Politics

  Walz, insulin affordability advocates call for immediate insulin legislation

Insulin affordability advocates joined the governor in addressing the media Thursday morning.

  Mankato considers changing the way it taxes gambling

WATCH LIVE: President Trump takes stage in Minneapolis

  Bonding Committee discusses local issues

  Southern Minnesota politicians respond to impeachment inquiry

  Trump’s Minneapolis rally on despite security costs dispute with mayor

Pat Grassley, grandson of US senator, to be Iowa Speaker

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  North Mankato City Council discusses possible sales tax on food and beverage sold as served

  North Mankato City Council takes up the issue of its own pay

  Feehan kicks off campaign

  First in the nation: Iowa prepares for the 2020 caucuses

  Examining the potential Congressional District 1 race

Hagedorn to host town hall in Watonwan County

Gov. Tim Walz Proclaims October as “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” in Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan say that the proclamation draws attention to the need for public education and action regarding cybersecurity.

Dan Feehan launches 2020 Congressional Campaign

Democrat Dan Feehan will challenge sitting Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn for Minnesota’s First Congressional District Seat.

4th Republican joins race for Iowa US House seat held by King

King was first elected in 2002 and is seeking another term. He’s known for his comments about race, immigration and abortion.

  Indivisible St. Peter/Greater Mankato rally for affordable health care

Indivisible St. Peter/Greater Mankato rallied outside Representative Jim Hagedorn’s office at Jackson Street Park Thursday.

  Rep. Jeremy Munson responds to criticism over video posted about a cheaper source for insulin

  City of Mankato considers changing how it uses funds from gambling

  North Mankato City Council discusses Belgrade development plan

Gov. Tim Walz proclaims Sept. 23-29 as ‘Climate Week’ in Minnesota

Klobuchar, Crapo introduce legislation to reauthorize breast cancer awareness funding

  Sens. Smith, Cramer push for insulin bill

  Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson visits Bethany Lutheran College

Justice Hudson's visit was a part of an annual Constitution Day presentation.

  Mankato City Council members and city staff tour city projects firsthand on bus tour

After the tour, the city will consult with staff to determine which projects should be their priority.

Minn. legislators announce formation of Climate Action Caucus

The newly-formed caucus is a response to something that Minnesotans have asked policymakers to address and includes students who are participating in the Youth Climate Strike later in the week.

Walz to push gun control, insulin affordability in 2020

With summer winding down, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he’s looking ahead toward the 2020 legislative session, with plans to push proposals for making insulin affordable, reducing gun violence, clean energy and criminal justice reform.

  City of Mankato plans multiple water mitigation and quality projects for Minnesota River

One project includes emergency infrastructure protection at Land of Memories Park, which looks to protect a well in the area.

  Minnesotans join trade rally in Washington

Area farmers, including Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap, rallied on the National Mall to push for action on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

  Farmers from across the country swarm the National Mall looking for USMCA passage

Many are looking forward to the day they can cash in on a finalized United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).

  Biofuel trade group honors Hagedorn

The political action committee Growth Energy presented the award.

  Sen. Tina Smith weighs in on volatile ethanol economics

The recent closure of the Corn Plus plant in Winnebago has many wondering about a major industry here in southern Minnesota.

  Trump administration to propose banning e-cigarette flavors

Dr. Katie Smentek at the Mankato Clinic said kids can become addicted to vaping devices in a few tries.

  Mankato City Council approves permit parking on Second Avenue between Mills, Pine Streets

The approval comes after residents submitted a petition for a parking status change in July.

  North Mankato City Council undergoes work session

Council members discussed the 2020 budget and proposed tax levy at Monday's work session.

Sen. Draheim proposes legislation to ‘break up’ MN Dept. of Human Services

Draheim’s proposal follows recent reports that DHS officials overpaid tribal nations in Minnesota by over $25 million and improperly paid state chemical dependency treatment providers an estimated $48 million. In total, due to DHS errors, the agency owes the federal government $73 million.

  Judson Bottom Road to reopen Wednesday

Residents said the road is the easiest way to get in and out of their homes and into North Mankato, which makes it especially critical in the winter months.

Gov. Walz fills First Judicial District vacancy

The First Judicial District consists of Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley Counties.

  DNC Chair dismisses Iowa’s 2020 virtual caucus due to security concerns

According to the Associated Press, the Democratic National Committee will recommend scrapping the virtual caucus in Iowa and Nevada because of hacking concerns.

‘Rev it up’: Back at home, Klobuchar is told to get tough

“We know her here, and we know how great she is. But other people don’t," Disa Selvog said.

States sue over rollback of child immigrant protections

The administration wants to remove court oversight and allow families in detention longer than 20 days.

Walz orders prep for legal pot; top Republican says hang on

Eleven states and the District of Columbia have already permitted recreational marijuana for adult use.

Sen. Rich Draheim targets overbilling of building permit fees

The next meeting of Senate Select Committee on Home Ownership Affordability and Availability will take place in St. Paul on Sept. 10.

  Republican Jason Lewis to challenge Sen. Tina Smith

Lewis served one term in the House before he lost his southern Minnesota seat to Democrat Angie Craig last year.

  Congressman Jim Hagedorn visits Mankato’s Jones Metal

The goal was to advocate for legislation that would help small companies like Jones Metal grow.

  DFL hosts “Hands Off Our Health Care” Tour

Part of the “Hands off Our Health Care Tour,” Sen. Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato) joined the conversation.

  Elizabeth Warren campaigns for a 2nd day in Minnesota

On Monday, Warren campaigned at Macalester College, a private liberal arts school in St. Paul.

