Greater Mankato News

New Ulm teacher receives Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award

A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in New Ulm, has been awarded the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award. As the school garden coordinator, Beth Sletta incorporates food and agriculture concepts into core subjects, and one of her projects is an outdoor classroom that is being built…Continue Reading

Donations down at Salvation Army Red Kettles nationwide

With less than two weeks remaining until Christmas Day donations are down at Salvation Army Red Kettles nationwide. Salvation Army Major Bob Doliber said, “So far raised about $2.17 million in greater Minnesota and at this time last year, we’d raised about $2.5 million. So we’re short about $330,000.” Doliber added that colder than normal…Continue Reading

Working group suggests specialized training for Minnesota sexual assault investigators

A working group looking at ways to fix problems with sexual assault investigations in Minnesota suggests officers receive specialized training tailored to their duties, with more advanced courses for investigators plus classes for supervisors to improve accountability. Liz Richards with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women said the training recommendations are an “important piece” of…Continue Reading

Air quality alert expanded to include the Mankato area

An air quality alert from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has expanded and now includes the Mankato area. “This is in effect because we have stagnant weather conditions, we have light winds and a strong dispersion near the ground that’s trapping air pollutants that are originating from the Twin Cities metropolitan area,” explained the…Continue Reading

Draheim town hall meetings to focus on solutions ahead of 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session

Republican Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake will hold two town hall listening sessions at the Belle Plaine and Elko-New Market Libraries on December 18th, prior to the start of the 2019 Minnesota Legislative session in early January. The public forums will focus on legislative priorities for the upcoming session, and Senator Draheim will preview…Continue Reading