Gage Cureton is from Rochester, Minnesota, and started at KEYC in November 2019. He previously worked as a staff photographer at the New Ulm Journal before making the jump to broadcast media. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Mass Media with an emphasis in photojournalism. Gage also serves as a combat photographer in the Marine Corps Reserve. He’s excited to tell peoples’ and communities’ stories in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
• What's your favorite part of your job?
Every day is different and I have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people.
Terri Anderson, owner of Valley Veggies and Flowers, examines her water-logged crop fields that were damaged by flash flooding, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, along Highway 68 outside Mankato, Minn. Heavy rain on Sunday and Monday flooded Anderson’s property which in some parts was under 12 inches of water. “If you’re on Facebook and you’ve seen the groundhog that is describing 2020, and he’s screaming, that would describe how I feel right now.”
Friday's rally - organized by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, Indivisible St. Peter/Greater Mankato and YWCA Mankato among others - brought multiple facets of the community together to work towards a racially equitable society and ending injustice.
Activists gather in Sibley Park for The Rally for Racial Justice, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Mankato, Minn. Organized by the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, Indivisible St. Peter/Greater Mankato and YWCA Mankato, the rally gathered community members to support local efforts to improve race relations and uplift the African-American community.
Mary Zuehlke, of Mankato, plays the violin for residents at Laurels Edge Assisted Living, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Mankato, Minn. Zuehlke plays for residents through the window every other Friday as visitors aren’t allowed in the facility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “They’re isolated and I don’t want them to be forgotten,” Zuehlke said.
Members and volunteers of the Martin County Veterans Memorial Committee install a restored Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter at the Martin County Veterans Memorial, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Fairmont, Minn. The helicopter flew combat missions in Laos and Cambodia in the 1960s where it was shot down twice. The helicopter’s infrared sensors where later used to locate people through thick smoke while fighting forest fires in California.
Many events and festivals in Mankato and in surrounding communities have been or are on the brink of being canceled this summer. But there’s one type of gathering that’s certain to stick around, and that’s farmers markets like the one in Good Thunder that started up Friday after a five-year absence.