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Blue Earth County Historical Society History Center, Mankato — Traveling exhibit: “Why Treaties Matter: Self Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” through March 9 at 424 Warren St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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MANKATO — Minnesota’s muted flu season so far is a nice reprieve from the brutal strains of the last couple of years, but health officials stress cases could still pick up with much of the winter remaining.

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MANKATO — The leader of a teen-mentoring group, the president of South Central College, the head of the Mankato Area Foundation and the ECHO Food Shelf manager have been named as the 2019 Women of Distinction by the YWCA.

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MANKATO — The Greater Mankato Area United Way again reached its annual fundraising goal, amounting to at least $2.05 million in funding for dozens of area nonprofits.

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WASECA — When Rochelle Reynolds moved into Waseca’s Bethlehem Inn last week, she used one word to describe how she felt.

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HANSKA — A 27-year-old Butterfield woman and a semi driver from Iowa suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a van and a semi crashed Monday morning a half-mile north of Hanska.

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NORTH MANKATO — The new owners of Arizona Olive Oil Co. have changed the name of the business to Blue Skye Mercantile to align with the organic farm business they've long run.

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ST. JAMES — Whether it was escaping poverty in countries like Norway in the 1880s, or fleeing civil war from El Salvador in the 1980s — for every immigrant who made the harrowing journey to the United States, there is a story.

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Justin Jackson started in business with a small rental property and managing other properties before getting into the development side, including townhomes at Hiniker Pond and in Eagle Lake.

There’s a time and place for a little bedlam in our lives — music is a great place to start.

MANKATO — At 3 p.m. Saturday outside the Mankato civic center's Grand Hall, a couple of things were clear: People have not lost their thirst for craft beer, and there was a reason that scores of people spent an extra $10 for the chance to beat the rush.

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Q: An automatic car wash machine and the building for them must be expensive. I would bet that the water is the smallest expense of the wash. But how many gallons of water does a typical car wash use? What does a gallon of water cost? Is a gallon of water used at a car wash the same price that I pay at home?

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MANKATO — City engineering staff, concerned about pedestrians, are dropping plans to add roundabouts in downtown Mankato when Cherry Street is reconstructed starting in the spring.

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I haven't done an exact study of it, but I'm pretty sure eight out of 10 people could never start a conversation with someone if they couldn't refer to the weather.

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WINTHROP — A suspected prolific burglar from Florida is now charged in connection with three burglaries in Winthrop this summer.

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MANKATO — Two children and one adult were hospitalized after a five-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Highway 14 in Mankato Friday, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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WASECA — Sue McIntosh chose Dec. 21 well in advance for her retirement date from working at the Waseca federal women's prison.

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MANKATO — Nearly 1,000 people packed into the Kato Ballroom Friday night, celebrating the first outstate resident to win the governor's office in 32 years, the first southern Minnesotan elected in 40 years, and — most of all — the first Mankatoan to win the highest post in the state in 104 years.

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NORTH MANKATO — The North Mankato City Council will take a deeper look at plans surrounding a potential indoor sports complex Monday during the first of a regular series of work sessions throughout the rest of the year.

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MANKATO — A nine-man detail of local veterans traveled to Belle Plaine Friday on a kind of cushy assignment — the delivery of 32 custom-made pillowcases to The Lutheran Home residents who served in the military.

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BROWNTON — A 64-year-old New Ulm man was injured when the semi he was driving crashed into a ditch south of Brownton Friday afternoon.

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