Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year

 Well, we made it! In a few hours 2020 is history.

Lets hope 2021 is NOTHING like 2020, remember to celebrate responsibly tonight. 

Next month I will post my yearly "State of the City" with highlights and accomplishments from this past year.  Have fun tonight and remember to play it safe tonight.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020

EDA has an Open Spot

 The Mantorville Economic Development Authority currently has an open spot. The EDA administers the CARES funds, has a revolving loan fund and promotes business and tourism within the community of Mantorville. Anyone interested in helping out the EDA is encouraged to submit an application to City hall. Commissioners do not need to be a resident of Mantorville proper; however, first preference would be given to city residents all others considerations being equal.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Thank You Henry Blair

After 9 years of dedication to the City, Henry Blair will be leaving our council. I have appreciated his insight, dedication and hard work over the past nine years. Henry might be leaving the council but I know his passion for our community will be invested in other areas of our town and I look forward to our continued friendship as we continue to help the City in different ways. I presented Henry the following certificate to Henry at our last meeting of the year. 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Mayor Proclaims a White Christmas

 For all of those romantic "White Christmas" fans and for those of us that just love snow, I  made the following proclamation today.

Friday, December 11, 2020

 Mss Kaplan, one of the teachers at the KM High School is looking for individuals that are willing to help out with personalizing and having a taped interview to help bring relevance to the material the students are learning about. I think this is a great opportunity to help our students keep their subject matter relevant. I have attached the email she sent and would encourage anyone interested in helping out to contact the school.

Hello Mayor Bradford:

My name is Ashley Kaplan and this is my second year serving as the Teaching and Learning Coach at Kasson-Mantorville High School. Every morning we start our day at the high school in BRIDGE, which is our advisory time. We recently launched a Social Emotional Curriculum called Habitudes (Habits/Attitudes). I attached a document that outlines the lessons we will be implementing with students. To help make the curriculum more meaningful and relevant to our students, we are wanting to bring in a community connection component. 

We are asking for nominations for KM community members that exemplify the principles we are learning about this year through the Habitudes program (see pdf). Would you be willing to share the nomination form with others in the Mantorville community?


We would love to interview community members and show the video to our students after each Habitudes lesson.  Here is an example of the first and only KM Community Conversations video that we have created so far: Our first principle was Character, and we interviewed Jeff Bernards.

Thank you so much for your time. I am very excited about the work we are doing at KMHS to help our students be successful, and I know bringing in community members will help us to have a greater impact. 

Thank you,
Ashley Kaplan

Ashley Kaplan
Teaching and Learning Coach
Kasson-Mantorville High School


"Every KoMet, Every Day."



Monday, December 7, 2020

A Day To Live In Infamy

The flags all around our nation today were at half staff. We remember the cowardly attack on a nation at peace that dragged the United State into the second World War.

"YESTERDAY, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack." -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941

On December 7 every year we remember the lives lost at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the brave men and women who served our armed forces during the second World War. We must never forget the cost of freedom nor the sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation". We must honor the sacrifices already made with our own dedication and commitment to our nation and her principals.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Happy St. Nicoli Day

 December 6 is celebrated in Poland as St. Nicoia day, and marks the start of the Christmas celebrations. The children are left a single present to open to celebrate St. Nic's birthday. The 4th century bishop that is credited with the legend of "Santa Clause", St Nicolia of Bari was know for his extreme generosity and this reputation help give rise to the legend. So lets all welcome the Christmas season. Happy St. Nicolia day everyone.