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MANKATO — Private schools will welcome students back to their buildings full time this fall — with some new precautions.

MANKATO — Mankato’s Department of Public Safety has been instituting for several years the policies and approaches to policing demanded nationwide in the wake of the George Floyd killing by a Minneapolis cop, officials told the City Council during a two-hour presentation Monday night.

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MANKATO — More people in the Mankato area are buying campers, motorhomes and boats this summer compared to previous years; and that increased demand, compounded by the temporary shutdown of factories to quell the spread of COVID-19 in March and April, has left dealers in short supply this summer.

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MANKATO — Much of Monday’s Mankato City Council work session will be devoted to an examination of the city’s policing policies in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

Q: I have a question. Why hasn’t an investigative reporter researched Minnesota deaths further? How many deaths were there in the state of Minnesota in Quarter 2 of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. If the 2020 number is 1,400 more than the preceding three-year average, then people are dying “of” COVID. If not, they are dying “with” COVID.

MANKATO — An open Blue Earth County commissioner seat has attracted five candidates, with the Aug. 11 primary election set to winnow the field to two candidates for the November general election.

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The “No Wake Restriction” has been lifted for Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah but remains in place for Lake Washington, Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason announced Saturday.

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MONTGOMERY — A 51-year-old Northfield woman died after driving into a construction zone on Highway 99 and crashing into a hole in the road Saturday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Surgeons say the continued expansion of robotic surgery options at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato will allow for more minimally invasive procedures.

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KASOTA — A Kasota man allegedly admitted he was a methamphetamine dealer after investigators found the drug in his residence.

As owner of Mankato’s True Facade Pictures, Ryan Sturgis is accustomed to being on the road for his job — more often than not traveling to Los Angeles to meet up with high-profile musicians.

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There once was a children’s television show called “Zoom.” I never liked it, not only because of the irritating theme song (“Come on and zoom zoom zoom a-zoom! You know you want to zooma zooma zoom zoom zoom!”) but also because it featured the kind of kids TV producers thought were cool, the eager beavers who wore Garanimal-type clothes even in junior high and always asked one more question just when the bell rang and the rest of the class was practically ejecting out of their seats.

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Most students and parents will have to wait longer for a decision on whether their school will reopen for in-person learning in September.

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MANKATO — Agriculture has been battered by low commodity prices and pandemic-related economic pain, but GreenSeam Director Sam Ziegler said there’s still plenty to celebrate.

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MANKATO — City and county officials reached consensus Thursday that a roundabout, rather than a more limited intersection, is needed at Adams Street and Blue Earth County Road 12 before the region’s largest truck stop opens next year.

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