Meat-a-palooza brings farmers, producers, consumers together

Producers hope visitors come out with a greater appreciation of farmers and producers and their necessity to all of us.

  Local salon hosts fashion and food fundraiser

  Ag students feed community with help of greenhouse

  Local clinic receives grant

  Hy-Vee expands footprint in southern Minnesota

Recall: Taquitos and chimichangas may have plastic in them

With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

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  Minneapolis closes indoor bar areas as virus cases rise

  Brunch Fun: New Eatery gets creative with refreshing beverages

  Local boy puts others first

  Food preservation webinars to educate, guide in process

  Rapidan Dam Store remains busy after opening July 1

  St. Peter’s Children’s Weekend Food Program receives $2,500 grant

  USMCA takes effect, set to benefit multiple industries

The replacement of the 26-year-old NAFTA between the United States, Mexico and Canada provides a positive impact on multiple industries.

  Breweries are heavily reliant on a clean atmosphere for production

Mankato Brewery just recently switched again to outside-only seating with the recent outbreak that occurred in the Mankato area.

  Flash flooding damages Valley Veggies and Flowers

Flash flooding caused by heavy rain Sunday evening and Monday morning submerged Valley Veggies and Flowers along Highway 68 under almost 12 inches of water.

  USMCA to take effect Wednesday, provide trade stability for farmers

As trade halted across the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, the USMCA trade deal provides stability for producers across the country during uncertain times.

  Food drive in Mankato addresses growing food insecurity

  Data: Minnesota will see increase in food insecurity

New grants made available in response to disruptions from COVID-19 on farm to school markets

Applebee’s temporarily closing as employees test positive for COVID-19

  New tea house opens its doors in downtown Mankato

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

  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.

  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.

  Mankato Area Public Schools participating in USDA summer food service, free meals for area youth

Starting Wednesday, Mankato Area Public Schools is participating in the USDA’s summer food service program, offering free meals to area youth.

  Lunch rush in downtown Mankato as indoor dining gets the green light

Indoor dining became a long-awaited reality today as bars and restaurants could welcome patrons back inside.

Bars, restaurants adapting to Phase Three of #StaySafeMN

Minnesota's Stay Safe plan is turning the dial to phase three on Wednesday, and many enterprises are implementing the new guidelines.

  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.

  Indoor services for restaurants, bars, fitness centers, more can reopen June 10

Gov. Walz announces phase III of reopening businesses, loosening restrictions on some and allowing others to finally open.

  UMN Extension provides resources on how to butcher a pig for home use

The University of Minnesota Extension recently released a video tutorial and helpful information on how to butcher a pig for home use.

  North Mankato Farmers’ Market opens

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

  Restaurants adapt to patio rules

Much like hair salons, restaurants are navigating the new laws and opening up across Minnesota.

  Iowa reports virus outbreak at Tyson pork processing plant

Of more than 2,500 employees tested at the Tyson pork processing plant in Storm Lake, 555 have tested positive.

Northwest Iowa county with meat plant sees coronavirus spike

The state health department reported 493 cases since Friday in Buena Vista County, where a Tyson pork processing plant is located in Storm Lake.

  Restaurants react to new Governor orders

Gov. Tim Walz has announced restaurants can open with a maximum of 50 occupants for outdoor seating only beginning June 1. Reactions since have been all over the spectrum.

  Facebook group connects local producers in Minnesota directly to consumers

While America’s food system is tested and food supply becomes a concern, one Minnesotan is taking matters into her own hands and connecting local producers directly to consumers.

  Minnesota bars, restaurants, learn reopening rules Wednesday

Many establishments have been trying to stay alive with takeout and deliveries since they were closed two months ago.

Iowa farmers nearly complete corn, soybean planting

Farmers had planted 86% of the soybean crop, also nearly a month ahead of last year and three weeks earlier than the average.

  Food Allergy Awareness Week: Signs, symptoms, resources

A look at food allergies and how a local mother is using her experience to help others.

Exclusive with Ivanka Trump: New USDA program aims to help farmers and families in need

The Department of Agriculture is buying up to $3 billion in produce, dairy and meat from wholesalers and distributors across the country. They are calling it the Farmers to Families Food Box program.

  Hog surplus swamps local butchers

Fulton says many small area meat lockers, including Blondies, are booked until February or March 2021.

  Iowa to reopen restaurants, salons, barber shops and gyms

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that she’s lifting an order that closed restaurants in 22 counties, including the largest metropolitan areas.

Seneca Foods buys former Del Monte plant in Sleepy Eye

Seneca hasn't released details on its specific plan for the plant.

  Leaders on food production, delivery discuss America’s food system

Discussions centered around the food system and the fact that many Americans are struggling to feed their families while farmers are having to put product to waste.

Outbreak at Tyson plant infected 1,031 workers, county says

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that 444 workers at the plant had tested positive.

After COVID outbreak, Iowa turkey plant to furlough workers

An Iowa turkey plant that is the site of a coronavirus outbreak says that hundreds of employees will be furloughed this fall due to the nation’s economic collapse.

  Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store to reopen this weekend

Robert Wagner, owner of Jim’s Apple Farm (also known as Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store), successfully made his case to Gov. Tim Walz that candy - while the most prominent part of his family’s business - isn’t all of it.

  Bipartisan push for investigation into anti-competitive practices by meatpackers in cattle industry

With 80% of the beef processing market controlled by four beef processors while meat packers receive record high profits and cattle ranchers see record low profits, it has several states calling foul play.

