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Patrick Hentges, Mankato City Manager, received a 3% raise in pay to more than $165,000 base salary. The median household income in Minnesota is somewhere in the range of $35,000 and $55,000.
Mankato Council Approves City Manager Raise-$165K
By Rob Lawson
February 6, 2016

Mankato-On January 12, the Mankato City Council met in a closed session to discuss City Manager Patrick Hentges' 2015 performance. The City Council complimented Hentges' performance efforts across a wide variety of city council directives and initiatives, including management of day-to-day service delivery service to the Mankato community.

Evaluation conclusions were summarized and action was taken on January 25 to give a three percent increase to Hentges effective January 1, 2016, adjusting his base salary to $157,296--bringing total compensation to $165,291. FULL STORY

Absentee Ballots Available in Mankato
By Rob Lawson
June 26, 2016

Absentee Ballots for the Aug. 9, 2016 Primary Election are now available and can be requested online at www.mnvotes.org by clicking on “Other Ways to Vote”. Additionally, further details about absentee voting and election information can be found on the website. Absentee ballot voters may also... FULL STORY

Election Filing Info to be Available Online
By Rob Lawson
May 23, 2016

Easy access? Maybe. Candidate Filing Period Runs May 17 to May 31: Blue Earth County Filing Information Available Online for Media Candidate filings begin Tue., May 17 at 8 a.m. and will run through Tue., May 31 at 5 p.m. within the Blue Earth County License Center. Blue Earth County will... FULL STORY

Mayors Take Bike Rides to Promote Cycling
By Rob Lawson
May 6, 2016

Mankato-At 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at Jackson Park, corner of Jackson and South Second streets in Mankato, Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson and North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen will participate in a bicycle Mayor's Ride. The purpose of the annual Mayor's Ride is to bring attention to how the communities a... FULL STORY

Discussion with Karen Foreman for Ward 1
By Rob Lawson
May 6, 2016

Mankato-Mankato City Councilperson Karen Foreman will host morning conversation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday (May 7) at the Hilltop HyVee food court, 2010 Adams Street. Foreman provides this informal conversation to discuss any city of Mankato Ward 1 opportunities. View the Ward 1 map, which ... FULL STORY

Palast, Journalist Uncovers Illegal Voter Fraud
By Rob Lawson
April 27, 2016

Independent Forum Review (IFR) - Independent Journalist Greg Palast recently was interviewed last year by another journalist, Thom Hartmann, who runs a popular YouTube channel and has written for the New York Times and is syndicated on Serius XM radio. Palast is a journalist who has been specificall... FULL STORY

Will MN DUI Law Be Ruled Unconstitutional?
By Rob Lawson
April 19, 2016

The United States Supreme Court, the US' highest court, will review the implied consent law in Minnesota that allows people to be charged with a felony crime for not submitting to a breathalyzer or sobriety test without the presence of a warrant or permission from suspects. Local law firms that ... FULL STORY

County Commissioners Attend Conference
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2016

Commissioners Drew Campbell and Vance Stuehrenberg joined more than 1,600 county leaders in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference Feb. 20 – 24. They met with members of both the Obama Administration and Congress on key issues like criminal justice m... FULL STORY

Mapleton Caucus Information
By Rob Lawson
February 14, 2016

Precinct Caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals for values (called party platforms.) In 2016, a major part of precinct caucuses will be to vote for the person y... FULL STORY

Mankato State of the City
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2016

Mankato's "State of the City" presents progress made on its "Strategic Plan" and presents next steps and other opportunities that can impact the city's future. "State of the City" reviews accomplishments within the last year and also looks for ways to refocus to help ensure the city can continue... FULL STORY

MN Court: Drug Test Refusal Law Unconstitutional
By Rob Lawson
December 29, 2015

A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a defendant who refused to submit to a blood or urine test Monday, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported that the Minnesota law making it illegal to refuse a blood or urine test without a warrant is unconstitutional and violates civil ri... FULL STORY

