Safety Seeking Burglar

MANKATO (TEC News), April 22 – An alarm went off this morning at the Loose Moose Saloon and Conference Center. Public Safety determined it to be a burglary. Surveillance footage can be seen below. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Two Mankato Council Members Plan to Run for Rep. Brynaert's Congressional Seat

MANKATO (TEC News), March 28 – Two local residents are planning to run for Rep. Kathy Brynaert’s seat in congress next session. Mankato city council members Jack Considine and Karen Foreman both recently announced their plans as candidates. Considine has many ideas, one involving a boost in our transportation system. “Rather than all light rail and things going into the Twin

Sgt. Sticha Addresses Speeding Issues with Nicer Weather Coming

MANKATO (TEC News), March 28 – The Minnesota State Patrol sends out reminders to motorists as the weather gets nicer to make sure to slow down and travel at the regulated speeds. Tickets start at about $120 per violation. Sgt. Jaci Sticha says that not always, but often officials find that violations do go hand-in-hand whether it’s speeding or registration issues.

Johnson Promotes Bill to Aid in Neuroleptic Med Prescriptions

ST. PETER (TEC News), March 28 – Neuroleptic medication, used to bring a patient into a calm state, is currently unable to be provided to patients at the security hospital unless approved by the courts they were committed by. Problems arose when severely mentally ill patients needed this immediately. Representative Clark Johnson hopes to pass a bill to speed up the process in these

Senator Sheran Continues to Promote Clean Indoor Air Standards [CLIP]

ST. PAUL (TEC News), March 28 – The Senate Commerce committee recently passed a bill that would uphold the standard of clean indoor air in the state. Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) says there is a lot we don’t know about e-cigarettes, including the health effects of the vapor, secondhand. “The major provision in the first part of the bill is to ask e-users to restrict their

Children Who Get Flu Shot at Lower Risk of Being Hospitalized

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 – The CDC released data recently that shows reduction in flu-related intensive care hospitalization for children. About 74 percent of kids who were vaccinated did not have to be hospitalized. Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical officer with the CDC stressed the importance of a flu vaccination saying the studies clearly show it’s good to get one. Children

Blue Earth County Reminds Residents of Med and Sharp Drop Offs

MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – Blue Earth County sends out a reminder to residents wanting to dispose of unwanted medication or sharps. This program was established in December of 2011. Over 1,600 pounds of unwanted medication was collected last year.

Medication Drop Off
Sheriff’s Dept. Lobby (BEC Justice Center – 401 Carver Rd. Mankato, Minn.)
Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

House Committees Exceptionally Busy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 - House Committee schedules have been jam packed since session began. Representative Clark Johnson says the majority of their time has been spent meeting deadlines, rather than voting on the House floor. “The last two weeks we’ve had committee deadlines, so we’ve had very little time to act on the floor.

Kendricks Makes Initial Appearance for Sexual Conduct

MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – A Mankato man involved in the standoff in Austin a few weeks back makes his first court appearance for criminal sexual conduct. Thomas Kendricks III allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl and according to court records got her pregnant. He’s facing three felony counts. Bail was set at $400,000 and he’s required to wear a GPS tracking

Nicollet & Waseca Counties in the Rankings for Good State Health

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 – The Department of Health recently released its County Health Rankings with Nicollet and Waseca coming out in the single digits. Out of 87, Nicollet ranked nine and Waseca is at a three for overall rankings in health. Nicollet came out on top with a one in health behaviors with a low percentage of smoking, obesity and other related things.

Mankato Woman Charged with Labor Trafficking

MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – A labor trafficking charge has come to rest as a Mankato woman pleads guilty. 59-year-old Tieu Tran illegally brought three Vietnamese women to the U.S. and forced them to work at her son’s restaurant according to multiple news sources including KEYC. Tran faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Fire Prevention Assessments Available

MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – With an assortment of house fires here and there, Mankato firefighters want residents to be prepared for prevention. Fire prevention assessments are available through the department to help educate the public. For more information or scheduling, contact public safety at 387-8600.

New GMG Board Members

MANKATO (TEC News), March 27 – New members were elected in early March for the Greater Mankato Growth Board of Directors as well as the return of executive committee members. The list includes the following:

Board of Directors
Primary Economy:  
Stephanie Bottner, GM of Pear Tree Greetings/Taylor Corporation 
Ron Vetter, President & CEO of Vetter Stone

Tax Penalities Await Those Who Don't Sign Up for Health Insurance (AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 — The insurance exchange for the state reports a jump in an enrollment with Monday’s deadline coming up. AP reports that MNsure officials say total enrollment has topped 148,000. People who fail to enroll just before midnight on Monday face federal tax penalties.

