My name is Ella Bettner, I'm 11 years old from Faribault, MN. I am also the owner/founder of No Tummies Left Behind, a local charity I started in 2021 when I realized that kids in my school could not afford lunches and I wanted to make a change to that. So, we raise money by either partnering with businesses or doing booths to sell my homemade, adjustable charm bracelets. All proceeds and donations goes towards paying off negative lunch balances for local schools. So far, I've raised over $8,000 dollars and have been able to help students in the Faribault, Medford [...]
(St. Paul, MN) -- Several Minnesota legislators are considering taking action to restore voting rights for felons immediately after they're released from custody. The DFL majorities in the House and Senate support a bill that eliminates a two-year wait for those convicted of a crime to vote after they are released from behind bars. The House passed the bill 71-to-59 last week. Its companion bill in the Minnesota Senate is expected to pass soon. Governor Tim Walz supports the move.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Homeowners in Minnesota should be wary of bogus warranty letters. The Department of Commerce says fake warnings with names like "Home Warranty Direct" or "Home Warranty Solutions" can look legit, but these are just extortion attempts, usually from criminals living outside of the U.S. State officials recommend anyone who receives an unsolicited warranty offer or notice should do their research and never give out their bank account information.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is seeing an uptick in sextortion schemes targeting teenage boys. That's according to the State's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Thieves typically target boys age ten to 17 on social media or gaming sites, posing as young girls to get explicit images of the victims. Then, they threaten to post the photos unless the victims pay a ransom. Officials called it "straight up blackmail" and urged parents to talk to their kids about online stranger danger.
(East Bethel, MN) -- Three men are injured following a home explosion in East Bethel, about 30 miles north of the Twin Cities. The blast happened around 8:30 this morning at a house that was under construction. Emergency crews pulled the three victims from the wreckage. There's no word on their conditions or the cause of the explosion.
On February 5th, 2023, at 5:25 p.m. officers from the North Mankato Police Department responded to a home on the 800 Blk of Range St for a report of a female party who had threatened a male with a knife. Jaclyn R. Baker, age 38, was arrested and is currently being held awaiting charges. Several knives were recovered from the scene. The male party sustained minor injuries from an assault that occurred earlier in the day that did not involve the knife. North Mankato Police were assisted by the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office.
Save the date: Friday, February 10 — 9 to 10:15 am — by Zoom only A discussion of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 with Sen. Nick Frentz Sen. Nick Frentz, co-author of the bill to require 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 in Minnesota, will be addressing the forum, answering questions about the bill and where Minnesota plans to go from here. Register in advance for this meeting: https://socrates.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpfuqrqjotGtGf4T7YWR-4kO5Nmt2Wugsk All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.
The Mankato Area Public School Board will hold a work session at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 9 in the 3rd Floor conference room at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. The School Board will review the strategic roadmap and discuss the strategic planning process.
Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) has awarded VINE Faith in Action three grants, totaling $285,287. The awards are funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). “The MNRAAA grants help make it possible for VINE to serve caregivers, those experiencing depression, and refugee and immigrant elders,” said VINE’s Program Director, Adam Massmann. “We very much appreciate these grants. Without them, VINE wouldn’t be able to provide these services to the community.” OAA funds are administered by MNRAAA, the state-designated Area Agency on Aging in the 27 counties of southwest Minnesota. [...]