The Highway 30 construction project between Highway 22 and New Richland has ended early. MnDOT says the project was scheduled to be completed in early October but the roadway will be open to traffic after five p.m. today. The project is included resurfacing 21 miles of roadway, replacing two box culverts, lining several culverts, adding lighting, upgrading guardrail, and adding aggregate to shoulders.
The North Mankato City Council will discuss the city's utility fund budgets in a work session on Monday. City administrator John Harrenstein says there will likely be a slight increase for city residents. "There will be a recommended rate increase for either stormwater or wastewater," said Harrenstein. "It will likely amount to around a dollar a month increase for residents." Harrenstein says most of the city's decisions from now until the end of the year will involve the budget. The city is planning a property tax levy reduction in 2021.
A 33-million dollar expansion to the Rivers Edge Hospital in St Peter was recently completed. St Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke says in normal times they'd hold a grand opening event but due to COVID-19 they're planning to do a virtual tour. "We have one of our local drone guys flying his drone through the building and he will be able to go everywhere," said Prafke. "During a normal in-person open house you wouldn't get to see, for example, the operating room. With this, you will. It will be really, really cool." Prafke says when it is finalized, the city will [...]
A Wells man was injured in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 22 and North Riverfront Drive in Mankato yesterday afternoon. Authorities say 38-year-old Micheal Moll was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System with non-life-threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol says around quarter to one, a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Edgar Gonzales of Henderson collided with a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Faisal Khalif of Minneapolis. The State Patrol says the collision caused the Jeep to roll onto its top where it was struck by a vehicle driven by Moll.
A New Ulm man was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Sleepy Eye last night. The Minnesota State Patrol says 99-year-old Paul Wojahn was transported to the Sleepy Eye Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say shortly after seven p.m, a vehicle driven by Wojahn collided with a dump truck driven by 31-year-old Brandon Stage of Hansk on Highway 14. Stage was not injured in the accident.
A ribbon-cutting will take place for a new welding lab on the South Central College campus today. The ceremony to open the Jones Metal Welding Lab will be held from nine a.m. until nine-45 but will not be open to the public. College officials say the lab was funded through a one hundred thousand dollar donation from Jones Metal through the Paige Jones Richards Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation and donations of 20-thousand dollars each from G-S Manufacturing, Industrial Fabrication Services, Jarraff Industries, Plumbers Local 34 JATC, and Pipefitters Local 455 JATC and Truck Bodies Equipment International.
It will be a busy day for the Mankato City Council today. The council will conduct three interviews for the city manager position. John Prescott, the current city manager of Vermillion, South Dakota will be interviewed at nine a.m. At ten-25 a.m, Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, the current manager of Wasco, California will be interviewed. The third and final city manager candidate interview will be Susan Arntz, the city administrator of Waconia, at eleven-50. A special meeting of the council will begin at one-45 p.m to deliberate a city manager appointment. If all goes well, the city will authorize the Mercer Group to [...]
Mankato Public Safety is looking for a suspect in connection to a robbery at the Clark Gas Station on North Second Street, which occurred Wednesday night. Authorities say shortly before 10 p.m, a suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. Mankato Public Safety says an undisclosed amount of money was taken and the suspect fled on foot. The individual is being described as 5-10 to six feet tall, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark facemask, and dark pants. Authorities say no one was injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mankato Public Safety.
Jefferson Elementary School in the Mankato Area Public School district and Northside Elementary School in the St. James Public School district have each been recognized by the US Department of Education. The two schools are part of a group of eight elementary schools in Minnesota named as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 317 public and 50 private schools nationwide received the recognition.
An Albertville woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident (Thursday) morning at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 14. The Minnesota State Patrol says 36-year-old Kelly Schuttler was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say around eight-30, Schuttler's vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by 83-year-old Lorna Bungum of St. Peter. Bungum was uninjured in the accident.