Claims Against Dayton Saying to Buy Marijuana Illegally

ST. PAUL, Minn. (TEC News), March 27 – A mother recently claims that Governor Mark Dayton told her to buy marijuana illegally to treat her 2-year-old son's intractable epilepsy. AP reports that Jessica Hauser of Woodbury said yesterday he told her to buy it off the streets or in another state where it’s legal. Dayton’s spokesman spoke with the media and said Gov. Dayton does

Four Arrests in Recent Narcotics Case Killing Two: Drug Task Force Agent Exclusi

MANKATO (TEC News), March 14 – Four arrests were made recently in the ongoing narcotics investigation related to the deaths of 17-year-old Chloe Moses and 22-year-old Louis Folson. Tyler Caputo, James Inman, Skylar Reichel-Schneider and a 15-year-old juvenile male were taken into custody without incident. All four individuals are being charged with various controlled substance violations.

Spring Truck Weight Restrictions Begin

ST. PAUL (TEC News), March 12 – Truck weight restrictions will begin for the spring season on state highways on the 14th. Ending dates for spring load restrictions will be established after close monitoring from MnDOT.

The South Zone extends south from the southern limit of the Central Zone (US 12 – Hennepin county line) to the Iowa state line and east to the Metro Zone and then a

Drug Kills Two: Public Safety in Search of the Source

MANKATO (TEC News), March 12 – Two are dead after ingesting what public safety officials say is some type of synthetic powder. A 22-year-old male and 17-year-old female were transported in two different incidents. Public Safety Director Todd Miller says that while they’re not positive of a connection, officers found a 2 by 2.5 inch blue baggie with crowns on it at each scene

MN House Updates with Clark Johnson

ST. PETER (TEC News), March 7 – Representative Clark Johnson is hoping for many things to be approved through the bonding bill, but one in particular is rebuilding the Minnesota Security Hospital. “The key thing is safety. That there are a couple of things going on there that make that facility less safe than it absolutely needs to be for both the patients and the employees.”

Hoffner Requests Documents to be Destroyed

MANKATO (TEC News), March 7 – New Minot State Head Football Coach, Todd Hoffner is asking for court records to be destroyed from a case that was dismissed. KEYC reports that the former MSU-Mankato coach was charged in 2012 for child pornography. Shortly after they were dismissed, he was demoted and eventually fired.

Doctors Oppose Medical Marijuana Bill (AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Most of the doctors polled at a Minnesota Medical Association forum oppose the legislation that legalizes medical marijuana. The bill passed a Minnesota House committee yesterday. The Medical Association says two-thirds of the 35 physicians attending a medical marijuana forum this week in Eagan oppose the bill.

Sunday Prohibition Repeal (AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of lawmakers is set to unveil new plans to repeal the Sunday prohibition on liquor sales in Minnesota. Senator Roger Reinert and Representative Jenifer Loon are introducing a range of bills, from full repeal to more measured steps. They say they see growing public support for lifting the ban.

Sam Clay Returnts to Pitch for Mankato MoonDogs (Press Release)

The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League is pleased to announce, pitcher Sam Clay will return to the roster in 2014.

Clay, a 6-foot-3-inch 205-pound sophomore from Georgia Tech posted a 2.07 ERA in 34.2 innings pitched last season for the MoonDogs. He also struck out 37 batters.

"We're always looking for good left handed

More Snow Expected and Wind Chill Warnings in Effect

MANKATO (TEC News), February 27 – More winter weather is coming our way starting tomorrow. The National Weather Service reports that there is one to two inches of snow expected in our area for Friday and the same on Saturday. A wind chill warning is still in effect through Monday with temperatures dropping to between -25 and -35.

Man Back in Court for Trying to Escape

MANKATO (TEC News), February 27 – A Mankato man is back in court for trying to escape custody. 21-year-old Cody Lee Stanton-Bridges was initially arrested for felony theft and damage to property last year. Stanton-Bridges fled custody recently and now faces more jail time. He appears for his initial appearance with a $50,000 bail set.

Walz Agrees to Obama's Infrustructure Plans

MANKATO (TEC News), February 27 – Walz released a statement after President Barack Obama addressed the public at Union Depot in St. Paul yesterday. The Minnesota Representative agreed with the President in proposing a transportation bill to make smart investments. He said although there will be things they all don’t necessarily agree on, this four year plan is headed in the right

Congress Looks to Possibly Regulate E-Cigs

ST. PAUL (TEC News), February 27 – Although industry officials argue that e-cigarettes are a lower health risk than standard cigarettes, the House Health and Human Services Committee isn’t entirely convinced. AP reports that bills to regulate the products could move forward, regardless of the evidence that’s out. No official vote has taken place yet and discussions will

Programs to Help Combat Thoughts of Suicide & Depression in Mankato Girls - Regi

MANKATO (TEC News), February 25 – With higher rates of depression and thoughts of suicide in Mankato area girls, the YWCA has taken strides to combat the issue. Sara Sinnard, owner of Fusion Life and Leadership, LLC. partnered with the YWCA in creating the SURGE program and Girls Inc. “It’s a lot about making an impact in the community and creating social change.” These

Blizzard Causes Major Highway Closures

MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – The weather is calming down from last night, but road conditions are still patchy. Lisa Schmidt, meteorologist with the National Weather Service says it’s still windy: “The winds are gonna stay strong but the snow is expected to taper off.” Minnesota Department of Transportation advise minimal travel as snow continues to blow across the

