ISD77 students to return to in-person hybrid learning

Mankato Area Public Schools has made plans to shift students back into hybrid learning.

MNRAAA invites community members to learn about Medicare

  Mankato Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign reaches $500,000 goal

  Mankato parks now equipped with free Wi-Fi access

Arts Center of Saint Peter announces details for ‘Souper Bowl’ event

  Clinical trials underway to test COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness for children

  Mankato offers free recycling of natural holiday trees

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  Elderly LVAD recipient reaches 10 year milestone, inspires others

  Ney Nature Centers hosts family-friendly outdoor winter activities

Brown County Historical Society awarded grant for second phase of inventory project

City of Mankato accepting applications for Community Grant Program

  Through shutdowns and restrictions, local restaurants get creative

  Restaurant owners ready to resume indoor dining

  The Blue Boat: A dining, art, music experience

New café offers diverse foods, art gallery, eco-retail and live music.

  City of North Mankato acquires Mankato/North Mankato’s Youth Football League

City of North Mankato announces acquisition of local youth football league.

  410 Project gives area youth a voice

The 410 Project in Mankato is giving local youth the chance to let their voices be heard.

  $25,000 pledged to match donations to United Way’s 2021 campaign

Greater Mankato United Way’s 2021 campaign is running behind on donations, but a local foundation is stepping up to help the initiative reach its goal.

Mankato Public Safety’s wreath campaign reports 3 fires over the holidays

  Local veteran goes viral after taking a stand against suicide

  Opioid crisis worsens amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mankato man coordinates neighborhood ice skating rink for 21st year

  Community lends a hand as Vernon Center Market staff begins picking up the pieces

  North Mankato Taylor Library hosts snowman building contest

  KEYC News Now 2020 Good News

While the year has been filled with many ups and downs, we’re looking back at some of the stories this year that left us filled with hope.

  Mankato Salvation Army extends Red Kettle program into January

Their goal for the year is half a million dollars.

New FAA rules may lead to drones delivering packages on our doorsteps

The Federal Aviation Administration established new rules for drone usage on Monday.

BENCO Electric gives tips on how to prepare for winter storms

BENCO Electric weighs in on the best steps to take in preparation for a snow storm.

  Local teen creates video game to promote COVID-19 vaccine

With more free time on his hands this year, 16 year-old Josh Ternyak decided to make his entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

  Sixteenth annual Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride pays tribute to those executed in Mankato

Participants of the 16th annual Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride made their journey on horseback through aggressive winds, below freezing temperatures and harsh blizzard conditions.

  Grace Lutheran Church keeps Christmas day tradition alive

For some, going to church on Christmas Day is a tradition that reminds people that gifts aren’t at the center of the holiday.

Churches sit empty on Christmas Day

As many folks gather with their loved ones to celebrate the Christmas holiday today, local churches are sitting empty.

  Facing shortfall, Salvation Army Red Kettles to remain out into January

Virtual Red Kettles will be available into January at some area grocery stores

  Internship gives nursing students hands-on experience amid COVID-19

Nursing students at Minnesota State University, Mankato now have the ability to gather hands-on experience through a newly established winter internship at area hospitals.

Bridge Plaza makes progress on construction

Bridge Plaza in Mankato has made lots of progress on the construction of their new building. Centrally located in downtown, the complex will provide many services to the local community.

  Local experts weigh in on talking politics over the holidays

With a recent general election, active movements and a new president-elect, this year’s holiday gatherings are destined to develop discussions about politics.

MDH reminds Minnesotans to keep their guard up against COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding residents and essential workers to continue to follow safety guidelines as the fight against COVID-19 is as active as ever, especially in the holiday season.

  Local restaurants adapt to new COVID-19 guidelines

Under new state COVID-19 guidelines going into effect this weekend, bars and restaurants are allowed to offer outdoor dining options at either 50% capacity or no more than 100 people at a time. Customers also need to remain seated while eating.

Mankato Toys for Tots distributes gifts to over 3,000 kids

Toys for Tots held a distribution event in Mankato, where over 3,000 children received Christmas gifts.

  Mankato musicians form Coffee Hag Choir to perform ‘Let it Be’

The pandemic has left few opportunities for musicians across the country to perform, including Mankato’s music scene.

  St. Peter man turns retirement hobby into booming business

One St. Peter man’s retirement hobby has boomed into a whole new business after spending much of his life buying and selling logs.

  More than 2,400 people receive gift cards through Holiday Sharing Tree

Despite challenges brought on by the pandemic, the Holiday Sharing Tree continues its mission to provide gifts to those in need this holiday season.

  Mankato churches adding light to dark year

Four churches in the Mankato area have come together to create ‘Light the Night’ to give the community hope and light.

  LCWM senior advocates for blood donations by sharing personal story

Emily Johnson credits blood donors for helping save her mother's life.

  Mankato Public Safety donates thousands of toys to local kids

Mankato Public Safety donate toys for the Toys for Tots campaign.

  Community members help “stuff the bus” with items for those with housing needs

“Do Good Bus” collected gifts and household items benefiting Partners for Housing.

  Mankato Salvation Army shows thanks to assisted-living community staff members

“They’ve had to provide an even more intense level of service to the most vulnerable in our population,” said Mankato Salvation Army Lt. Andy Wheeler. “We just wanted to take a moment and say ‘thank you.’"

