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Popular media has been riddled of late with stories about the value of “essential workers” and the new knowledge and appreciation customers are gaining about them.

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MANKATO — There’s some intensity in south-central Minnesota about the 2020 election, most of it focused on the race at the top of the ballot.

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MANKATO — A plan to use a one-of-a-kind historic bridge as a pedestrian connection between Sibley Park and Land of Memories Park is one of three finalists selected by a panel of transportation and preservation experts for the next life of the 147-year-old Kern Bridge.

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Enrollment has dipped for at least some area public school districts as families choose alternatives or defer kindergarten during the pandemic.

MANKATO — With just more than a week left until the Nov. 3 election, the race between Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn and Democratic candidate Dan Feehan has ended up right where it was this time two years ago: a toss-up.

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Q: We have called the Mankato street department numerous times about the massive heavy equipment and trucks going down our little road, Owen Street, from the Pathstone development. We were told the trucks weren’t supposed to be traveling on our street, and they — the street department — would talk to the developers.

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ST. PETER — Guns and drugs allegedly were found in a vehicle after its driver rear-ended someone, offered the other driver $10,000 and ran away.

MANKATO — A Fargo development firm that is building a large indoor golf/entertainment complex in Fargo has plans to redevelop the site where the former Dutler’s Bowl as well as an adjacent car wash and shop building now sit.

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MANKATO — Bambi Wuebker came to Mankato’s new COVID-19 saliva test site Friday because she hopes to reunite with her parents again soon.

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Grain prices at Friday's close.

Over the years, after I first naively lit up a Camel Blue Crush cigarette that grew into an addiction, I’ve heard plenty of people say, “Smoking is bad for you,” or “Cigarettes are disgusting,” or “You know, those things are going to kill you.”

MANKATO — Discussing parenthood with Whoopie Goldberg on “The View,” writing essays for the Washington Post and the New York Times and appearing on national television shows such as “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show are just a few of writer Clint Edwards’ accomplishments since completing graduate school in Mankato in 2012.

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MANKATO — After an encouraging end to September and first half of October, south-central Minnesota’s COVID-19 positivity rates jumped back up over the last week.

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ST. PETER — Just two hours after Janell Larson informed her colleagues that her home was gutted by a fire, they showed up with duffel bags filled with necessities.

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MANKATO — The state is opening a COVID-19 saliva testing site Friday in Mankato. It is the fifth saliva testing site in the state and will offer free tests to anyone.

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MANKATO — If a lack of complaints, criticisms or suggestions is a sign of support, Minnesota State University received a favorable reaction Tuesday to its efforts to reform criminal justice education on the campus following the death of George Floyd.

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PEMBERTON — A Pemberton man who sexually abused three girls will spend at least 12 years in prison.

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