Bluejay nation celebrates state title

The community of Waseca came out in numbers to support the boys' basketball team.

  Inmate accused in prison worker killings pleads not guilty

UPDATE: Mavericks Men’s Hockey celebration canceled

MAPS reports surge in COVID-19 exposures, positive case counts

T-wolves owner: A-Rod, partner in agreement to buy NBA club

  Man facing charges for assaulting officer

  MDH: two additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,994 new cases

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  Local protests take place amid fatal shooting

  The Docket: St. Peter City Council debates beekeeping on private property

  Experts weigh in on keeping your pet safe this summer

  MNSU students create their own business

  Cougars host Red Wing, Owatonna for pair of matches

  Scarlets rout Northfield 7-2 to remain perfect on season

  Waseca claims first state title since 1918, Dufault nets game-winner

The Bluejays are champions of Class AA boys' basketball.

  Mayo addresses health disparities in honor of National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority populations.

  YWCA Hosts Stand Against Racism Campaign

The YWCA Mankato is hosting a month-long campaign to combat racism. Each year, the Stand Against Racism Campaign is put on by YWCA chapters across the United States.

  Annual Walking Sculpture Tour coming to an end

2020's sculpture art is coming to an end

  Breweries hit hard in Minnesota during the pandemic

  Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office warns of spam calls

Mankato Public Safety responds to sprinkler alarm

  After years of financial struggle, 2020 profitable for Minnesota farmers

  Sen. Amy Klobuchar listens to southwest Minnesota superintendents’ concerns

  Waseca prepares for second state title appearance in three-year span vs. Caledonia

  Mankato Loyola comes back to top NRHEG

Crusaders trailed by four before scoring eight runs in the bottom half of the sixth.

  MRCI Thrift Shop closing its doors in Mankato

The MRCI Thrift Shop in Mankato is closing its doors on April 30.

  Minnesota agriculture groups invest in biofuels

Millions of dollars are being invested in biofuels to support farmers and more in 2021.

  Connecting Kids program offers assistance for out-of-school activity costs

Scholarships can cover 50% to 70% of registration costs for an activity of the student’s choice.

  Watonwan County Humane Society eviction suspended pending negotiations

The eviction of the Watonwan County Humane Society has been put on hold. Earlier this year, the City of St. James unexpectedly gave the organization 90 days to relocate, which shelter leaders say is a nearly impossible task.

  North Mankato Fun Days canceled for 2021 due to pandemic

The 2021 celebration had been planned for July 7-11.

  Severe Weather Awareness Week encourages safety preparedness

Each day of the week will focus on a different safety topic.

  Pick of the Litter: Tavi

Tavi is a sweet three-year-old dog who loves people.

  Kasota woman’s dream comes true through virtual reality

Between scuba diving, jumping out of an airplane and battling multiple myeloma, you would think Aggie Morgan has seen it all, but there is one thing she has always longed for: a hot-air balloon ride.

  Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd’s death

Derek Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death May 25.

Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them “is the president’s problem.”

Iowa Supreme Court says it’s ready to handle redistricting

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn’t able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census.

Olympic Gold: Men’s gymnastics struggling to survive

The death of a 117-year-old program, one that captured championships and produced Olympians, ended with a gasp. And then a vote.

AP boys’ hockey player of year: Dodge County’s Brody Lamb

The 2021 Associated Press All-State team for Minnesota high school boys hockey, as voted on by statewide media.

Johnson adds 2 assistants with state ties to Minnesota staff

New Minnesota men’s basketball coach Ben Johnson has hired his first two assistants, both with ties to the state — including his former high school coach, Dave Thorson.

  Mankato Public Safety arrests man in connection to assualt

Mankato Public Safety has arrested a man in connection to a reported assault early Friday morning.

MDH: ten additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,659 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports ten additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 2,659 new cases.

City of North Mankato reminding pet owners of park policies

The North Mankato Parks Department is reminding pet owners to comply with city codes when walking in local parks.

  Toddler in medically-induced coma after near-drowning in Stewartville

As of Thursday morning, authorities said he was in a medically-induced coma and remains in critical conditon.

  Mankato East relying on youth in 2021

The spring athletics season is finally here after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Loyola purchasing its campus, athletic facilities on Good Council Hill

The purchase comes after the School Sisters of Notre Dame announced their campus was for sale, which has overlooked Mankato for over 100 years.

  Swea City man dies following physical altercation

Authorities in northwest Iowa say a man died Tuesday after a physical altercation with another person.

  Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

Floyd’s breathing while he was being held down by Chauvin and two other officers was too shallow to take in enough oxygen, which in turn damaged his brain and caused his heart to stop, said Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist.

Estherville man killed in motorcycle vs. pickup crash

An Estherville man was killed Wednesday evening in a crash involving a motorcycle and pickup truck.

Estherville man arrested, charged after dispute with roommate

An Estherville man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies on Wednesday following a dispute he had with a roommate.

