The public can look at the Environmental Review of a proposed Mankato Motorsports Park Comments about the review will be accepted March 2 through April 1. It will be located in the City of Eagle Lake. The project will be constructed on property currently in agricultural use, approximately 230 acres in size. Copies of the review, which document the purpose and need for the project, along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts, are available for the public beginning March 2.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (Star Tribune) — Investigators worked to learn what caused a massive fire that wiped out part of downtown Alexandria in western Minnesota. More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze Tuesday that destroyed RM Tattoo, Raapers Eatery & Ale, Charlie's Bazaar and Little Darlings Children's Boutique. About two dozen tenants who lived in apartments above the stores were evacuated safely. City spokeswoman Sarah Stadtherr says firefighters used a drone with thermal imaging for the first time. The Star Tribune says it allowed them to locate hot spots and more effectively use their hoses. Carlette Vernlund, who owns Charlie's Bazaar, says [...]
Area farmers will meet with Ag Commissioner, Attorney General During Farm Crisis Forum. It takes place Feb. 29 in Mankato It goes 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. Land Stewardship Project member-farmers from across Minnesota, other rural residents, Minnesota Commissioner Thom Petersen and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will be there. Land Stewardship members will be there to present them a petition that calls for numerous policy changes as well as enforcement of current law as it relates to the structure of agribusiness. Participants in the Farm Crisis Forum will take part in small group discussions and share [...]
Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake introduces a bill to increase awareness of school bus stop arms. The Minnesota Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee held a hearing regarding school bus safety and the dangers of not stopping for school bus stop signs. The legislation would create a public relations campaign to convey the importance of stopping once a school bus has its stop sign extended and help highlight the shocking amount of infractions occurring in our state. Each year, the Department of Public Safety conducts a one-day survey where they request all school bus drivers report how many stop-arm violations [...]
Governor Tim Walz is asking the legislature for 250 thousand dollars to improve farm safety in Minnesota. Among the advocates is Michele Gran from Norseland in south-central Minnesota, whose 18-year-old son Landon was killed in a grain bin accident last summer: "Our son's death cannot be in vain. Something good has to come out of this, and if we can save lives through some of these safety measures." Democratic Senator Nick Frentz from North Mankato says the measure has bipartisan support: "We talk to legislators all the time about this work and I have yet to meet a legislator who [...]
At 7 a.m., Wednesday (February 26) portions of Belleview Avenue in Mankato (between Woodshire Drive and Swiss Street) will close for utility repair. Weather permitting, the road is expected to reopen Friday (February 28).
Bestselling Author Allen Eskens to speak at South Central College Wednesday. SCC's February Saktatah Reading Series event features award-winning, bestselling author Allen Eskens, one of southern Minnesota’s most famous mystery and suspense writers. The event will take place today from Noon – 12:50 p.m. in Conference Center C on South Central College’s North Mankato Campus. All are welcome.
A Waseca man is facing criminal charges following a standoff with police on Monday night. According to a press release from the Waseca Police Department, 39-year-old David Huff, had been using meth for a few days and had been hallucinating. The Swat team and other law enforcement agencies responded to a home where a standoff with Huff ensued Monday night. After a few hours, Huff did eventually leave with authorities. Huff appears in court this morning.
FARGO, N.D. (KFGO-AM) — A city building dubbed Sandbag Central will soon be open for business as Fargo leaders prepare for spring flooding along the Red River. City Administrator Bruce Grubb told city commissioners Monday of plans to fill 250,000 sandbags in order to protect the city to 41 feet, which would be 23 feet over flood stage. The latest outlook from the National Weather Service shows a 10% probability that the river will reach 39 feet in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area. KFGO reports that Grubb called the chance of a severe flood “a flip of the coin" and [...]
Winter Tree ID Class to be held in St. Peter on March 14, 9 am - Noon. Ever wonder how foresters identify trees in winter months? This workshop will take participants on a walk outside to learn the various ways to identify some of Minnesota's most common trees and invasive woody plants. Summer identification focuses heavily on leaf structure; winter identification will focus more on persistent characteristics like branching, bark, buds, leaf scars and habitat.