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!

Fire Destroys Mankato Home

By |2021-04-16T07:29:06-05:00April 16th, 2021|

Mankato-Public Safety responded to the report of a structure fire at 11:36 a.m., Thursday at 407 Elm Dr. Crews extinguished the fire, which was found inside the building. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The structure is considered a total loss.

Scammers seizing on vaccine roll-out, passport rumors

By |2021-04-16T07:00:06-05:00April 16th, 2021|

Scammers are seizing on the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines a way to steal personal information. Bao Vang with the Better Business Bureau says a popular new scam is to offer a vaccine passport app that may be fraudulent. "If you receive an invitation to download a vaccine passport app, be sure to do your research to ensure it is a legitimate site, before entering your personal information." Vang says also be skeptical of anything claiming to be a vaccine app from the federal government because as of now there is no such federal vaccine passport in place.

Drought Conditions Improving in MN

By |2021-04-16T06:57:23-05:00April 16th, 2021|

The cloudy and wet conditions across Minnesota this month have helped ease drought conditions in the state. One month ago, all of the state -- 100 percent -- was considered abnormally dry. More than 40 percent of Minnesota was considered in a moderate drought or greater.   The latest figures from the government released today show 44 percent of the state is abnormally dry with only 11 percent in a drought.

Hutchinson Police Officer Hospitalized After Being Dragged by Car During Traffic Stop

By |2021-04-16T06:47:12-05:00April 16th, 2021|

(Hutchinson, MN) --   A police officer in Hutchinson, Minnesota, is hospitalized after being dragged at what's described as a high rate of speed during a traffic stop yesterday. The officer is reported in stable condition this morning. The officer had pulled over a man who was a suspect in an assault on a Menard's Home Improvement store employee. Police say the employee told the man he had to wear a mask before the assault. The officer had pulled the suspect over when the suspect took off with the officer hanging on the window. The suspect was stopped and arrested. He's [...]

Report: Deaths From Excessive Alcohol Use Increased Last Year

By |2021-04-16T06:43:55-05:00April 16th, 2021|

The Minnesota Department of Health says almost one-thousand residents died from excessive alcohol use in 2020. Those numbers came from preliminary data on preventable deaths from alcohol use, which they released yesterday. Health officials say 171 more Minnesotans died from this cause than those who died in 2019. They believe the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected what they call an already "decades-long trend" of increasing alcohol-attributed deaths.   MDH notes a task force has recommended several precautions, such as increasing alcohol prices and regulating of alcohol vendors, in order to prevent these tragedies.

More COVID Cases, Deaths Reported In Minnesota

By |2021-04-16T05:41:36-05:00April 16th, 2021|

More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed two-thousand-736 new cases and 11 additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 549-thousand infections and about 69-hundred-89 deaths overall. About two-million-162-thousand-665 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.

Daunte Wright’s family says they were heartened by charges

By |2021-04-16T05:39:57-05:00April 16th, 2021|

Speaking to press Thursday, Daunte Wright's family says they were heartened by charges against former police officer Kim Potter as it's a sign of progress. She faces a count of manslaughter, which could result in up to 10 years in prison.   During her first hearing yesterday, Potter was ordered to be back in court on May 17th. Alongside the Wright family, Attorney Ben Crump said Minneapolis is "ground zero" for change as protests continue for Wright and George Floyd.

Younger People Hospitalized With COVID In MN

By |2021-04-15T07:04:45-05:00April 15th, 2021|

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, most hospitalizations in Minnesota are of people younger than 65. Officials with the CentraCare health care system in central Minnesota say 70 percent of their hospitalizations are younger than 65. Doctors say they think the UK variant of the virus may be part of the reason. They say the increase underscores the need for people to continue following COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks.

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