BEC Taxpayer Services Director Retires, 37 Years
By Rob Lawson
November 23, 2015

Blue Earth County has extended an invitation for a retirement send-off for Patty O’Connor, Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Director. "Please join in thanking Patty for her 37 years of service by attending an open house celebration on Thursday, December 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the 3rd floor... FULL STORY

Mapleton Adds Snow Emergency Language to Ordinance
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2015

The City of Mapleton has added language to its Snow Emergency to include a "Business District" snow emergency. Please read ordinance and information below carefully. 71.03 EMERGENCY/ SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING REGULATIONS. (A) Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the terms: (1) CITYWI... FULL STORY

Mapleton Reminds Voters of November 3 Election Day
By Rob Lawson
November 1, 2015

City of Mapleton reminds voters about Election Day on November 3: Voting on November 3rd from 4 pm to 8 pm. If you are not registered or you moved since the last time you voted you will need to register to vote. MN law allows you to register on Election Day. If you need to register you ... FULL STORY

County Leadership Spots Announced
By Rob Lawson
September 17, 2015

National Association of Counties (NACo) President Sallie Clark recently named special appointments to policy committees and leadership positions for the association following the organization’s annual conference held in July 2015. The following is a list of Blue Earth County elected officials ref... FULL STORY

Saturday Conversation with Councilperson Foreman
By Rob Lawson
September 4, 2015

Mankato City Councilperson Karen Foreman will host morning conversation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday (September 5) at the Hilltop HyVee food court, 2010 Adams Street. Foreman provides this informal conversation to discuss any city of Mankato Ward 1 opportunities. View the Ward 1 map, which g... FULL STORY

Watch live city council and school board meetings
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2015

Mankato-Mankato City Council and Mankato Area Public School Board meetings can now be viewed live online and on cable television to review matters that matter. Watch live, review meeting videos in their entirety--or by topic--to learn the latest. Convenience, accessibility, efficiency and transpare... FULL STORY

BEC Recycling Education Committee Looks for Member
By Rob Lawson
July 8, 2015

The Blue Earth County Recycling Education Committee has an opening to fill an unexpired committee member term with 1.5 years remaining in the two-year term. Committee members work with the Blue Earth County Recycling Coordinator to spread the word about waste reduction, reuse and recycling. ... FULL STORY

DNR Legislative Update
By Rob Lawson
May 4, 2015

With just over two weeks until the end of session, many bills are being prepared on the House and Senate floors. SF698 (ENR Trust Fund appropriations, LCCMR provisions modifications) was heard in the Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division and re-referred to Finance.... FULL STORY

Citizens Sought for Public Safety Committee
By Rob Lawson
February 22, 2015

Citizens who live in the city of Mankato are encouraged to apply to serve on the Public Safety Advisory Committee. This citizen committee reviews planning and hiring considerations in public safety and programs to promote a safe and livable community. Appointed volunteers serve a three-year term a... FULL STORY

St Peter Council Member Against Housing Resolution
By Rob Lawson
February 22, 2015

During the last city council meeting in Saint Peter, Council Member Chuck Zieman further announced his disapproval of the resolution to approve selling Maplewood Apartments to a non-profit that uses funding from the state to offer low income housing. Zieman said the council members were stewards... FULL STORY

No Fire Call Charge in Mapleton Anymore
By Rob Lawson
February 22, 2015

The City of Mapleton will no longer charge for fire calls within the city limits or within the township area that the Mapleton Fire Department serves. "The City Council feels residents are paying for this service with their property taxes. The City Council and the Mapleton Fire Department never ... FULL STORY

Obama Wants Congressional Approval For ISIS War
By Rob Lawson
February 11, 2015

United States President Barack Obama now wants Congress to approve war measures in the fight against ISIS, with military forces to thwart the terrorist organization. ISIS, or the Islamic State (also called ISIL) has been on the war path for several months, despite air campaigns from U.S and Jord... FULL STORY