BEC Board Lawsuit Actively Waits

MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – Nothing major has moved forward with the lawsuit against the Blue Earth County Board for salary changes for the district county attorneys. Board Chair Will Purvis says that they did comply with what the judge asked in the meantime: “We decided that it was more prudent to put together a pay scale which we did a couple of meetings ago.” Everyone

Legislative Session Begins February 25

ST. PAUL (TEC News), February 21 – The Minnesota State Legislature heads into another session for the year soon and Speaker of the House, Paul Thissen is looking forward to many discussions including raising the minimum wage: “I think that that’s gonna be so helpful for many many families to lift them either out of poverty or to establish just a baseline so that they can

Last Night's Crash Numbers

MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – The Minnesota State Patrol released last night’s numbers and the Rochester District saw lots of cars off the road. 54 vehicles were off the roadway with 17 property damanges; 4 of which were rollovers. There were 2 injury crashes. The Mankato District saw 46 cars off the road with 4 property damages. There was 1 injury crash.

GMG Hires New VP

MANKATO (TEC News), February 21 – Greater Mankato Growth appointed a new Vice President. Trudie Gustafson plans to retire from Taylor Corporation after 37 years and join GMG, Inc. on Monday, March 31st. “We’ve been very deliberate about creating culture and expectations within GMG, Inc. that enable us to attract and retain some of the most skilled and committed professionals,

Local Fairmont Student Advances to National Spelling Bee

MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – One area student will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. After 13 rounds, 40 students trickled down to three. Results include:
1st - Kellen Rodriguez - Fairmont Jr/Sr High School (championship word - nemesis)
2nd - Blake Fosburgh - Mount Olive Lutheran School, Mankato
3rd - Jenna Rame - Le Sueur-Henderson Public

MCHS Donates to Books for Kids

MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – Mayo Clinic Health System recently donated $8,400 to Books for Kids. This program, coordinated by the Greater Mankato Area United Way, distributes free books and newsletters with parenting and community information to area families. Dr. Greg Kutcher, regional president and CEO of MCHS says this connects and enhances lives of others in the community

Drash New VP at Chankaska

KASOTA (TEC News), February 19 – Michael Drash, known winemaker from the Napa/Sonoma Calif. Area recently accepted a position at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery near Kasota. Drash will takeover the Vice President of Winemaking. Kent Schwickert, Chankaska proprietor and chief manager was looking to expand the winery’s skillsets and felt that Drash had this “in his tool

Deadly Start to Year on Roads

MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – The Minnesota State Patrol released numbers indicating the state is off to a deadly start on the roads. Sgt. Jaci Sticha and the rest of the crew are urging motorists to slow down and wear their seat belts. Almost 2/3 of the 31 people that died in the last month were not belted and were speeding. A memorial website was set up to bring perspective at

School Board Accommodates for Snow Days

MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – Superintendent Sheri Allen addressed the school board and public members about the recent snow days. As a result, three days were changed from late starts to full days accommodating for additional teaching hours. The calendar says that March 11th, April 8th and May 13th are now full days.

North Mankato Tables E-Cig Decision

MANKATO (TEC News), February 19 – The North Mankato City Council tabled the e-cigarette issue last night. KEYC reports that the council will wait until after the Minnesota State Legislature makes a decision. No official action was made.

Cold Stint Over; No Record Lows

MANKATO (TEC News), February 13 -  Temperatures are heading back into the normal digits for this time of year after a fairly frigid stint. Michelle Margraff, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says that we were mostly average though. “We haven’t set any records, which is surprising; it’s just been consistently cold.”

Man Sentenced After Involvement in MSU Assault Lockdown in November

MANKATO (TEC News), February 10 –  A Coon Rapids man will be sentenced today for his involvement in the MSU assault lockdown back in November. 19-year-old James Lee Frazier fleed before authorities arrived, but was initially involved in a drug deal that went wrong. He was found guilty of a felony simple robbery.

North Mankato Awarded for Water Quality

The Minnesota Department of Health awarded the City of North Mankato Water Department for clean, healthy water. A Water Fluoridation Quality award was given from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We can be proud that in Minnesota, communities are employing this effective public health meausre," says State Oral health Director, Merry Jo Thoele. "Studies show

Update: CO Ruled Out at Sprinfield Schools

Tips came in that indicate that carbon monoxide was not the issue at the Sprinfield School yesterday morning. KEYC reports that State Health Department officials say it's called a mass psychogenic illness - which means many kids vomit out of nerves. Superintendent Keith Kottke was contacted but unavailable to talk. He recently sent out a letter explaining what parents can do. We're

Car Hit from Behind and Flipped

ST. PETER (TEC News), February 7 – A Prior Lake woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash that resulted in a rollover. 20-year-old Lane Dulan was stopped, wanting to make a left turn onto County Road 101 when her car was hit by 30-year-old Keith Stenzel from behind. Stenzel’s car pushed hers into the ditch and flipped it. Fire, ambulance and law enforcement assisted on

Wind Chill Warning Still in Effect

BLUE EARTH CO (TEC News), February 7 – A wind chill advisory remains in effect today for our listening area. With below zero temperatures mixed with 5 to 10 mph winds, the wind chill values will range from 20 to 30 below through the morning.

