Mankato, MN Government

City takes down hazardous building

Workers from Barnett Bros. Inc. began the teardown of the building on 100 First Street N on Monday, Oct. 11 and finished Tuesday, Oct. 19. The abandoned property, which was owned by Bob Taraba, was deemed hazardous last year by the City of Montgomery. A Le Sueur County judge ruled in favor of the city’s assessment of the building this summer. After Taraba did not comply with the judge’s order to raze the building by July 31, it became the city’s property. Barnett Bros. Inc. demolished and removed it for $49,400, which are part of the city’s estimated costs of $72,000. According to City Administrator Brian Heck, once the city has the full accounting of the costs for the removal, it will be forwarded to the city attorney for their review and action.
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City administrator resigns, Morristown plans treatment plant & street upgrades

Following the city council’s decision to move forward with a major street project and a waste water treatment plant upgrade, Morristown’s City Administrator Michael Mueller resigned. Mueller submitted his resignation during the council’s Oct. 4 meeting. His resignation was accepted. His employment with the city will end Nov. 12. Mueller...

Businesses gear up for Halloween rush

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Many businesses are gearing up for the rush of Halloween weekend, when they say the majority of people buy their costumes. Halloween Express in Mankato is entering what they call the “Ten Days of Halloween”, the week and a half leading up to the holiday. The...

New Ulm grand re-opening of rec center postponed

The scheduled grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the New Ulm Recreation Center scheduled for Sunday has been postponed. Park and Rec Director Tom Schmitz said that the postponement is due to a failure of an Air Handling Unit in the Vogel Fieldhouse portion of the Rec Center. It is the only Air Handling Unit in the building that wasn’t replaced during the recent expansion and renovation. Once the unit is operational, then the ceremony will be held but the timing of the replacement of the unit is uncertain due to pandemic supply chain delays.

Junior Pioneers plan park shelter, improvements

NEW ULM — The details of a proposed Junior Pioneer Park shelter project were revealed at the Junior Pioneers annual meeting at Turner Hall Friday. Executive Board President Larry Mack said the 30 feet by 50 feet shelter is planned to be built next year in time for the park’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2023.

Committee on Ethics continues investigation of Rep. Jim Hagedorn

(KSTP) - Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) remains under investigation by the Committee on Ethics, according to an update on Thursday. The Mankato congressman has been under investigation since early September. The committee has yet to disclose what the investigation is specifically about, but said in an update that the committee...

New Ulm Chamber head resigns

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Chamber President/CEO Michael Looft will leaving the position at the end of November to take over as Winthrop’s City Administrator. Looft has served two years as Chamber President/CEO. He announced in an email Thursday he was leaving the Chamber President/CEO position at the end of November. In the email he thanked chamber members for giving him the opportunity to serve the community.

Three area residents die of COVID-19; weekly case totals decline

MANKATO — South-central Minnesota had three more COVID-19 deaths confirmed Friday, raising its October death toll to 34. The deaths occurred in two Nicollet County residents between 75-79 years old and 80-84 years old and a Watonwan County resident between 85-89, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They were among 22 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide, bringing Minnesota’s pandemic death toll to 8,537.

District 88 asking for tax levy extension

NEW ULM — Though this is an odd year, the District 88 School Board will hold a special election, Tuesday Nov. 2 to seek a new operating referendum from voters. The ballot will contain two questions voters are asked to answer either yes or no. The first question is called...
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New Ulm school district has two levy requests on ballot

NEW ULM — The New Ulm School District is asking voters to renew property tax levies to support general operations and approve a new levy to support career and technical education. The district’s two operating levies are expiring in the next two years, and on Nov. 2 voters will decide...

6 key findings from Rep. Hagedorn's ethics committee referral

The Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent, non-partisan entity charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct against members of Congress, on Thursday issued a 23-page report outlining why it says there is “substantial reason” to believe U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn committed ethics violations. The matter was referred to the House Ethics...

Frederick Says Area Projects Worthy of State Support

The Minnesota House capital improvement committee visited several sites in the area this week. State Representative Luke Frederick says improvements to Armstrong Hall on the Minnesota State campus is a worthy project to support. Frederick says in the long run help for the city of Mankato’s infrastructure investment has the...

Second Patient at DHS-operated facility in St. Peter dies of COVID-19

A second patient at a DHS-operated facility on the Forensic Services campus in St. Peter, Minn., has died of COVID-19. The patient died Tuesday, Oct. 19, in a regional hospital. Under patient data privacy laws, no further information can be released. It is the second COVID-related death on the St....