Three people were injured in a Sunday afternoon accident in Henderson. The Minnesota State Patrol says shortly after two-30, vehicles driven by 63-year-old Jayne Ahrens of Shakopee and 39-year-old Lacy Kieffer of Webster collided at the intersection of Highway 19 and North 5th Street. Authorities say Kieffer and two juvenile passengers were taken to the New Prague Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman in a Blue Earth County Jail cell. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Nancy Lou Antonson of Lake Crystal was found unresponsive in her cell Friday morning and lifesaving efforts by jail staff and ambulance personnel were unsuccessful. Authorities say Antonson was arrested Thursday night on the charges of suspicion of DWI and drug possession. The incident remains under investigation.
When Mankato Mayor Najwad Massad looks back on the year, she's proud of how the community has handled the challenges. "This community didn't hang its head," said Massad. "We met the challenges head-on and kept moving forward and it made me proud as a Mayor." Massad says the community has found a good balance between protecting its citizens and keeping up as much economic vitality as possible.
The North Mankato City council will hold a public hearing on a proposed food truck ordinance Monday night. City administrator John Harrenstein says the proposed ordinance is an attempting to strike a balance on the issue. The meeting will begin Monday night at 7 p.m.
The Mankato Area Public School Board will discuss the future of the school resource officer program Monday night. Superintendent Paul Peterson says the meeting will be the culmination of around six months of conversation. "It's something we've discussed all summer long, for obvious reasons," said Peterson. "We've done our best to get as much input from our community as possible." Peterson says it's been a long-standing partnership between the district and Mankato Public Safety. Monday night's meeting will begin at five-30.
Will we have a white Christmas? We asked meteorologist Nick Carletta with the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. "I'd say at best there's a twenty to thirty percent case," said Carletta. Carletta says there's one final chance next week "There's a system coming in next week, but it's undetermined on where it will go yet," said Carletta. Carletta says on average seven of every ten Christmases in Minnesota are White Christmases.
The deadline to sign up on the Minnesota state health insurance exchange is fast approaching. "The deadline to sign up is Tuesday at Midnight," said Nate Clark, CEO of MnSure. Clark says their toll-free line will have expanded hours beginning this weekend. "We'll be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until six p.m, on Monday until nine p.m. and Tuesday until midnight," said Clark. MnSure's toll-free line is 855-366-7873. Person can also log onto MnSure.org
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities has recognized an Area State Senator. Julie Rosen of Fairmont has been recognized with the organization's Rural Leadership Award. CGMC representatives say Rosen has led the fight to ensure all cities received a fair share of the funds the state received through the federal CARES act.
Two Mankato housing projects have received funding from the state as part of an initiative with the goal of increasing access to affordable housing in Minnesota. State officials say Rosa Place II, being constructed by Joseph Development LLC, will receive 8.2 million dollars in housing tax credits for a 51-unit complex, all being for affordable housing. The state says Sinclair Flats, being constructed by Cohen Esrey Development Group LLC, will receive 7.5 million dollars in housing tax credits for a 48-unit complex, with 38 of the units being affordable units.
Minnesota State's International Student Enrollment is 12th of any college in the nation. That according to the Open Doors Report recently released by the Institute of International Education. The college says the rankings reflect data from the 2019-2020 academic year. College officials say 1554 International students were enrolled at MSU last academic year.