Romney Not Running
By Rob Lawson
February 1, 2015

Mitt Romney has announced that he is not going to run in the next race for president in 2016, according to sources. Romney said he expects new leaders of the Republican party to take the reins in future government. Some suggest that Jeb Bush's surge helped to push Romney out, but there is no ind... FULL STORY

Focus Group on Federal Grants Coming
By Rob Lawson
January 16, 2015

Participate in a focus group to help determine how community development block grant federal funding should be factored into the city of Mankato's consolidated plan. Meetings will be held Wednesday, January 21 in the Minnesota Valley room (first floor) in the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Cente... FULL STORY

Mankato's State of the City
By Rob Lawson
January 16, 2015

Mankato's "State of the city" shares progress made on its strategic plan and discusses next steps and other opportunities. "It's important to review and share accomplishments made, while also look for ways to build on work that's been done," said City Manager Patrick Hentges. "Providing outstand... FULL STORY

The Mayoral Sports and Salsa Challenge
By Rob Lawson
December 26, 2014

Pueblo, Colorado Council President Steve Nawrocki (who attended Mankato State College in 1965) has challenged Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson to a competition of local flavor. If Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks win the Division II national football championship Saturday, in Kansas City, M... FULL STORY

DNR Update for the N&E Metro GWMA Project
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY Groundwater is vital to Minnesota’s prosperity. The Minnesota DNR has initiated a planning process to establish a Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) in the North & East Metro. The proposed working boundary map for the North & East Metro GWMA includes all of Ramsey and W... FULL STORY

Mapleton Mayor Retires
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

City of Mapleton Mayor Jim Swanson retired from service after several decades of public service to the small nearby city. Swanson is also a school teacher at Maple River High School and member of several local organizations in the community of Maple River School District (Mapleton, Minnesota Lak... FULL STORY

Apply for Parks, Trails Legacy Advisory Committee
By Rob Lawson
November 20, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee. “The Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee plays a critical role in helpin... FULL STORY

MNDot Meeting Update for Mapleton
By Rob Lawson
October 29, 2014

In September Jed Falgren, Asst. District Engineer Maintenance, met with the Mapleton City Council to discuss the condition of Highway 22 North of Mapleton and to describe the maintenance activities that have occurred recently. The council has requested that he return to share this information w... FULL STORY

Free Bus Rides on Election Day
By Rob Lawson
October 19, 2014

The city of Mankato will provide passengers free of charge transportation on fixed route buses on Election Day (Tuesday, November 4). This aligns with the bill passed by the Minnesota legislature this past spring, requiring free fixed route bus service be offered during the general election. View Ma... FULL STORY

Election Judges Needed in Mankato
By Rob Lawson
October 19, 2014

Blue Earth County is seeking additional election judges for polling places within the city of Mankato to serve on Election Day--Tuesday, November 4. Election judges are responsible for administration of election procedures in the voting place and to help guarantee voters' rights are protected. Vie... FULL STORY

Mapleton Council to Discuss Hwy 22 with MNDOT
By Rob Lawson
October 10, 2014

The Mapleton City Council is calling a meeting to discuss Highway 22 with MNDOT October 29th, 6:30 p.m. at the fire station in Mapleton. "Please attend," said a statement from the City of Mapleton. Please pass the word so people attend this meeting." FULL STORY

Open House on Long Range Transportation Plan
By Rob Lawson
September 26, 2014

Attend an open house meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 30 for the Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. The meeting will provide information about the planning process for the 2045 long-range transportation plan... FULL STORY

What Are Your Thoughts on Mankato Drinking Culture
By Rob Lawson
September 9, 2014

Mankato has a reputation around the state of Minnesota for being a party city, with several colleges and universities. Several incidents have plagued the city's reputation in recent years: *Minnesota State University riot *Death of Amanda Jax *Death of underage drinker Andrew Anderson, 16 *Sev... FULL STORY

