Minnesota Nurses Association members picketed outside of the Mayo Mankato Hospital (Thursday) afternoon. The MNA says they started negotiations with Mayo on a three-year contract in September but Mayo is refusing to come to the bargaining table with the entire negotiating team of nurses to discuss a new contract. Mayo Clinic Health System says allowing persons outside of the elected negotiation team to be a part of the process doesn't lead to productive negotiations. Mary Turner is the president of the Minnesota Nurses Association and an I-C-U nurse in Robinsdale. She says the open negotiation process has worked many other places [...]
Waseca school officials say there was no threat to any school building or students after two BB guns and BB's were found in a baseball dugout behind the Junior and Senior High School building. District officials say they identified the students involved and took appropriate action. The BB guns were found Tuesday night.
The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has provided a 20-thousand dollar grant to the city of St.James. Foundation representatives say the grant funding is to provide business development services in Spanish and English to support the Latinx Community. The Foundation says The Economic Impact Grant Program seeks to support current or future business growth, access or expansion of resources to underrepresented populations, and/or grow the community’s ability to embrace and develop a grow-your-own community culture.
Earlier this week, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order creating a climate change subcabinet. Walz says the subcabinet will advise him on cutting the state's carbon footprint and will make sure the state is ready to deal with the effects of climate change "We have to make sure our people are ready when pathogens live longer, allergy season lasts longer, when potentially more topsoil will runoff," said Walz. "We're going to have to do that whether the rest of the world does anything or not." Walz sees economic development opportunities through the initiative "When we [...]
A Pemberton man is facing three charges after being seen on the St. Clair school grounds on Monday. Blue Earth County court records say 26-year-old Justin Mortensen was charged with violating a restraining order, possession of methamphetamine in a school, park or public housing zone and possession of dangerous weapons on school property. Authorities arrested Mortensen after a sheriff's deputy noticed him on school grounds. County dispatch also received a report of Mortensen violating the restraining order.
A St. Clair woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly knowing about child sexual abuse and doing nothing about it. Blue Earth County court records say 62-year-old Debra Otto was charged with child neglect, three counts of aiding an offender and one count of aiding an offender to avoid arrest. She is accused of knowing about the abuse for a two-year period and not reporting it to authorities. Court records say her husband Roger Otto was charged with four counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in October.
A new hotel could be coming to downtown Mankato. Downtown Mankato Properties, LLC has submitted a proposal to construct a 117-room Marriott Springhill Suites hotel along the Cherry Street Frontage. A preliminary review of the hotel development proposal will be held at the city's economic development authority meeting next Monday night.
Mayo Clinic Health System has released a statement regarding (Thursday's) planned picket at Mayo Clinic Mankato by the Minnesota Nurses Association. Mayo Regional Chief Nursing Officer Laura Evenson said Mayo has approached the negotiations with the Minnesota Nurses Association in good faith and with a commitment to positive outcomes for patients, nurses and the hospital. Evenson says Mayo believes the bargaining should continue, but they believe what they're calling the MNA's demand to allow an unlimited number of observers who are not part of the elected negotiating team to be present and participate in the process would not lead to productive [...]
New home construction in North Mankato was steady this year, but city administrator John Harrenstein believes the city can do more. "We need to consider adding senior housing options," said Harrenstein. "But we also need to continue to add single-family and multi-family housing units to meet the demand of both families and young professionals that are locating here." Harrenstein says there were 25 new homes built last year in North Mankato and he would like that total to be 35 to 40 in future years.
Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association will be in Mankato (Thursday) to picket outside the Mayo Clinic Mankato Hospital. The Minnesota Nurses Association says nurses have been in negotiations with Mayo on a new three-year contract since September, but management has refused to negotiate with nurse members in the room. The MNA has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo has responded with their own charge against the Minnesota Nurses Association for allowing nurse members to participate in the process. The MNA says the picket is scheduled for noon until [...]