Barbershop filled with sounds of bluegrass, folk music

The musical get-togethers are free and open to the public and can be found on Facebook through events pages.

BECHS seeking volunteers for Board of Trustees

Snow emergency declared for Mankato’s downtown corridor

  Ouren Instruments in North Mankato repairs, recycles old guitars and banjos

  Local business is the site of a couple movie scenes

  Arts Center of Saint Peter adds second floor

  Daughter of civil rights activist recounts growing up during movement

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  MSU-Mankato hosts 36th Annual Pathfinder Awards Monday night

  Govenaires competing marching group welcomes new members

  Locals keep warm with chili cook-off

Brand to host community conversation; public invited

Students, public invited to 5th annual MLK Day of Service at Minnesota State Mankato

  North Mankato Police Officers sworn-in

  Medical spa comes to Mankato

A new medical spa offers skin services to the greater Mankato area, ranging from botox to chemical peels and more.

Snowplows to be removed from multiple southern Minn. counties until conditions improve

Visit for more weather information, including closings, weather alerts and road conditions.

  Report: Vehicle crashes increased in New Ulm during 2019

New Ulm Police say the uptick in crashes may be because of the Highway 14 Bridge project that redirected more traffic through the town on Broadway Street.

  Towing in Mankato gets a shakeup

Affordable Towing started out with one truck. That truck has turned into 44 trucks and 30 employees.

  Lake Washington Regional Park set to receive grant money for improvements

River’s Edge Hospital to make changes to facility entrances

  Mankato’s American Legion, VFW prepare to celebrate four chaplains who demonstrated selfless sacrifice during World War II

  Maverick All-Sports Dome hosts its ceremonial ribbon-cutting

  Blue Earth County adds full-time deputy county administrator position

Mankato Area Public Schools invites parents, children to “Screenagers” showings

  Connections Shelter feels a community environment with steady location

This is the first time the shelter has one place to stay for the entire season.

  Mankato Area Cornhole to host tournament in Nicollet

One local man runs a growing cornhole tournament business and more tournaments are coming to the area this weekend.

  Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home opens boutique to celebrate 20 years of service

Inside the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, is a boutique that features homemade items and art from local artists.

  Discounted curling lessons included with Snow Kato Days

The popularity of curling has skyrocketed since the 2018 Winter Olympics.

  State of Minnesota, local governments work to alleviate payment disputes

"Our board is hoping we will be held harmless, so that is our stance. I think the Department feels they are obligated to try to correct this error," said Phil Claussen, director of Blue Earth County Human Services.

YWCA Mankato announces 2020 Women of Distinction honorees

Tickets for the event are available by visiting YWCA Mankato’s website or by calling (507) 345-4629. Tickets will be available for purchase through March 26 or until they have sold out.

  North Mankato to host informative meeting on pollinator gardens

Members of the Greenspace Committee will be present at the meeting which is 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Fire Station.

Waseca reacts to Small Business Revolution top five results

Each year, the business makeover show gives one small town and its businesses $500,000.

  Mankato EDA reviews proposals for Cherry Street ramp hotel, local redevelopment

The developer is now seeking a tax abatement that involves the city giving $1.3 million in property taxes to the project over 20 years.

Audition dates announced for upcoming State Street Theater Co. production

Auditions will be a cold read from the script.

Blue Earth County seeking public feedback regarding updated MHMP

The plan review and commenting period will be open to the public until Jan. 24.

  North Mankato City Council reviews Caswell Park Fieldhouse financial estimates

“We anticipate this facility to draw at least 15,000 people to the region and have an annual impact of 2 million dollars in year four of operations," City Administrator John Harrenstein said.

  S.S. Boutique moves forward with new location, business model

S.S. Boutique will soon be located in the Village East Strip Mall on Hoffman Road. Co-Directors Brianna Anderson and Jaime Spaid hope to have set a target date of Feb. 1 for opening in the new location.

  Snow Kato Days aims to include winter enthusiasm

Snow Kato Days is a local business booster that is accompanied by dozens of events.

  Mankato radio personality ready to start new chapter

Just over a week ago, Palesotti and Radio Mankato parted ways, leaving many in the community wondering what the on-air personality is going to do next.

  St. Peter Motel project awarded $6,200 for security

Partners for Affordable Housing receives grant funding to fully upgrade security at its St. Peter Motel project.

  Monthly crystal fair comes to Old Town Mankato

Christy’s Crystals located on North Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato hosts its monthly crystal fair.

  Long time 4-H leader steps down

After 16 years, Susan Craig has retired from her 4-H Program Coordinator position for the Watonwan County .

  Mankato Craft Beer Expo draws over 1500 people

People enjoyed tasting beers from over 45 breweries from across Minnesota and the country at annual beer expo.

  Public invited to fourth Building Bridges Casual Conversation

Attendees are encouraged to share ideas and make connections during this informal opportunity with English Language Learners through casual conversations.

VINE Faith in Action to host presentation about hearing loss

Mankato Clinic Audiologists Tracy Altmann and Amanda Bohn will be presenting 'Hearing Loss and How to Treat It."

  South Central Minnesota Clean Energy Council hosts climate change forum

Electric vehicle usage and availability was another topic, as Minnesota’s number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation.

Loyola to honor, induct 10 new members into Activities Hall of Fame

The new honorees join 10 others who have been recognized for their excellence in athletics or fine arts at Loyola Catholic School.

  Greater Mankato Area United Way surpasses its 2020 campaign goal

For the fifth year in a row, the Greater Mankato United Way has reached its campaign goal.

