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About Ashley Hanley

Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!

North Mankato lawmaker believes police reform can be done

By |2020-07-15T10:17:28-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

State Senator Nick Frentz of North Mankato says he believes police reform can be accomplished during this special session: "I'm an optimist I think there can be some common ground. Have they found it yet, no? And will that mean some gets done now and more later? Maybe, could it mean nothing gets done yeah that's always a possibility." He also says there are some fixes they could enact: "We can make changes to the police officers training board, that's the board that supervises cop's licenses and talks about the ways people become police officers and sometimes the way they lose [...]

Summer series: Mayo Clinic Health System offers tips to avoid ticks

By |2020-07-15T09:50:15-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

During the summer months, frequent “tick checks” are essential. “It is important to check for ticks after spending time outdoors because if a tick is not removed it can lead to the risk of getting Lyme disease,” says Paige Gernes, physician assistant, Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. “Symptoms of Lyme disease can include rash, joint pain, headache, fever and potentially more serious complications.” Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly wooded and grassy areas — some of the same places where you may be enjoying summer. Ticks get themselves into position by climbing up an object – called [...]

Hentges Says Mankato Mask Mandate Going Well

By |2020-07-15T09:42:45-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges says so far enforcement of the mask mandate has been going smoothly. "Mostly calls of clarifications and observations show that it actually went quite well." He says most of the businesses are adapting quite well, with some businesses even offering people masks. However, there have been some concerns. "We've had a few complaints from the hospitality business because they do some intermittent trade." Hentges says enforcement is not the goal of the mandate "Our approach has always been education first." The mandate expires on September 5.

Jeffers Petroglyphs to open today

By |2020-07-15T08:50:34-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

QUICK FACTS What: Jeffers Petroglyphs to open today Where: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN 56019 Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday Cost: $8 Website: www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs Beginning today, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Jeffers Petroglyphs will once again welcome visitors to the red rock ridge. Timed entry tickets can be purchased online or through the box office at 651-259-3015. A limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups. Tickets cost $8. Jeffers Petroglyphs is home to about 5,000 sacred rock carvings, also called petroglyphs, made by the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. Guests can take a [...]

Mankato’s Spring Clean-up rescheduled for August

By |2020-07-15T06:37:21-05:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Mankato's Spring Clean-up, which had been postponed due to COVID-19, has been rescheduled to August with additional safety measures in place to help protect participants. During Spring Clean-up, Mankato residents may dispose of unwanted items at the Public Works Center, 501 S. Victory Dr., at no additional cost. Electronics (such as televisions and computers) will be accepted. Safety of residents and staff is the primary concern, and there will be changes to how Spring Clean-up is managed this year: To help with social distancing and traffic, and to limit people within the drop-off area, scheduled drop-off dates and times have been [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 13 in BEC, 403 in MN (July 14)

By |2020-07-14T11:02:27-05:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

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. 43,170 Total positive cases (cumulative) 403 Newly reported cases 6 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 21 Becker 1 Beltrami 1 Blue Earth 13 Brown 2 Carlton 2 Carver 11 Cass 1 Chippewa 1 Chisago 1 Clay 8 Crow Wing 1 Dakota 26 Dodge 1 Douglas 1 Faribault 3 Fillmore 2 Freeborn 2 Hennepin 92 Hubbard 1 Koochiching 2 Lac qui [...]

Applications soon open for new child care funding

By |2020-07-14T09:29:46-05:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Approximately 7,000 Minnesota child care providers will be eligible for $56.6 million in funds to help ensure children’s and staff’s health and safety in their child care settings during COVID-19. The new COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care program is specifically designed to provide support to all child care providers who qualify. Child care providers can apply for the funding starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23. To apply for these funds, providers fill out an online application using a link that they will receive via email from the [...]

MnDOT alerts motorists to Highway 60 Mountain Lake intersection warning system problem

By |2020-07-14T09:17:24-05:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

 Motorists using the Highway 60 intersection with Cottonwood County Road 1 in Mountain Lake have likely noticed a lot of flashing lights.  The Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System (RICWS) installed at the intersection to warn traffic of other vehicles which are approaching or entering the intersection has been failing to detect a significant portion of the traffic on Highway 60.  Because the system hasn’t been operating correctly, MnDOT placed the system into a fault mode, where all of the system’s lights flash continuously. MnDOT has been troubleshooting the system, replacing components likely to be the culprit, without success.  Additional parts are [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 10 in BEC, 499 in MN (July 13)

By |2020-07-13T11:03:19-05:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

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. 42,772 Total positive cases (cumulative) 499 Newly reported cases 2 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Anoka 35 Becker 2 Beltrami 2 Benton 3 Big Stone 1 Blue Earth 10 Brown 3 Carver 6 Cass 1 Chippewa 1 Chisago 2 Clay 7 Clearwater 2 Cottonwood 1 Crow Wing 2 Dakota 41 Dodge 2 Freeborn 1 Grant 1 Hennepin 127 Itasca 5 Jackson [...]