American Legion’s presence evident throughout region
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Local American Legion halls are known to the general public as venues for banquets and family gatherings, tasty omelets on Sunday mornings and frosty tap beverages on hot...
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Seven members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association have started the process of leaving the league to form a new men's conference.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Xcel Energy prepares a filing to close its last coal units in Minnesota, a lesser-known provision of the settlement announced in May commits the utility to energy savings...
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — When Mankato mechanic Tony Baumann drove by the building that he would later house his automotive repair business, he didn't think much of it— let alone its historical...
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — An invasion of gnats is presenting a risk to the health and lives of livestock in a southern Minnesota town.
Gnats cause weight loss and stress for any animal with...
Mankato doctor recognized for nutrition work
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — For Dr. Ryan Brower, food is medicine.
Coming to Mankato three years ago, the family medicine resident at Mayo Clinic Health System's Eastridge clinic brought a passion...
KASOTA, Minn. (AP) — As another round of snow fell on south-central Minnesota, blanketing the landscape in early April, bright green leaves of lettuce already were popping up, shielded by a...
Patrol: Fatal crash near Mankato was hit-and-run
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a fatal crash near Mankato Monday was caused by a hit-and-run driver.
Twenty-year-old Jaylynn Williams, of Mankato, was killed and her...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The director of North Dakota State Radio is retiring after a decade on the job.
Mike Lynk was appointed in January 2009 to lead the agency that oversees emergency...
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Jeanie Hinsman doesn't have to spend as much time as she used to detailing the basics of fair trade as she spreads the gospel of ensuring consumers and employers pay fair...
WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse manager for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is accused of making nearly $71,000 in false mileage reimbursement claims.
2 more Minnesota police departments using body cameras
LE SUEUR, Minn. (AP) — Two more police departments in southern Minnesota are getting officers to wear body cameras.
The Le Sueur City Council already has approved purchasing them and on...
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Kern Bridge just south of Mankato has remained standing for more than half of the United States' existence.
The longest of its type remaining in America, the bridge...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy rains in southeastern Minnesota have caused numerous mudslides that forced officials to shut down the southbound lanes of state Highway 169 between St. Peter and...
Mankato’s Reconciliation Park gets first overall design
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — More than two decades after the creation of Mankato's Reconciliation Park, the cramped and noisy but emotionally and spiritually charged piece of land will be undergoing...
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A truck service shop in North Mankato is contesting federal fines levied after a natural gas explosion last November that injured two workers.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — On any given day, Dustin Tyler can be seen working at Spencer's Gift Shop at River Hills Mall or at the front desk at Great Clips.
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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Friends of an elderly Mankato-area woman who was killed after she was assaulted in her home say they can't comprehend who would wish her harm.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — When Devinder Malhotra was picked last year as the new Chancellor of the sprawling Minnesota State school system, the former St. Cloud State Provost was heralded as a bridge...
Sex offender center guard accused of having sex with patient
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A security guard at the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program in St. Peter is accused of having a sexual relationship with a patient.
Claudia Kogo, 57, of Mankato, was charged Friday in Nicollet County District Court with felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, the Mankato Free Press reported.
Blaine 5, Brainerd/Pillager 2
Breck 8, Minnehaha United 4
Breckenridge-Wahpeton Blades 3, Kittson County Central 1
Police officer permitted to double as a paramedic
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Mikeal Tordsen doesn't like to stand idle.
Like other North Mankato police officers, Tordsen responded to emergency medical calls and provided some basic care.
Also a paramedic, Tordsen often knew what additional treatment was needed.
But he did not have the equipment or the authority to provide advanced help.
He often found himself at an impasse until a Gold Cross ambulance crew arrived.
Tuberculosis outbreak associated with Mankato university
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a tuberculosis outbreak among people associated with Minnesota State University, Mankato.
$23M redevelopment project proposed in Mankato in doubt
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The future of one of the biggest redevelopment proposals in Mankato history is uncertain because of questions about financing.
The Southern Minnesota Housing Partnership proposed a $23 million project to transform 5 acres of city-owned property near downtown into affordable housing, a day care and preschool building, supportive housing and park-like green space.
3 vehicles go through ice on Madison Lake; no one hurt
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Three vehicles went through the ice the same day on Madison Lake in Blue Earth County, prompting a fresh warning about the dangers of driving on Minnesota's lakes.
A total of 10 people were in the vehicles. They all escaped unharmed Saturday.
Authorities contacted local businesses and put up extra signs near the landings where the vehicles broke through to spread the word about the danger.
Minnesota mom charged after toddler tumble caught on video
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota have charged a woman whose 2-year-old child tumbled from the back seat of a moving vehicle while still strapped in a car seat.
Forty-year-old Maimuna Hassan of Mankato was charged Thursday with child endangerment, failing to properly secure a child passenger restraint and a misdemeanor driver's license violation.
Toddler OK after tumbling from moving vehicle
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say a 2-year-old child is OK after tumbling from the back seat of a moving vehicle while still strapped in a car seat.
Dashcam video captured the moment the car seat and toddler rolled out of the vehicle on Monday as the vehicle turned a corner on a street in Mankato. Witness Chad Mock was driving behind the car. He stopped his vehicle and ran to the child's aid.
