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Community response to effort to help Mankato girl with leukemia “overwhelming” but donations still needed

Within minutes. That’s how quickly the leader of a Mason City, Iowa nonprofit said the Mankato community responded to a request to help them give a child battling leukemia a bedroom makeover. On Friday, KTOE News spoke with My Happy Place co-founder Lisa Tan, who said they decided to take their local effort on the…Continue Reading

Mankato’s Tim Walz to be sworn in Monday as Minnesota’s 41st Governor

Tim Walz is preparing to take the oath to become Minnesota’s 41st governor since statehood. The Democratic former congressman from Mankato said he’s ready to hit the ground running after Monday’s ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Walz has made all but one of his cabinet selections–the post for IT Commissioner. The Information…Continue Reading

Following protests, Mankato man says history of the Sibley name in the city is complex

In the final stretch of the 2018 Mankato Kiwanis Holiday Lights display at Sibley Park in Mankato, several protesters showed up calling for the park to renamed in the belief that it bears the moniker in honor of the state’s first governor. Minnesota Governor Henry Hastings Sibley was notorious for his role in the U.S.…Continue Reading

Mother of Minnesota Marine accidentally shot to death says son always wanted to be in the military

The mother of a Minnesota Marine accidentally shot and killed at a D.C. Capitol Hill barracks says her son, 20-year-old Lance Corporal Riley Kuznia, always wanted to be in the military.┬áMarkelle Kuznia of Karlstad said it was her son’s lifelong dream to serve his country and, at 17, he was already wanting to enlist. “He…Continue Reading

Bipartisan bill intended to help deployed active service members receive fair pay

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is proposing a bill this upcoming legislative session that is intended to help deployed active service members who are also county workers receive fair pay. “It’s a pretty simple bill; it just says the counties, when your service members are deployed, you’re going to compensate them to an equal level,…Continue Reading

Governor-elect Walz appoints commissioners for seven key governmental departments

Governor-Elect Tim Walz has announced the appointment of commissioners of seven key governmental departments. Current Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm will continue to lead the department. She said, “This is a health system in Minnesota widely regarded as being one of the best in the nation. Even as we grapple with an evolving set of challenges.…Continue Reading

Researcher says opioids and increased suicide rate have led to decline in U.S. life expectancy

It’s no longer a secret that Americans are dying at an alarming rate from a nationwide opioid crisis and increased suicide rate, and those factors also are contributing to a reduction in life expectancy. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a sustained, three-year drop in life expectancy not seen since…Continue Reading