YWCA Hosts Stand Against Racism Campaign

The YWCA Mankato is hosting a month-long campaign to combat racism. Each year, the Stand Against Racism Campaign is put on by YWCA chapters across the United States.

  North Mankato Fun Days canceled for 2021 due to pandemic

  Kasota woman’s dream comes true through virtual reality

City of North Mankato reminding pet owners of park policies

  Loyola purchasing its campus, athletic facilities on Good Council Hill

  Mankato parks get upgrades, now have Wi-Fi capabilities

  National Library Week: Celebrating the New Ulm Public Library

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  Mankato, North Mankato proclaim April 8 as ‘Maverick Hockey Day’

  Young people deal with emotional fallout of Derek Chauvin trial

  Junior Achievement continues to educate Mankato students

  Upcoming blood drive honors health care workers

  New St. Peter firehouse waits on legislation to move project forward

  National Library Week: Celebrating the Waseca-Le Sueur Library System

  North Mankato sixth grader wins Mayor for a Day contest

Camp's essay was chosen from over 150 submissions from fourth, fifth and sixth graders statewide.

  New partnership helps provide financial support for child care industry

In response to the child care shortage in Minnesota, the partnership provides support for new or existing programs.

  National Volunteer Month highlights local nonprofit Mission 22

Mission 22 aims to help veterans recover from mental illness. The nonprofit has been serving the military community since 2013.

  National Library Week: Celebrating the Blue Earth County Library

This week marks National Library Week, and to celebrate, we’ll be highlighting local libraries in our community each day.

  Stimulus package to provide relief for southern Minnesota

  Easter celebrations held in-person this year

  School Sisters of Notre Dame could relocate from Good Counsel Hill

  Family, staff honor YMCA legend turning 97 years old

  Wine Cat open doors to customers

  Taylor Corporation vaccinates nearly 500 people against COVID-19

  In-person Good Friday, Easter services making a comeback

A year ago there weren’t any in-person services for Good Friday and Easter due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this year they have returned and are in full swing.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minn. receives grant that will help support nature-based learning

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota was awarded a $5,000 grant on Friday.

  Mankato Family YMCA receives $6,000 in grants for mentor program

The Mankato Family YMCA has received two grants to help support area youth.

  Scouting for Food campaign seen as success

The scouts collected almost 36,000 pounds of actual food and an additional $2,574 in cash donations.

  Nicollet Bike Shop offers advice amid pedaling season

Shop also launches annual 30-day biking challenge.

  MSU company taking business to River Hills Mall

It’s all in high demand right now. Beach essentials remind us of our pre-pandemic world, as we still live with caution.

Mankato Family YMCA awarded two grants for Mentorship Program

Grants were given by the Mankato Area Foundation and the Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation.

  Caswell Sports expanding youth summer programs

They have recently announced the expansion of their youth sports programs which will be adding t-ball, soccer, football, tennis, and golf this summer.

  Salvation Army day shelter to remain open through summer

Beginning Thursday, the day shelter’s hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m., with the exception of holidays, for men, women and children.

  Southern Minn. transportation system recognized for COVID-19 efforts

The Minnesota Transportation Alliance took time Wednesday to recognize the Southern Minnesota Area Rural Transit (SMART) system for its work during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Frandsen Bank is going green, partners with Nokomis Energy

The company has partnered with Nokomis Energy to bring more solar-powered energy solutions to their banks.

  Minnesota State offering free dental care on ‘Kids Day’

In an effort to increase access to dental care, Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Dental Education is offering free dental care Thursday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  Longtime Gustavus gymnastics coach passes away at 85

A legendary Gustavus Adolphus College gymnastics coach passed away Saturday at the age of 85.

Self-defense proving to be vital in southern Minnesota

Self-defense is the art of defending your overall health and well-being from harm.

  Veterans for Peace holds weekly vigil, joined by Minneapolis chapter

The group says they’ll keep up with their weekly vigil as they continue their pursuit to abolish war and support other veterans across the country.

  MSU rallies around Asian American community

Dozens gathered on the CSU Mall at Minnesota State University, Mankato Tuesday to stand in solidarity with the campus’ Asian American community to honor the lives lost in the recent shootings in Atlanta, and discuss the work that needs to be done.

  U.S. Census Bureau reports women-owned businesses are on the rise

A look at local women-owned businesses who found growth amid pandemic.

  Minnesota expands vaccine eligibility; what local health officials want you to know

Coronavirus vaccine eligibility was expanded Tuesday to include Minnesotans 16 and older.

  Maverick fans, personnel react to NCAA tournament wins

Excitement and shock are still running through the Maverick nation

  Social Work Month celebrates the essential role of social workers

March is National Social Work Month, a time to celebrate the integral role social workers play in the lives of many. This year’s theme is “social workers are essential.”

  Local leaders optimistic about outdoor summer events

Venues and organizations across town are in the planning stages for their summer line-ups, but ‘maybes’ still remain for some of Mankato’s biggest summer gatherings.

  Minnesota State advances to first Frozen Four in program history

The weight of postseason struggles is finally gone for the Minnesota State Mavericks after earning the program’s first win in the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament against Quinnipiac in a dramatic overtime victory.

