Mankato-Update: Cullen Duane Kennedy has been found and is safe. He was located in Rochester, Minn. around 4 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, October 5). The Rochester Police Department assisted the Mankato Department of Public Safety with this case. ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE Public Safety seeks assistance locating missing person Cullen Duane Kennedy. Kennedy, a 25-year-old white male, is considered a vulnerable adult. He is 6-foot 5-inches tall and 250 pounds. He has not contacted his family and was last seen at approximately 6 p.m., Saturday, October 1 on the 100 block of Cardinal Drive. Kennedy was wearing a blue zip-up sweatshirt and [...]
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation presented three awards Friday, Sept. 30 at the annual Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Purple and Gold Gala—a black-tie reception and banquet in the University’s Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge and Ballroom that celebrates the generosity of alumni and friends. The Foundation honored Steve and Mary Klick as “Philanthropists of the Year,” Federated Mutual Insurance Company as “Corporate Partner of the Year” and Carol Sletner as “Volunteer of the Year.” Through the Klick Foundation of Glenwood, Minn., the Klicks gave more than $1.16 million to provide scholarships to students in a variety of programs. Steve Klick is [...]
(Minneapolis, MN) -- A man convicted of killing a youth baseball coach during a road rage incident in Plymouth is getting life in prison. A judge sentenced Jamal Smith today. Smith was found guilty by a jury in July of first and second-degree murder in the death of Jay Boughton. The shooting happened on Highway 169 when Boughton was driving home from a baseball game with his son in July of 2021.
(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing to push for state funding to upgrade trails, campgrounds, fish hatcheries, and parks. DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen published an op-ed yesterday focused on the agency's Get Out MORE proposal. The DNR requested the funding last session, but lawmakers adjourned without resolving the issue. Strommen says without the funding, outdoor recreation in the state could suffer.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Law enforcement leaders are choosing sides in the Minnesota attorney general's race. Nine Minnesota county attorneys endorsed Democratic incumbent Keith Ellison's re-election campaign yesterday. The move comes after nearly two dozen county sheriffs endorsed his Republican opponent Jim Schultz. Former Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and two former county attorneys have also endorsed Ellison. Klobuchar is a former Hennepin County attorney.
Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding on local projects that enhance transportation goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The $12.5 million in federal funding is available through the Transportation Alternatives program in Greater Minnesota (each region has a sub-targeted fund). This program offers a competitive grant for communities, schools and regional agencies to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.
As part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide, the AT&T Foundation is granting $15,000 to YWCA Mankato to support mentoring, tutoring and digital literacy skills for teen girls. The AT&T Foundation grant will support YWCA Mankato’s Girls Inc. program, which provides a wide range of support services to help address the digital divide for girls in need. Girls who may not have a device or internet connection at home receive help with college and scholarship applications, career aptitude tests, SAT registrations and more to help prepare them for success after high school. Other support includes homework help, digital [...]
VINE Faith in Action’s annual community service event, Rake the Town will be taking place November 5-13 throughout Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties. VINE already has a list of older homeowners in the area requesting help with their leaf raking and needs more volunteers to assist. Those interested in helping can sign up online at vinevolunteers.org or by calling (507) 387-1666.
Join Greater Mankato Growth for the Senate District 18 Candidate Forum, featuring Nick Frentz (DFL) and Mark Wright (R). The forum will take place on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, Room 245
Mankato-Public Safety seeks assistance locating missing person Cullen Duane Kennedy. Kennedy, a 25-year-old white male, is considered a vulnerable adult. He is 6-foot 5-inches tall and 250 pounds. He has not contacted his family and was last seen at approximately 6 p.m., Saturday, October 1 on the 100 block of Cardinal Drive. Kennedy was wearing a blue zip-up sweatshirt and blue sweat pants. Anyone with information about Kennedy or his whereabouts is asked to contact Public Safety at 911 or 507-387-8725.