Local kids get creative at Camp Invention

A little different than most camps, Camp Invention allows children to solve problems related to science, technology, engineering and math with creativity and innovation.

  Mankato Area Pickleball Association seeks sales tax funding for new courts

  Local photographer turns potholes into art

  Port Authority of North Mankato holds annual meeting

  Crews at work trying to get Seven Mile Creek Park back to normal

  Unique summer camp aims to include everybody

  Trails at Benson Park closed July 16

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City of Mankato invites residents to register to host a Night to Unite event

Public art opportunity available in North Mankato

  Michigan man sentenced in Mankato for stalking ex-girlfriend

  Local craftsmen creates sculptures out of almost anything

  Ries competes against former teammates

  Government center opens doors to newest addition

  Blue Earth County Farm Family of the Year rooted in tradition

The 2019 Farm Family of the Year from Blue Earth County said the passion for their work started at the roots of their family tree.

  New owners acquire Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse

When the owners of Hilltop announced that they would be retiring, the hope was that new owners would step forward and continue on the legacy. Today that hope, became a reality.

  American Red Cross in emergency need of blood donations

Currently there is only a five day blood supply on hand.

  Madison East Center to expand

Madison East Center to expand by adding more than 20,000 square feet

BOOMCHICKAPOP owners to be featured on NPR

Winners for the North Mankato Medallion Hunt

  Businesses catching on with Tobacco 21 Ordinance, officials say.

  New ownership for Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse

North Mankato Medallion Hunt: Clues

  Another work of art is coming to Reconciliation Park

  Celebrating 120 Years of North Mankato includes idea to revitalize the Gerlach Cultural Center

Stops included the Belltower Apartments, Marigold Dairy and the area’s many historic homes. One of the places on the tour, the historic Gerlach Building.

  Mankato Area Hockey Association seeks $9 million in sales tax funding for new arena

The association said right now, they are experiencing an ice deficiency of around 600 hours compared to USA Hockey suggestions.

  How to go hands-free at the wheel

On August first, Minnesota will become the 19th state to enact laws regarding hands-free use while driving.

  Area 77 Lancers cap busy day with performance at Blakeslee

The Lancers’ performance will begin around 6:45 p.m. weather permitting.

  The Refinery opens Mankato store

It's the retail store's fourth location.

  Celebrating 120 years of community in North Mankato

The City of North Mankato is celebrating 120 years this year and they’re inviting the community to help them celebrate.

  Mankato City Council approves resolutions for airport, Highway 169 corridor study

The planned improvement through Mankato and North Mankato is aimed at improving safety at the Highway 14 interchange and other local roadway intersections, and to improve the flow of freight through the corridor.

  The hemp and CBD industry is growing in Minnesota but still sees challenges, proponents say

Those in the industry say challenges include advertising and consumer education.

  Profinium, Inc. partners with city on home improvement loan program

This partnership would help to fill a gap for those who are not eligible for the city's Community Development Block Grant owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program.

  Mankato EDA shifts the way affordable housing options are funded

Under the current program, tenants pay 30% of their income toward rent and the other revenue comes from HUD.

Storm chances move concert indoors

Civic Center officials say current tickets will be valid in a comparable location inside the Grand Hall.

  Minneopa Golf Club’s fastest growing trend: FootGolf

Gary Winters from Minneopa Golf Club joins KEYC News 12 This Morning to discuss golf’s fastest growing trend; FootGolf.

  KEYC’s Lauren Andrego gears up for LEEP Legends charity softball game

Andrego, along with many other familiar faces from around the Mankato area will all showcase their skills next week and raise money for LEEP.

  The first Miss Fun Days will be crowned on Wednesday

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and other prizes.

  Historic civic building prepares for restoration with open house

It once housed the city offices, police department, fire station, and library in North Mankato.

  Mankato Peppers wrap up Peppers Classic

"If you work hard, you play hard, you can do anything with softball."

  Local organization provides assistance to those who need baby supplies

According to Tabor, this is important, because while health insurance plans are required to provide breastfeeding support, some companies only view a manual pump as sufficient, which might not be the best option for some mothers.

  Blue Earth County Historical Society hosts genealogy talk for locals

Blue Earth County residents interested in discussing their genealogy could join a monthly discussion this morning.

  LEEP Legends recreate famous ‘Sandlot’ scene to promote upcoming game

Members of the LEEP Legends Charity Softball Team recreated the famous Sandlot scene to promote the upcoming game.

  Thunder of Drums is just days away

The pre-show begins at 6:45 and the show and competition begins at 7 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium.

  North Mankato set for the historic 2019 Medallion Hunt

The city is organizing its first ever medallion hunt with the first clue being announced July 8th.

  North Mankato takes a 120 year stroll through history

The stroll will feature an extensive historic program that will start with events during North Mankato Fun Days.

  Mankato paid on-call firefighter reaches 30 years with the department

The department is looking for others to serve.

  Mankato veterinarian’s license suspended indefinitely

Mankato Veterinarian James Rundquist’s license to practice has been suspended by the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine.

