Blast off with the Blue Earth County Library! Kids ages newborn to 17 are invited to take part in the 2019 “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program at the county libraries in Mankato, Lake Crystal, and Mapleton. Participants are able to earn prizes for time spent reading in four age categories; 0 to 3, 4 to 8, 9 to 11, and 12 to 17. Sign-up begins Monday, June 3 and continues with scheduled fun, educational programs twice weekly in June and July. The program serves an important role in preventing learning loss during the summer months while school is out and can help kids improve their reading skills.
This year, participants will enjoy out of this world programs such as Hy-Vee’s KidsFit where they’ll participate in team and individual relays, and Mike Prestby’s “Take Me to Your Readers!,” which will feature magic, puppets and comedy. Returning favorites will also be making appearances throughout the summer, including the Minnesota Zoomobile, Alfy’s World of Robotic Puppets, “One World, Many Stories” with Randy Christensen, and a special Saturday event – Airplane Rides with Mankato’s Experimental Aircraft Association. Programs take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Mankato Auditorium. For a complete listing of programs, visit www.beclibrary.org and click on the events calendar.
Adults, you can get involved too! Shake up your reading by playing Summer Book Bingo with the Blue Earth County Library. Challenge yourself to get out of your reading comfort zone and read some different genres from categories on the bingo card. Cards can be picked up at the adult or children’s reference desk, or print one from our website. Complete a bingo by writing the title and the date that you read each book in the square. Bring your card with a completed bingo to the adult reference desk to claim your reward.
To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $61,305 in grants to deserving organizations within the area during quarter two.
Receiving grants for quarter two are:
South Central College Student Scholarships ($20,000)
Educare Foundation ($25,000)
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and the Homeless ($5,000)
Friends of Learning ($2,000)
Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center ($2,500)
St. Peter High School CellSlip Pouches ($3,025)
St. Peter North Elementary Kindness Retreat ($3,480)
Mankato D-Team ($300)
Mankato Clinic physicians provide the majority of the foundation funding as a way to give back to the community by providing support to organizations which strive to improve health and wellness in the communities they serve. Since 2009, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has provided more than $1.8 million in scholarships and grants to worthwhile organizations, programs and projects.
Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered through an application process. More information and applications can be found at www.mankatoclinic.com/Mankato-clinic-foundation. The next grant application deadline is June 1, 2019.
Due to the weather, the West Pleasant Street (between Byron and Carroll streets) temporary closure for utility work has been rescheduled to begin at 7 a.m., Tuesday (May 28). The road is expected to reopen later that day.
Hopes for a smooth, one-day special session didn’t last very long at the State Capitol. There’s been no agreement from the minority leaders to suspend the rules in order to get quick votes on the state’s $48 billion budget. In spite of that, House Speaker Melissa Hortman says…
“We’re going to keep going until we’re done the people of the state of Minnesota deserve a budget, we have a constitutional obligation to have completed that work.”
But House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt responds:
“I know the speaker talked about her constitutional duty and the first thing she wants us to do is suspend our constitution to take up bills that we haven’t seen and haven’t read.”
Without suspension of the rules, the one-day session would likely stretch to at least three days–possibly longer.
A Paynesville couple is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl after a night of drinking.
Fifty-five-year-old Stacy Row and 50-year-old Steven Row are facing a number of criminal sexual conduct charges. The investigation began after the girl underwent a forensic interview at a child advocacy center in Iowa. Paynesville police were notified in April that the girl, who was 13-year-old at the time, was touched inappropriately by the couple. Court records show the couple had been drinking and called the girl into the bedroom, forced her to undress, and performed sex acts against her will. The couple admitted on record they regretted their actions every day and knew it was wrong.
The Minnesota chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is set to give an update today (11am) on an incident at Minnehaha Falls last summer involving four young Somali-American boys.
“I was scared–I thought that would be my last day of this world.”
13-year-old Abdijabar Ahmed was one of the teenagers handcuffed and held at gunpoint by Minneapolis Park Police last July. A false 9-1-1 call reporting that the teenagers had knives was investigated and ultimately, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation board determined there was “insufficient evidence” to file charges against the person who made the call.