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The summit was the culmination of the Mankato Area Public School District’s work with the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership.

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MANKATO —Proposed neighborhood street projects were of high interest during a city open house Thursday seeking input on tens of millions of dollars in construction projects over the next five years. At the same time, pickleball and tennis enthusiasts were also eager to give opinions.

MANKATO — More volunteer drivers are needed for a VINE transportation program for older residents, and a recent partnership between the nonprofit and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program could help recruit them.

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Despite an abating drought in the southern portion of Minnesota, scientists who analyze the statewide monitor say its lingering effects have the left the majority of the state’s pastures in poor condition.

If you head up to Minnesota State University this week to catch visiting author Jaquira Díaz, be prepared to mask up, as is required in all campus buildings, and to hear something that could move you or change you or, at very least, engage and entertain you.

In a small sign of normalcy amid a global pandemic, Minnesota State University kicks off its 2021-2022 theater season this week with “I Am a Camera.”

VINE Adult Community Center — “Fun with Fibers” through Sept. 29 in center’s gallery on fifth floor. Exhibit may be viewed between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

 Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers seeking to improve their livestock operation are encouraged to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Livestock Investment Grant program. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $1.3 million using a com…

With school in full swing, thousands of young people are joining FFA in Minnesota. To support the development of these young people, future leaders for agriculture and their local communities, the Minnesota FFA Foundation is again offering the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program which provid…

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Emerging Farmers’ Working Group (EFWG) has openings for nine volunteer members for two-year terms. Minnesotans interested in making it easier for new and emerging farmers to create or sustain an agricultural business are encouraged to apply.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant applications for applied crop research to improve the agricultural product quality, quantity, or value of Minnesota’s $10 billion crop industry.

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An extraordinarily hot June, along with one of the 10 driest summers Minnesota has ever experienced, has led to “leaf scorching” and drier soil that could dampen the vibrancy of leaves locally this fall, state experts say.

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MANKATO — The woman suspected in a series of crashes and pursuits in Mankato Friday night is now charged with eight crimes.

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NORTH MANKATO — The proposed pedestrian bridge over Highway 14 in North Mankato drew a mix of support and skepticism from residents during an open house Monday.

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MONTGOMERY — A drunken driver said “sorry” before she fled from a Montgomery police officer and crashed into a cable box, then urinated in a squad car and assaulted a jail officer, charges say.

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Q. Back to school time is here and my kids usually pack their own lunch. My husband and I also normally pack our lunches. Do you have any fresh ideas? Last year became really repetitive, and not the most nutritious.

LE SUEUR — We all know the soft pink color and nostalgic, sticky-sweet taste of traditional cotton candy. A staple at fairs, festivals and even some extra-special birthday parties, a childhood isn’t complete without that melt-in-your-mouth cloudlike confection. But what if cotton candy wasn’t just for kids – and what if it came in hundreds of exciting flavors like birthday cake, Mexican hot chocolate, apple pie, peach limeade or black licorice?

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