Yoga becoming a popular form of exercise and teaching method

  City of Mankato making major upgrades to local parks

  No. 5 MSU tops No. 19 LSSU, 3-0

  Meet freshman state lawmaker Rep. Luke Frederick

  No. 12 MSU gears up for road trip after home opener victory

  Minnesota State Mankato student competes in national eSports tournament

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  Kato Karate reinventing itself in a new light

  Changes coming for Highway 14

  Cinemark Theater in Mankato reopens

  Pick of the Litter: Chester

  Mankato Area Public Schools students to return to in-person hybrid learning

Minnesota Girls’ High School Basketball Rankings

Minnesota Boys’ High School Basketball Rankings

The Minnesota boys high school preseason basketball rankings, as provided by Minnesota Basketball News, a statewide basketball publication.

  WATCH: Dog in Texas experiences first snowfall!

Earlier this week, Central Texas saw more than six inches of snowfall, breaking records for some areas in the state.

  Snowfall totals in southern Minn., northwest Iowa

Here is a look at the snowfall totals around the area.

  New athletic center coming to Martin Luther College

A brand new athletic center is coming to Martin Luther College in New Ulm.

  Curling season back in action

  MDH: 33 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,640 new confirmed positive cases

  Survey details challenges of athlete mask mandate

  Madelia Fire Department: check your carbon monoxide detectors

  Winter storm wreaks havoc on Minnesota roads

UPDATE: MnDOT reopens state highways in Southwestern Minnesota

  Cleveland teen launches GoFundMe for teacher

One teen in our area is asking for help in giving back to a Cleveland High School teacher who has impacted the lives of many students.

  Hy-Vee to begin rapid antibody testing

Hy-Vee will begin offering covid-19 rapid anti-body testing at more than 250 pharmacy locations, including both Mankato stores, as well as New Ulm and St. Peter.

  MAPS learning program and winter sports spectator information announced

Mankato Area Public Schools will welcome pre-K through 5th grade back to in-person learning starting next Tuesday.

  No. 12 Mavericks top Augustana, 25-13

The Mavericks stay undefeated on the 2021 season.

  Mankato tourism looks to rebound after 2020

With travel down and people isolating due to COVID, concerns the number of people visiting Mankato has gone down and has forced cancellations of events.

  Matson joins lawmakers introducing bill that increases penalties for attempted murder of police

Two southern Minnesota lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would increase the minimum sentence for attempted murder of a police officer, inspired by Waseca officer Arik Matson, who was nearly killed after being shot in the head while on duty last January.

  Anglers celebrating ‘Take a Kid Ice Fishing’ this weekend

Anglers can fish for free this weekend when bringing along a kid.

  Rep. Jeremy Munson speaks out after House launches investigation on 6 GOP reps

Six Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Jeremy Munson, are under investigation after attending St. Paul Pro-Trump rally.

  Minnesota Department of Transportations gives tips for first blizzard of 2021

The high winds make any snow storm more dangerous for drivers.

  Security officials urge Minnesotans to avoid state Capitol

Security officials asked Minnesotans on Thursday to consider staying away from the state Capitol complex unless they have specific planned activities or business there.

  WEM girls’ basketball leaning on experience for 2021

11 seniors are on the Buccaneers' roster.

  Blizzard warning issued as snow, wind moves into Minnesota

After a few days of pleasantly warmer conditions with sunshine mixed in, wintry weather will be returning to southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa Thursday night.

Lawsuit: Community college program was human trafficking

The lawsuit says the students were paid significantly less than U.S. employees and some of their money was deducted from their paychecks to fund kickbacks to the college and staffing agency.

  Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block copper mining on federal lands in the Rainy River watershed.

  Iowa National Guard sending 250 troops to Washington, D.C.

Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Ben Corell said initially Iowa had planned to send 15 members of the 185th Refueling Wing to Washington but because of the attack on the Capitol last week, all states and territories have been asked to help.

  River Valley Girl Scouts offering free memberships

With the pandemic causing anxiety and other mental health challenges for many girls, River Valleys Girl Scouts is hoping to help.

  City Council approves variance for Dotson expansion

The Mankato City Council gives Dotson Iron Castings the green light for its proposed expansion.

  Funding for Hwy. 14 four lane expansion

The Highway 14 expansion project between Mankato and New Ulm is one of four Greater Minnesota projects receiving state funding.

Mayo Clinic Health System resumes operations at five clinics

Mayo Clinic Health System is set to resume operations at five clinics, and update visitor policies for hospitals.