Senator Kathy Sheran Holds Roundtable North Kato
August 28, 2014

Submitted by Senator Kathy Sheran Greetings, This Friday, August 29, Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and I will be holding a Mental Health Round-table in North Mankato. I am inviting you to come and discuss with Commissioner Jesson and staff from the mental healt... FULL STORY

MN Senators Write Letter to Save Mail Centers
By Rob Lawson
August 28, 2014

Two Minnesota Senators have written letters appealing to Congress to halt the closure of several mail processing centers, including one in Mankato, until Congress can decide how it will reform or reorganize the postal service in the U.S. Postal processing centers, including Mankato, Duluth and St... FULL STORY

Public Open House on Co Rd 12 Extension Project
By Rob Lawson
August 7, 2014

The public is invited to an open house on Tue., Aug. 12, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. with a brief presentation at 5 p.m. to discuss the County Road 12 Extension Project. The open house will be held at the Blue Earth County Public Works Department, 35 Map Drive, Mankato. Concept layout for the future ... FULL STORY

Mapleton Asking for Help to Get Hwy. 22 Fixed
By Rob Lawson
July 30, 2014

The City of Mapleton is seeking help from residents to contact legislators. "We need your help," city staff wrote in an email to residents signed up for alerts. The City of Mapleton has put out a petition at Maple Mart, Casey's and city hall for better road conditions on Highway 22. "Pl... FULL STORY

Veterans Approach St Peter Council for Memorial
By Rob Lawson
July 14, 2014

The Saint Peter City Council was visited during their regular meeting on Monday, July 14 by a veterans' committee in Saint Peter seeking approval of a design for a veterans' memorial. Several people, veterans included, showed up to the meeting in support of the cause. Mayor Tim Strand didn't thin... FULL STORY

Fifth Judicial District Veterans Court Commemorate
By Rob Lawson
July 3, 2014

The Minnesota Judicial Council approved the creation of a Veterans Court Program one year ago that serves the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nicollet and Watonwan within the Fifth Judicial District. A special ceremony is planned for Fri., July 11 at 12 p.m. to commemora... FULL STORY

DNR Public Meetings on Draft Rules for Miss. River
By Rob Lawson
June 23, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold three public information meetings in July to present information and receive comments on proposed rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA), a land corridor along the metro portion of the Mississippi River that receives spe... FULL STORY

Candidate Filings for Mapleton
By Rob Lawson
June 5, 2014

These are the candidates for Office in Mapleton: Mayor (1 position) Judd Schultz John Hollerich Council (2 positions) Kevin Maslakow Nicolas Wegman Jerry Etherington Kevin Etherington FULL STORY

Conversation with Karen Foreman
By Rob Lawson
June 5, 2014

Mankato City Councilperson Karen Foreman will host morning conversation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday (June 7) at the Hilltop HyVee food court, 2010 Adams Street. Foreman provides this informal conversation to discuss any city of Mankato Ward 1 opportunities. She will be joined by a representativ... FULL STORY

Open House for Public Projects
By Rob Lawson
May 5, 2014

The Blue Earth County Public Works Department has two upcoming public open houses scheduled to share information and obtain comments from the public. A public open house will be held on Tues., April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a short presentation at 6 p.m. to provide information and gather feedback... FULL STORY

MN Minimum Wage Increase
By Rob Lawson
April 18, 2014

KTOE reported that Republicans and Democrats have complained about the minimum wage increase signed into law by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL) was in Mankato Tuesday and he spoke of how jobs would be lost, as many Republicans in the state, and in the n... FULL STORY

Mankato's City Strategy Through 2016 in a Nutshell
By Rob Lawson
April 16, 2014

The Mankato City Council approved the city's five-year strategic plan through 2016. "Mankato's strategic plan is a work in progress," said City Manager Patrick Hentges. "As we move forward, we'll continue to look for opportunities to build on what's been accomplished, find ways to help the city ... FULL STORY

