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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.



Governor signs snow day relief bill for Minnesota schools  Star Tribune

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.



BETTER WHEN THEY'RE DANCING: Mankato West High School's Orchesis presents annual dance show  Mankato Free Press

The Mankato West Orchesis team is ready to unveil its 2019 show.



Mankato West crowns homecoming queen | Local News  Mankato Free Press

Keely Schuck's crown is adjusted by her escort, Terry Moore, after being crowned homecoming queen Friday at Mankato West High School. Photo by Pat ...



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.



West High School announces homecoming court | Local News  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — West High School has selected its homecoming court.



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.



West student named National Merit finalist  Mankato Free Press

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



The Latest: Legislators welcome Walz's conciliatory tone  La Crosse Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Tim Walz's State of the State speech (all times local):



'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 ...



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 ...



Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! | Lifestyles  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!”



STARS AND STRIPES The President's Own Marine Band visits Mankato  Mankato Free Press

"The President's Own" Marine Band visits Mankato for its Midwest tour Saturday at Mankato West High School.



'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.



-51 and Sunny: Region survives historic arctic chill (video)  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Minnesotans know a lot about the cold and snow, but area residents were dealing with historically cold weather and wind chills reaching lower ...



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.



The road less traveled | Features  Mankato Free Press

Zach Koser wants to blaze his own trail, and that trail will not pass through a college or university.



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.



Walz victory comes from Mankato roots | Elections  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 ...



$2.3 million in federal funds targeted at trail, roundabouts  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — An $800000 bike trail along Stoltzman Road between Mankato West High School and the Rasmussen Woods Nature Area could be constructed ...



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.



Area students plan walkouts, other school safety protests  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO -- While some students are planning to walk out of their schools Wednesday in demand of school violence prevention legislation, other students are ...



Beyond the race: Walz brings hometown message across state  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Tim Walz is often the first to clap at campaign stops.



Cold weather experiments you can do  Mankato Free Press

We met with Mankato West High School physics teacher Eric Koser, who demonstrated some science experiments you can do in this historically cold weather.



Gov. Walz Brings Education Tour to Mankato  KEYC

Governor Tim Walz is stopping in Mankato on Monday, to launch his four-day statewide education tour.



County looks to build long-awaited Stoltzman Road trail  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — A long-sought trail along Stoltzman Road, providing pedestrian connections to Mankato West High School and the Rasmussen Woods Nature ...



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

MANKATO, Minn. (FOX 9) - The No.1 ranked Minnesota State University - Mankato football team is on a singular mission this December. Neither a blizzard nor a ...



'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 ...



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 ...



PHOTOS: Record-breaking snow | Photos  Mankato Free Press

An overnight snowstorm Wednesday pushed Mankato over the top for the snowiest February on record.



Senior Vision :Upperclassmen direct production | Lifestyles  Mankato Free Press

Auditions for “Artifice,” the selected script for the senior-directed play at Mankato West, began right before Thanksgiving break.



David Lutz named principal of Mankato West High School  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Mankato East Assistant Principal David Lutz has been named the next Mankato West High School principal.



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.



Walz calls for 'One Minnesota' as governor  Mankato Free Press

ST. PAUL — Surrounded by teachers and local volunteers, Gov. Tim Walz set the stage for his first term Monday by calling for education and health care reform ...



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.”



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.



Helget named head football coach at Mankato West  Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch

With the retirement of head football coach Mark Esch, Mankato West High School needed a new head coach. They chose Sleepy Eye's own J.J. Helget, ...



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 West, TCU alums make surprise halftime appearance  Mankato Free Press

Kevin Krahmer from North Mankato and Chris Pieper from Le Center were among the University of Minnesota marching band members who performed with ...



Minnesota names walk-on freshman Zack Annexstad starting QB  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota has tabbed true freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad as the starting quarterback to open the season.



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

MANKATO — It was still brisk, but the sunlight and relatively mild temperatures made Sunday a good opportunity to go Christmas tree shopping.



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 ...



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.



(With video) YES! Mankato West High School club making their ideas reality  Mankato Free Press

Months ago, when my daughter told me about the latest student organization she was joining, I wasn't quite sure what to think of this new club with the funny ...



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 ...



West principal leaving for new job | Local News  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.



DFL rallies Mankato activists as final campaign push begins  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Under a bright blue sky at Minnesota State University Thursday morning, Democratic candidates and Mankato-area supporters worked to ramp up ...



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 ...



Death Of Mankato West Student Still Under Investigation  CBS Local

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southern Minnesota say the investigation continues into the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a field.



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.



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.



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.



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

The quarterback of a future that never came to pass.



Mankato's Riverbend Tennis Classic continues to grow | Local Sports  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 ...



