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Mankato crew has one of the top shows at Minnesota Fringe  Mankato Free Press

Last weekend, after a group of mostly Mankato folks finished one of the first performances of their Fringe Festival show called “Chisago: The Musical,” a fan left ...

Mankato area native a victim in double-homicide  Mankato Free Press

A 30-year-old Mankato-area native was shot to death during a double-homicide last week at her northern Iowa home in Bancroft.

Racist graffiti found outside West High School  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — School and law enforcement officials are investigating an anti-immigration message that appeared outside West High School Tuesday morning.

Gophers' QB situation now that Zack Annexstad is out with a foot injury  Bring Me The News

Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck confirmed Saturday that sophomore quarterback Zack Annexstad is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury in practice.

New West activities director is no ordinary Joe  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Joe Johnson considers himself a pretty fortunate guy.

HOLIDAY HUM-ALONG: Students at Loyola Catholic Schools, Mankato East and Mankato West perform holiday concerts  Mankato Free Press

As students begin their countdown to the most coveted winter break, they're also gearing up to set the holiday season right with their holiday concerts.

Mankato West crowns homecoming queen | Local News  Mankato Free Press

Roland "Rollie" Krienke, 83, New Richland, died July 2, 2019. Funeral *Service*, 11:00AM, Friday, July 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville. Visitation one ...

Mankato West High School ranked 15th best in state  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — U.S. News and World Report ranked Mankato West High School as the 15th best in Minnesota out of 576 schools.

Entertainment calendar Nov. 15-29 | Lifestyles  Mankato Free Press

Today. Ceramics, intro to hand building — 7 p.m., Mankato Makerspace, 1700 Third Ave., Mankato, $35, Emy Frentz Arts Guild ...

Spring play at Mankato West High school is last hurrah for seniors  Mankato Free Press

Paul Christianson ran into a problem this year as he directed the students in the spring play at Mankato West High School.

Mankato high school students walk out of class  Mankato Free Press

High school students across the country, including some at Mankato West High School, walked out of school Friday morning to draw attention to gun violence in ...

West student named National Merit finalist  Mankato Free Press

West High School student Lucas Guo has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

Mankato School Board selects superintendent candidates | Local News  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Seven candidates are being considered to become the next leader of Mankato Public Schools.

Minnesota VA head from Mankato  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — In Minnesota's executive branch, Gov. Tim Walz is not the only person with Mankato roots.

West High School Hall of Fame inductees announced  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — The 2016 class of Mankato West High School Hall of Fame inductees are a college football star turned business owner, a retired nursing professor ...

Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  Mankato Free Press

The Mankato West High School auditorium reverts back to simpler times: first grade, to be exact, for “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”

'Awesome' Spring Lake Park warming house opens  Mankato Free Press

NORTH MANKATO — North Mankato is ready to provide a little warmth to residents at Spring Lake Park.

Walz returns to Mankato, pitches record education spending  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Inside the classroom that was once his own, new Gov. Tim Walz said he wants to make the largest investment in education in state history.

38th Street Photography has potholes covered: Parking lot blemishes get all dressed up for viral series of images  Mankato Free Press

Shawn Weigel didn't have anything against the parking lot at Burger King. In fact, he says he only eats at the restaurant across the street from Mankato West ...

Our View: Racism: Discrimination is community's problem | Editorials  Mankato Free Press

It's easy to look away or ignore the plight of people who are not like us. Too often, white people see racism and discrimination as the problem of people of color ...

Graduating seniors greet the next generation of kids from the schools they once attended  KEYC

For the class of 2019, it probably seems like just yesterday they were walking through these halls for the first time.

Special education funding gaps growing, inequitable  Mankato Free Press

As special education funding gaps grow in many area districts, a push is on at the state Capitol to increase and equalize state aid.

Gov. Tim Walz: Minnesota’s Head Coach  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sit down with Gov. Tim Walz and you are sitting down with more than a politician. He is part of the fraternity that have coached high ...

Names and notables Oct. 7-8, 2018  Mankato Free Press

East/West Debate Team. Mankato East/West Debate Team traveled to Eastview High School in Apple Valley Sept. 29 for its opening meet of the season.

Walking to end gender violence  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Domestic violence affects all walks of life and can happen to anyone, but is often hidden under the surface, and men have a responsibility to ...

For one Mankato mother, Mayor Pete's candidacy is a blessing  Mankato Free Press

For Randi Reitan, standing in the cold and rain waiting to get inside an old Studebaker factory in South Bend, Indiana, on April 14 was like a dream come true.

Tim Walz's campaign for Minnesota governor aims to bridge the great divide  Star Tribune

Tim Walz was an enlisted soldier in the Minnesota National Guard in 1999 and defensive coordinator of the Mankato West High School football team. A student ...