DNR Rulemaking Expedience
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources intends to adopt rules relating to wildlife. Notice of the DNR’s of intent to adopt expedited rules without a public hearing is scheduled for publication in the April 7, 2014, issue of the State Register. You have until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014,... FULL STORY

Mid-Session Town Hall Forum
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

Senator Kathy Sheran, Representative Kathy Brynaert and Representative Clark Johnson will host two town hall forums on April 19 to discuss the legislature’s work leading up to the legislative spring break. The first forum, which will include all three legislators, is set for 9 a.m. at the Bl... FULL STORY

Councilperson Foreman Hosts Conversation Saturday
By Rob Lawson
April 3, 2014

Mankato City Councilperson Karen Foreman will host morning conversation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday (April 5) at the Hilltop HyVee food court, 2010 Adams Street. Foreman provides this informal conversation to discuss any city of Mankato Ward 1 opportunities including upcoming neighborhood si... FULL STORY

Legislative Update from Kathy Sheran
By Rob Lawson
March 24, 2014

Resident Tuition for Veterans Legislation was heard this week to give honorably discharged veterans’ resident tuition at all Minnesota public colleges and universities. The bill adds language to current law instructing the University of Minnesota (U of M) and MnSCU to give honorably discharged ve... FULL STORY

Blue Earth County Brings Issues to Capitol Hill
By Rob Lawson
March 23, 2014

Blue Earth County Commissioners Drew Campbell and Vance Stuehrenberg represented the county’s interests in the nation’s capital during the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2014 Legislative Conference recently from March 1-5 in Washington, D.C. More than1,500 county officials from across... FULL STORY

Mankato City Manager Gets A Raise - $148K Salary
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2014

On February 24, the Mankato City Council met in a closed session to discuss City Manager Patrick Hentges' performance for 2013. The conclusions of the evaluation were summarized and action was taken to establish the 2014 city manager’s salary on March 3. The city council praised Hentges’ performa... FULL STORY

New City Council Members in Saint Peter
By Rob Lawson
February 27, 2014

Roger Parris and Stephen Grams were introduced as the the new Saint Peter Council Members after elections November decided their fate. FULL STORY

Apply For Citizens Academy
By Rob Lawson
January 29, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Blue Earth County Citizens Academy. The free program offers Blue Earth County residents a unique opportunity to get an inside look at county government operations and services. Throughout the sessions, participants will interact with elected offi... FULL STORY

Give your take on the Mankato City Budget
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2013

The city of Mankato has a service-based budget. The Mankato City Council reviews city service levels, which is the foundation to draft the budget. The 2014 preliminary budget is being reviewed. Public input is an important part of Mankato’s budget process. Learn more about Mankato's budget; inclu... FULL STORY

Two BEC Extension Staff Receive Award
By Rob Lawson
November 4, 2013

Diane DeWitte, Extension Educator and Amanda Sommers, 4-H Coordinator recently received national awards and were honored for their work at the Galaxy IV Conference, which is a joint meeting for the National Extension Association of County Agricultural Agents and the National Extension Association of... FULL STORY

Public Works Director Named in Mankato
By Rob Lawson
October 18, 2013

Mary Fralish has accepted the city of Mankato's director of public works position and will begin her duties Thursday (October 3). As director, Fralish will report to City Manager Patrick Hentges and oversee water, wastewater, parks and landscaping, transit, regional airport, street maintenance, infr... FULL STORY

MNsure Town Hall Forum Thursday, Sept. 12
By Rob Lawson
September 14, 2013

Letter Submitted by Kathy Sheran Dear Friends, This is a reminder that Rep. Kathy Brynaert, Rep. Clark Johnson and I are hosting a MNsure Town Hall Forum this Thursday, September 12 at South Central College's North Mankato campus in Heritage Hall. The first part of the forum, from 6:00-7:00p... FULL STORY

