United Way’s Women with Heart Luncheon breaks fundraising record

It was an increase of more than $30,000 in pledges from last year’s then-record amount

  Planned Parenthood rejects abortion “gag order,” exits Title X program

  2nd Annual Kids Health and Fitness Expo

Medicaid benefit to be made available to Minnesota seniors starting July 2020

  55+ year olds participate in SAIL class

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

  Severe lung damage may be linked to vaping, health officials say

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  Freedom Home Care team raises money for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Minnesota-based Juniper receives National Aging Innovations Award

  Severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping

Walz calls for legislative hearings on gun safety, insulin

  Bride with a brain tumor makes “phenomenal” recovery

  Play for a Cure kicks off in Fairmont

  Faribault County Relay for Life remembers lives lost and celebrates survivors

More than 200 walkers and 2,800 luminaries and counting adorned the Faribault County Fairgrounds Friday in Blue Earth for Relay for Life.

  Mental health and family communication take center stage at Farmfest

After some tension in talks with Sonny Perdue and congress men and women Wednesday at the listening session at Farmfest, a speaker and farmer brought a little humor Thursday, August 8, to the grounds while still sharing a dire and timely message.

  CADA able to provide free counseling because of Greater Mankato Area United Way

$2.06 million is allocated to 36 agencies.

  Women with Heart Luncheon attracts record number of attendees

Every year, women from Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca Counties come together to give to those in need.

  Brain surgery won’t stop Blue Earth woman from walking down aisle Saturday

  Body Concepts collaborates with meditation teacher for a series of classes

  19th annual golf tournament in support of cancer research

  Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital nationwide by U.S. News & World Report

  Power of Produce program promoting healthy food

  A survivor of two transplants strives to attend motorcycle rally

  Kasota man finds passion, path to help other veterans

Efraim Cadriel has found another calling later in life since he discovered the healing power of mushrooms.

  Hastings dances out of chemotherapy

Jean Ann Hastings was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in February. Today, she danced her way out of chemo with a flash mob at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

  Watonwan County Relay for Life helps lead fight against cancer

The crowds showed up in force to honor all those impacted by cancer.

  Reps. Considine and Munson give legislative update

As many new laws start to go into effect in the coming weeks, KEYC is taking a look at what lawmakers are prioritizing for the summer and the next legislative session.

  Yellow Line Project reflects on progress made, looks toward future of program

For the last four years the Yellow Line Project in Blue Earth County has served people who come into contact with law enforcement, focusing on mental health and chemical dependency.

Midwest wildlife officials discuss chronic wasting disease

Midwest wildlife officials gathered Wednesday to discuss how they might better combat chronic wasting disease, which has been spreading through the region’s deer herds with no end in sight.

First-of-its-kind in Mankato expressive dance at Sun Moon Yoga

The DJ, known as CNDRM, often plays at bars in the area, but is setting a new scene at Sun Moon Yoga with ecstatic dance.

  Relay for Life of Blue Earth County honors all those touched by cancer

Funds raised benefit local programs and cancer research.

  Troop 95 makes special delivery to Mankato hospitals

Boy Scouts Troop 95 made a special delivery to some Mankato hospitals on Friday afternoon.

  River Valley CoC announces end to veteran homelessness in Southeast Minnesota

Looking to become the fourth state to end veteran homelessness, five out of Minnesota's 10 CoC's have ended veteran homelessness.

  Researchers testing new method to treat pancreatic cancer

Researchers are testing a promising new method to treat the disease.

  Make-A-Wish makes dreams come true for local 7-year-old boy

It was a collective community effort to ensure seven-year-old Gabe Wargelin’s wishes, indeed came true for his day.

  American Red Cross in emergency need of blood donations

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

  Faribault Wildlife Sanctuary Introduces “Yoga with Foxes”

A fox wildlife sanctuary in Faribault is holding their first-ever “Yoga with Foxes” event to better socialize the animals with humans.

Minnesota health plans seek only modest premium increases

GOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says the steady or falling rates show Minnesota’s reinsurance program is working.

Boaters sickened on Lake Minnetonka on July 4th

Hennepin County has received more than 30 reports from people experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or cramps after holiday celebrations on boats in the area.

New discovery could stop infectious ‘super-bugs’

Researchers in England may have discovered a way to combat infections that have become resistant to antibiotics.

Ex-Sen. Coleman of Minnesota to have part of lungs removed

Coleman wrote he is “not intending to give any quarter in this war against the beast.”

  Hometown Business Connection: Optivus Physical Therapy

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

Freeborn County to join federal lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

Freeborn County will join 10 other Minnesota counties.

  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.

  Minnesota sees a 2% decline in abortions in 2018

The overall number of abortions performed in Minnesota declined by 2% in 2018.

  His Haven Ranch heals with horses

Horses at His Haven Ranch are helping people find healing in their everyday lives.

  Keeping cool in the heat

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

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.

MCHC offers free sports physicals for area athletes

The Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) will be offering free sports physicals to area athletes through August 30.

  Doctors warn of unpredictability of fireworks

Health officials say every single year, thousands of accidents resulting in about 10,000 emergency room visits occur across the country, proving that fireworks are dangerous.

  New Ulm Diocese reaches settlement in sexual abuse lawsuit

93 people say they were sexually abused by priests and others within the diocese.

  Tobacco 21 begins in Mankato

Mankato follows more than 30 cities in the state in enacting the ordinance.

MN Senior Medicare Patrol advises elderly on how to detect healthcare scams

Seniors who live in an assisted living center are one of the most targeted age groups when it comes not only to healthcare scams, but scams in general.

  Importance of sports physicals

The routine checkup can help address underlying issues.

  A lesson in plyometrics with JP Fitness

Mason Holecek with JP Fitness in Mankato joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to offer a lesson in plyometrics and the benefits it can offer for people.

  Free diabetes prevention program begins

The VINE Adult Community Center in Mankato will be offering a series of free diabetes prevention classes for the 5th time.

  Truman children assist with school garden

Truman Schools are incorporating fresh veggies in their lunch straight from their own garden started this summer.

  Previous patients of Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato share their stories at award luncheon

Tuesday, previous patients of Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato shared their stories at a luncheon.

’Financially Caring for a Disabled Child’: local author, attorney discusses new book

Kiecker says anyone with a child who is currently on or may benefit from Medicaid or Medical Assistance programs will benefit from this book.

  Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota nurses end strike, agree new terms

The company also agreed to provide the nurses with their largest wage increases in a decade.

  The Original Brat Dogs makes its mark on Minnesota

The Original Brat Dogs food stand is growing rapidly and making appearances all around Minnesota.

St. Peter’s River’s Edge Hospital receives award for patient safety

River’s Edge Hospital also received the award in 2016

  Gov. Walz tackles insulin prices

Advocates and health care providers say 1 in 4 people who depend on insulin to live are rationing or doing without.

  North Mankato Farmers Market opens for the summer

The North Mankato Farmers Market remains open weekly until October.

  Cool cap prevents hair loss for cancer patients

A revamped cooling cap is available that reduces blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, limiting the amount of chemotherapy drugs hair follicles are exposed to.

  Teaching healthy habits at the Children’s Museum

Visit the museum on Fridays to seek health advice for your kids from a physician.