Location: Messiah Lutheran Church Parking Lot, 1706 Lee Blvd. Hours of Operation: 3:30-6:30 pm every Monday through October 2019 Interested in being a vendor? Contact Kim Henrickson at 340-6984
Movie Night at Wheeler Park
Saturday, June 22, 2019
402 Page Avenue
Lego Movie 2! Come out and enjoy a movie in the park! The movie starts at dusk, but join us before for family-friendly activities!
Casting With Cops
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 9:00 am- 11:00 am
Mill Pond at Riverside Park, St. Peter. 207 S. Front Street, St. Peter, MN
Cast a line with police officers from the Saint Peter Police Department, North Mankato Police Department and the Nicollet County Sheriffs Office. The first 30 pre-registered children under age 15 will receive a free fishing pole with a hook and bait provided by our sponsors. Register with Officer Jon Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Officer Hughes will follow up with you by emailing a registration form and required waiver.
Contestants must be in grades 9 through 12 and a resident of North Mankato. Winner will represent Miss Fun Days at community events throughout the year. Visit their Facebook page or contact Stacey (507-327-4588) or Sandra (507-382-8394).
Contact: Stacey 507-327-4588 or Sandra 507-382-8394
North Mankato Taylor Library
Wednesday, June 19-10:00 am Ages 3+
“Set in the highlands of Medieval Scotland, this one act play for children
comes to life with folk songs, creative staging, and audience
participation. With lots of comedy and stirring drama, this is a facepaced
script that keeps even the youngest audience members spellbound!”
Seating is limited, please arrive early.
Baby Play Date
Thursday, June 20-10:00 am Ages 0-2
North Mankato Taylor Library
Baby Playdate is an opportunity for infants 0-2 and their adults to
play, read books, and socialize. Please note that this is not a
structured program and that children must be supervised at all times.
Free Food Friday-Star Wars Party
Friday, June 21-6:30-8:00 pm Ages 9-12
North Mankato Taylor Library
Join us for food and fun at our monthly free food Friday. Bring your
friends! Registration Required.
Monday, June 24-10:00 am Ages 5-11
North Mankato Taylor Library Make your own alien lamp that really lights up!!
Wild Things Zoo
Tuesday, June 25-10:00 am All Ages Storybook park or garage if it rains or ground is wet
Come and check out some exotic animals, and maybe even learn something new!
Tuesday, June 25-2:00 pm Ages 9-18
North Mankato Taylor Library Come and make a galaxy canvas tote bag. Registration Required.
Deputy U-S Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky is in Saint Paul this morning (Tues) to get input from farmers and other key stakeholders in the ag industry. The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is sponsoring the forum and executive director Tamara Nelsen says for those not at the roundtable…
“If they had a concern or they want to bring something to the deputy secretary or to (Ag) Secretary (Sonny) Perdue’s attention about their particular sector or area, they would be more than welcome to send a message to my e-mail and I will be happy to accumulate those.”
Nelsen expects trade agreement and tariffs will be among the topics ag producers will weigh in on during the forum.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding motorists that turtles are crossing roads to nest this time of year. Motorists are asked to watch for them and, whenever possible, allow them to cross the road safely.
Each year at this time, many female turtles move from lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers and streams to nesting areas. They are looking for suitable locations to deposit their eggs. Many nesting areas are a significant distance from turtles’ wintering areas. As they attempt to cross roads, moving at a turtle’s pace, many are hit and killed by cars. Roadway mortality is believed to be a major factor in turtle population declines throughout the United States.
The public have an opportunity to learn about the diverse population of reptiles and amphibians living near the Minnesota River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota DNR staff will lead a reptile and amphibian hike at Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area on June 21. Kasota Prairie SNA is home to small areas of wetland, rock outcrop and woodland in addition to its namesake prairie.
“Kasota Prairie SNA has more to offer than wildflowers,” said DNR SNA specialist Brad Bolduan. “Its surface bedrock also contributes to a diverse population of reptiles there.”
Bolduan and DNR herpetologist Jeff LeClere will lead the Friday morning walk and present information on reptiles and amphibians inhabiting Kasota Prairie SNA.
“This is a good opportunity for people to learn about the wildlife in the area,” said Bolduan. “We welcome people of all experience levels to participate.”
Participants are encouraged to plan ahead since there are no restrooms or drinking water at the site. The two-hour walk will take place rain or shine, so hikers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and hiking footwear. The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m.
“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol
Question: When the speed limit changes on a road, does the new speed limit start at the sign, or does it start when you can see the sign?
Answer: The speed zone becomes effective when you reach the sign. If the speed limit reduces, you must begin to slow down before the sign. If the speed limit increases, you must wait until you reach the new speed limit sign before increasing your speed.
Each year, illegal or unsafe speed is a leading contributing factor in Minnesota fatal crashes. To continue educating the public on the dangers of speed, law enforcement across Minnesota will conduct extra speed patrols June 18th-July 21st.
Speed contributed to:
In 2018, preliminary numbers show speed was the number one contributing factor in single-vehicle crashes.
Preliminary numbers show 113 people were killed in speed-related crashes in 2018.
During the past five years (2014-2018), preliminary numbers show that 462 people lost their lives in speed-related crashes.
The most common speed limits are:
10 mph in alleys
30 mph on streets in urban districts
55 mph on other roads
65 mph on expressways
65 mph on urban interstate highways
70 mph on rural interstate highways
Troopers actively enforce speed limits throughout Minnesota in an effort to reduce crashes and save lives. Please remember, the posted speed limit is not a suggestion, it is posted to keep motorists safe. Please pay attention at all times while driving and obey all traffic laws.
You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.
If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848. (Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)
A former North Dakota grain trader accused in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme has signed a plea agreement in federal court.
Authorities say 22-year-old Hunter Hanson, of Leeds, bilked about 60 farmers, elevators and commodity brokers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. The deal calls for him to plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering and play back about $11.4 million.
Court documents unsealed Monday show that Hanson contracted with farmers and grain elevators last year to buy crops and either failed to pay them or sent them checks that bounced. He allegedly laundered money between his multiple bank accounts and other businesses.
The actions led the state Public Service Commission to shut down the Devils Lake-based company.
A Minnesota man is charged with killing two federally protected trumpeter swans in Anoka County. Twenty-five-year-old Conner Walsh of Lino Lakes faces several misdemeanors in last fall’s killing of the waterfowl on Rice Lake. He was charged by summons and has to appear in court on July 17. His mother told the Star Tribune that the family has no way to reach him. According to the charges, Walsh was in a kayak when he shot and killed the birds.
Suicide, long the leading cause of death in U.S. jails, hit a high of 50 deaths for every 100,000 inmates in 2014, the last year for government data. That’s 2 1/2 times the rate of suicides in state prisons and about 3 1/2 times that of the general population.
It’s a problem commonly blamed on the fact that more mentally ill people are landing behind bars. But increasingly, troubling questions are being raised about the treatment of inmates, possible patterns of neglect and whether better care could have stopped suicides.
An Associated Press/Capital News Service report finds that scores of jails have been sued or investigated for allegedly refusing inmates medication, ignoring cries for help or failing to monitor them despite warnings they might harm themselves.
A wolf-like animal caught by Moorhead Police is a hybrid and will eventually be placed with a sanctuary or other suitable home.
Police Captain Deric Swenson says veterinarians, the DNR and other experts have determined that the animal is a wolf-dog cross, about a year old. Police had received sporadic sightings of the animal for about a month. The animal was caught after he was lured into a trap set by police and animal control.