Former North Mankatoan Noah Hobbs is serving the people of Duluth, one cup of coffee at a time  Mankato Free Press

When Noah Hobbs was in high school, he had a job working at a downtown Mankato coffee shop.

They're the BEST OF THE CLASS this year  Mankato Free Press

When we started High School Spotlight last fall, we knew we'd encounter some amazing high school students.

'Mulan' set for two-day run at Mankato West High School  Mankato Free Press

Nineties babies, freshen up on your Disney movie lyrics and prepare to get nostalgic. Mankato Community Education presents Disney's “Mulan Jr.” 7 p.m. today ...

Mankato West math whiz heads division  Mankato Free Press

“That's a phrase I've wanted to use for a while now,” he said. “Olympian.” When not competing, White is practicing math. Each summer, he heads off to a ...

Our View: Private schools shouldn't get public money  Mankato Free Press

Private schools are called private for a reason. The Minnesota Legislature, which decides how public tax money should be spent, should take no part in trying to ...

PAT RYAN Every day he writes the book  Mankato Free Press

Pat Ryan peeked through the backstage of The Minnesota Fringe Festival to see the audience for “The Humor of Pat Ryan and Parkinson's.”

West teacher resigns following student sexual relationship allegation  Mankato Free Press

A West High School teacher resigned hours after a mother of a former student says she submitted new evidence corroborating claims she earlier made to school ...

Teen carves his own path

MANKATO, Minn. — 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 ...

West principal leaving for new job  Mankato Free Press

West High School David Lutz is leaving Mankato to return to the district in which he has spent most of his career.

Walz victory comes from Mankato roots  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Local DFLers and former students can still remember the time Tim Walz got harassed for trying to enter a George W. Bush campaign rally at a ...

Governor signs snow day relief bill for Minnesota schools  KFGO News

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill giving schools and students a break for all the days they missed due to this winter's bitter cold and heavy snow ...

GIRL POWER: Fun Days ushering in new "Miss Fun Days" competition  Mankato Free Press

There she is, Miss ... Fun Days? Yep. The shiniest new thing coming out of North Mankato Fun Days is the Miss Fun Days Coronation. Organizers are hoping 15 ...

What’s happening at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota this summer  KEYC

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Sue Larson, Community Impact Director with the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota joined KEYC News 12 with a few of the ...

Names and notables Nov. 25-26, 2018  Mankato Free Press

Mankato West — Mary Klanderud, Peter Pendergast, Shanalyn Just, Carter Oleson, William Merrill. Loyola — Nora Coughlan, Anita Goharfar, Luke Montgomery, ...

No. 1: Walz becomes 1st Mankato governor in more than a century  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — When a hometown girl or boy makes good, it's something to celebrate.

This school lunch in Mankato looks... different [PHOTOS]  City Pages

If the kids in a public high school are talking a lot about lunch, sharing pictures of it, even, this is probably a bad sign. 0. Consider the case of Mankato East High ...

MSU-Mankato linebacker hoping to win national title for mom who died of heart attack  KMSP-TV

The No.1 ranked Minnesota State University - Mankato football team is on a singular mission this December. Neither a blizzard nor a fourth-quarter deficit in the ...

Walz prepaing for governor's role  Mankato Free Press

ST. PAUL — Gov.-elect Tim Walz is preparing to take over Gov. Mark Dayton's job come January, which is likely to include a move to the governor's mansion.

Running for office, Muslim women hope voters will see more than faith and gender  MPR News

A common theme among Muslim women in political races is that they draw inspiration from Ilhan Omar, now running for the U.S. House.

Gov. Tim Walz Signs $20 Billion Education Budget Bill  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday signed a $20 billion education funding bill, the first in a series of budget bills approved by ...

Youth in Government program gives high schoolers a taste of how government operates  Mankato Free Press

Kai Storvick, a senior at Mankato West High School, has participated in the Youth in Government every year he was eligible. And he owes it all to the television ...

Cops and Bobbers is back at Lions Park  KEYC

In an effort for public safety to maintain and build relationships with area youth, Cops and Bobbers is in action for its 6th straight summer.

Minnesota's first first lady since 2010, Gwen Walz is taking on a big role  Star Tribune

She's aiming to be unlike any other first lady in Minnesota history, with an office in the Capitol and an ambitious policy portfolio.

Trees for a cause: Y's Club of Mankato sells Christmas trees for kids programs  Mankato Free Press

Proceeds from the fundraiser help send kids with limited income to YMCA's Camp Patterson on Lake Washington during the summer, along with equipment and ...

Teacher resigns after KARE 11 investigation  KARE

One day after a KARE 11 Investigation exposed a legal loophole that allows teachers to legally have sex with some students, change is taking place.