Mapleton Council Reacts To Chickens Democratically
By Rob Lawson
August 7, 2013

The City of Mapleton has sent out an email asking residents whether or not they would oppose local residents raising or keeping chickens within city limits. The Mapleton City Council has been approached by two individuals seeking to allow chickens and water fowl in city limits. The City of Maple... FULL STORY

Ange elected to Int'l City/County Mgmt Assoc Board
By Rob Lawson
July 9, 2013

It's just been announced that Deputy City Manager Tanya Ange has been elected as a Regional Vice President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Washington, D.C. Ange will serve as one of 21 members of the ICMA Board. It's one of the highest honors a member of the local g... FULL STORY

Mankato's Tailwind Project awarded $2.2 million
By Rob Lawson
May 10, 2013

According to the City of Mankato: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded the city of Mankato's Tailwind Redevelopment Project a $2.2 million grant. The grant will fund public improvements associated with construction of a parking ramp and other parking impr... FULL STORY

BEC Participating in National County Gov. Month
By Rob Lawson
April 14, 2013

Blue Earth County is joining county governments across the United States in celebrating National County Government Month in April. A number of events are scheduled to take place throughout April, including special story times and events at the library such as Earth Day on Sat., April 20. The premi... FULL STORY

Mark McQuillan to serve as Mankato's new parks sup
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2013

Mark McQuillan is serving as the new parks superintendent for the city of Mankato. McQuillan's bachelor's and master's degrees in parks and recreation were earned from the University of Minnesota. He has several years of experience in the public sector, including 24 years as city recreation super... FULL STORY

Kato Councilperson To Hold Neighborhood Meeting
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2013

City of Mankato Ward 1 Councilperson Karen Foreman will host a neighborhood meeting 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 9 to discuss the upcoming annual Relay for Life event in Erlandson Park. The meeting is in the lower level of the Public Works Center, 501 South Victory Drive. See a map. Discussio... FULL STORY

Citizen Committee Opportunities
By Rob Lawson
February 11, 2013

Citizens who live in the city of Mankato are encouraged to apply for the following citizen committee opportunities: City Board of Appeal and Equalization Planning Commission Heritage Preservation Committee Public Safety Advisory Committee Appointed volunteers serve a three-y... FULL STORY

Oath of Office
By Rob Lawson
February 11, 2013

Three city councilors recently took oath of office. Christopher Frederick, serves at-large, Jason Mattick, serves Ward 4, and Tamra Rovney, serves Ward 2. FULL STORY

Quist To Vie For State House
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2013

Allen Quist won the Republican endorsement Thursday night for a special election to fill a vacant house seat in the Minnesota State Legislature, with 85 percent of the vote on the first ballot. FULL STORY

St. Peter City Council Highlights Nov. 26
By Casey Conroy
December 17, 2012

At the St. Peter city council meeting of November 26, 2012: The American Water Works Association representatives Carol Blommel Johnson, and Bert Tracy were at the meeting to present Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton with the Association's George Warren Fuller award for his contributions to ... FULL STORY

St. Peter City Council Highlights Nov. 13
By Casey Conroy
December 11, 2012

At the St. Peter city council meeting of November 13, 2012: The Human Rights Commission was at tonight's meeting to give their award of 2011 Human Rights person of the year to Sara McKay, of the St. Peter Choral Society. This was for her work making practice and performance locations as well as ... FULL STORY

St. Peter City Council Highlights Oct. 22
By Casey Conroy
November 20, 2012

At the St. Peter city council meeting of October 22, 2012: A review of the 2013 Stormwater budget fund was brought up by City Administrator Prafke. In an amount of $2,436,919 the money would cover the rebuilding of two street intersections (North Fourth Street at Ramsey Street and Madison Street)... FULL STORY