Springfield Students Back to School After CO leak

SPRINGFIELD (TEC News), February 7 – Springfield students will be back in school today after a carbon monoxide leak hospitalized some students. KEYC reported that there were 30 children receiving oxygen just after the school was evacuated at 9 a.m. yesterday. Crews worked diligently to repair the leak after emergency precautions were taken.

R-Cut Changed to Interchange for Nicollet Bypass

NICOLLET (TEC News), February 7 – A meeting was held Wednesday in Nicollet to discuss the interchange plans for Highway 14. Discussions hit many road blocks in planning, but Governor Mark Dayton feels an interchange instead on the south edge of town would be the best option versus an R-Cut. MnDOT spokeswoman, Rebecca Arndt says that plans hope to be finalized soon with a joint meeting on

Springfield Schools Close Due to Possible CO Poisoning (CBS News)

SPRINGFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) – Schools were evacuated in Springfield, Minn. Thursday morning after a number of people were sickened with what may have been carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Springfield School District’s website confirmed that schools were being closed for the day and students have been taken to a nearby community center. Parents were instructed they could pick up their

First Appearance for Meth Dealer

MANKATO (TEC News), February 6 – A Mankato man makes his first court appearance today for 1st-degree drug possession and sale. 37-year-old Michael Benard Eken was arrested after officials with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force found 25+ grams of methamphetamine in his home. He also faces felony charges for possessing a firearm.

CERT Volunteers Sought

MANKATO (TEC News), February 6 – The Community Emergency Response Team is currently looking for volunteers. CERT members are trained to help others in their neighborhood and workplace in emergency situations. Training includes 20-hours of class time and hands-on training. Sessions will be held at the public safety center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31; and April

Additional Propane Will be Transported

WASHINGTON, D.C. (TEC News), February 6 – Legislation made a push to take action to make it easier to transport additional propane to Minnesota during the shortage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced they would extend the State Emergency Declaration hours-of-service exemption to March 1st. Rep. Tim Walz says that “this is an important step to help in the short

United Way Annual Awards

MANKATO (TEC News), February 6 – Awards will be given out at the annual event held by the Greater Mankato United Way. Area volunteers and community stakeholders will be recognized tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. at South Central College. For more information, call 345-4551.

Donate to Help Rebuild Chesley Skatepark

MANKATO (TEC News), February 4 – The aftermath of the fire that destroyed the YMCA Chesley Skate Park has left some residents devastated, but the road to rebuilding is well on its way. A donation page was recently set up to raise a goal of $5,000. So far, in just two days, people have donated $2,385. To donate, go to and type in Mankato Chesley Skatepark.

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

Blue Earth County

Ask-A-Trooper: More DMS Signs?

Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I have seen lighted message signs telling drivers about problems, crashes, ice, etc. Are we going to use them in southern Minnesota? 
Answer: These signs are called Dynamic Message Signs [DMS] and are placed at interchanges, chronic congestion areas and icy length of roads, and to effectively relay safety and transportation

Unknown Cause of Fire that Destroys Chesley Skate Park

MANKATO (TEC News), February 3 – Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze that completely destroyed the YMCA Indoor Chesley Skate Park over the weekend. Crews were called out about 9:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, but reported that the entire building was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Damages are estimated at $150,000.

String of Burglaries Ends; Men Arrested

BLUE EARTH CO. (TEC News), February 3 – Three men were arrested over the weekend in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred throughout the month of January. 18-year-old Garrett Seykora, 20-year-old Derrick Butson and 20-year-old Daniel Blanck are facing multiple felony counts of burglary, aiding and abetting and theft. Residents are continually reminded to keep their valuables

Larson Sentenced for Fleeing Police from Hospital

MANKATO (TEC News), February 3 – A Mankato man will be sentenced today from an incident stemming from escaping authorities prior to being discharged from the hospital. 35-year-old Michael Lee Larson had active warrants for his arrest when he was a patient. He was charged with terroristic threats-reckless disregard, 4th-degree intent to commit burglary and simple robbery.

Polar Plunge Raises $15,000 More Than Last Year

ST. PETER (TEC News), February 3 – The annual Polar Plunge in St. Peter was a success raising about $120,000 this year for the Special Olympics of Minnesota. Well over a hundred showed up to jump in the icy cold water. According to officials and spectators, the event raised about $15,000 more than last year.

Solar Air Heat Saving People Money?

