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MANKATO — While many of the ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day in and around Mankato Monday were suspended or shortened to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the main ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Place in downtown Mankato still attracted a sizable crowd.

MANKATO — When Ben Unseth gave his first online sermon May 10 as the new pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mankato, it had been nearly two months there without any services — online or in-person.

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MANKATO — The 1st Congressional District DFL endorsed Dan Feehan, of North Mankato, for U.S. House of Representatives Sunday, according to DFL District Chair Jim Hepworth.

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MANKATO — Mankato’s ProMusica Chamber Music Festival scheduled for June has been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but classical music fans are invited to watch a virtual concert Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m.

After her shifts helping care for residents at Vista Prairie at Monarch Meadows in North Mankato, Ashley Schmitz often found herself drawn back to Kären Madsen room.

Q: Why do most restroom doors — particularly in restaurants — always open inward and you have to touch a dirty door handle when maybe half the people don’t even wash their hands? The obvious answer is, ‘Well, use a paper towel (to open the door).’ First of all, most of the paper towels aren’t close. Second of all, they don’t have a place to dump them. Third of all, when you have younger kids, they immediately grab the door handle.

MANKATO — The Minnesota Legislature adjourned its regular legislative session Monday with a host of smaller accomplishments done, but several major policy items waiting for action.

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MANKATO — For the various city-run entertainment venues, 2019 was a banner year.

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Sean Colin Webster-Mulcahey, 29, of Mankato, is charged with felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and threats of violence.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced expanded guidelines for religious services during a Saturday press briefing, the included allowing houses of worship to reopen at 25 percent capacity.

West High School educators rolled out the red carpet as their seniors returned a handful at a time for a final time.

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MANKATO — Many of the Mankato-area Roman Catholic churches have yet to decide on whether to follow church leaders to resume in-person services at 33% capacity beginning May 26, but at least two have announced plans to do so.

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MANKATO — With a return date for MRCI’s day programming still unclear, the nonprofit began cutting staff Friday.

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MANKATO — When COVID-19 first put a stay-at-home order in place in March, the question for Nicollet Bike & Ski shop owner Justin Rinehart seemed simple.

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WASHINGTON — Here’s how Minnesota’s senators voted during the legislative week ending May 22. The House was in recess.

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As more Minnesotans lose their jobs because of COVID-19, local food shelves are seeing a surge in first-time visitors needing emergency food services — and the demand doesn’t look like it’ll let up anytime soon.

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• Mail: The Mankato and North Mankato post offices and the Madison East branch will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Residential mail will not be delivered. Service windows will be closed and mail will not be sorted to lock boxes.

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MANKATO — One man died and two others were hospitalized from drug overdoses early Thursday morning in a Mankato apartment. Counterfeit painkillers are suspected.

You show up at the ball field early, and the only things keeping you company are the backstop, its gray links heroically keeping foul tips from caroming off mom’s head, the worn benches that nicely accommodate a dozen little league fannies, the green, freshly-mowed grass of the infield and, of course, a sky, which today you notice is a brightly washed blue with clouds like puffs of birthday cake frosting.

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We needed some drywall stuff the other day to fix up our wall. The wallpaper — which once barely hung on to its life on the wall — was ripped off one night a few years ago.

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St. Peter American Legion Commander David Arpin had been especially looking forward to this year’s annual Memorial Day tribute to fallen comrades at Minnesota Square Park. However, Post 37 decided to cancel the typically well-attended observance in response to safety concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

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MANKATO — An ambitious plan to restore nearly 100 acres of drained wetland and plowed-under prairie on Mankato’s southeast side has received a $1.3 million boost from the state of Minnesota.

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MANKATO — Loyola Catholic School’s Class of 2020 waited with their families in their vehicles for their names to be called Wednesday.

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