SouthPoint Foundation donates $7,000 to local food banks

The SouthPoint Foundation announced Thursday it has donated $7,000 to local food banks

Pence to visit Iowa to discuss reopening religious services

The visit comes a week after Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said she would lift restrictions on religious gatherings as long as they observe social distancing guidelines and increase sanitation efforts.

Mankato Area Public Schools surpasses 100,000 meals given out during pandemic

On day one, just 496 meals were given out. Since then, it has grown over 1,000%.

  Track the latest business reopenings with the KEYC Business Guide

You can find our business guide by clicking here, or by downloading the free KEYC News Now app for your iOS and Android devices.

Hy-Vee to limit meat purchases

The chain says they will limit customers to four packages of meat.

  Enrollment now open for FOCP Weekend Summer Feeding Program

Feeding Our Communities Partners summer program delivers packs of food for students in need of weekend food assistance in the summer months

  Theater offers curbside popcorn pickup

Amid social distancing guidelines, the Flame Theater in Wells gives people the chance to enjoy movie theater popcorn from the safety and comfort of their homes.

  BENCHS expands foodshare program, assists local pet owners

After receiving a grant from the Mankato Area Foundation, BENCHS increased the amount of pet food they're able to stock and brought in several more pallets.

Hy-Vee to require employees to wear face masks while on the job

The new requirement took effect Monday, April 27, in an effort to protect both employees and customers.

  Vendors taking preorders ahead of Mankato Farmers’ Market

The Mankato Farmers’ Market is gearing up to continue its 40-year tradition, and this year they’re doing something a little different before opening day.

Hormel subsidiary shuts down 2 Minnesota turkey plants

They’re the latest to be shut down as meat processing plants around the country wrestle with workers in close quarters being afflicted by the virus.

Fairmont Foods closes for weekend after employee diagnosed with COVID-19

Fairmont Foods announced Friday that it will close over the weekend after one of its employees was diagnosed with COVID-19.

  Pork producers face tough decisions amid processing plant closures and tough markets

Once optimistic about markets before the coronavirus pandemic, some are now worried the payout from the government won’t be enough for all producers to make it out still in business.

  SNAP recipients to receive emergency assistance

Minnesota is receiving about $55 million in emergency SNAP aid through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  Living Earth Center promotes sustainability, growing food in community garden

Living Earth Center promotes community garden and ways to practice sustainable living from home

  List of uncertainties for America’s farmers, ranchers continues to grow

Monday’s announcement of the indefinite closure of JBS in Worthington comes just days after Smithfield Foods announced the closure of their pork processing plant in Sioux Falls.

Iowa meat plants must stay open despite risks, governor says

Reynolds acknowledged at a news conference that the virus spreads quickly and easily at the plants because so many workers are in close proximity.

  Driveway food donations begin Saturday in Lake Crystal

Volunteers will pick-up those donations starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow within the immediate city limits.

  Minnesota Senate backs beer and wine to go amid pandemic

The House is expected to approve the bill Friday and send it to Gov. Tim Walz, who says he will sign it.

  Smithfield Foods to donate 10 million pounds of protein as part of COVID-19 response

Smithfield Foods is planning on temporarily closing its Sioux Falls plant after dozens of employees tested positive for COVID-19.

  Local business hands out thousands of pounds of free food

This is the fifth community Michael Foods has been able to hand out food to in the last couple weeks.

  Local breweries still working their magic, offer curbside pick-up

Local breweries have had to change how they keep peoples’ thirst quenched, and despite limiting sit-down access to taprooms, they’re still steeping some of the good stuff.

Over 40,000 pounds of sausage products recalled

To protect consumers, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is encouraging anyone who purchased these products to not consume them and throw them away.

  Schell’s Brewery planning expansion

The expansion plan involves moving inventory and the Starkeller to an empty building known by much of the town.

Hy-Vee to offer curbside meals at more than 200 locations

Through Hy-Vee’s Mealtime To Go offerings, customers can order hot, prepared foods, along with take-and-bake meals. Meals include selections from Asian, Hickory House, sandwiches, breakfast, sushi and take-and-bake items.

  FOCP reflects on 10 years of feeding area children

Feeding our Community Partners reflects on 10 years of serving area children meals, with initiatives like the Backpack Food Program.

Tyson Foods suspends Iowa pork plant after virus outbreak

Spokesman Gary Mickelson said the suspension went into effect on Monday at the plant in Columbus Junction.

Hy-Vee dedicates 1 hour of Aisles Online shopping to high-risk customers, partners with DoorDash

Hy-Vee, Inc. announced Tuesday that it will be reserving one hour of Hy-Vee Aisles Online shopping time slots each day for customers who are considered “high-risk” for contracting the COVID-19 virus.

  Bed and Breakfasts struggle as lodging facilities are overlooked in Minnesota amidst economic downfall

B&B’s in the state have no source of income and minimal financial help in Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Orders.

City of Mankato resumes organic recycling collection, MSU Mankato’s Campus Kitchen halts operations

The City of Mankato previously suspended organic recycling collection, but a city spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that after further review, the processor had determined that they could safely continue providing service at this time.

Mankato Area Public Schools to transition lunch pick-up from Kennedy to Rosa Parks Elementary School

Mankato Area Public Schools announced Monday that lunch pick-up services will begin at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Tuesday, March 31.

  Grant funding supports ending hunger, homelessness

Consolidated Communications’ Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is awarding $141,000 in grants to 20 local non-profits, the company announced in a press release Friday.