Indecisive teacher's pie gets Broadway spotlight | Local News  Mankato Free Press

West High School choir teacher Claire Baker's pie has been named official pie of the Minneapolis stop of the touring Broadway musical “Waitress.”



Boone fired as West boys basketball coach | Sports  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 ...



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.



Hatanpa Announces Mankato City Council Run  KEYC

Jessica Hatanpa announces she plans to run for Mankato City Council for Ward 5 come November.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



UPDATE: Hy-Vee reverses decision, will welcome Farmers' Market downtown  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — On, off, now on. Probably. After a brief period in which a new store manager rescinded an agreement to host the Mankato Farmers' Market two ...



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.



Five Friends rebrands Fresh Bar as 'nomi' | Local News  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."



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 ...



Robots at the ready: Robotics camp held at NTC  Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI—Eleven students from a handful of Minnesota school districts spent the past week designing and building robots at a camp that culminated in an ...



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.



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 ...



Whether they come for musical growth or travel opportunities, band attracts high-caliber students  Mankato Free Press

In a classroom with no desks, only chairs and music stands, a group of boys and girls play scales and talk amongst one another before practice begins.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Candidates in governor's race discuss greater Minnesota issues in Mankato  Star Tribune

Three of 5 major candidates discussed issues of concern in greater Minnesota.



Mankato Civil Air Patrol's team tries to secure a win  Mankato Free Press

A group of local students are training for a unique competition: building and defending computer networks.



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.



Area superintendents say flexible funding needed to improve school security  Mankato Free Press

As lawmakers debate bills aimed at improving school security, area superintendents say they need funding for both building improvements and enhanced ...



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.



OPINION EXCHANGE | Could you sell a gas tax statewide?  Star Tribune

Selling a gas tax increase 11 years ago to enough Republican legislators to override a Republican governor's veto was one thing. (OK, it was one big thing, ...



KEYC NEWS 12 Community Calendar  KEYC

April 12th. Concordia Classical Academy is hosting their 13th annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on Friday April 12.They are currently collecting merchandise ...



Titans send 12 to track Section 2A meet | Sports  Southernminn.com

The Titans will have a solid showing at the section meet this season.



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 ...



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 ...



QB helped convince two Florida linemen to follow him to Minnesota  Star Tribune

Two highly recruited offensive linemen listened to Zack Annexstad's pitches and are following him from IMG Academy to become Gophers.



Labor Unites Behind Walz for Governor  Workday Minnesota

After emerging as the Minnesota DFL's nominee for governor on primary-election night, Tim Walz today won the endorsement of the state's largest labor ...



Johnson narrows gap with Walz in governor's race with Election...  Bemidji Pioneer

Minnesota's highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat ...



Local DFL excited for Walz, mid-term elections  Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — The Mankato DFL caucuses of Tuesday were much different than the 2016 version.



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

The Mankato Area 77 Lancers Marching Band is embarking on its 39th season and several participants are second-generation Lancers. Even more musicians ...



Walz names commissioners for education and corrections  Star Tribune

Minnesota's incoming governor, who made education a key piece of his campaign, on Thursday picked the people who will help execute that work. DFL Gov.



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 ...



LHS Hall of Fame inductees announced | Education  Crow River Media

Intentionally or not, the Litchfield High School Hall of Fame committee struck a balance in choosing the 2018 class of inductees.



Johnson narrows gap with Walz in governor's race with Nov....  Brainerd Dispatch

Minnesota's highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat ...



Seven Panthers Win Their Way to State Individuals Tourney  Belleplaineherald

Once the Class AA state wrestling team competition is complete tomorrow (March 1), seven Scott Wrestlers will spend the weekend competing for ...



In Minnesota governor's race, DFL is looking for the face of the future  Star Tribune

A St. Paul nurse, labor leader and legislator looking to ride the 2018 wave that's propelling progressive women to power, but who's not as well known as her ...



MVL's Hilbert, GFW's Victorino, Feder advance to state tourney | News, Sports, Jobs  NUjournal

MANKATO — Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop senior Javier Victorino said he knew the 3200-meter run wouldn't really begin until the final two laps. He ran in third.



Minnesota primaries 2018: What does each candidate for governor stand for?  Bring Me The News

Leaving it late to make up your mind ahead of Tuesday's gubernatorial primaries? Then check this out. While we would encourage you all to do as much ...



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.



Search warrant reveals deadly crash details | Local News  Mankato Free Press

LAKE WASHINGTON — A woman who died from injuries in a crash near Lake Washington last month was driving in the wrong lane, according to search warrant ...



The Waning Influence Of Rural Minnesota  Swift County Monitor

By Reed Anfinson Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News. When Swift County voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016, it was only the fourth time in 100 ...



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 ...



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