Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Sunday that all K-12 schools in the state will be closed for eight days starting on Wednesday. The measure was put in place to give teachers time to plan for distance learning to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many kids rely on school lunches to stay fed during the day, and with the announcement that schools will be closing, several restaurants have said they will give free lunches to any students who need them while they're home from school. Here's a list of places offering free meals for pick up: Kato Burger Pit [...]
by John Maiers It seemed so improbable, but, turns out, not impossible. Ask any of the 5,327 fans that jammed the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato Saturday night. Sports theatre on the biggest stage around. Minnesota State Mankato and Bowling Green clashed to determine the WCHA Playoff Champion and the privilege of holding high the Jeff Sauer Trophy awarded to the winners. The Mavericks playing host as regular season champs and home-ice titans, with the red-hot Falcons playing team-of-prey, confident, owning a two-game series sweep of the Mavericks in mid-December in Bowling Green, Ohio. It took 61 minutes and 37 [...]
A coalition of Twin Cities scientists is urging Governor Tim Walz to stop Line 3, the Enbridge Pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada through Minnesota for international export. "Governor Walz and Lt Gov Flanagan, Commissioner Kelly of the Department of Commerce, have all indicated that they would like to make decisions on LIne 3 that are based on data and science, we are here to stress that if human well being is our aim, then there is no field of scientific study or strong line of scientific evidence that can be used to support the construction of this pipeline," [...]
The cold weather not only increases the chance for humans to get frostbite, but for pets as well. Veterinarian Mary Ann Nelson of the North Mankato Animal Hospital says pets shouldn't be outside for more than 20 minutes. She also recommends having your pet wear a jacket and booties to help them if they have to go outside.
A 27-year-old Mankato man jailed and is facing three felony charges after an early Sunday morning disturbance at Red Rocks Bar in Mankato and police are still looking for a second man involved. Mankato police said the victim had a large cut on his nose and another above his left eye when they arrived at the bar, and he told investigators that Obed Olok hit him in the face twice with a beer bottle. The criminal complaint shows that prior to the altercation Olok and 26-year-old Medi Opiew were harassing the victim and his buddies for money to buy booze. The incident [...]
A southwestern Minnesota school district is closed until Monday due to an outbreak of the flu. Wabasso School Superintendent Wade McKittrick posted a video on the school's Facebook page Wednesday night making the announcement. He said on Monday there were 53 students and nine staff members sick with the flu. On Wednesday, the number of student cases rose to 74. That's about 20-percent of the student population. "I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause," he said, "However, we believe this action is prudent for the wellbeing of our students." Flu activity is considered widespread across Minnesota. Updated flu numbers [...]