  North Mankato City Council meeting draws crowd for public comment

The council approved a city ordinance that would amend a city code preventing dynamic or lighted signs in residential zoning areas, essentially allowing the dynamic or lighted signs.

Omar, Tlaib to discuss Israel, Palestine travel restrictions

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are talking about travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine after they were denied entry into the Jewish state last week.

Sanders plans to bring presidential campaign to Minnesota

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic presidential candidate, will be at the Minnesota State Fair on opening day on Aug. 22.

Sen. Rich Draheim chairs comittee on Home Ownership Affordability and Availability

The committee focuses on solutions to combat Minnesota’s ongoing housing crisis, specifically related to increasing affordable home ownership opportunities across the state.

  White House has announced new rules for legal immigrants seeking federal aid

Local officials are aware of changes coming at the federal level, but are waiting for guidance to the state then locally – which takes some time.

  Presidential hopefuls visit “Political Soapbox” at Iowa State Fair

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the latest of the 2020 presidential hopefuls to participate in the Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox Tuesday.

  Voters in Truman vote to abolish Public Utilities Commission

With the three-member PUC abolished, the city council will assume its responsibilities.

Elizabeth Warren to campaign in Minnesota on Monday

Not counting U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the senator from Massachusetts will be the fourth Democratic candidate to visit Minnesota in this campaign cycle.

  Mankato City Council amends alcohol restriction zones and accept bids for new Pow Wow arbor

At the Mankato City Council Meeting Monday, all items on the agenda passed including an addition to Land of Memories Park and allowing alcohol at certain lots at Minnesota State University for the 2019 season’s home football games.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Rep. Hagedorn to host town hall in Freeborn County on Aug. 16

Freeborn County residents and constituents of Minnesota’s First District are invited to this event.

  Gov. Tim Walz speaks at Farmfest

He discussed opportunities in Minnesota agriculture moving forward.

Iowa lawmaker holds gun-focused event after mass shootings

A western Iowa Republican lawmaker says he’s holding a campaign fundraiser featuring U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley at a shooting range despite calls for him to cancel the gun-centered event following weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Gov. Walz secures disaster declaration for Rice, Steele Counties

Property owners in these counties will now be eligible for low-interest loans to help with recovery from heavy rainfall events in June and July.

School safety bill advocates for prevention of future tragedies

From Parkland, Florida, to Virginia Tech, there’s a growing movement for officials to intervene before another school shooting.

Sen. Klobuchar says she has qualified for next Democratic debate

Seven other Democratic candidates have met the qualifications to participate in September’s debate

  Lawmakers clash on trade talks heading into recess

Months after President Trump drafted the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, American farmers are still calling on Congress to pass the new trade deal.

  In states where marijuana is legal, this bill would protect federal employees who use

In states where marijuana is legal, this bill would protect employees who use.

About 200 block traffic to protest ICE policies

About 200 people protesting Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies blocked traffic near a Twin Cities federal building at Fort Snelling.

  Sen. Tina Smith staff members visit Mankato for Housing Listening Tour

Sen. Smith’s staff have been gathering notes throughout their tour and plan to conclude those meetings in October.

  Council to consider annexing land for potential motorsports park

The Eagle Lake City Council meets again on August 5.

  Gov. Walz kicks off Road Safety Week highlighting ‘Slow Poke Law’

“The left lane law and hands free law are a combined effort to helping prevent distracted driving and protecting construction workers,” the Governor and Lt. Governor’s office said in a press release.

  Political messages carved into stone at Minneopa State Park removed

No arrests have been made, but the case was referred to Blue Earth County officials.

  Tina Smith’s staff comes to Mankato Tuesday as part of listening tour

The listening session will include local leaders, housing officials, and residents from the Southern Minnesota region.

  Reps. Considine and Munson give legislative update

As many new laws start to go into effect in the coming weeks, KEYC is taking a look at what lawmakers are prioritizing for the summer and the next legislative session.

  Minnesota senators introduce bill to help spouses with Medicaid

“This is what families want,” Sen. Smith said

  Minnesota lawmakers react to Mueller Testimony

Congressman Jim Hagedorn and Senator Tina Smith spoke about Wednesday's testimony

Lawmaker, conservative group seek ethics probes of Rep. Omar

A Minnesota state legislator and a conservative group announced Tuesday that they are seeking ethics investigations into U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a range of alleged offenses.

  Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison stops in Mankato on listening tour

Accompanied by Sen. Nick Frentz and Rep. Jack Considine and Rep. Jeff Brand, Ellison addressed multiple topics.

  Minnesota Attorney General to visit Mankato Friday

Attorney General Keith Ellison will visit Mankato tomorrow as part of a listening tour.

  River Valley CoC announces end to veteran homelessness in Southeast Minnesota

Looking to become the fourth state to end veteran homelessness, five out of Minnesota's 10 CoC's have ended veteran homelessness.

  Governor Tim Walz in Mankato Thursday morning to talk about the successful efforts to end veteran homelessness

Governor Tim Walz will join River Valley Continuum of Care alongside other state agency leaders at the Minnesota Valley Action Council at 8:45 this morning.

  Hagedorn disinvites Indivisible to District Office

On the evening of July 15, members of the Indivisible group of St. Peter/Greater Mankato were notified via a letter from Congressman Jim Hagedorn that the staff in his Mankato district office will no longer be meeting with the group in-person.

  MN Pork Producers urges congress to approve US-Mexico-Canada trade deal

According to the state Agriculture Department, Pork is one of Minnesota’s top agriculture exports and Mexico and Canada are some of the top customers.