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.
AC/GE 30, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 26
Ada-Borup/Norman County West 44, Lake Park-Audubon 7
Mankato program helps students get into manufacturing jobs
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — At MTU Onsite Energy, East High School senior Ethan Dempster is mounting control panels, installing radiators and trying almost every other job on the assembly line.
His favorite job is testing the generators after they are assembled.
Minnesota DNR invasive fish barrier nears completion
JANESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun work on an electric barrier project to keep invasive carp from reaching the Le Sueur River.
Minnesota teen pursues alternative career path amid anxiety
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — To all of Zach Koser's Mankato West High School classmates, the ones who wondered where the heck the kid went . to all the teachers who may have shaken their heads in pity at the kid who "dropped out" . to all the parents who may have heard about Koser and spoke of his situation in hushed tones at cocktail parties .
Minnesota sober house to explore expanding recovery services
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Nearing a year since Beyond the Brink sober house opened in Mankato, its organizers are brainstorming additional ways to help people in recovery.
The nonprofit quickly reached its six-woman capacity once it opened in a house on North Fourth Street across from Washington Park in October 2017. At least 10 more women are on the organization's waiting list.
North Mankato police officers cleared in stun gun death
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — An investigation has concluded that North Mankato police officers were justified in using stun guns on a man who later died.
Officers on Feb. 6 responded to a report of a man who had taken multiple prescription medications and was acting aggressively. Authorities say officers used stun guns to subdue 39-year-old Aaron Rasmussen when he ignored commands and advanced toward them.
Minnesota names walk-on freshman Zack Annexstad starting QB
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has tabbed true freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad as the starting quarterback to open the season.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck announced after practice on Monday that Annexstad will be behind center on Aug. 30 against New Mexico State. Fleck said he's not planning a rotation between Annexstad and redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan, but the coach said he expects Morgan to see some action this year.
Minnesota city officials continue to push river connection
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — With the Minnesota River flooding more frequently, a city's attempt to connect residents to the water through riverfront parks and trails has become increasingly messy and expensive.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging that Wells Fargo and one of its mortgage bankers in Mankato mistakenly outed a family under victim protection.
Plaintiffs' attorney Randy Knutson told the Star Tribune on Monday that the sides came to a "fair and reasonable settlement." Terms were not disclosed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two months ago, Fardousa Jama did something no other Muslim woman in south-central Minnesota has done: She filed to run for a city council seat in Mankato.
Then on the Fourth of July, Jama took to the streets with her 8-year-old niece, Mai, for a door-knocking campaign, an experience she hoped would help her better connect with area constituents and learn more about issues that are important to them
Wet weather overwhelming Minnesota stormwater systems
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota cities are seeing an increase in emergency sewage discharges as they struggle with rainfalls that can overwhelm systems that collect and treat wastewater.
Minnesota resident volunteers as senior companion
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Over the past two decades, Gerri Horvat has seen it all and met some unique characters.
The Mankato native began volunteering as a senior companion when she retired from a St. Peter electronics company at age 65. Now 85, she is wrapping up 20 years of service as a volunteer for Senior Corps, a program sponsored by Lutheran Social Service.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Some pigs went hog-wild on the highway after a semi-truck overturned in southern Minnesota.
The semi crashed at an interchange of Highways 169 and 14 near Mankato Wednesday morning. Hogs escaped from the punctured trailer and spilled onto the roads.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the 30-year-old semi driver lost control and rolled on the ramp. He suffered minor injuries.
MILBANK, S.D. (AP) — A third person has died following a crash between a dump truck and SUV last month near Milbank in northeastern South Dakota.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the dump truck driver, 82-year-old Gerald Boerger, of Milbank, died Tuesday at a Sioux Falls hospital.
Both people in the SUV died at the scene June 18. They were the driver, 79-year-old Arlo Hurley, and his wife, 71-year-old Kathleen Hurley, of Big Stone City.
BLUE EARTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota nonprofit is looking to breathe new life into Blue Earth's downtown by reviving three long-vacant buildings in hopes of attracting artists and businesses.
The Rural Renaissance Project, a Mankato-based nonprofit, is aiming to raise $2.5 million for renovating the buildings known as Three Sisters. If they raise the money, the buildings will house a mix of small businesses, public arts and public events spaces.
Volunteers work to recycle wheelchairs
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The World Health Organization has estimated that there are 65 million people worldwide that need a wheelchair because of a disability but don't have one.
Gregg Olson of Mankato is one of a couple dozen volunteers in Minnesota working to change that need, The Free Press reported.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — If you call Richard Keir a pioneer, he's likely to give you a dubious smile.
The 82-year-old was recognized earlier this month by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota for his efforts as a founding member of the Greater Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates.
He admits he was there at the start of the group but said he was far from alone.
"There were a lot of people who got the advocates going," Keir said. "People like Tom Engstrom, Linda Engstrom and Lee Ganske."