  Blue Earth County Historical Society commemorates 100 years of women’s right to vote

To commemorate one hundred years of women's right to vote, the Blue Earth County Historical Society is presenting an exhibit full of local, century-old artifacts.

Public invited to forum hosted by New Ulm League of Women Voters

The is event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for morning coffee and refreshments.

  Hundreds gather at vigil for Waseca Police Officer

Hundreds of people in Waseca attended a candlelit vigil tonight in support of officer Arik Matson who was shot in the head while responding to a disturbance call in Waseca on Monday night.

  Minnesota’s housing shortage evident in Mankato

The housing shortage is due to a number of reasons, including construction labor shortages.

Visit Mankato postpones first-ever Jack Frost Frolic

"By postponing the event, we will be able to add to another slow weekend in the community’s calendar and give potential participants more time to wrap their heads around this new and very quirky event," Visit Mankato President Anna Thill said.

  New beer for 2020 prepares to help give those in need 20/20 vision

The 20/20 ESP is a unique twist on a traditional style extra special pale ale.

  ’They Lied. We Know.’ initiative visits St. Peter High School for harmful vaping awareness

Cambria hopes to bring the program to other schools in the state to spread the message.

Dinosaur World Live coming to Mankato; tickets on sale Friday

Dinosaur World Live will present a number of prehistoric creatures, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giraffatitan, Microraptor, Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

  Registration open for North Mankato’s Adult Spelling Bee

Thanks to the previous year’s popularity, they’ve moved it from LocAle to Mankato Brewery for more space.

Local author Allen Eskens to present at VINE

Best-selling author Allen Eskens will be giving a presentation entitled “An Author’s Life” at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15 at VINE Adult Community Center.

Just $10,000 short of goal, Greater Mankato Area United Way confident goal within reach

Although the goal is soon to be met, the campaign will stay open for a little while longer to help more in need.

  Grandfather, grandson duet bring music locally for years

Grandpa and Grandson duet named "The Old Guy and the Kid" have brought music to the area for years.

  All-Star Nutrition offers fitness challenge for greater Mankato area with “New Year, New You”

Brady Pickering from All-Star Nutrition joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to discuss their “New Year, New You,” a body composition challenge for the greater Mankato area.

City of Mankato invites residents to attend upcoming community feedback sessions

Information obtained from these sessions will aid city officials in developing Mankato’s 2020 Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan and Affordable Housing Plan.

State Rep. Huot to host listening session in North Mankato

The public meeting will allow regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) boars and EMS workers to engage in a discussion about how the state can help with recruitment and retention of EMS workers.

  EDA invests in Waseca, surrounding area

The Manufacturing Resource Center they are doing studies for could be a place to have educational opportunities for companies or manufacturing workers, training certifications for specialized workers and a collaborative place where ideas can be bounced off of one another.

  Bode Land and Wool preps for lambing season

The ewes got a trim just in time for Bode’s lambing season. This once-a-year trim is done before Henry Bode’s lambing season begins with his 30 ewes.

Registration open for YWCA Mankato’s ‘It’s Time To Talk’ event

This year’s theme will center around “No Racial Justice Without Voter Justice.”

Fairmont Lakes Foundation announces 6th annual Ice Fishing Tournament

The event will be limited to the first 250 registered anglers.

  Mankato Public Safety’s wreath campaign ends

Mankato Public Safety’s fire prevention campaign, “Keep the Wreath Bright, Prevent a Red Light,” ended last week.

  Climbing for a cause: Teams climb hundreds of stairs to help feed children

Teams relay up and down hundreds of stairs inside the Bresnan Arena at Minnesota State University, Mankato for the annual Climb to Feed Kids fundraiser.

  Hobbers HWY 99 Bar and Grill officially for sale

A bar and grill in St. Peter has closed its doors and is officially for sale.

Merely Players Community Theatre hosting auditions for Jesus Christ Superstar

Auditions start this Sunday and go until Tuesday of next week at the Lincoln Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. each day.

  New Year’s fitness resolutions and preventing injury

Motivation is key in crushing those fitness resolutions, but a little over motivation may lead to rushing through those exercises and perhaps even an injury.

  MY Place receives more donations; cites community philosophy

The donations came to MY Place as the organization continues to operate under its community philosophy.

  Salon and spa encourages self-care

Salon adds on a spa, bringing massage and aesthetician services to St. Peter.

Mankato walkways scheduled for closure, routine maintenance

City staff said that the walkways will be closed for four days in total.

Nicollet High School to host open house, present new table saws to public

The public is invited to attend an open house in the Woodshop Room at Nicollet High School at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

  Local small businesses thrive during holidays with shop local movement

Local shop owners on North Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato said all that cyber-shopping didn’t slow down their holiday rush.

VINE Faith in Action to offer ‘Learning to Draw’ series

The class will be lead by local artist Peggy Draheim.

  Local artist offers private glass-blowing lessons at Mankato Makerspace

It’s the ancient art of glass blowing and at the Mankato Makerspace it’s very much alive.

  Crush your fitness goals with the Lake Crystal Chisel Challenge

The weight loss challenge put on by Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center (LCARC) and All Star Nutrition begins Jan. 10 with an initial weigh-in with two more later on in the challenge.

  Minimum-wage increase in Minnesota has potential to boost economy

Minimum-wage rates in Minnesota are now $10 dollars an hour for large-employers and $8.15 an hour for small-employers, affecting a portion of the population in the Mankato area.

Freeborn County Historical Museum invites public to ‘Great Jell-O Cook Off’

The public is invited to taste the best Jell-O salads, desserts and dishes.