  Moratorium placed on solar panel gardens in Lime Township

An increase in solar panel gardens in Mankato has prompted the Lime Township to put a pause on the green power developments.

  Remembering the St. Peter tornado 23 years later

Monday marked 23 years since an F3 tornado ripped through southern Minnesota, devastating the town of St. Peter.

  Walz says ‘normalcy is on the horizon’ in state address

The first-term Democrat gave the speech from his old social studies classroom at Mankato West High School, where students have returned in-person after public health restrictions due to the pandemic prevented them from doing so.

  Local leaders team up to combat food insecurity

With food insecurity being a growing issue across the nation, the Wooden Spoon has partnered up with area leaders to create the South Central Minnesota Recovery Project.

  One-on-one: Gov. Tim Walz on vaccines, schools and Minnesota’s summer outlook

KEYC News Now’s Lauren Andrego speaks exclusively to Gov. Walz about the State of the State address, his outlook on summer and his concerns for Minnesota students’ lost learning time.

  Mankato, Truman residents share the mic with Minn. leaders

Two women from Mankato and Truman shared the mic by taking over the social media channels of prominent female leaders in the state on Friday.

  Tips and tricks for a successful gardening season

With sunshine and warmer weather becoming more common in southern Minnesota, many residents are wondering when the right time is to break out the gardening tools for the season.

  Boys Scouts supporting local food shelves with Scouting for Food event

Boys Scouts from Twin Valley Council will be hosting their annual food drive this weekend.

  Mankato West preparing to host Walz’s State of the State address

Gov. Tim Walz will deliver the State of the State address Sunday from his former classroom at Mankato West High School.

  Minnesota Emergency Response Initiative looking to double reach from last year

AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative is looking to double their reach in 2021.

  Registration open for Girls on the Run 5K

Registration is now open for the Girls on the Run 5K.

  Goose Lake residents spotting more bald eagles this year

Dozens of bald eagles have been spotted on Goose Lake outside of Waseca this week.

  North Links Golf Course making final preparations for season

Much of Minnesota is saying goodbye to colder temperatures and winter sports and hello to warmer temperatures and spring activities.

  Economic development grant helping southern Minnesota

More than $200,000 is invested into the region to prepare the economy for the worst, like a natural disaster or economic downfall.

  Openings available on two Mankato citizen committees

Committees meet monthly and make recommendations to the Mankato City Council about their respective service areas

  New Ulm Medical Center named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for 10th time

Compiled by The Chartis Group, this program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals.

  App helps first responders approach people in crisis

Mankato Public Safety partners with Vitals Aware Services to enhance public safety service to those with special needs.

  Vaccinations begin at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

The large-scale Mankato site is the seventh permanent Community Vaccination site in Minnesota, joining Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester, Bloomington, Saint Paul and St. Cloud.

  South Central College medical students assist at COVID-19 vaccination clinics

South Central College medical students gained real world experience by administering COVID-19 vaccines at vaccination clinics in Brown County.

  Connections Shelter to debut Shelter Church on Easter Sunday

Connections Ministry in Mankato, known for its community overnight shelter, has big plans in the works for the upcoming holiday.

  Local drive collects essential items for domestic violence survivors

The Coffee Hag and Moving Our Futures Forward organization have teamed up to host an event to raise funds and collect essential items for domestic violence survivors.

  Mankato East student qualifies for national speech competition

Gavin Davis, a junior at Mankato East High School, has participated in speech since seventh grade. Now in his fifth season, Gavin is celebrating an incredible achievement.

  62 years after fire interrupts movie, Flame Theatre gives second-chance showing

Staff at the historic Flame Theatre are tackling unfinished business. It dates back more than sixty years, when tragedy struck the then State Theater.

  Salons at full capacity after year of shutdowns, restrictions

Breanna Kelly is a Mankato-area native and mother of two young girls. She also owns a young business.

  South Central College partners with schools for online Career Navigator program

High schools in the area are encouraging ninth-grade students to explore their options after high school with the online navigator program.

  Pickleball is coming to Mankato

Indoor pickleball facility is coming to Mankato

  COVID-19 vaccine pop-up shop helping area veterans

It’s a pop-up shop for COVID-19 vaccines organizers call a huge step in the right direction.

  Area organizations award nonprofits grants

They are awarding $160,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations across the region.

  With eased restrictions, restaurants find safe ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

At the Circle Inn on Belgrade Avenue, owner Jeni Bobholz is feeling lucky.

  Mankato West student-led group launches ‘Her Drive’

The group is hosting two drives to collect feminine products for women in need in the community.

  Celebrating National Small Business Development Center Day

Businesses across the nation celebrated National Small Business Development Center Day Wednesday.

  383 MAPS students in quarantine, 29 active cases district wide

The district says it’s doing everything it can to keep schools open.

  Living Earth Center partners with county to manage Blue Earth County Community Farm

The partnership aims to bring together volunteers to grow food for the community.

  Basketball referee shortage hitting southern Minnesota

Mankato Area Officials Association says they have always struggled with finding refs to officiate games, but this year has been historic.

  Fitness centers adjusting to new, dialed back restrictions

The loosened restrictions means the fitness destinations get their numbers and revenue up and avid gym goers’ heart rates up.

  Area shops preparing for prom season

Last year, the pandemic put a stop to the timeless tradition within many school districts.