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Red Rocks Bar disturbance leads to felony assault charges

A 27-year-old Mankato man jailed and is facing three felony charges after an early Sunday morning disturbance at Red Rocks Bar in Mankato and police are still looking for a second man involved.

Mankato police said the victim had a large cut on his nose and another above his left eye when they arrived at the bar, and he told investigators that Obed Olok hit him in the face twice with a beer bottle.

The criminal complaint shows that prior to the altercation Olok and 26-year-old Medi Opiew were harassing the victim and his buddies for money to buy booze. The incident was captured on the bar’s surveillance video.

Several hours later a vehicle the men were seen getting into after leaving the bar was pulled over and officials said Olok was arrested. Preliminary charges include two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one charge of assault causing substantial bodily harm.

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Downtown snow emergency declared in Mankato

Due to recent heavy snow, a downtown snow emergency begins at 10:00 p.m. Thursday and expires at 8:00 a.m. Friday. The downtown snow emergency corridor includes: Madison Avenue to Plum Street; 100 block of east and west sides of Riverfront Drive from Madison Avenue to Plum Street; Main to Liberty streets from South Riverfront Drive…Continue Reading

Dangerously cold weather ahead for the next week

Dangerously cold temperatures are descending on parts of the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and several other states where temperatures are expected to plunge to 30 below with the wind as a factor. The weather service says the wind chill temperatures could cause…Continue Reading

Southwestern Minnesota school district closed until Monday due to flu outbreak

A southwestern Minnesota school district is closed until Monday due to an outbreak of the flu. Wabasso School Superintendent Wade McKittrick posted a video on the school’s Facebook page Wednesday night making the announcement. He said on Monday there were 53 students and nine staff members sick with the flu. On Wednesday, the number of…Continue Reading

Minnesota scientists urge Walz to stop Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline replacement

A coalition of Twin Cities scientists is urging Governor Tim Walz to stop Line 3, the Enbridge Pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada through Minnesota for international export. “Governor Walz and Lt Gov Flanagan, Commissioner Kelly of the Department of Commerce, have all indicated that they would like to make decisions on LIne…Continue Reading

Texting while driving tickets increased 30 percent last year

Citations for texting while driving are up in Minnesota for the sixth straight year. Law enforcement officials statewide issued 9,545 tickets in 2018 and that’s a 30-percent increase over the previous year. Since 2012, texting citations have gone up by 459-percent. “It’s drivers making bad decisions behind the wheel and choosing to make a selfish…Continue Reading

Emergency medicine expert says frostbite is a concern during current cold snap

Temperatures through the end of next week in the Mankato area are expected to remain below normal, ranging from an expected high of 14 to an overnight low of –25, and a Mayo Clinic expert said cold weather injuries are a concern. Emergency medicine specialist Dr. David Nestler said frostbite is one worry, and when…Continue Reading

Frentz backs Senate bills to crack down on distracted driving in Minnesota

A North Mankato State Senator is backing two bills that would address cell phone use while driving. The legislation was debated in committee on the same day that state officials released statistics that show a 30 percent increase in texting and driving tickets in 2018 compared to the year before. Senator Nick Frentz is a…Continue Reading

Brown County officials warn of open waters on area lakes and rivers

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is the latest to warn of dangerous ice conditions on area lakes and rivers. There have been several reports over the last week of vehicles, ATVs, and snowmobiles falling through the ice in south-central Minnesota, and officials say there are currently thin ice and open water conditions on many local…Continue Reading

Ribbon cutting Thursday on new warming house at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato

The city of North Mankato is cutting the ribbon Thursday afternoon on the new warming house at Spring Lake Park. Mayor Mark Dehen said they originally planned to hold the 3:30 p.m. event outdoors but the expected frigid weather may push it inside. “We’re really excited about it. It’s 4,000 square feet and it looks…Continue Reading