MANKATO (TEC News), February 3 – Initial discoveries of solar power were discovered in 1839, but some still don’t line up at the door to use it. A workshop will be held next Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn how solar air heat can save money and benefit the environment. The Center for Earth, Spirituality and Rural Ministry along with Transition Mankato, Region 9 Renewable

Hoffner Appointed As New Minot State Football Coach

MINOT, N.D. (TEC News), January 31 – Former MSU Football Coach, Todd Hoffner was officially announced as the new head coach at Minot State University. At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Hoffner knew he had people backing him up from day one. “I think there was a lot of people that wanted to see me succeed and wanted to see me land this position and a lot of people texted me

Minissale Moved to Minnesota Security Hospital

MANKATO (TEC News), January 31 – The Twin Cities man who was arrested and charged for the murder of a Mankato woman will be transferred to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Documents showed that Levi Minnisale is considered to be mentally ill and dangerous and will undergo further evaluations. His next court appearance is set for April 30th.

State Patrol Wants Zero DWI Streak Continued

ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 31 – Numbers show that in the last five years there have been no alcohol-related crashes during the Super Bowl and the Minnesota State Patrol would like to see that continue. Traffic Safety Director, Donna Berger says that everyone needs to plan ahead for sober rides and make this a habit all year round. Each year, nearly 28,000 people are arrested for DWI and

Hotline Set Up for Propane Shortage Assistance

ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 31 – A Peacetime Emergency has been declared by Governor Mark Dayton in response to the propane shortage. A hotline has been created for those who need assistance to pay for heating costs as crisis payments go from $500 to $1000. For more information, call 1-800-657-3504.

Garbage and Recycling Back on Schedule After Fire

KASOTA (TEC News), January 29 – Trash and recycling pickup for North Mankato will resume today after a devastating fire. Hansen Sanitation lost the building and seven garbage trucks early yesterday in Kasota. LeSueur County officials are still investigating the cause.

Eagle Lake Snow Emergency

EAGLE LAKE (TEC News), January 29 – A snow emergency is set for noon today in Eagle Lake and will be in effect until tomorrow at 4 p.m. Parking will not be allowed on any streets within city limits and includes all county roads (#27, #17 and #55).

Walz to Hold Forum in Mankato; Greater Mankato Growth Hosts

MANKATO (TEC News), January 29 – Representative Tim Walz will be holding a forum in Mankato on February 7 organized by Greater Mankato Growth. He’ll be available at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel Conference Center from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. to address the public about the current issues being discussed in Washington D.C.

Farm Bill Heading for a Vote Today

ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 29 – Congress is set to vote a noon today on the Farm Bill after a lengthy compromise. Representative Tim Walz is pleased that it’s moving forward and says even though not everybody gets what they want. He says it will still save taxpayers around $23 billion along with helping farmers achieve their goals.

YWCA Women of Distinction Program Honorees

MANKATO (TEC News), January 29 – Honorees for the YWCA Women of Distinction Event were announced recently and a program will be held in March for them. Social hour and silent auction will begin at the Verizon Wireless Center at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 with a program to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Investigations Continue into Minnesota Security Hospital Patient Murder

ST. PETER (TEC News), January 24 – The Minnesota BCA continues to investigate the murder of a Minnesota Security Hospital patient. 31-year-old Darnell Whitefeather was arrested after authorities believed he was connected to this. He is currently awaiting formal charges. Officials say the 41-year-old victim died due to injuries caused by violent trauma. Commissioner Anne Barry released a

Blowing Snow Predicted for Weekend

MANKATO (TEC News), January 24 - The wind continues to pick up with predictions of 15 to 20 mph for today and increasing to 20 to 24 into tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Motorists are asked to take precautions when traveling as there may be blowing snow over the weekend.

Job Numbers in Mankato Area Rising

MANKATO (TEC News), January 24 – Job numbers for the Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area continue to rise. Numbers released today show that the MSA is up 385 jobs year-over-year from December 2012. This is the highest jump since 2007.

Preventable Errors Declining for MAYO

MANKATO (TEC News), January 24 – Preventable errors in hospitals and surgery centers are declining according to the recent adverse health report. KEYC reports that medical staff and officials are learning more and more each year and continue to run full speed into patient safety. Last year there were a total of seven events reported and this year only four; two related to patient

UPDATE: Statement Released from Security Hospital Murder Case

Statement from Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry on death at Minnesota Security Hospital

Wind Chill Warning

MANKATO (TEC News), January 23 – Winds have died down throughout southern and south central Minnesota, but wind chill temperatures have dropped significantly. The National Weather Service reported a -35 degrees for the wind chill, but rise to -19 into tonight. Winds are expected to pick up overnight from the southwest 15-20 mph.

Madelia Man Arrested for Raping 4-Year-Old Girl

WATONWAN CO (TEC News), January 23 – A Madelia man was arrested and faces felony sexual assault charges for raping a 4-year-old girl. KEYC reports that Edgar Arturo Cano-Fernandez assaulted her back on January 13 in Lewisville while he was living with the girl and her mother. His next court appearance is set for February 18th.

