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City of Mankato receives funding for proposed redevelopment project

By |2020-07-09T11:34:57-05:00July 9th, 2020|

The city of Mankato was awarded a Contamination Investigation and Cleanup Grant in the amount of $49,162 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The grant will be used for updated environmental testing to determine whether remediation will be required at the former location of the Public Works Garage, 221 Lamm St. The 5.04-acre site is the location of a proposed redevelopment project, which includes 108 units of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) apartments, nine workforce townhomes and 7,500 square feet of commercial space. Matching funds will be paid for by the developer, Cohen-Esrey Development Group. "This site [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 24 in BEC, 589 in MN (July 9)

By |2020-07-09T11:11:34-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. 40,163 Total positive cases (cumulative) 589 Newly reported cases 5 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 36 Becker 1 Beltrami 6 Benton 6 Blue Earth 24 Brown 2 Carlton 1 Carver 16 Chisago 1 Clay 5 Clearwater 1 Cottonwood 1 Dakota 47 Dodge 1 Douglas 1 Freeborn 4 Goodhue 4 Grant 5 Hennepin 166 Houston 1 Isanti 2 Itasca 3 Jackson [...]

YWCA Receives $10,000 Grant

By |2020-07-09T11:01:07-05:00July 9th, 2020|

YWCA announced a $10,000 grant received from the Union Pacific Foundation as part of its COVID-19 Relief Grant program.  The grant will be used to support and enhance our work related to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.    “Funds will be used to help us re-start our Girls, Inc. program, making sure we provide a safe and nurturing environment for in-person programs to take place,” said YWCA Executive Director, Natasha Lopez-Rodriguez.  “Through Girls Inc., we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths.  We [...]

State officials concerned George Floyd officer trials could spark more civil unrest

By |2020-07-09T06:49:39-05:00July 9th, 2020|

More video surveillance, more officers, possibly a bike response unit -- security measures that officials are considering for the State Capitol in this tense period following the death of George Floyd.   Republican Senator Andrew Lang from Olivia told state Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington: "I'm concerned about what the response is gonna be when these murder trials start happening. I'm very concerned. I expect a lot out of your department, I expect a lot out of the State Patrol in the upcoming months." Harrington responded: "We're tracking the concerns about when the George Floyd murder trial will start.   We [...]

State rep asks, why no state COVID assistance for adult day care providers?

By |2020-07-09T06:37:36-05:00July 9th, 2020|

State Representative Tim Miller from Prinsburg says organizations that provide daycare for adults with disabilities are on the brink of collapse because they've been shut down indefinitely by the pandemic but have received no financial assistance from the state: "These programs, I have like four or five of 'em in my district and they politely call me and say, we're still not seeing this funding, can you help us? And I'm like, yep. And I go and talk to people in the legislature and they're like, yep, we're working on it. And then nothing happens." Miller says Minnesota has not asked [...]

Republicans focus on State Capitol security after protesters topple Columbus statue

By |2020-07-09T06:30:26-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Security at the State Capitol was Senate Republicans' focus at hearings Wednesday, prompted by protesters toppling the statue of Christopher Columbus during civil unrest after the death of George Floyd.   Republican Senator Jeff Howe from Rockville says many people were surprised at how easily protesters pulled down the statue, and asked state Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington: "Has anyone made any request to have the rest of these statues... looked at to make sure that they are... securely fastened to their bases?" Harrington: "Have not asked that question. I have asked my staff to scour the Internet to see if [...]

Friday: Mankato Mask Ordinance Takes Effect

By |2020-07-09T07:27:34-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Tomorrow (July 10) Mankato's mask mandate goes into effect. City Council Member Mike Laven defended why he voted in favor of the ordinance. "The feedback I heard from constituents showed these are things we can do to slow the spread such as washing your hands. And I thought what I am doing, and thought if I can do it, anybody can do it." The City says they are promoting an education first approach before a citation may be issued.

Minneapolis council members pledge thoughtful police revamp

By |2020-07-09T06:00:46-05:00July 9th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the Minneapolis City Council are pledging a thoughtful approach to their proposal to dismantle the city’s police department following the killing of George Floyd. Council members sought Wednesday to reassure the Minneapolis Charter Commission, with some commissioners expressing concern that the council was rushing to push through the proposal so voters can decide it in the November election. The proposal would eliminate the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a new agency, the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the [...]

Ed MN Pres: Trump threat to pull school funding “doesn’t make sense”

By |2020-07-09T06:51:13-05:00July 9th, 2020|

President Donald Trump tweeted that he "may cut funding" if schools don't reopen in the fall. Denise Specht with Education Minnesota says... "I don't like to hear anyone say that schools aren't going to get their funding, that doesn't make a lot of sense to me, especially when we're talking about reopening our schools after a pandemic." Taking to Twitter to voice his frustration, Trump argued that countries including Germany, Denmark and Norway have reopened schools "with no problems." He also repeated his claim that Democrats want to keep schools closed for political reasons and not because of any risks associated [...]