The Minnesota Department of Health is adding two new qualifying conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. Irritable bowel syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder will join the list of qualifying conditions August 1st. Newly-qualified patients will be eligible to enroll in the program July 1st.
Nearly two-million holiday lights can be seen at the Kiwanis Holiday Lights display in Mankato. Now in its 10th year, coordinator Scott Wojik says they see travelers from all over the region and country. "We usually see people from the five state area and when we see their license plate we stop them and ask why they came and they say it is because it is a thing to see in Minnesota." The lights are open seven days a week until December 31. There is also live reindeer and visits from Santa.
Farm groups in many states are preparing to engage with newly elected lawmakers. Minnesota Farm Bureau Vice President Carolyn Olson says there will be nearly 70 new faces when the state legislature convenes next month: "This is where our Farm Bureau members are important (because) if they have a new legislator in the House or the Senate, to meet them, build relationships, and share their stories on some of the issues that we’ve been fighting for in Farm Bureau.” Olson also encourages Farm Bureau members to look beyond party lines and work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Motorists are advised that Highway 22 south of St. Peter will be closed beginning Thursday, Dec. 1 for approximately one week as work to raise bridge approaches resumes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Crews have been working to raise approaches to the overflow bridge on Highway 22, between Highway 169 and the Minnesota River bridge, to provide a smoother road surface for motorists. Due to weather and equipment issues, the work to raise the approaches is taking longer than expected. Motorists may use Highway 169 as an alternate route during the detour. Local traffic will be detoured to Highway [...]
Greater Mankato Area United Way expects record attendance at its eighth annual Fire & Ice gala taking place 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, December 3 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center Grand Hall. Fire & Ice is United Way’s largest fundraising event of the year, made possible by sponsors, in-kind donors and volunteers. The event has grown each year since its inception in 2015, netting more than $230,000 in 2021. A volunteer committee of more than 20 has been working on the event planning all year.
Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Community Engagement Office is holding a free Maverick Holiday Carnival for youth (ages 6-12) and their families on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The 7th annual event is open to the public and will feature a musical instrument “petting zoo,” with several instruments available to encourage children to learn about music, a fishing booth and many more booths and activities.
Mankato-Public Safety responded to the report of a structure fire at 1400 Warren St., Building C, at 8:32 a.m. today. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the roofline and a second-story window. Crews assisted an individual who was unable to exit an apartment. Firefighters then entered the building and extinguished the fire. The individual was transported to the local hospital by ambulance to be treated for injuries. Their condition is unknown. One pet was lost in the fire and recovered for the owners. “Sleeping with your bedroom door closed provides a barrier and reduces the spread of smoke and fire,” [...]
Four young lion cubs, rescued from Ukraine, were flown from Poland to a sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota for lifelong care. The cubs have spent the last three weeks at Poland’s Poznan Zoo, receiving excellent care and recovering from their 36-hour journey out of Ukraine. They were born at breeding facilities in Ukraine, during a war, and then orphaned at a few weeks old. Two animal rescue organizations, The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) and IFAW, partnered to ensure the cubs would have a safe place to live out the rest of their days together
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 [...]