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Two Mankato businesses received bomb threat hoax emails sent nationwide

Businesses and schools across the U.S. were evacuated Thursday because of a bomb threat hoax, and the threatening emails were sent to at least two businesses in Mankato. Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Dan Schisel explained, “They received an email and that email was that there was a threat and that they were supposed…Continue Reading

New Ulm teacher receives Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award

A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in New Ulm, has been awarded the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award. As the school garden coordinator, Beth Sletta incorporates food and agriculture concepts into core subjects, and one of her projects is an outdoor classroom that is being built…Continue Reading

Man accused in bogus breast pump return that scammed HyVee out of $150 has long history of theft

Mankato Police are looking for a man accused of making a bogus return at the Hilltop HyVee, scamming the grocery store out of about $150. A warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Christopher Maeyaert, no known address, after the store’s loss prevention told investigators that he chose a breast pump from the shelves, took it…Continue Reading

Donations down at Salvation Army Red Kettles nationwide

With less than two weeks remaining until Christmas Day donations are down at Salvation Army Red Kettles nationwide. Salvation Army Major Bob Doliber said, “So far raised about $2.17 million in greater Minnesota and at this time last year, we’d raised about $2.5 million. So we’re short about $330,000.” Doliber added that colder than normal…Continue Reading

Working group suggests specialized training for Minnesota sexual assault investigators

A working group looking at ways to fix problems with sexual assault investigations in Minnesota suggests officers receive specialized training tailored to their duties, with more advanced courses for investigators plus classes for supervisors to improve accountability. Liz Richards with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women said the training recommendations are an “important piece” of…Continue Reading

Air quality alert expanded to include the Mankato area

An air quality alert from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has expanded and now includes the Mankato area. “This is in effect because we have stagnant weather conditions, we have light winds and a strong dispersion near the ground that’s trapping air pollutants that are originating from the Twin Cities metropolitan area,” explained the…Continue Reading