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MANKATO -  Forbes recently released its list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers,” ranking Mankato 3rd best in the United States.
Apply to participate in Mankato's public safety Citizens Academy, an eight-week course that allows community members to interact with staff and get an insider’s look at how the department contributes to the area’s quality of life. The course is held Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., September 11 through October 30 at the public safety center, 710 South Front
BLUE EARTH CO – Bulbs will be collected at the county hazardous waste facility July 30. The annual business bulb collection is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. Xcel Energy customers are allowed to dispose of up to 10 fluorescent or other recyclable bulbs for free. Those with more can dispose the extras for a reduced price.
 
MANKATO – A North Mankato man faces sentencing after originally being convicted with close to 40 burglary and theft charges. 18-year-old Garrett Seykora was arrested earlier this year and officially charged with four counts of 2nd-degree burglary for a string of thefts with Derrick Butson and Daniel Blanck. His appearance is set for this morning.
MANKATO – Roundabout completion for the two on Hwy. 22 is up in the air again as crews continue to push for a fast finish.
MANKATO – “Get Connected” was recently launched through the MnDOT in efforts to keep the public informed, linking transportation and the economy. This allows anyone to have questions answered about money and transportation, and what goals MnDOT has. For more information, visit mndot.gov/getconnected.
Road Updates
Hwy. 66, Hwy. 169 SB from St. Peter to Mankato and Hwy. 14 Westbound are open to traffic.
Judson Bottom Road from Lookout Dr. to Cty. State Aid Hwy. 41 is closed indefinitely due to repairs.
All City of Mankato Roads are open to traffic except Bassett Drive.

Water main repairs needed on the 400 block of Belgrade Ave. Closed tomorrow 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water will be shut off from
Memorial day activities are coming up in support of our current and former soldiers for the armed forces. A complete list with times from the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Board are below.

6:30-7:30 a.m. - continental breakfast at Morson Ario

All posts, auxilliaries, and veterans groups are scheduled as follows:
8 a.m. - korean memorial
12:10 p.m. - Vietnam Memorial
1 p.m. - WWII
MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – The Mankato Civic Center was approved for funds through the passing of the bonding bill in legislation. City Manager Patrick Hentges is grateful for the support of not only the community, but legislators. The $29 million upgrade is set to begin construction this fall. A rendered photo of the remodel can be seen at 3Enews.net.
 
MAPLETON (TEC News), May 21 – Motorists should expect delays today and tomorrow on Hwy. 22 between Mapleton and Blue Earth County Road 15. MnDOT crews will be doing repair work and applying a temporary seal coating. Pilot cars will be directing traffic. For more statewide travel information, visit 511mn.org.
 
MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), May 21 – The NFL announced yesterday that Super Bowl LII (52) will be held in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in February 2018. The game will be held in the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, currently under construction and set to open in July 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl.
 
MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – An open house is set for Thursday, May 29 in St. James for information on the reconstruction of Hwy. 4. From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Watonwan Co. Library, MnDOT officials will be available to answer any questions and give details to the project. For more information, visit the department of transportation website.
 
LE SUEUR CO. (TEC News), May 21 – Le Sueur Co. authorities arrested a 42-year-old in connection with multiple vehicles being stolen. Charles James Palm was taken into custody during a fifth vehicle theft attempt. He had stolen four previously in Elysian, Cordova and Lexington Townships. His bail was set at $100,000 but still remains in custody.
 
MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – The 21-year-old in connection with the Isaac Kolstad assault case, made his first appearance in court yesterday. According to a complaint, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley doesn’t recall punching Kolstad in the face, nor does he remember speaking to Philip Nelson. Shelley was officially charged with 1st and 3rd degree assault.
 
ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 15 – Some changes prompted a rewording to re-pass a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs. One change out of the five includes amending the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the FDA. Rep. Clark Johnson is in full support with the author Rep. Erik Simonson (Duluth) in saying it needed
MANKATO -  Forbes recently released its list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers,” ranking Mankato 3rd best in the United States.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two public meetings have been set to discuss planning for Minnesota's new medical marijuana program. The first meeting is on July 31st and will be used to familiarize a 16-member Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research with its duties. The Office of Medical Cannabis will hold the second meeting in August to brief potential manufacturers and others
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth police have arrested a third man who escaped from the Northeastern Minnesota Regional Corrections Center last week. Officers found 22-year-old Tyler Sandstrom at a home in Duluth and arrested him without incident yesterday. Sandstrom was the last of the three escapees who was still at large.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a standoff at a western Minnesota pharmacy has ended after SWAT team members swept the building and found no one inside. Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder says officers arrived yesterday evening within 30 seconds of a call reporting an attempted armed robbery. Harder says there was mass confusion as customers and employees were fleeing the
MANKATO – “Get Connected” was recently launched through the MnDOT in efforts to keep the public informed, linking transportation and the economy. This allows anyone to have questions answered about money and transportation, and what goals MnDOT has. For more information, visit mndot.gov/getconnected.
Road Updates
Hwy. 66, Hwy. 169 SB from St. Peter to Mankato and Hwy. 14 Westbound are open to traffic.
Judson Bottom Road from Lookout Dr. to Cty. State Aid Hwy. 41 is closed indefinitely due to repairs.
All City of Mankato Roads are open to traffic except Bassett Drive.

Water main repairs needed on the 400 block of Belgrade Ave. Closed tomorrow 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water will be shut off from
MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), May 21 – The NFL announced yesterday that Super Bowl LII (52) will be held in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in February 2018. The game will be held in the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, currently under construction and set to open in July 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl.
 
ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 15 – Some changes prompted a rewording to re-pass a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs. One change out of the five includes amending the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the FDA. Rep. Clark Johnson is in full support with the author Rep. Erik Simonson (Duluth) in saying it needed
MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – A fundraising website was set up recently for Isaac Kolstad’s family according to KEYC. So far close to $20,000 has been raised and more is coming in. Friends and family projected a goal of $25,000 and they’re over half way there.
Make a donation:
http://www.youcaring.com/other/-22 strong-for-the-Isaac-molly-Kolstad-family/177076
 
ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 14 – The GPS monitoring system bill, authored by Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL-North Mankato), was passed through both parties yesterday. This bill allows judicial districts the option to use GPS programs to protect victims of domestic abuse by alerting authorities when offenders are too close to their victims. “Well I’m feeling good about a unanimous vote in
MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – For 150 years, Mayo Clinic has been serving patients and their families all over. In celebration of this, a mobile exhibit will be traveling to more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada including Mankato. May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. it will be available at no charge at the Madison East Center. For more information, visit
MANKATO (TEC News), May 12 – 20-year-old Philip Nelson, former Gopher football player, made his initial appearance in court this afternoon for the assault of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad. Attorney James Fleming requested for little to no bail for Nelson so he can continue his education at Rutgers University and attend football practices and games. Judge Bradley Walker set bail at $20,000
WASECA, Minn. (TEC News), April 24 – Rep. Tim Walz held a meeting today in Waseca to address the community and local emergency teams about freight rail shipping safety. Walz is the only Member of Congress from Minnesota who sits on the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. He states, “As more and more hazardous materials are being shipped
MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MoonDogs sign two more infielders for the 2014 season. Jake Yacinich from the University of Iowa and Tony Skjefte of the Minnesota Gophers. Yacinich, has had a strong year so far for the University of Iowa, hitting .338 with 4 triples, a home run, and 21 RBI's. In addition to hitting, Yacinich also has athletic ability, starting 37 games at shortstop for
NICOLLET CO. (TEC News), April 24 – The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office sent a release warning those participating in the Plunge for Landon to do so with caution. Reports came in recently notifying the department that someone taking the challenge jumped off the Buesmann Bridge over the Minnesota River by New Ulm. Authorities indicate that this is extremely dangerous and could result