Election Results
By Rob Lawson
November 7, 2012

The incumbent candidate for President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama, was re-elected. Democrat Amy Klobuchar was also re-elected by an enormous margin against Kurt Bills, the Republican, for the U.S. Senate. Tim Walz defeated Allan Quist, narrowly, for District 1 for Congr... FULL STORY

St. Peter City Council Highlights Oct. 8, 2012
By Casey Conroy
October 29, 2012

Highlights of the October 8 Regular meeting of the St. Peter City Council are as follows: A revolving loan settlement was brought up by Community Development Director Russ Wille presenting the Economic Developement Authority's recommendation to accept $3,000 from First National Bank to release th... FULL STORY

St. Peter City Council Highlights Sept. 24, 2012
By Casey Conroy
October 10, 2012

The Front Street Substation Driveway project was finalized on Monday night in a payment of $24,546.09 to Kassulke Masonry as a "Resolution Accepting And Closing Out The Front Street Substation Project" was introduced by councilmen Pfiefer and passed with all in favor. Another acceptance was in or... FULL STORY

Mankato Protesters Maintain Comittment
By Rob Lawson
October 10, 2012

The Mankato protesters against war, who congregate near the Mankato Free Press in the city's park outside the Mankato Place, still picket every Wednesday. Their message is to stop waging wars in other countries, particularly in the Middle East. FULL STORY

St. Peter City Council Minute Highlights Sept. 10
By Casey Conroy
September 27, 2012

Under the consent agenda the first thing talked about was the Preliminary Tax levy for 2013. The total levy amount was $2,093,106, a 2.55% increase over the 2012 levy. Councilmember John Kvamme expressed that it was only a 3.6% increase over the last 5 years - a very small amount. A motion by member... FULL STORY

St. Peter Stormwater Treatment Plan update
By Casey Conroy
August 28, 2012

During the August 13th city council meeting Public Works director Giesking advised the city to retain Bolton and Menk engineering for the aid of developing a stormwater treatment basin near Brown Street. He also suggested to purchase the addition of an outfall sewer to prevent additional flooding fr... FULL STORY

Public Forum On Marriage Ammendment
By Rob Lawson
August 9, 2012

Mankato City Council to hold public forum about proposed marriage amendment During the 7 p.m. Monday, August 13 City Council meeting, a public forum for Mankato citizens will be held about the proposed marriage amendment that will appear on General Election ballots in Minnesota on November 6, 201... FULL STORY

Council Reps to Visit Sister City in Moldova
By Rob Lawson
August 9, 2012

Sister City Ungheni's Mayor Alexandru Ambros invited Mayor Eric Anderson, City Manager Patrick Hentges and two to three other city officials to visit during their anniversary celebrating 550 years of the first documentary attestation. The celebration takes place August 31 through September 2. Thei... FULL STORY

Public Forum Regarding Proposed Marriage Amendment
By Rob Lawson
July 29, 2012

During the 7 p.m. Monday, August 13 City Council meeting, a public forum for Mankato citizens will be held about the proposed marriage amendment that will appear on General Election ballots in Minnesota on November 6, 2012. Speakers are encouraged to sign up in advance by contacting the city clerk ... FULL STORY

Development Plan Approved for Roosevelt Apts
By Rob Lawson
July 29, 2012

The Mankato City Council recently approved the development plan for Roosevelt Apartments. The project consists of three buildings totaling 540,000 square feet and will be constructed on 12.2 acres of property east of the Hilltop Hy-Vee (north of Adams Street). The buildings will provide 144 market r... FULL STORY

Public Works Open House
By Rob Lawson
July 5, 2012

The Blue Earth County Public Works Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 to give citizens an opportunity to review the highway improvement plan for 2012 through 2016. The event will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Public Works Office located at 35 Map Drive, Mankato.... FULL STORY

Absentee Ballots Now Available
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2012

Absentee Ballots Now Available for August 14 Primary Election. Absentee ballots are now available to Blue Earth County residents for the August 14, 2012 primary election. Applications and ballots for absentee voting can be obtained at the Blue Earth County Election/License Center located in the ... FULL STORY

