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Monday Informer: Crews to remove some park trees

Free Press - 2/19/2024

Feb. 19—The Free Press

City of Mankato crews will be removing trees in Buscher and Erlandson parks during projects slated to begin Tuesday.

The trees are in construction zones for new playground equipment or marked for removal to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer.

A total of 11 trees will be removed from the parks. All will be eventually replaced.

For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.

Alliance on mental illness offers workshop

Mankato's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free workshop for families and friends of individuals facing mental health challenges.

"Hope for Recovery" is slated 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 110 N. Fourth St.

The event will provide information about anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, schizophrenia and co-occurring disorders. Workshop leaders are trained family members with first-hand experience regarding the diagnostic assessment process, available treatments and paths toward recovery.

Workshop topics include crisis management and local resources.

Coffee and snacks will be provided. While registration is encouraged to secure a spot, it is not mandatory. To register, go to:

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Molly Peterson at or (651) 645-2948.

Jobs program available for seniors

Minnesota Valley Action Council is offering assistance to senior citizens seeking work to supplement their incomes.

The Senior Community Services Employment Program matches participants with jobs in their local communities at nonprofit agencies.

Participants work about 20 hours per week and are paid $13, MVAC Senior Employment Coordinator Sarah McDonald stated in a press release.

To be eligible, an applicant must be unemployed, age 55 or older, and a resident of one of the following counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Martin, Nicollet or Watonwan.

Work sites for the program may include schools, museums, day care centers, thrift stores, hospitals/nursing homes.

Case managers work with participants to set goals and identify skills. Seniors may participate in the program for up to four years.

For online information and forms, go to:

Civil War symposium set

The Friends of the Boy in Blue Civil War Memorial's 11th annual Civil War Symposium is March 23 at Morson-Ario-Strand VFW, 1900 N. Riverfront Drive.

"War is Hell": Total War in '64" will feature speakers, costumed interpreters, Civil War-era music, exhibits, author presentations and discussions.

Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for students. Friends of the Boy in Blue 2024 members receive a $5 discount on registration. To download a registration form, go to:

New Ulm Chamber offers webinar

State unemployment insurance will be discussed during New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce's "Hot Topics: Listen & Learn" webinar 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The guest speaker is Aaron Tell, outreach specialist with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The free presentation will cover what employers need to know about UI requirements, quarterly wage-detail reporting and tax-rate determinations.

To register, call 233-4300 or go to:, or email


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