Mankato sees high interest in open school board positions

The Mankato Area Public school board has had 19 people apply for the four open positions.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

  President Trump to visit Mankato

Senate GOP ousts Walz cabinet member amid pandemic dispute

  Lawmakers, advocates aim to advance social justice through marijuana reform

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

What no student loan payments until 2021 means for you

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Lawmakers convene for third special session

  Election officials say start planning now for General Election

Polls are now closed in the Minnesota Primary Election

  It’s Election Day, here’s what to expect at the polls

  Blue Earth County in need of new election judges

  What you need to know before heading to the polls Tuesday

  The Docket: it’s Minnesota Primary Election week

Blue Earth County polling places will set up their personal protective equipment and other safety precautions for COVID-19 Monday night.

  Operating levy for GFW School District on ballot

Residents in the Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop School District have an additional decision to make on their ballot for Minnesota’s Primary Election tomorrow.

  Why choice of running mate matters more than usual this election year

For all the secrecy and speculation that typically surrounds the search for a vice presidential candidate, the decision rarely sways an election. But ahead of Joe Biden’s imminent announcement, this year could be different.

  Local committee looks to make inclusion possible at Sibley Park

The Indigenous People's Day Committee wants to educate people on the history of the local park.

Smith, Craig unveil bill to grant high school students unemployment compensation

  Time winding down for absentee voting in the Minnesota Primary election

  Walz convenes special session, expected to extend emergency powers

Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

  Students and young voters reflect on topics surrounding this election and voter engagement

  Virtual FarmFest Congressional Candidate Forum addresses current issues in rural America

  Iowa governor signs order restoring felon voting rights

The order excludes automatic restoration for more serious crimes, such as murder, requiring those people to seek individual restoration but does not require repayment of victim restitution before they could vote.

Voters sue Walz to block face masks at Minnesota polls

In a statement, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said he stands behind “the legality and constitutionality” of Walz’s executive order.

Judge extends absentee ballot rules for general election

A Ramsey County judge extends changes in Minnesota’s absentee ballot rules to the November general election.

  What safety precautions to expect at the polls in St. Peter

All election judges will be provided with disposable masks and hand sanitizer.

Hagedorn responds to Feehan’s debate request with new proposal, additional debate

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) responded on Sunday to Dan Feehan’s debate request with his own proposal for his challenger.

NFIB Minnesota endorses Munson for reelection

The NFIB Minnesota PAC said its decision to endorse Munson is based on positions he has taken on key small-business issues, including taxes and labor and regulatory issues.

  The Docket: last week before the Minnesota Primary Election

Here’s what’s on The Docket this week of Aug. 3rd, 2020.

  Professionals reflect on the importance of the Americans With Disabilities Act 30 years after it has passed

The act prohibits discrimination based on a disability.

  Hagedorn, Feehan, Munson react to Walz’s announcement regarding reopening of schools

Elected officials from across the state are releasing statements on the announcement, including here in southern Minnesota.

  Klobuchar urges Congress to address challenges in rural America during pandemic

Klobuchar also introduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act to the Senate on Wednesday.

Hagedorn invites public to telephone town hall on Thursday

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) announced Wednesday he is inviting the public to a Telephone Town Hall discussion he is hosting on Thursday.

  Walz orders flags to be flown at half-staff Thursday to honor the late John Lewis

The announcement is intended to honor Rep. John Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80.

  Over 10,000 absentee ballots sent to county voters so far

The Minnesota Primary Election is on Aug. 11.

  Trump eyes Minn. victory; Biden campaign says presidency has been ‘absolute disaster’

Minnesota has voted for the Democratic nominee for 11-straight elections, but in 2016, the margin was the closest in modern state history.

  Minnesota GOP official resigns over masks, Nazis post

Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said Tuesday that the picture was posted by a Wabasha County GOP board member, who has since resigned at the party’s request.

  Countdown to Election Day: state party leaders discuss the issues

State party leaders are now working full speed ahead as they prepare for the Minnesota Primary Election on Aug. 11th and the General Election on Nov. 3rd.

  Gun club application creates controversy near Courtland

The club historically has been a shotgun and archery range, but its new owners have applied for pistol and rifle shooting as well.

  There are less than 100 days until Election Day

The countdown is on with less than 100 days until the general Election and even fewer until the Minnesota Primary Election.

  Smith demands action to provide health services to underserved populations

Sen. Tina Smith wrote a letter to government officials on Friday demanding accessible, comprehensive and culturally competent mental health care and related services for Native American and Alaska Native youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  The Docket: less than 100 days until the General Election

Here’s what’s on The Docket this week of July 27th, 2020.

  Congressman says he wants answers about Iowa plant outbreak

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack says he’s “deeply concerned” about a report showing that the first known coronavirus outbreak at an Iowa meatpacking plant was far more severe than the state publicly acknowledged.

  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.

  Citizens file appeal to stop proposed Eagle Lake motorsports park

CAMP cites a lack of transparency on the project with the developer and the city council, stating that there were flaws in the environmental assessment worksheet conducted in the proposed area.

  Late Congressman John Lewis’ legacy reaches across history and the United States

Congressman John Lewis, a prominent civil rights leader, passed away late last week and leaves a legacy of reform through a nonviolent fight for civil rights.

  US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

The U.S. Mint is asking for the public to make purchases using exact change.

