Mankato-Beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, Mankato is in a snow emergency until 8 a.m., Thursday, December 1. During a snow emergency, there is no parking on streets so snow can be removed quickly and efficiently. The only exception is where streets are posted "seasonal no parking" (which only affects a small number of streets in the City). View a map showing seasonal no parking areas. View a video to learn about snow and ice removal operations in Mankato. During a snow emergency, temporary parking is available at no cost in the Mankato Place and Civic Center parking ramps. During a snow emergency, parking is [...]
On Sunday, December 4th at 7:00pm Minnesota Riverbend Brass Choir will present an Advent / Christmas concert at Sts. Peter and Pauls Catholic Church in Mankato. Sure to be an inspiring evening of sacred brass music celebrating the Christmas Season! The event is free and open to the public. A “Free Will” offering with be received.
Minnesota State University, Mankato will honor the late Florence Cobb, the University’s first Black female professor and its dance program founder, by naming a University dance studio in her honor. A dedication ceremony for the Florence Cobb Dance Studio will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 Florence Cobb, who died in 2016 at the age of 95, began teaching at the University (then Mankato State College) in 1968 and taught on campus for more than 20 years. She advocated for dance for all people while simultaneously navigating racial and gender politics on campus at a pivotal time in civil rights history. A short [...]
Help develop Mankato's next Strategic Plan by providing input through the online National Community Survey (NCS™) through Tuesday, December 13. The survey, which takes less than 20 minutes to complete, will help the City learn residents' perspectives about quality of life, community characteristics, City services and future priorities. All that's required to participate is an email address and zip code, which helps ensure one response per person. Responses will remain anonymous, and individual data and votes will not be shared. Community members who have received a survey invite by mail are encouraged to complete that version instead. The 2022 survey will help compare [...]
South Central College's Collegiate DECA Chapter in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps League is hosting their annual Toys for Tots Drive Thru Spaghetti Lunch and Dinner on Thursday, December 1. Lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and dinner will be available from 5 – 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and reservations are not required. For $10 guests will enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad and a holiday dessert all prepared by South Central College’s Culinary Arts students. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available. All proceeds will go to Toys for Tots.
From December 1 through December 8, a seat on each Mankato City bus will be reserved in honor of Rosa Parks, who contributed to the Civil Rights movement. She refused to give up her seat while riding a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, and her decision helped end racial segregation on public facilities. Each saved seat will feature a sign reminding riders how Parks' quiet strength made a seat available to everyone.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges the public to use extra caution when approaching traffic signals following a heavy snowfall event. Motorists and pedestrians should be prepared to stop at intersections with traffic signals, as snow-covered traffic indications can be challenging to see. For reasons of energy efficiency and longer service life, the state’s traffic signals have switched from using incandescent bulbs to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs produce less than half the heat as incandescent bulbs, and do not emit enough heat to melt off snow and ice that may accumulate on them. “Following a snow event, our top [...]
Snowplow operators are out in full force across southern Minnesota cleaning and treating snow-packed roads. MnDOT's Anne Meyer says to be sure to give plow operators plenty of room to work: "When you're slowed down in traffic so are snowplows. So it takes longer for our crews to get to every lane of traffic and really clear away that snow."
A new program from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will help put more robots on manufacturing floors. The Automation Loan Participation Program offers loans to help cover the costs of machinery, equipment, and software needed to increase productivity. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says small businesses statewide need the extra help: "We know the workforce shortage is big. We have to be able to hire more workers in more places than we ever have before. But at the end of the day you can't create a workforce out of thin air you have to be able to automate a [...]