Campers get festive with 4th of July campsite decorating contest

Campers at Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground compete for a free week of camping, with a 4th of July campsite decorating contest.

  City of Mankato urges citizens to apply for citizen commissions

  Food drive in Mankato addresses growing food insecurity

  Mankato City Council sets date for virtual public hearing for emergency face mask ordinance

  Rally for Racial Justice at Sibley Park honors victims of injustice

Lafayette Fire Chief transitions to rehab facility

  Minnesota State’s Richards begins coaching career with Mankato Peppers

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  Motor sports enthusiasts restore race car

  Local violinist spreads joy through music for assisted-living facility residents

  House of Hope to resume services soon

  Rally for Racial Justice to be held at Sibley Park

  Waseca County Horse Thief Detectives to host conference call for 156th annual meeting

  Guiding caregivers through unique challenges

  Nobel Conference to be hosted virtually; focus on ‘Cancer in the age of Biotechnology’

This year’s topic, Cancer in the Age of Biotechnology, will be discussed in an online format through a mix of expert lectures, audience engagement and breakout sessions.

  Mankato City Manager Patrick Hentges to retire

He has held his current role since 1996.

  University archives seeking community’s pandemic stories

The University Archives at Minnesota State University, Mankato is working on a COVID-19 community history project and is asking the community for help in sharing their experiences.

  Mandatory masks could be coming to Mankato

While an ordinance for mandatory masks is several steps away, local businesses and customers already have very strong opinions about the idea.

  Unique summer camp goes virtual

Tourtellotte Pool scheduled to open Wednesday

  Mankato designated a Purple Heart City

YWCA receives $80,000 grant from Otto Bremer Trust

  Greater Mankato Area United Way announces 2021 campaign chair

23 organizations awarded grants from MNRAAA

  Greater Mankato Diversity Council to hold Freedom March for Juneteenth

To celebrate Juneteeth, the Greater Mankato Diversity Council will hold a Freedom March on Saturday starting on the North Mankato side of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

  Cobra gunship installed at Martin County Veterans Memorial

Built in 1966, the cobra deployed to Vietnam where it flew combat missions in Laos and Cambodia - even getting shot down twice.

  Volunteers give back during United Way’s Week of Action

Greater Mankato Area United Way’s Week of Action promotes volunteerism in the community.

  New tea house opens its doors in downtown Mankato

Karshe Tea is an East African infused tea house that opened its doors on June 12.

Mankato, New Ulm Hy-Vee locations giving away over 17,000 free peaches on Thursday

The giveaway will begin at 10 a.m. at all locations and continue until 12 p.m., or while supplies last.

GoFundMe raising thousands for Lafayette Fire Chief after he experiences bleeding of the brain

A GoFundMe has raised over $4,000 by Tuesday evening for Lafayette Fire Chief Scott VanDeest, who was found unresponsive by his wife on June 8.

  Live entertainment industry navigates through COVID-19 changes

The people behind live entertainment, including community plays and independent productions, have had to get creative in recent months.

ECHO Food Shelf receives $7,500 donation from Consolidated Communications

The donation was part of the broadband and business communication provider’s efforts to support individuals and families affected by COVID-19 in the communities it serves.

  Thielen, area athletes break in new ETS Performance facility

Thielen got the chance to break in the facility just as local athletes have been since its doors opened on Monday, June 8.

  Mankato Symphony Orchestra unveils new logo

This year, the group has a new director and a new logo, hoping to take the Orchestra to the next level.

  Local artist’s featured piece on Walking Sculpture Tour celebrates diversity

Marty Leenhouts’s piece titled “You” one of the 24 new sculptures displayed on the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour.

  24 new sculptures coming for CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour

The art installation will feature work from artists from across North America, including pieces by Minnesota sculptors.

  Local Musician overcoming obstacles of COVID-19

Last year, The Jeremy Poland Band did more than 170 shows across the region. This year is a much different story

  Habitat for Humanity back to building after COVID-19 delays

The pandemic also shut down the ReStore, which has led to a $125,000 loss in revenue.

  Mankato’s Ophthalmology Associates donates 130 tablets to regional senior care facilities

To bring the vision to life, they partnered with the Greater Mankato Area United Way and got funding for 130 Kindle Fire Tablets.

  Spring Lake Park Swim Facility to reopen next week

The City of North Mankato announced the opening of the Spring Lake Park pool for the 2020 season on Wednesday.

  Blue Earth County Historical Society hosts virtual pub crawl

The historical society says the virtual pub crawl gives them an opportunity to share more information from new places not previously featured.

  Unveiling of Prince statue in Henderson delayed

Leading up the unveiling, the organization raised $40,000 for the statue in honor of Prince.

  Taco truck on Madison Avenue serves up authentic Mexican cuisine

Birria Tacos has been serving hungry customers since early May and the co-owners Pierre Sadaka and Alberto Lara say they’re offering Mankato their own rendition of authentic Mexican cuisine.

Blue Earth County Fair joins list of cancellations

The fair is continuing to move forward with Compact Car Races and the Demo Derby and will make a final decision on them at our June 24th meeting.

City of St. Peter buildings to re-open Monday

The city asks that anyone coming into buildings practices social distancing.

  Sen. Nick Frentz holds virtual town hall with state, city officials

Sen. Nick Frentz hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday with state representatives and city officials to discuss racial equity and racial justice issues.

  Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System holding festival through August

Some of the festival events include in-person enhanced story walks, book clubs, ukelele sing-a-longs, craft projects, and more.

  St. Peter Arts Center reopening with new membership exhibition

The arts center adopted a COVID-19 preparedness plan and is creating a more spacious gallery for works to be viewed safely. The gallery also includes signage to encourage social distancing and a guide on-staff to direct gallery viewers.