Watch: Ex-Gopher Philip Nelson pulls off crazy no-look pass in Alliance of American Football game  Bring Me The News

He might want to look at the receiver next time he throws the ball.

Walz uses 1st State of the State to call for 'new story'  Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz used his first State of the State speech on Wednesday night to call on Minnesota to "write a new story" about how a government divided between ...

It's play time: East High School swings out with 'Tarzan'  Mankato Free Press

High school auditoriums hold a lot of memories over the years. Some good. Some bad. Definitely many that are cringe worthy.

Drummer Eric 'Edgar' Barnes, founder of Midwest Art Catalyst, dies at 49  Star Tribune

Eric Gary Barnes thought his first name sounded too much like “ear ache” for his liking. So he chose Edgar Burn, a name that stuck for his work on stage, among ...

Boone fired as West boys basketball coach  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Tom Boone knew that there were some issues concerning his coaching of the Mankato West boys basketball program, but he thought they were ...

Tim Walz takes governor's office  Minnesota Daily

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who was re-elected to his seat five times before running for governor, ran against Republican nominee Jeff Johnson. Walz will take over ...

Despite Friday’s Storm, Minnesota Snow Drought Remains  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Snow is falling across much of southern Minnesota Friday evening, and it is also hitting the south metro. The Minnesota Department ...

Mankato's Riverbend Tennis Classic continues to grow  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Matt Bulger has won the Riverbend Tennis Classic men's open singles championship three times, including last summer, but he's not sure if he's ...

Memorial Day observances scheduled throughout area Monday  Mankato Free Press

Memorial Day has been officially observed in the United States since 1868 as a way to honor the valiant sacrifice of those in the military who have given their ...

Fired teacher claims ouster linked to whistleblowing | Local News  Mankato Free Press

A former Mankato West High School special education math teacher is suing the school district, claiming she was fired due to her age and in retaliation for ...

Tigers Advance to Section Finals Saturday at Mankato West  Belleplaineherald

Belle Plaine will be well represented at the section track meet Saturday, June 2, in Mankato. Almost 30 members of the BPHS girls' and boys' teams advanced ...

Mankato among cities to protest immigration policies  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Mankato will be joining over 600 other cities across the country hosting rallies Saturday for the reunification of children separated from their ...

Names and notables May 26-27, 2019  Mankato Free Press

National Police Week. Minnesota State Patrol Officer Nathan Walton met with U.S.. Senator Amy Klobuchar at her Senate office in Washington, D.C., during ...

Former West golf coach sentenced in lewd messaging case  Mankato Free Press

ST. PETER — A former Mankato West High School girl's golf coach has been sentenced after being found guilty of a gross misdemeanor charge in connection ...

Morton recovering from major storm damage  KEYC

MORTON, Minn. (KEYC) - The town of Morton is recovering after a major storm Sunday night that left streets, basements and parks flooded by morning.

Body identified in apparent Emmetsburg, IA drowning  KEYC

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - In northern Iowa, the body of a missing 19-year-old from Emmetsburg is found in a vehicle submerged in Five Island Lake.

Names and notables Aug. 26-27, 2018  Mankato Free Press

Farm Family of Year. Blue Earth County's 2018 Farm Family of the Year is the Sonnabends. Dean and Tammy Sonnabend and other family members received a ...

Walz signs 'Snow Day Relief' bill  KSTP

The bill - which was passed by the state legislature last week - allows school districts and charter schools to elect to count a school day that was canceled this ...

John Janavaras honored with neighborhood park  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — For Linda Janavaras, it was an honor that Dr. Michael Rath and businessman Grant Moody even suggested the idea.

Minnesota Football: The ugly end of the Philip Nelson era  The Daily Gopher

The quarterback of a future that never came to pass.

100 days in, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz hits the road, hoping for break in partisan gridlock  Star Tribune

Riding in a jet-black SUV with tinted windows, Gov. Tim Walz zoomed past traffic on I-35 as he was hustled to a business showcase near Duluth, where he ...

An ambitious vision for a dilapidated lot  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — A dilapidated property that was once home to Mankato's Public Works Department will undergo a dramatic transformation into dozens of ...

Former Mankato woman murdered in Colorado  Mankato Free Press

A former Mankato woman was murdered Thursday in her Colorado home while her three small children were there. Her husband has been arrested on ...

Iraq War Veteran Feehan Seeks To Follow In Walz’s Bootprints  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As Democratic congressional candidate Dan Feehan stood before a cheering crowd alongside the man he hopes to replace, U.S. Rep.

Raising River Awareness: Local non-profit mixes education and environmental stewardship to clean up Blue Earth River  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO -- When it comes to canoeing and kayaking, Lindsey Beyer and Nolan Nimps love the Blue Earth River, but they've noticed more trash on its banks ...

