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WASECA —Standing out from the crowd and offering a unique product for everyday use is usually a good recipe for thriving businesses; and Jon Lucca offers a product that can’t be found anywhere else.

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MANKATO — Clifton Larson Allen employees in Mankato were excited to be able to work in the office again.

Q: Dear Ask Us Guy: Just south of Mankato between the Red Jacket Trail and Mount Kato is an area used for parking during the ski season and especially during the State Mountain Bike Championships. After every significant rain, Indian Creek overflows its banks and creates a rushing river of water and mud and cuts what is essentially a new stream bed across this area. Then city of Mankato crews show up with dozers, backhoes, dump trucks, etc., and they dig and grade and haul for several days to repair all the damage done by the flooding water.

MANKATO — An upcoming blood donation drive will honor health workers for their hard work caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Secondary Advances to State Competition

A while ago, Mark and I and our younger son, Hank, decided it would be fun to have an occasional family movie night where we took turns picking out movies to watch together. One week it’s our turn to choose a movie and the next it’s Hank.

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In a wetland area a few miles west of St. Peter, ducks bobbed on a recent day on the water’s surface. Mallards and blue-winged teal took flight as an eagle swooped into the group in search of a meal.

MANKATO — The decision by the School Sisters of Notre Dame to sell its property on Good Counsel Hill has created challenges for nonprofits now housed on the campus.

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MANKATO — City staff removed stickers promoting neo-Nazism from traffic light poles in Mankato.

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MAPLETON — Four law enforcement officers were recognized by a state policing organization for their non-lethal response to a hostage situation in Mapleton in 2019.

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NEW ULM — The longtime mayor of New Ulm is retiring due to health issues and an appointee will take his place.

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ST. JAMES — The city of St. James has suspended its eviction of the Watonwan County Humane Society and will consider selling the city property to the organization.

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MADISON LAKE — A Madison Lake business owner who fired a shotgun into the sky and drove an ATV while intoxicated was sentenced to probation.

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MANKATO — Two clients of the South Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center, located at Minnesota State University, were selected to receive Launch Minnesota innovation grants.

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College — “From These Hands: Fiber Art and Poetry by Gwen Westerman” through April 18 at C. Charles Jackson Campus Center (lower level); reservations for visiting the museum may be made by emailing a request to: hillstrom@gustavus.edu.

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It’s clear the Minnesota Legislature is looking to make a large investment on broadband this year. What’s not so clear is how lawmakers plan to do it, or where the money’s going to come from.

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MANKATO — A $7.2 million makeover of Riverfront Drive through Old Town has been denied federal funding, although city officials may still decide to move forward with the project.

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