Walz takes oath as Minnesota’s 41st governor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of teachers lined the aisles as one of their own, Tim Walz, strode to the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater on Monday and said he would work as governor to stress the need for better education and health care for all.
Walz told a crowd of dignitaries and supporters that he will continue his campaign theme of "One Minnesota" to bring Minnesotans together. He said the state can't be content with its past progress.
Minnesota woman, 99, volunteers for meal program
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — For Gale Kreykes, volunteering has always been a way of life. At 99, the St. Peter woman continues to volunteer every weekday serving and packing meals at Parkview Manor in St. Peter and for the Meals on Wheels program.
"I don't like sitting around," she told The Free Press . "Sitting around is for the birds."
Walz prepares to take oath as Minnesota’s 41st governor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tim Walz is preparing to take the oath to become Minnesota's 41st governor since statehood.
The Democratic former congressman from Mankato says he's ready to hit the ground running after Monday's ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. He's already named all but one of his state agency heads.
Minnesota's other constitutional officers will also be sworn in. A public reception is set for 3 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda.
Minnesota ice sculptors embrace friendly competition
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Ice sculpting is a bit of an artistic niche, so winter festival season acts as a reunion for Minnesotans passionate about the art form.
"There aren't that many ice sculptors, so we tend to bump into each other," said Deneena Hughes, an ice carver from Eden Prairie.
Hughes was on one of four teams who transformed ice blocks in Sibley Park into sleighs, reindeer, holiday gnomes and an abominable snowman Saturday at Mankato's Kiwanis Holiday Lights.
Albert Lea 4, Mankato East/Loyola 3, OT
Alexandria 7, Fergus Falls 2
Andover 3, Elk River/Zimmerman 2
Benilde-St. Margaret's 4, AC Wings 0
Buffalo 5, Chaska 4
C-E-C Lumberjacks 10, Hibbing/Chisholm 0
Cambridge-Isanti 15, WSFLG Blizzard, Wis. 3
Crookston Pirates 5, Park Rapids Area 3
Delano/Rockford 7, Waconia 1
Duluth East 3, Centennial 2
Eagan 6, Lakeville North 0
East Grand Forks 6, Bemidji 2
East Ridge 4, Chanhassen 2
Farmington 4, Eastview 2
Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 8, Eveleth-Gilbert Area 0
Minnesota AP Player of the Year award winners for football
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Minnesota man who drove into crowd gets 5 years in prison
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for driving into a crowd of partygoers and injuring six of them.
Authorities say 23-year-old Juan Lamas Jr. sped away when people surrounded his car following a fight over drugs at a large party near Minnesota State University in Mankato in September 2017. They say he didn't stop even after his tires went flat.
Two of the six victims suffered serious leg injuries.
Storm dumps up to 11 inches of snow in southern Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — People across southern Minnesota are digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season.
The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 11 inches of snow on Sherburn and near Lakefield as of Sunday morning. Winnebago reports 9 inches of snow, Mankato 8 inches and Caledonia 7. Minneapolis had nearly 3 inches.
Meteorologist Chris O'Brien at the weather service in Chanhassen says the snow band ended north of the Twin Cities.
Minnesota curling club aims to recruit new members
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Two sports from Scotland dating back hundreds of years have captured the imagination of Americans. Golf needs no introduction. But mention curling, and you'll more often than not get some puzzled looks, especially outside the Midwest.
The game requires the use of rocks, brooms and some very peculiar requirements for the ice it is played on.
Study looks at landslides in Mankato, other Minnesota areas
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A study has determined that nearly 500 landslides have happened in the Mankato area in recent years.
Minnesota State University Earth Science Programs Director Phillip Larson with the help of students mapped out the area's ravines, bluffs, nooks and crannies during the past three years. Their work determined where landslides have occurred, and what areas are more at risk for them.
Natural gas explosion hurts 2 at North Mankato truck shop
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A natural gas explosion has injured two workers at a truck service shop in North Mankato.
The explosion happened just before noon Wednesday at Allstate Peterbilt. North Mankato Police Chief Ross Gullickson says employees were working on a garbage truck when the vehicle began leaking compressed natural gas into the shop.
Employees were evacuating the building when the natural gas ignited, causing the explosion.
Minnesota teacher honored for encouraging student expression
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Some days art teacher Amy Muehlenhardt has a defined lesson for her students at Rosa Parks and Bridges elementary schools.
Students recently learned about color mixing through some unexpected art materials. Kindergartners, for example, drizzled water over Skittles candies to create streams of colors. Third-graders meanwhile added red and yellow food coloring to baking soda and vinegar to create orange lava.
Iraq War veteran Feehan seeks to follow in Walz’s bootprints
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As Democratic congressional candidate Dan Feehan stood before a cheering crowd alongside the man he hopes to replace, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, their common theme was voter turnout. But the parallels between their resumes are striking.
Minnesota college offers Somali language classes
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A diverse set of foreign languages are taught at area colleges, but until last month they didn't include one of the languages most frequently spoken in the region.
Students in various courses at Minnesota State University could say there are at least huit, acht, ocho, atte, atta, sahdogan, nishwaaswi and "bay" language options available — depending on whether they're enrolled in French, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dakota, Ojibwe or Chinese.