MoonDogs Welcome New Sales & Marketing Coordinator

MANKATO (TEC News), January 23 – The Mankato MoonDogs added a new member to their sales and marketing team for the 2014 season. Brandon Grengs will serve as the coordinator. Grengs was recruited from Minnesota State University, where he is currently majoring in Sports Management. “We’re very excited to have Brandon join the MoonDogs for the upcoming season. He has a great

Snow Removal Alerts by Email or Phone

MANKATO (TEC News), January 23 – City officials are offering emergency snow removal alerts to your email or phone. This allows for residents to move their cars accordingly so they’re not towed. Visit the city of Mankato’s website to sign up for text and email alerts.

New Public Safety Center in Waseca

WASECA (TEC News), January 23 – The city of Waseca is pleased for the upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new public safety center. Mayor Roy Srp will address the public as well as a few other city officials on February 6 at 4:30 p.m. An open house and tour will be available following the ceremony until 7 p.m. For more information, visit the city of Waseca’s website.

New VP of Academic Affairs at South Central

MANKATO (TEC News), January 23 – South Central College recently welcomed a new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Susan Tamowski has had 35 years of experience in higher education with the past 18 spent in administration. She assumes her duties February 3rd.

Lots of School Closings (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of Minnesota's biggest school districts will be closed today because of dangerously cold weather. The Star Tribune reports Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools will be closed. Eden Prairie school also will be closed Thursday as wind chills are expected to range from 35 to 40 below zero in the Twin Cities.

Target is Terminating Close to 500 Employees (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis-based Target Corp. says it's terminating 475 employees worldwide but hasn't said publicly where the ax will fall. Over the last six months, Target says it has eliminated 700 open positions. Target has about 10,000 corporate employees in downtown Minneapolis. The move comes almost two weeks after Target lowered its fourth-quarter profit outlook as it

Rate of Preventable Errors in Hospitals Decline (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say the rate of preventable errors in hospitals and surgery centers continued to decline last year. It fell 18 percent, thanks mostly to improved performance in preventing bed sores. Surgical errors such as wrong-site operations or foreign objects left in patients also declined. But health officials say deaths from errors stayed about the same

Purvis Says BEC Board Submitted Proposals

BLUE EARTH CO (TEC News), January 22 – Two proposals were submitted by the Blue Earth County Board to a district court judge about attorney pay. Board Chair, Will Purvis stated that both proposals were approved by the board and turned in to comply with previous requests by the court. Purvis says now they wait for an answer on both this ruling as well as their previous appeal of the

Zoning Regulations Change

NORTH MANKATO (TEC News), January 22 – Zoning regulations was on the agenda last night for the North Mankato City Council and with a 3-1 vote, the Marigold development can continue to move forward. KEYC reported that they approved changes to the R-3, R-4 and Central Business zoning regulations. The project has been on the table for almost two years.

Only One Went to Hospital in Seven-Car Pileup

MANKATO (TEC News), January 22 – Only one person was injured in the crash on Hwy. 14 early yesterday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a seven car pileup near the Minnesota River Bridge with about 20 blocking traffic for close to an hour. Officials said only one person was treated at the hospital as a result, but went on their own terms. Motorists are advised to be aware of road

Klobuchar Introduces "Kill Switch" Legislation

MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), January 22 – New federal legislation was introduced about a possible “kill switch” option on smart phones. Senator Amy Klobuchar said it would be beneficial to “crack down on criminals who are stealing and reselling these devices.” She addressed KSTP news… KLOBUCHAR
Getting phone companies on board is the next hurdle in their journey.

Multiple Thefts Lead Officials to Respond

BLUE EARTH CO (TEC News), January 21 – The Blue Earth Co. Sheriff’s Office notified media recently about a string of thefts near Mankato. Captain Rich Murray says most of the incidents have no evidence of forced entry. Officials are urging the public to lock all areas where there may be valuables—garages, cars, homes, etc. Also, they should promptly report any suspicious

Wikre Sentenced for Strangulation Charges

NORTH MANKATO (TEC News), January 21 – A 43-year-old Mankato man appears for sentencing today from a strangulation attempt in October. According to documents, Kenneth Luverne Wikre Jr. tried to flee police at a later date after he had learned they were looking for him. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault by strangulation out of the initial four felony counts and faces a maximum of three

Lack of Dental Insurance Still Allows Children to Receive Care

MANKATO (TEC News), January 21 – According to the CDC, close to 82 percent of children ages 2 to 17 make their regular dental check ups. That’s up about 66 percent higher than in years before. Although there is a rise, there are still families who don’t have dental insurance or can’t afford it. The 12th annual Give Kids a Smile event--February 7th and 8th—allows

Register for Agricultural Business Summit

MANKATO (TEC News), January 21 – Jonathan Zierdt, President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth says that “agribusiness is vital to the growth and development of the Greater Mankato region,” so GMG organized the Agricultural Business Summit on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be an opportunity for key stake holders to discuss options. Venue and schedule are

Mankato Man Continues Trial Over Guns and Drugs

MANKATO (TEC News), January 14 — A 21-year-old Mankato man makes another appearance in court today for stalking, drug and firearm charges. Zachary Gordon Goodsell was arrested by the River Valley Drug Task Force last September for trying to trade a handgun for methamphetamine. He’s facing multiple felony charges.

