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MANKATO — Mount Olive Lutheran School fourth-grader Owen Saidler has raised thousands of dollars for the children’s hospital where he recovered from multiple heart surgeries as an infant and toddler.

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MANKATO — MoonDogs fans have been singing the praises of the changes made to Franklin Rogers Park, and the renovation just got some national recognition from Ballpark Digest.

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MANKATO — The number of international students attending Minnesota State University has nearly tripled since 2008, putting the school 12th in the nation among comparable schools.

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Authorities allegedly found a large amount of marijuana and five guns in a Mankato residence after responding to a medical emergency. 

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MANKATO — Rising attendance at the YWCA’s It’s Time to Talk event has been encouraging, said the nonprofit’s Executive Director Barb Dorn, but just as important is who attends.

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MANKATO — The flood-levee fix on Highway 169 near Highway 14 is expected to be completed Friday, with all traffic restrictions in the area removed.

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MANKATO — Judy Vosbeek worked tirelessly for a variety of causes that help women live better lives, yet, she fit in comfortably at her job in a predominately male environment.

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ST. JAMES — A St. James company that for 70 years has manufactured precision measuring equipment for industry is closing.

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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!”

Blue Earth County Historical Society History Center, Mankato — “1918: Home and Abroad” continues through Nov. 24 and Bend of the River Photography Club’s: “Then and Now: Blue Earth County Through the Lens” through Dec. 29 at 424 Warren St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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The other day I was sitting at a table at Mankato’s First Presbyterian Church. And while the conversation with the lovely Janet Goff and Mary Topp was wonderful, I was mainly just happy to once again be on the ground.

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MANKATO -- The expiration of the Farm Bill means farmers who want to increase Conservation Reserve Program acres won't be able to at this time.

MANKATO — VINE’s fundraising campaign made more gains Wednesday, with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato surprising the nonprofit with a $10,000 gift.

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MANKATO — Minneopa and Flandrau state parks are among the top five most popular attractions or events in southern Minnesota according to Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism office.

ST. PAUL — DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's transition to the governor's office brought him face to face Tuesday with former Gov. Jesse Ventura, who pressed the incoming Minnesota governor to get moving on full-scale marijuana legalization.

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MANKATO — Two businesses that have pampered guests for decades are the latest inductees into the Greater Mankato Growth Business Hall of Fame.

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MANKATO — A shuttered 117,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on Mankato's east side has a bright future as a producer of large specialty doors for airport hangers, fire stations and cold-storage buildings, according to an executive with Senneca Holdings.

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MANKATO — The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund received a $30,000 boost from the Mankato Clinic Foundation Tuesday.

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MANKATO — The gun used in a robbery at a Mankato gas station last week was stolen out of a vehicle and later reportedly fired a shot through the floor of a Mankato apartment, according to the charges filed against two suspects.

MANKATO — The Child and Family Advocacy Center of South Central Minnesota is primed for a December opening, providing a new resource for children in crisis.

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MANKATO — The 37 state colleges and universities spread around Minnesota have a major impact on local economies, none more than Minnesota State University, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

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MANKATO — A $4 million inflatable athletics bubble, long coveted by Mankato youth sports associations, could be in place on the Minnesota State University campus by October if MSU students give their blessing in a Dec. 4 election.

NEW ULM — The supervisor of the project for a new gateway into New Ulm will provide a construction update noon Friday at New Ulm Country Club.

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MANKATO — A sea of shoes greeted visitors on the front stoop as Elaine Buhs opened the door to welcome guests into her west Mankato home. Inside, a barbershop quartet serenaded the sea of people admiring the dazzling Christmas lights, ornaments and decorations. Buhs mingled with the new arrivals in what felt like a family holiday party, though the guests were strangers who were seeing her home for the first time.

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MANKATO — Siblings from Mankato are hopeful their startup software company can improve outcomes for people in recovery and their peer support specialists.

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Q: In training for a backpacking hike, my husband and I walked up and down the Bethany steps and the Good Counsel steps. I noticed some steps in a neighborhood down the street from Bethany as well. How many public sets of steps are there in Mankato and North Mankato?

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