U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will be attending Farmfest

By |2019-07-19T11:39:18-05:00July 19th, 2019|

 U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will be attending Farmfest on Wednesday, August 7. He will participate in the “U.S. House Ag Committee Listening Session on the Farm Economy”, from 10:30-11:50 AM, which is being hosted by Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson. Other members of the MN Congressional delegation that are participating include: U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Congresswoman Angie Craig, Congressman Jim Hagedorn, Congressman Dean Phillips, and Congressman Pete Stauber.

MN Junior Holstein Team Earns Sportsmanship Award at National Contest

By |2019-07-19T11:27:43-05:00July 19th, 2019|

Four local members of the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association earned national honors by winning the 2019 J. George and Anna Smith National Dairy Bowl Sportsmanship Award at the National Holstein Convention in Appleton, Wisconsin during the National Holstein Foundation Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest held in conjunction with the National Holstein Association Convention the last week of June. The team consists of Mausten Krueger, son of Scott and Stephanie Krueger of Arlington; Kate Schmidt, daughter of Kelly and Sarah Schmidt of New Ulm; Alex Schroeder, son of Jason and Michele Schroeder of Courtland; and Grady Schuft, son of Robert and Gina Schuft [...]

Blue Earth County Issues No Wake Restrictions on Area Lakes

By |2019-07-19T11:19:35-05:00July 19th, 2019|

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office has issued a “No Wake” restriction for the following lakes in Blue Earth County: Lake George, Lake Ballantyne, Duck Lake, and Madison Lake. The restriction has been put in place due to the abnormally high water levels on these lakes due to recent rain which has submerged docks and created shoreline erosion concerns. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources defines No Wake as, “Operation of a watercraft at the slowest possible speed necessary to maintain steerage, but in no case greater than 5mph.” Notice of the no-wake restriction has been posted at public landings for [...]

Twin Rivers Announces Move to Hubbard Building

By |2019-07-19T11:17:46-05:00July 19th, 2019|

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts announced at its annual meeting that it will be transitioning its office from the Emy Frentz Arts Guild to the Hubbard Building at 424 N Riverfront Drive, Mankato in October of 2019. In an effort to use funds more efficiently and shift staff responsibilities from building management to innovative programming, the Board of Directors of Twin Rivers made a strategic decision earlier this year to leave the Arts Guild. In recent years, Twin Rivers program emphasis has shifted to community development work through the lens of creativity. As the arts [...]

Don’t forget that sunscreen today

By |2019-07-19T11:15:36-05:00July 19th, 2019|

With plenty of sunshine in the forecast and an excessive heat warning in effect for parts of the state, a Mayo Clinic expert is asking people not only to wear sunscreen but make sure you are applying it properly: "The average person, in studies, only applies approximately one-third of the sunscreen that is recommended by volume, so, if you're wearing an SPF 15, unfortunately, you're only getting an SPF of 5 because of the way that you apply it." Besides using the proper amount of sunscreen, Dr. Dawn Davis says it's important to re-apply every two hours; even sooner if you're [...]

Veteran homelessness eliminated in SE MN, Walz wants same for rest of state

By |2019-07-19T05:40:55-05:00July 19th, 2019|

Veteran homelessness is effectively ended in southeastern Minnesota according to three key federal agencies -- and Governor Tim Walz said in Mankato yesterday (Thurs) that he wants the same in the rest of the state as soon as possible. Walz says he won't set an arbitrary date because it's about doing it right: "If that happens later this year, (if) it happens next year, our sense of urgency remains the same: every veteran off the streets." A state registry shows in early July there were 216 homeless veterans in Minnesota.   Walz says the state has a strategy and plan to [...]

MN adds 3300 jobs in June, unemployment rate steady at 3.3 percent

By |2019-07-19T05:38:56-05:00July 19th, 2019|

Minnesota added 33-hundred jobs in June while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 3.3 percent.   Steve Hine with the Department of Employment and Economic Development indicates hiring picked up after a spring slump -- but acknowledges job growth long-term has definitely slowed somewhat: "We're really bumping up against workforce constraints here, as our population continues to age and an increasing number of people are retiring out." Officials say June's numbers are an encouraging sign but Minnesota employers are still having a difficult time finding workers.

Rep. Omar Back in Minnesota

By |2019-07-19T05:37:12-05:00July 19th, 2019|

U-S Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is back in Minnesota. Arriving at MSP Airport late Thursday afternoon, Omar was greeted by dozens of supporters and told them "it sure feels good to be home." "They said send her back, they didn't know I was already going back to have a beautiful conversation about what it means to create progress for all of the people in our country." At a President Trump rally in North Carolina Wednesday, the crowd began chanting "send her back" when Trump brought up Omar's name. Trump was alluding to a Tweet he sent earlier in the week telling Omar [...]

Reservations Now Open for Summer Tours of the Governor’s Residence

By |2019-07-18T11:32:56-05:00July 18th, 2019|

The 2019 summer tours at the Minnesota Governor's Residence will kick off on Wednesday, July 24th. The Residence will be open for public tours on July 24th through July 27th. Guided Tours will be offered Thursday and Friday and occur every 10 minutes between 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Reservations are required for all group sizes, with walk-ins accepted based on availability. Grounds and gardens are open to the public from 10:30am - 1:00pm on tour days. Open house tours will be offered Wednesday and Thursday evening, as well as, Saturday morning. Grounds will also be open during the open house. [...]

New $16 million event center unveiled at State Fair

By |2019-07-18T05:30:42-05:00July 18th, 2019|

The Minnesota State Fair today unveiled an exciting new attraction in the North End... "So over the past couple years, we've been doing a little bit of prep work in order to make this year the biggest year ever up there, so the marquee thing up there will be the North End Event Center, a brand new building it's about $16 million to build." Fair spokeswoman Danielle Dullinger says the 12,000 square-foot hall will hold museum-quality exhibits free with fair admission.

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