The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a meeting in Mankato (Tuesday) night regarding the state's Clean Cars for Clean Air Initiative. Governor Walz announced the Initiative in September. Frank Kohlasch is with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. "We are looking at emissions standards for motor vehicles in Minnesota," said Kohlasch. "We want to know what Minnesotans think about those proposed rules, in meetings which are required by Minnesota law." The meeting will be held from five until seven p.n. at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato.
Two area women have been named to the state of Minnesota's Young Women's Cabinet. Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan have named Bla Yang of Mankato and Benya Kraus of Waseca to the 32-person group. State officials say the initiative is a first-of-its kind partnership between the Governor's office and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to improve outcomes for young women in Minnesota.
President Trump Backing Off A Plan To Ban Flavored Vaping Products To Disappointment Of Local Anti-Smoking Advocates
Local anti-smoking advocates are disappointed after President Trump is reportedly backing off a plan to ban some flavored vaping products. Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says "About 2/3 of youth who said they're using e-cigs in the last tobacco survey said they were using mint and menthol flavors so that just goes to show powerful they are in attracting kids" Smith says about 70-percent of kids surveyed said they use e-cigs because they like the flavors offered. The White House says Trump is committed to responsibly protecting children's health.
The Minnesota State Patrol has now released the name of a woman injured in a Sunday afternoon accident north of LeSueur Sunday afternoon. Authorities say a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Christina Marie Sande of St. Paul lost control of her vehicle shortly after two p.m. on highway 19. Authorities say the vehicle entered the ditch and rolled, coming to a rest in a harvested field. The State Patrol says Sande was transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Motorists can expect at least one more week of lane restrictions on Highway 169. MnDOT says extensive repair work is expected to begin (Tuesday) one mile north of St. Peter. The lane restrictions have been in place since mid-October due to a culvert under the highway that was damaged and plugged. MnDOT says the restrictions are expected to be removed by Friday.
Those wanting to learn more about digital marketing related to tourism are invited to a workshop on (Tuesday) at MSU. Jessica Beyer is the President of Greater Mankato Growth. "Our presenter, Brian Matson, is nationally recognized in tourism," said Beyer. "He will share tools and tactics for cost-effective, practical marketing efforts to increase attendees' profiles, business and sales." The event will be held from eight a.m. until one p.m. at the MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Persons can sign up at the Visit Mankato Website.
A person was injured in an accident north of LeSueur Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol says a driver lost control of their vehicle on Highway 19, entered the south ditch and rolled with the vehicle coming to rest on its side in a harvested field shortly after two p.m. Authorities say the driver, whose name was not released, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
A Janesville woman was arrested Friday after attempting to elude authorities. The Blue Earth County sheriff's department says 50-year-old Alysa Marie Hoeppner was charged with fleeing police in a motor vehicle and driving while impaired. Authorities say they attempted to pull over Hoeppner's vehicle near Madison Lake when Hoeppner failed to stop. The sheriff's office says the chase spanned five miles with top speeds of 70 miles per hour when Hoeppner pulled to the side of the ride two miles into Le Sueur County.
A Saint James woman was injured after she was hit by a vehicle late Saturday night. The Minnesota State Patrol says 24-year-old Angie Elizabeth Rodriguez was struck by a pickup while she was walking on the shoulder of Highway 169 at Webster Avenue in North Mankato around quarter to midnight. The State Patrol says the pickup failed to stop. Authorities say Rodriguez was taken to Mayo Clinic Health Systems Mankato with non-life threatening injuries.
A Mankato man was arrested Saturday in connection to a convenience store robbery Friday night. Mankato Public Safety says 24-year-old Daniel David Schultz has been charged with simple robbery, second degree aggravated robbery and fifth-degree assault. The incident occurred around seven-30 Friday night at 2001 North Riverfront Drive.