E-Cigs Banned in Public Buildings

MANKATO (TEC News), January 14 – Discussing e-cigarettes was on the agenda last night for the Mankato city council and a quick vote officially banned them in public buildings. There seemed to be no real hard evidence to whether they were dangerous or not for your health. This came to a 6-1 vote in the end. KEYC reported that they could only be sold in-store and not at kiosks in the

Second Town Hall Meeting with Legislators

MANKATO (TEC News), January 14 – The second town hall meeting will be held later tonight with Sen. Kathy Sheran and Rep. Kathy Brynaert. Both will be available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Library. Sen. Sheran said she is “looking forward to hearing from constituents to see what is on their minds” for the 2014 legislative session.

Mankato Marathon Offers Huge Deal

MANKATO (TEC News), January 14 – The Mankato Marathon jumps into the new year offering a huge discount. Those that register between January 20 and 31 will pay $48 for the marathon and $38 for the half marathon. That’s more than a 40 percent discount and Visit Mankato feels this will get runners excited for the October event. More information can be found at

Breham Back in Court

MANKATO (TEC News), January 13 – An Eagle Lake man is back in court on assault charges. 25-year-old Dominique Lamar Breham was arrested this last November but released on his own recognizance. A second set of conditions was established with a bail set for $150,000. Breham has a history of assault and drug use.

DWI Holiday Campaign Brings in Many

ST. PAUL (TEC News), January 13 – During their holiday campaign, Minnesota law enforcement agencies arrested close to 2,500 people for DWIs. That put Minnesota DWI arrests close to 25,000 people in 2013. Minneapolis had 86 arrested over the holiday while Blue Earth County had 24.

Infant Class Registration Beings Today

MANKATO (TEC News), January 13 – Registration begins today for Mankato Area Public Schools’ infant class. Available locations for registering are the Lincoln Community Center on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and also the Early Childhood Center on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This goes until Monday, April 14 and costs $55. Call 625-4620 for more

Bridges Community School Accepting Applications for Lottery

MANKATO (TEC News), January 13 – Applications are being accepted for the Bridges Community School lottery for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadeline to submit applications is Tuesday, Feb. 11. The lottery will be held on February 14. Parent tours are offered by appointment Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m.; Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.; or Monday, Feb 3 at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m.

BEC Fair Association Stockholders Vote; The Yays Have It

MANKATO (TEC News), January 10 – Voting results were in by 8:30 p.m. for the Blue Earth County Fair Association stockholders with 175 for moving it and 76 for keeping it in Garden City. No official decisions will be discussed until a feasibility report has been done to see what funding options are. A lengthy discussion beforehand left many Garden City supporters in

First School Board Meeting of the Year

MANKATO (TEC News), January 10 – Mankato Area Public Schools held their annual organizational meeting for the year yesterday. Superintendent Sheri Allen says there some small changes in committees and a couple members, but things relatively stayed the same. She says there are lots of things to accomplish, making sure the students needs are met.

Law Enforcement Seeking a Black Lab from an Incident

MANKATO (TEC News), January 10 – Local Police officials are seeking the public’s help in a recent incident involving a dog bite. A black lab was reported to have bit a person riding a bike on Saturday in the Kiwanis Recreation Dog park. Information is needed about the dog’s vaccinations.

New Members to GMG Marketing & Communication Team

MANKATO (TEC News), January 10 – Greater Mankato Growth recently appointed members to the new marketing & communications team. Amy Lind will take over the director position, moving from the design & digital marketing manager. Lind has been with GMG since 2008. Amanda Weldon was promoted to full-time marketing & communications assistant. She recently graduated from Minnesota State

Brunz Named Teacher of the Year

MANKATO (TEC News), January 10 – Mankato Area Public Schools’ recently named Jane Brunz, Eagle Lake Instructor, teacher of the year. Brunz says she believes in putting students first and having a positive attitude. She is also in the running for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

UPDATE: Son Formally Charged in Father's Death (Montgomery)

MANKATO (TEC News), January 9 – UPDATE: The 18-year-old who allegedly shot his father to death in Montgomery was formerly charge yesterday afternoon. Jonas David Nelson confessed to shooting his father in the head. His next court appearance is set for Tuesday and bail was set at $2 million.

Keep the Wreath Bright Campaign Had Successful Year with Only Two Preventable Fi

MANKATO (TEC News), January 9 – Mankato Department of Public Safety’s “Keep the Wreath Bright, Prevent a Red Light” campaign ended with two preventable fires in 2013 with no injuries. Estimated damages were less than in 2012. This campaign is designed to remind the public about fire risks at home and work. For more information about fire prevention, contact the local

Keep the Wreath Bright Campaign Had Successful Year with Only Two Preventable Fi

MANKATO (TEC News), January 9 – Mankato Department of Public Safety’s “Keep the Wreath Bright, Prevent a Red Light” campaign ended with two preventable fires in 2013 with no injuries. Estimated damages were less than in 2012. This campaign is designed to remind the public about fire risks at home and work. For more information about fire prevention, contact the local

Greater Mankato United Way Receives Donation from Mayo

MANKATO (TEC News), January 9 – Close to $154,000 was donated to the United Way from the Mayo Clinic Health System employee giving campaign. Greater Mankato Area United Way was grateful for Mankato’s contribution of $140,183. President, Connie Hanner, said they “truly appreciate the support” and they are grateful for the yearly donations.