  Mankato West baseball stepping up to help local businesses

The Scarlets are hoping to sell 250 gift cards by Dec. 21.

  Hanukkah celebration brings people together in Mankato

Organizers say events like Tuesday’s are important to help fellow believers of the Jewish faith find joy and comfort this year.

  Donor to match $35,000 in Greater Mankato Area United Way donations

An anonymous donor committed Tuesday to match up to $35,000 for the Greater Mankato Area United Way’s 2021 campaign.

  New Ulm’s Way of the Cross added to National Register of Historic Places

The Way of the Cross was completed in 1904 and renovated in 2004 and 2018. Its 14 stations with statues imported from Bavaria provide a quiet, reflective walk up a 700-foot brick path to a chapel.

  Local partners matching donations to Salvation Army’s Red Kettles

The Salvation Army of Mankato is getting an extra boost towards their fundraising goal for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign.

  Online registration for Toys for Tots closes Wednesday

Time is winding down in order to register to receive a toy through the Toys for Tots campaign.

  Christmas trees sold fast this year, but there’s still a few left up for grabs

If you’re still in need of a Christmas tree this holiday season look no further because the Y’s Club of Mankato has a few dozen left - but they’re going fast.

  Salvation Army delivering lunch to caregivers

The Mankato Salvation Army is giving back to senior caregivers who’ve been putting in long hours since March.

  Local pet sanctuary in need of donations amid COVID-19 impact

The family-owned facility houses numerous animals, predominantly felines, who are abandoned, unwanted, and helpless.

  How to avoid stolen packages over the holidays

The holidays are upon us, and with online shopping comes the risk of having packages stolen from your doorstep.

  Organizations host event to help local food insecurity

Food insecurity is a growing problem in our region, but local organizations are coming together to help.

  Be a Santa to a Senior program in need of donors

The program provides Mankato seniors with holiday gifts.

  Santa Claus makes a surprise visit to Mankato

Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Mankato Thursday just a few weeks ahead of the big day.

  ‘Coins for a Cause’ fundraiser raises funds for food shelves

People can donate loose change outside the Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union building in Mankato on Friday.

  Mankato Public Safety adds new programs

Another big part of the new adjustments will be to focus just as much on the mental and emotional health of their task force as they do on the physical health.

Blue Earth County offers free recycling for holiday lights

Blue Earth County is helping keep the holidays green this season.

  Loyola 8th grader distributing baskets of winter essentials to Mankato’s homeless

A Loyola eighth grader saw a need in his community, and with the help of others, he’s bringing Christmas joy to those who need it most.

  Mankato Area Public Schools launches new Online Study Center

They are offering a free Online Study Center for students in grades 6-12 who are in Mankato Area Public Schools.

  Greater Mankato Area United Way gets closer to goal

The Honey Hold ice house is valued at $12,500.

  Cedar Mountain Schools educator awarded Golden Apple

Bringing humor into the classroom and adding fun to tough lessons, are a few of the reasons students nominated this teacher.

  Connections Shelter receives $50,000 grant

A new grant awarded to Connections Shelter in Mankato will allow for the hire of its first full-time staff member.

  CADA partners with youth to combat violence

The Committee Against Domestic Abuse announces a partnership with Mankato youth to combat violence within the community.

  Hundreds of gifts still needed for Holiday Sharing Tree

The deadline to return purchased gifts is Sunday at 5 p.m.

  Moments Hospice trailer drives around Minnesota, helps stock local food shelves through donations

The food donations will be given to ECHO Food Shelf to assist the local food bank in its mission to feed families.

  Young entrepreneur helps Mankato go green

A Mankato girl used her extra free time this year to develop a business that helps locals go green.

  Hosanna Lutheran Church prepares for Christmas Celebration

Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato will be hosting a Christmas celebration Wednesday.

  Sign up begins for Christmas Food Basket program

Sign up began Monday for the Mankato Salvation Army’s Christmas Food Basket program.

  West Mankato Holiday Lights bring festive cheer to Mankato

West Mankato Holiday Lights started on Sunday and will run through Christmas Day. Anyone looking for some holiday fun can check out the light displays in the west Mankato neighborhood.

  Unsolved missing person cases find new hope

At the age of nine, Taryn Wishcop of Mankato experienced the trauma of abduction firsthand. “I felt very alone. Like nobody else had experienced what I experienced,” said Wishcop.

  Mankato Brewery thanking health care workers with free beer

The Mankato Brewery says not all heroes wear capes, but some definitely wear scrubs.

  Singing Hills Chorus prepares for ‘I Will Sing’ virtual concert

Singing Hills Chorus will present its “I Will Sing” concert Saturday afternoon.

  ‘Amy’s Angels’ spreads holiday cheer to children in need

The program connects sponsors with children in need of holiday gifts.

  Community comes together through Christmas lights

The lights will be on throughout the holiday season, but the event itself is on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

  Mapleton spreads Christmas joy with holiday lights

The volunteers came together to hang Christmas lights on the trees outside Mapleton Community Home.

  Downtown Waseca lands on National Historic Register

Take a look at the shops along Waseca’s State Street, and you’ll find buildings with unique architectural features that take you back in time.