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MANKATO — Area counties are keeping an eye on how this year's tariffs on steel and aluminum could affect their bottom line.

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NEW ULM — Sure, World War II vet Paul Wojahn uses a crutch, but not for walking. The 97-year-old rural New Ulm man finds it works as a tool on Wednesday mornings when he volunteers at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15 building.

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A Sleepy Eye stepmother is now also charged with abusing three children, including making them take cold showers and lie on the basement floor.

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A Lake Crystal man who struck and injured a Mankato police officer during a high-speed chase this winter was sentenced to prison.

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Arts Center of St. Peter — “Man-made: Photography by Keith Bridges” and “A Lens on Death Valley: Photography by Joel Jackson” through Sept. 29 at 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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MANKATO — An Eagan company that makes and sells robots and other automated equipment for businesses and industry will hold an expo in Mankato on Thursday.

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MANKATO — Three south-central Minnesota nonprofits received more than $200,000 total in the Otto Bremer Trust’s most recent grant cycle.

MAPLETON — As a few area soybean fields are mature enough to harvest and the rest of the corn and bean crop isn't far behind, farmers are hoping the rains that fell Monday and Tuesday won't be followed by much more.

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BLUE EARTH — Two Faribault County inmates face assault and disorderly conduct charges after allegedly fighting one another in the county jail.

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 A St. Peter woman allegedly tried to stab and bite a man she knows, hit and kicked a woman and spit on a police officer.

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ST. PETER — Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden's ambassador to the United States, demonstrated her diplomacy in St. Peter Monday when quizzed about President Trump, anti-immigrant sentiment in her home country, American trade policy and more.

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NEW ULM — Almost $8,000 worth of items from the Cathedral of Holy Trinity Church were recovered early Saturday after a homeowner found them in black bags in an alley.

MADISON LAKE — The Madison Lake City Council’s closed session regarding Police Chief Dan Bunde lasted more than an hour Monday, but officials declined to share any new details afterward on its investigation into his controversial Facebook post.

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WASECA — Ever since anyone can remember, the small building located between Waseca and Waldorf in Wilton Township was simply known as “the pink schoolhouse.”

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MANKATO — Holding the door for strangers, the snow and cold winters, the joy of grilled cheese sandwiches, and the excessive use of ice cubes at fast food restaurants are just some of the things Minnesotans take for granted. But for Minnesota State University’s international students, these things are a new curiosity.

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MADELIA — An area hospital wants hunters to consider their health before venturing outdoors this fall.

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Tariffs, an unfinished Farm Bill and a shortage of migrant farm workers were at the top of the list for area farmers who went to Washington D.C. to talk with senators, representatives and government officials.

MANKATO — Five-year-old Frank Wise had a freewheeling painting technique, dabbing on blobs of red and making yellow Xs on the side of the building in Old Town.

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NORTH MANKATO — After several years of delays in favor of larger infrastructure projects, the city of North Mankato could tackle long-awaited improvements at Bluff and Benson parks next year.

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JANESVILLE — Invasive carp trying to reach the Le Sueur River will be in for quite the shock once the Department of Natural Resources completes electric barriers on two area waterways.

A majority of area readers support the city of Madison Lake investigating its police chief in the wake of a controversial social media video where he mocked foreign visitors at Yellowstone National Park, according to a Free Press online question.

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