  Gyms, fitness centers preparing to welcome back members

A look at local gyms and fitness centers as they get the OK to reopen with safety precautions amid controlling the spread of COVID-19.

WEBXTRA: Sleepy Eye community members host tractor parade for nursing home residents

This socially distanced event allowed some community members to enjoy a front-row seat under a shade tree, while others rolled down memory lane from the comfort of their room windows.

  VINE Adult Community Center to Re-Open Monday

VINE closed the Adult Community Center back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mankato’s ‘Movies Under the Stars’ event canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Mankato Area Public Schools’ Community Education and Recreation Department announced Tuesday it has canceled the “Movies Under the Stars” event due to COVID-19 concerns.

GoFundMe raises more than $44,000 for New Ulm family who lost wife, mother in motorcycle crash

The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office says the motorcycle Matt and Nicki Dummer were on struck a deer around 9:00 Saturday night in rural Nicollet County.

  United Way seeks volunteers for Week of Action

The annual event promotes volunteerism by matching volunteers to nonprofit organizations in the area.

  Martin County residents receive large free food drop as part of COVID-19 relief

Semi-trucks full of food products were distributed in Fairmont as part of a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

  Local artist revisits illustration talent for exhibit of his past, present art

Mark Braun began sketching in 1975, revisits talent, sketching for an upcoming show at the Grand Kaberet, in New Ulm.

  Local woman’s organization provides food,supplies for babies cost free

Through donations Feeding Every Baby Inc. provides formula, diapers, supplies and more for babies at no cost.

  Drive-in family movie showing comes to North Mankato

North Mankato Taylor Library to host a showing of Aladdin in the South Central blue parking lot.

  Camp Rec N’ Read adapts to COVID-19 to help children with reading, writing

Rec N’ Read, which is a part of Camp Maverick, takes place from June 8 through June 26. This three-week excursion helps children who have struggled with reading, writing and literacy grow their craft.

  Mankato Area Public Schools board addresses allegations of systemic racism

Friday evening, Sabrie and the other board members held a special meeting to address his allegations of systemic racism.

Fairmont’s Sagedahl running strong at 81

Sherwood Sagedahl is one of the best 80 to 84-year-old track and field athletes in the nation.

  Le Sueur County Veterans Officer retires, fellow veteran pays him a surprise visit

Jim Golgart served Le Sueur County veterans for 20 years and touched the lives of many in his community. One of those veterans traveled all the way from Fargo to surprise him.

  Locals presented opportunities to donate to those in need in the metro-area

Donations accepted across Mankato to be brought to Minneapolis/St. Paul following recent unrest.

  New Ulm offers community scavenger hunt

Downloading an app will lead participants to various spots throughout the community. Those who complete the 25 locations, will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize.

  Eagle Lake Tator Days moves forward as planned

While other summer celebrations like RibFest have been canceled, Eagle Lake Tator Days is still in July.

  Local leaders enlighten community by forming NAACP chapter in Mankato

Community members and leaders who are a part of the formation of a National Association of Advancement for Colored People Mankato chapter gathered at Riverfront Park on Thursday.

  Waseca Public Schools honors its retiring staff and educators

Some of those staff and teachers have worked in the district for over 30 years and among some of the retirees is superintendent Tom Lee and high school principal Jeanne Swanson.

Many alternatives were discussed, but Mankato’s RibFest has no choice but to cancel

Alternatives were discussed, like having the event at a smaller scale, but future state restrictions posed as a barrier.

How to watch Mankato Area Public Schools’ graduation ceremonies

Mankato Area Public Schools will be broadcasting the graduation ceremonies of three schools on Thursday.

  From Springfield to Augustana: Why so many Tigers wind up Vikings

The three were standouts at Springfield High School and are now competing at the same college, Augustana.

  New dog park gives residents of St. Peter options for their pet

A new dog park has been wanted by many residents of the southern Minnesota town as the other park often deals with flooding issues.

City of North Mankato reopens parks, playground equipment

The city says that park equipment is not being sanitized, so community members may use the equipment at their own risk.

  North Mankato Farmers’ Market opens

Those attending must practice social distancing and are encouraged to have a list prepared.

  Northside Hair Co. collecting donations to support the Twin Cities community

Jennifer and Richmond Clark, owners of Northside Hair Co. in lower North Mankato are collecting donations to support the Twin Cities community after the destruction caused last week.

North Mankato Medallion Hunt Kicks Off

North Mankato Taylor Library to post daily clues at noon on medallion’s location until it is found, winners will receive a prize basket.

First day for North Mankato Farmer’s Market

Today marks the first day of the North Mankato Farmers Market.

  Large crowd peacefully gathers in Mankato for rally, protesting George Floyd’s death

Crowd chanted, held signs and listened to speakers at Alexander Park, protesting the death of George Floyd and others that lost their lives in the hands of police.

  Pond Road Market outdoor sale spurs large turnout

Pond Road Market hosts outdoor garden sale and preps to safely open indoor market with social distancing guidelines.

  Community spreads joy to assisted living residents amid pandemic

Senior Living Carriage House hosts drive by parade with local police, firefighters and ambulance, aiming to bring happiness to isolated seniors.

  Justice for George Floyd protest held in Mankato

The protest began at 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Bridge before moving to Washington Park in Old Town Mankato.

  Surprise parade held for principal retiring after 31 years

Family, staff and senior students gathered for surprise farewell for Martin County West principal David Traetow.

  Eagle Lake City Council moves forward with Mankato Motorsports Park project

Construction is anticipated to begin this year and finish next year.