  Mankato parks get upgrades, now have Wi-Fi capabilities

Local parks to see changes this spring

  National Library Week: Celebrating the New Ulm Public Library

The New Ulm Public Library continues to provide for the community.

  Mankato, North Mankato proclaim April 8 as ‘Maverick Hockey Day’

The Minnesota State Mavericks men’s hockey team is participating in the semifinals of the Frozen Four against St. Cloud State, and to honor the team, the cities of Mankato and North Mankato proclaimed Thursday as Maverick Hockey Day.

Minnesota State’s season comes to end as Huskies score late winner

The back-and-forth game saw a total of nine goals, with the Mavericks coming out on the losing end by a score of 5-4.

Feds charge Minnesota man tied to violent boogaloo movement

A Minnesota man whom authorities describe as a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and had an interest in killing police was charged Wednesday with illegal possession of a machine gun.

Green Bay pastor appointed to serve the Diocese of Duluth

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth could finally have a new bishop in place next month following the 2019 death of its longtime leader and the resignation of his chosen replacement.

  Minnesota eclipses 2,500 new single-day virus cases

Minnesota health officials reported 2,500 new infections on Thursday as more infectious variants of the coronavirus drive case growth across the state.

  Rochester woman charged in attack on U.S. Capitol

FBI agents arrested a Rochester woman Thursday on charges connected to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  Unreleased Prince album coming out this summer

Prince's previously unreleased 'Welcome 2 America' album comes out this summer.

  Governor Walz says Minnesota will not implement ‘vaccine passports’

Some businesses and cruise lines are considering mandating them. But opposition is building over privacy and other concerns. The governor says he has no intention of bringing the idea to Minnesota.

Chipotle increases free college program offerings for employees

The company is set to increase its free degree offerings to its employees. New offerings include agriculture, culinary arts and hospitality.

MDH: 14 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,535 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 14 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 2,535 new cases.

  Forecasters predict above-normal hurricane season

Current warm sea surface temperatures in the subtropic Atlantic are driving the above-average probability.

  Number of kids alone at border hits all-time high in March

The U.S. says nearly 19,000 kids were picked up traveling alone across the Mexican border in March, the largest monthly number ever tallied.

  Young people deal with emotional fallout of Derek Chauvin trial

In Minneapolis, people are right in the middle of it. That has some children and youth there feeling overwhelmed and confused.

  59-year-old Ironman athlete runs from Disneyland to Disney World

A 59-year-old Ironman athlete has just completed a run from Disneyland in California to Disney World in Florida.

With a wave and smile, Lee Elder helps open the Masters

Player and Nicklaus each took a swing, as is tradition, knocking drives onto the first fairway. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Player’s first Masters win, the first by an international player, and the 35th anniversary of Nicklaus’ sixth and final victory.

  Walz: Minnesota won’t implement ‘vaccine passports’

Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that Minnesota will not implement any so-called vaccine passports.

  45th annual Pan African Conference moves many

Palmer’s grief is a pain shared by many others at this year’s conference, and left the speakers and interviewers emotional.

  Junior Achievement continues to educate Mankato students

Through the Junior Achievement program, volunteers help students learn more about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness.

  University of Minnesota Extension highlights farm safety

With planting season just around the corner, the University of Minnesota’s Farm and Health team is launching a series of safety videos.

  Be aware of ticks, lyme disease this summer

As the warmer weather prompts us to get outside, it also brings back ticks that could potentially be carrying Lyme disease.

St. Mary’s season comes to an end in state semifinals

Hancock advances to championship with a 65-53 win.

Waseca heading to Class AA title game

Waseca tops Fergus Falls 72-58.

  Upcoming blood drive honors health care workers

Community members are encouraged to donate blood and show support for frontline workers on Friday, April 16, at Store It MN in Mankato.

  Mayo opens COVID vaccines to Minnesotans 16 and up

The vaccinations are open to both patients and non-patients

  Southern Minnesota represented in state semifinal basketball

It’s been a year of postponements and cancellations for student-athletes across the country.

Campers in Iowa state parks will pay more in fees this year

Campers looking to overnight in Iowa’s state parks this year will pay more to do so.

  Union leader blames underfunding for Iowa prison killings

Correctional officer Robert McFarland and nurse Lorena Schulte died in a hammer attack by two inmates during a failed escape attempt on March 23.

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

Sen. Charles Grassley said last fall that a proposal by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Rep. Mike Levin of California to end U.S. sales of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 would devastate Iowa.

  Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd’s neck

Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution witness, said that based on his review of video evidence, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck or neck area from the time officers put Floyd on the ground until paramedics arrived.

Minnesota lawmakers aim to strengthen sexual assault laws

A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers are calling for swift passage of legislation that would update the state’s criminal sexual conduct code after a loophole in the law’s current language led to the reversal of a rape conviction last month.

Twins rally for 3-2 victory over Baddoo, Tigers

Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins held off Akil Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.