Gov. Tim Walz faces high budget demands in rural Minnesota  Star Tribune

Governor hits road to make personal pitch on his budget, touting its rural benefits.

Mankato West QB Philip Nelson keeping his focus on high school before heading off to Gophers  Pioneer Press

MANKATO, Minn. – A little voice has been a constant companion to Philip Nelson this season. It belongs to University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill.

Mankato’s Historic Lincoln Park Neighborhood  Mankato Free Press

Mankato's Lincoln Park Neighborhood stretches south from Warren Street to Stoltzman Road, and west from Jefferson Elementary School to Riverfront Drive.

For many Lancers, marching band is a family legacy  Mankato Free Press

“It was my first time of independence, my first sense of total freedom,” he recalled. Eric, who now serves on the Lancer parent board, was a member of the drum ...

2 Mankato robotics teams qualify for world competition  Mankato Free Press

Mankato West High School's Team Kabuum also earned a berth at the world tournament after they earned first place in the Programming Skills category.

'Let's write a new script': six takeaways from Gov. Tim Walz's first State of the State address  MinnPost

In his first State of the State address, Gov. Tim Walz urged lawmakers of both sides to “write your own story.” And he didn't use the campaign theme of “One ...

History we don't teach: Mankato hangings an uneasy topic for MN schools  MPR News

A controversial Walker Art Center sculpture reopened old wounds over the 1862 execution of 38 Dakota men. But if you're in your 30s or older, it's likely you ...

MEN'S HOCKEY: Beavers ink six recruits for 2019-20 season  Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- Six players have inked National Letters of Intent to play for the Bemidji State men's hockey team. Brad Belisle (forward, Thunder Bay, Ont.), Carter ...

Mankato 77 Lancers gear up for 37th season  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — When Mankato's community marching band hits the streets this summer, it will be with a whole new look.

Mankato's group bike rides have something for everyone  Mankato Free Press

For about 10 years bike enthusiast Kevin Ballard has been seeking out other cyclists with whom to ride around the Mankato area.

MASQUERADE: 'Kato teen hitting major cosplay convention in Minneapolis this weekend  Mankato Free Press

If you were casual friends with Elizabeth Haigh, you might describe the 17-year-old Mankato West High School student as shy, soft-spoken and mild-mannered.

Sleep aid medicine contributed to death of Hannah Oliva  Mankato Free Press

Hannah Oliva, who was found dead in a field on Nov. 4, had collapsed and couldn't get up because of the amount of diphenhydramine in her blood, the final ...

Track: Holy Family, Southwest Christian send athletes to Section 2A Meet  SW News Media

Holy Family Catholic will send a contingent of 17 athletes in 13 events to the Section 2A Meet on Saturday, June 1 at Mankato West High School.

Hawwaa finishes 3rd in "Project Runway"  Mankato Free Press

Mankato's Hawwaa Ibrahim — one of three teenage fashion designers still standing in the finale of a nationally-broadcast competition Thursday night — came ...

How Zack Annexstad went from bypassed recruit to Minnesota starting quarterback as a true freshman walk-on  Saturday Tradition

One emoji was enough for IMG Academy quarterbacks coach Adam Behrends. He saw the news that Minnesota named true freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad ...

Surreal crash turned into real nightmare  Mankato Free Press

Maddie Maruska was a short distance away from her North Shore Drive home when the SUV plowed head-on into her Honda Civic near the Sunrise Trail ...

Eight Titans advance to the Section 2A track meet

The Titans are sending eight tracksters on to the Section 2A track meet after they all earned fourth place or higher in their events at the Subsection 7 meet May.

Names and notables March 17-18, 2018 | Local News  Mankato Free Press

South Central College. South Central College has released its fall semester president's list. The recognition is given to students in good academic standing who ...

Five Friends rebrands Fresh Bar as 'nomi'  Mankato Free Press

Five Friends Food, started in 2012 by five friends from Mankato West High School, has relaunched their *fresh* bars under the name "nomi."

Growing Army brings a new push for recruits  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — With the size of the U.S. Army set to grow by 28000 troops this year, recruiters nationwide are facing a 10 percent bump in the number of new.

Life Remembered: Northenscold hit all the right notes  Mankato Free Press

When Robert Northenscold was a 9-year-old growing up in South Dakota, he played his clarinet on a local radio station. He would go on to be a member of the ...

MUSIC MAN Meidl supplies instruments to area schools  Mankato Free Press

Traditionally, if you had a child that wanted to play in the school band or orchestra, the go-to place would be the local music store. Nowadays, small-town music ...

Admissions angst: Seniors wait to hear back from colleges  Mankato Free Press

While some colleges send out acceptance letters immediately, others wait until April or March.

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