Parents Sign Your Child Up for Kindergarten

MANKATO (TEC News), January 9 – Parents in the area are now able to register their children for fall 2014 kindergarten classes. January 15 through February 20, sign up is available at Central Registration on the first floor of the Intergovernmental Center in Mankato. For more information, call 207-4037.

Teen in Custody for Father's Death

LE SUEUR COUNTY (TEC News), January 8 – A Le Sueur man’s son is in custody after he allegedly shot his father. Sheriffs officials responded to the home late last night and found 47-year-old Richard Joseph Nelson with a gunshot wound to the head. His son, 18-year-old Jonas David Nelson, was taken into custody without incident. This case is still active and ongoing, but authorities say

BEC Board Says Court Lacks Communication with Case

MANKATO (TEC News), January 8 – The Blue Earth County Board was left in question as stories trickled out about them being in contempt of court. As of yesterday, former board chair, Drew Campbell, was not aware of what was going on. “The communication has been poor as far as I’m concerned. It has not been very good as far as between the courts and us and how things are being

Shell Station Planned for Former Lor Ray Deli Mart

NORTH MANKATO (TEC News), January 8 – The former Lor Ray Deli Mart has not seen its last days yet. Paperwork is underway for the North Mankato station to be bought by Tyler Freyberg of Freyberg Petroleum Sales. Freyberg says that grocery customers will be able to use their fuel saver cards in partnership with Hy-Vee. “And that’s part where Jeff did a great job and I think

BEC Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

MANKATO (TEC News), January 8 – The Blue Earth County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to join the Board of Trustees. Candidates will be accepted until January 31. Terms will begin in March 2014 and run until March 2017. For more information, call 345-5566.

BEC Fair Changes; Shares Available

MANKATO (TEC News), January 7 – The Blue Earth County Fair Board is slowly moving forward to make some changes.
“We kind of as a board looked at, are we doing what our core mission statement is?”
The board looked at where the fair was in past years and where it is now. Some concluded that moving the fair would be a better option. Matt Little, leader with the Blue Earth County

New Ulm Diocese Wanting List to Stay Private

BROWN COUNTY (TEC News), January 7 – Lists are continuing to be released from Minnesota Catholic Diocese of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. A hearing was held yesterday in Brown County with the New Ulm Diocese. The diocese would not comment on the matter other then their release. They are seeking to have the list be private.

Dayton Leaves School Closings Up to Districts Today

MANKATO (TEC News), January 7 – With temperatures still camping out in double digits below zero, Governor Mark Dayton left the decision up to the school districts whether or not they would have school today. Many are continuing to stay closed. Stay tuned for a complete list of school delays and closings in our area.

BEC Board Found in Contempt of Court (KEYC)

MANKATO (TEC News), January 7 – The Blue Earth County Board was recently found in contempt of court in a case. KEYC reports that the board failed to file a new budget for higher salaries for assistant county attorneys when ordered to. They now have until February 15th to follow through with the original court order to raise salaries.

Man Arrested for Knife Assault

MANKATO (TEC News), January 7 – A Mankato man received minor injuries after he was assaulted with a knife. Police officials responded to Hilltop Lane over the weekend and arrested 35-year-old Abdifatah Hassan Abdiomar for the incident. Requested charges include 2nd-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Chilly Day - Stay Warm

MANKATO (TEC News), January 6 – The public is being asked to take precautions today as temperatures drop to negative double digits. Currently it sits at about -21 degrees with a wind chill of about -44 according to the national weather service. It is not advised to be out with exposure to skin for more than 10 minutes. Be safe and dress warm.

Two Accidents Reported from Weekend

MANKATO (TEC News), January 6 – Two accidents were reported by the state patrol over the weekend—both resulting in personal injury. State Patrol officials continue to remind drivers to be aware of road conditions when traveling. Recent crashes have involved a combination of higher speeds and icy roadways.

Mankato Woman Sentenced for Stealing Father's Money

MANKATO (TEC News), January 6 – Mankato woman accused for stealing her father’s money will be sentenced today after a lengthy trial. 59-year-old Vicky Lee-Murphy Valliant was charged with felony exploitation and theft. According to court documents, Valliant stole over $48,000 worth from her father to pay for her daughter’s wedding and medical bills between 2009 and

Agreement Made over Old Highway 14

STEELE/WASECA COUNTIES (TEC News), January 6 – An agreement has been settled about old Highway 14 between Steele and Waseca Counties with MnDOT officials. A vote was made to accept the turnback of the highway after a lengthy discussion of ownership. Construction to improve the highway was approved.