  Bonding bill failure leaves Henderson high and dry, for now

The Minnesota Legislature special session ended earlier this week which failed to materialize a $1 billion-plus infrastructure bonding bill.

US flies Kuwait emir, 91, to Minnesota after surgery at home

Flight-tracking data showed the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III that took off from Kuwait International Airport landed in Rochester, Minnesota, the home of the flagship campus of the Mayo Clinic.

  State lawmakers wrap up second special session with police reform compromise

The Minnesota Legislature’s second special session wraps up with a compromise on police reform.

  The Docket: council to consider prorating liquor licenses, week two of special session

The Minnesota State Legislature is back for week two of the special session, and North Mankato City Council could prorate qualified liquor licenses.

Judge considering lawsuit filed by Rep. Munson against Gov. Walz

Munson argues the governor's executive powers are unconstitutional.

  Walz visits Highway 93 project, lawmakers optimistic on funding

Walz’s visit to Highway 93 in Henderson occurs days before the current legislative special session ends where bonding bills like the governor’s Local Jobs and Projects Plan are being hashed out.

  Munson suing Walz to end his peacetime emergency powers

Walz has extended the COVID-19 peacetime emergency and, with it, his emergency powers for another 30 days.

  Blue Earth police investigating thefts of campaign signs

Authorities say if people are in possession of stolen campaign signs they can also be charged with possession of stolen property.

  Sen. Tina Smith visits local businesses and leaders to discuss pandemic impacts

The answer to whether Americans will see a second stimulus package remains uncertain, but Smith said her work is to ensure that businesses that were passed up for economic aid would see that expansive funding in the second round.

  Mankato City Council extends city manager’s powers

The Mankato City Council has extended City Manager Pat Hentges' pandemic emergency powers which were granted in March.

  Walz announces $100 million housing relief plan

Gov. Tim Walz announced a $100 million housing relief plan Tuesday to assist those struggling with rent and mortgage payments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walz extends COVID-19 peacetime emergency

The extended peacetime emergency is scheduled to last through Aug. 12, but can be terminated by a majority vote in both the House and the Senate.

  Ellison sues Trump Administration over new visa rule for international students

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Monday he has joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that blocks international students from studying in the U.S.

  Mankato Area Public School District seeking 4 new board members

Candidates interested can access the necessary form online or go to the Intergovernmental Center and pick it up.

Another special legislative session begins in St. Paul

The legislature met in a week-long session in the middle of June.

  Henderson mayor hoping special session brings fix to flood prone Highway 93

Mayor Paul Menne says Highway 93 has flooded at least once 8 of the last 11 years. This year alone, it’s flooded three times.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

  Celebrating trade deal, U.S., Mexican presidents meet for first time

President Donald Trump welcomed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the White House Wednesday, a little more than a week after the USMCA took effect.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

The United States Postal Service is older than our country, but it is heading toward financial trouble.

  Mankato City Council working to educate public, businesses about face covering ordinance before Friday

After weeks of talks and debating, the Mankato City Council passed the ordinance requiring masks while in indoor public spaces, which becomes effective Friday.

  Gyms excluded from Mankato’s mask ordinance; doesn’t stop some from making their own protocol

"They wear a mask when they come in, they walk to where they are going to work out and then they can take the mask off. When they are done working out they put it back on and wear it heading outside the building."

  Trump campaign responds to criticism following the President’s Mount Rushmore remarks

Director of Press Communication for the Trump 2020 campaign Erin Perrine responds to criticism following President Trump's 4th of July visit to Mount Rushmore.

  USMCA takes effect, set to benefit multiple industries

The replacement of the 26-year-old NAFTA between the United States, Mexico and Canada provides a positive impact on multiple industries.

  Mankato City Council encourages residents to voice feedback about mask ordinance before vote

After Monday’s meeting, the council determined it would vote on enforcing an ordinance that would require the public to wear a face mask at all times while indoors within the Mankato city limits.

  City of Mankato urges citizens to apply for citizen commissions

The Mankato Planning Commission and Heritage Preservation Commission present volunteer opportunities for those who want a say in the direction the city is headed.

  Cowboy riding to Washington to raise awareness about veterans issues

A South Dakota man on his second horseback journey across the United States rode through Texoma Thursday. He rides to meet and talk to veterans, bringing awareness to veterans’ needs.

  Mankato City Council sets date for virtual public hearing for emergency face mask ordinance

The virtual hearing is set for July 6 where the public can weigh-in on the emergency order before the council makes a decision.

  The Docket: Mankato City Council to discuss face mask requirement

Here’s what’s on The Docket this week of June 29th, 2020.

  Health care workers to help administer absentee ballots

Absentee voting officially starts Friday for the Minnesota Primary Election.

Iowa governor signs bill limiting absentee ballot requests

If the coronavirus persists and Pate wants to mail ballot applications to voters before the November election, the measure that Reynolds signed would require approval of the Republican-run legislature.

  Here’s what’s on your Minnesota Primary Election ballot

Absentee voting starts Friday for the Minnesota Primary Election.

  Klobuchar advocates for climate solutions that benefit farmers

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) advised the Senate Agriculture Committee to help farmers identify conservation techniques that would have the greatest benefit for the climate and farmers’ bottom lines Wednesday.

  Blue Earth County announces changes to some polling places for upcoming elections

Some townships have also made the switch to mail-in voting.