  Blue Earth County Community Farm invites public

Volunteers got their hands dirty pulling weeds and maintaining the plants in the Blue Earth County Community Farm.

Walz signs order to ease fuel delivery amid gas shortage

The emergency executive order begins Wednesday and remains in effect for 30 days or until direct assistance ends.

  On a mission: Growing in faith while expanding horizons

Soderberg and Duncan are serving on their mission, a two–year voluntary service to their faith where they go door–to–door spreading the word of the Lord.

  Way Back Wednesday: Mankato Fourth of July parade in the 1950’s

Jessica Potter with the Blue Earth County Historical Society joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to share a photo of what the 4th of July parade looked like on Front Street in Mankato in the 1950′s.

  Hometown Business Connection: Optivus Physical Therapy

A North Mankato man was once an employee of the company he now owns.

Mankato Community Band celebrates Independence Day

The Boy in Blue Committee and the Mankato Community Band teamed-up to celebrate the United States of America with a free concert for the community.

  Mankato looks to upgrade Tourtellotte Pool using sales tax funding

The last time Tourtellotte Pool received any major upgrades was in the early 80s.

Rainy Saturday leads to lower air show attendance

Planners say they anticipate another air show in Mankato in four or five years.

  Can’t get to the gym? Workout with a partner on the go

Kelsey & Hunter with Mankato Family YMCA joined KEYC News 12 This Midday to demonstrate some workouts partners can do together while on the road or away from the gym.

  Spring Lake Park Pool opening date pushed back

Recent soggy weather pushed back opening day for the Spring Lake Park Pool.

  Concrete work begins on Commerce Drive

The orange cones are up, marking the beginning of construction on North Mankato’s Commerce Drive.

North Mankato financial report shows increase in revenue

The annual report is a required state statute. Outside accounting firms oversee the process.

  UPDATE: Mankato Police release surveillance video of man suspected of armed robbery

Around 11 p.m. Friday, a man brandishing a gun demanded cash and the car keys of a victim in the parking lot of 160 Homestead Drive.

  UPDATE: Woman arrested following police chase in Mankato that ends with driver crashing into home

The vehicle crashed into a home at 1700 Fair Street around 10 this morning.

  North Mankato offers new affordable transportation option

A new daytime ridesharing service kicks off its one-year trial run today in North Mankato.

  Kiwanis Thunder of Drums takes place Tuesday, July 9

Doug Faust joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about the Kiwanis Thunder of Drums event taking place Tuesday, July 9.

  Ruby Ride starts in North Mankato today

A new daytime ridesharing service starts its one-year trial run today in North Mankato.

  Art Infusion at Cultivate Mankato

Cultivate invited families and children to help create on the walls with complete freedom.

  Spending the weekend honoring those who serve our country

Today businesses and organizations in Mankato honored and recognized those who have made sacrifices for our country.

  YMCA brother sister mentor program seeks mentor involvement

With the waitlist of youth mentees continuing to grow – there is a need for mentorship.

  Mantas dive into Red, White and Blue Meet

The meet runs this weekend from Friday through Sunday featuring 12 teams and about 500 athletes total.

  YMCA among organizations seeking a portion of up to $47 million

That money is what the city of Mankato was authorized to borrow when the Local Option Sales Tax Amendment was authorized by the state in 2017.

  Keeping cool in the heat

Temperatures for Saturday are expected to approach triple digits, topping out in the mid–90s.

  Mankato Family YMCA to open doors to Tourtellotte and Spring Lake Park pass holders

The YMCA Taylor pool has a capacity of 172. Additional admission will be restricted if that capacity is reached.

  Children’s Museum continuing agricultural education

The grant is through the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, and the museum's farm manager says it provides hands-on learning for children.

  Miss Mankato named third runner-up in 2019 Miss Minnesota Competition

Miss Mankato Emily Schumacher was awarded the third runner up & a $1,000 scholarship, making the top five and Overall Rookie Winner Scholarship by Miss Minnesota Sister to Sister.

  Tourtellotte pool closed over weekend due to swim meet

Expected heat forces the early closure Friday

  Public Utilities Commision commissioners visit Solar Park

The Public Utilities Commission commissioners stopped at Mankato's School Sisters of Notre Dame Solar Park.

Vine Adult Community Center to Host Hy-Vee A1C testing bus

The Hy-Vee Wellness Team will bring the Healthy You Mobile bus to VINE.

  Public Utilities Commission approve Huntley-Wilmarth Line route

After hours of back and forth discussing environmental impacts where the line goes over the Watonwan River, a plan was put in place and approved.

  Old Town district seeing new additions

Mankato’s Old Town district is known for its unique local shops, and now it is preparing to add another to its lineup.

  Mogwai Collaborative hosts Families First to address child care crisis

Networking, wine and conversation on pressing topics was had at Mogwai Collaborative, a shared office work space in Mankato.

  Consolidated Communications volunteers to paint Human Foosball Court

Preparations are underway with just over two months until the 6th annual United Way Human Foosball Tournament and Block Party Fundraiser.

  Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse owners announce retirement

It's been a Mankato institution since 1880. Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse will soon close, as its current owners look to pass the business on to someone new.