New Cops in Kato
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2012

Four new police officers recently took oath of office to serve the Mankato community. Following are the new officers' names, the communities they are from and the colleges they earned their degrees from: * Audrey Burgess of Good Thunder, Minn., Minnesota State University, Mankato * Kyley... FULL STORY

City Council Filing in Mankato
By Rob Lawson
June 20, 2012

One person filed for Mankato City Council: Chris Frederick-at-large, City Council With this filing, a total of five people have filed for the Mankato City Council. The filing period for the Mankato City Council ended at 5 p.m. June 5. Candidates running for offices elected at the November 6, 2... FULL STORY

Morning Conversation with a Councilperson
By Rob Lawson
June 20, 2012

City of Mankato Councilperson Jack Considine will host morning conversation from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 23 at the Pathstone Living Cafe, 718 Mound Avenue. Considine has arranged for Kiwanis representatives to share information about the holiday light show planned for Sibley Park in December... FULL STORY

Election Filing
By Rob Lawson
June 9, 2012

One person filed on May 30 for Mankato City Council: Jason Mattick--Ward 4, City Council With this filing, a total of four people have filed for the Mankato City Council. The filing period for the Mankato City Council ended at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 5. Candidates running for offices elect... FULL STORY

City Council Filing
By Rob Lawson
May 26, 2012

Filing for Mankato City Council opened Tuesday, and three people have filed: Charlie Hurd—Ward 4, City Council Michael P. Laven—At-large, City Council Tamra Rovney—Ward 2, City Council The filing period for the Mankato City Council ends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 5. To apply as a candidate fo... FULL STORY

Public Hearing on Bus Route Changes
By Rob Lawson
May 18, 2012

The city of Mankato will host a public hearing as part of the Mankato City Council meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 29 in the Minnesota River Room on the first floor of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. The purpose of the hearing is to present proposed changes to existing Monday... FULL STORY

Occupy Riverfront Photos
By Rob Lawson
May 2, 2012

Occupy Mankato organizers rallied on Riverfront Drive Tuesday afternoon. The group marched down Riverfront and made their way to Sibley Park in Mankato. There were several police keeping an eye on the march, but it appeared that things were calm. Drivers honked, waved and sometimes cheered at the gr... FULL STORY

Occupy Riverfront Tuesday
By Rob Lawson
April 30, 2012

According to several sources, the Occupy Mankato movement will march down Riverfront Drive, despite not having the permit from Mankato Department of Public Safety. It is possible some could be arrested for facing confrontation from police. According to the Mankato Free Press, the relationship ha... FULL STORY

Ward 1 morning conversation
By Rob Lawson
April 7, 2012

City of Mankato Councilperson Karen Foreman will host morning conversation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday (April 7) at the Hilltop HyVee food court, 2010 Adams Street. Foreman provides this informal conversation to discuss any city of Mankato Ward 1 opportunities. Current items the City Council is... FULL STORY

Citizens Academy App Extended
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2012

A number of spots remain open for the 2012 Blue Earth County Citizens Academy Program for interested residents. Applications will now be accepted through Friday, March 9. The program is in its fourth year and offers a unique opportunity for citizens to get an inside perspective on how county gover... FULL STORY

More Wall Street and Big Bank Protests in Mankato
By Rob Lawson
November 4, 2011

Protesters stood at the corner of Second and Hickory Streets in downtown Mankato today to protest against big banks and trickle-down economics, as part of the Occupy Mankato movement. Groups were organizing at the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University last night, according to Twi... FULL STORY

Finalists selected for Public Works Director
By Rob Lawson
September 14, 2013

Finalists for the city's public works director position have been selected: * Dwight Dolman, public works director, Spirit Lake, Iowa. Dolman has bachelor degrees in architecture and construction engineering, and a master's degree in organization and management. * Mary Fralish, deputy d... FULL STORY