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State To Receive $200M More In Federal Aid

By |2021-05-11T06:53:51-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Gopher State is getting more help from the federal government than previously expected.  Officials announced Monday that Minnesota will receive almost 200-million-dollars more under President Biden's coronavirus relief package.  Governor Tim Walz expressed hope, noting that the aid may help speed up negotiations over the state's next budget.  Governor Walz added that he knows how Minnesota can and can't spend its federal relief but did not share any further details.

Governor Walz Presses For Childcare Money

By |2021-05-11T06:48:26-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Governor Tim Walz is pressing lawmakers to increase funding for childcare providers.  On Monday, Governor Walz asked state officials to grant nearly 48-million dollars to help boost what the Gopher State pays providers.  During his plea, Walz noted that Minnesota ranks near the bottom when it comes to how much providers are reimbursed for their services.  Governor Walz says the state must act now or risk seeing its federal childcare aid go to other states instead.

Blue Earth County Library Teams with Mankato Makerspace for Classes and Displays

By |2021-05-11T06:47:19-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Throughout the month of May, the Blue Earth County Library System (BECLS) is dedicating the display cases at the Mankato branch to work by members of the Mankato Makerspace. This display is part of an ongoing partnership between the BECLS and the Makerspace, which has involved Makerspace instructors teaching virtual classes on paint dipping, jewelry making, and more for the library’s popular “Maker Monday” event series. Through this partnership, the BECLS hopes to increase awareness of the incredible wealth of artistic talent in the region and encourage visitors of every age and skill level to develop their own creative habits and [...]

May is Stroke Awareness Month

By |2021-05-11T06:42:20-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Early recognition can be the key difference between life or death when it comes to suffering from a stroke.  Strokes are a leading cause of serious and long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Leah Roering a stroke specialist with CentraCare says there are several factors that can play into someone having a stroke. Roering says treatment may be available if you get to the emergency room at the first signs of stroke such as balance loss, face or arm weakness, and speech. May is Stroke Awareness Month.

Emmer on continuation of Federal Unemployment Insurance Program

By |2021-05-11T06:38:08-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Federal Unemployment Supplement Insurance program is set to expire in September.  Republican Congressman Tom Emmer says the $300 weekly federal supplement is causing many people to choose -- not to go back to work: "Is it their fault that the federal government decided to make unemployment insurance quite frankly more lucrative than going out and earning a wage? That's not their fault. Americans are smart and they're going to collect that money while it's there and then when it's gone, they will go back to work." Emmer is concerned Democrats will push to extend these payments beyond September.

GOP lawmaker says House Dems holding up business, individual tax relief over top-bracket income tax hike

By |2021-05-11T06:36:52-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Republican Representative Greg Davids from Preston says the state has permission to use federal "American Rescue" money to reduce state taxes for businesses and individuals who received assistance during the pandemic -- but he says House Democrats are holding that tax relief hostage because they want to increase taxes on wealthy Minnesotans.   Davids says there's no way, when the state has a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus and a full "rainy day" fund... "...that you can ask for one nickel from the taxpayers.   That's just unconscionable." House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler responds Republicans are threatening to shut down state parks and cut [...]

Key piece to finishing state budget — taxes — remains unresolved

By |2021-05-11T06:20:27-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Hopes are starting to fade for the Minnesota Legislature finishing the state budget by next Monday's adjournment deadline, meaning a special session could be needed to avoid state government shutdown July 1st: Democrats propose additional police reforms, while Republicans are reluctant.  Republicans demand the governor to give up his COVID emergency powers.  Walz wants to keep that authority, but also plans to cancel all COVID restrictions by July 1st at the latest.  Democrats propose tax increases on the wealthiest Minnesotans and large corporations.  Republicans say no.  And while lawmakers continue negotiations on some parts of the state budget, the tax issue [...]

Help prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borer

By |2021-05-11T06:19:28-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Emerald Ash Borer's (EAB) flight season has begun and lasts through the end of September. During this time, the beetle emerges from infested trees and wood to search for new locations. While Emerald Ash Borer has not been confirmed in Mankato, it's important to take steps to minimize this invasive pest while it's the most active. To help prevent the spread of EAB: Wait to prune or remove ash trees until October 1.  Avoid moving ash wood and brush.  Cover any ash wood and brush with a tarp if these items must be moved or disposed. Proper disposal may be done at the Minnesota [...]

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