  Minnesota health officials wait on feds for vaccine guidance

Minnesota health officials say they’re waiting for more information from the federal government on its new guidance to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 1,598 new cases.

  Homelessness down in Minnesota, troubling trends still remain

While fewer Minnesotans are experiencing homelessness, experts say troubling trends still remain.

  Bill inspired by Arik Matson introduced to Minnesota Legislature

A bill in honor of Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson is introduced today in the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.

  Bracing for the first winter storm of 2021

The first winter storm of 2021 is shaping up to be similar to the one that rounded out 2020, with a blizzard and hazardous road conditions expected.

  Maverick Hockey Quick Hits

In the spirit of the return of the NHL, it’s time for your weekly Maverick Hockey Quick Hits.

  Public’s input encouraged on Highway 169 corridor study

Public can attend virtual open house or partake in online survey.

Sioux City man charged in New Year’s shooting that killed 1

He and others fired at least 27 shots into the house with a 9mm handgun and an assault-style rifle, police said.

Broncos hire ex-Vikings exec Paton as Elway’s GM successor

Elway announced the hiring Wednesday. Denver hasn’t reached the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 five years ago.

Minnesota man who trained with Islamic State pleads guilty

A Minnesota man who traveled to Syria and Iraq where prosecutors say he became a soldier for the Islamic State group pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a terrorism count.

  Minnesota House Democrats unveil legislative priorities

Minnesota House Democrats unveiled their first priorities of the 2021 legislative session on Wednesday.

  Waseca girls’ basketball looking to build off last year’s state tournament run

The Bluejays advanced to last year's state semifinals before the tournament was canceled.

  Six members of the Minnesota House under investigation

The Minnesota House of Representatives is investigating six of its own members.

  Walz activates National Guard for Minnesota Capitol security

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday activated the Minnesota National Guard to protect the state Capitol amid rising fears of violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Walz extends Minnesota’s coronavirus state of emergency

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday won legislative approval to extend Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days.

  Fire at Mankato automotive shop ruled accidental

Employees were able to get out of the building after a gas tank caught fire and explosions could be heard coming from the building.

  Bethany Lutheran College begins spring semester

Many students that deferred in the fall are attending this semester.

MNRAAA invites community members to learn about Medicare

The class is intended for anyone who may be new to Medicare and would like to learn more about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D.

  Teacher works from hospital while receiving chemo in Minnesota

A Minnesota woman teaches from the hospital while receiving chemo treatments.

  Springfield voters take up bond referendum February

After more than 28 years, the Springfield School District is asking for voter support to address facility needs through a bond referendum.

  Minnesota students speak out about distance learning

After nearly a year of modified instruction in many school districts across the state, some Minnesota students are not giving distance learning high marks.

  Minnesota peacetime state of emergency extended; health officials report 1,504 additional COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tim Walz has extended Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days. This comes as the Minnesota Department of Health reports 50 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,504 new cases.

  MSU Mankato fully opens Maverick Food Pantry

Minnesota State University Mankato has officially launched its full Maverick Food Pantry.

  Pence rejects 25th amendment, House to consider impeachment Wednesday

Local leaders continue to respond to last week’s events.

  City council approves downtown road construction needed to build drive-thru-only Dunkin’

On Monday, the Mankato City Council moved developers one step closer toward the construction of a drive-thru only Dunkin’ in downtown Mankato.

  Taylor Corporation develops scent test to detect early stages of COVID-19

The new development is called the “scent check” — it is used to discover if someone in the workplace might have lost their sense of smell, which is an early indicator of COVID.

  Language barrier plays toll on COVID-19 testing accessibility

Community members call for state funding for language interpreters, messaging outreach.

  Beschorner leaves Minnesota State, joining NDSU staff

Beschorner, who has served as Minnesota State’s offensive coordinator since 2015, will become a running backs coach at NDSU.

  Minnesota National Guard troops heading to D.C. for inauguration

Over 130 soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1-94th Cavalry and airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing will be deployed later this week.

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

The Mankato Salvation Army has reached its $500,000 goal during its annual Red Kettle Campaign.

  Minnesota launches dashboard for coronavirus vaccine data

Minnesota launched a dashboard Tuesday to provide more information on the status of the state’s vaccination efforts.

  Le Sueur County Sheriff warns anglers about deceptive ice conditions

Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett V.P. Mason is warning anglers about deceptive ice conditions on area lakes.

  Mankato parks now equipped with free Wi-Fi access

Blue Earth County and the City of Mankato are using COVID-19 relief funds to make technological updates to local parks.

  FBI: QAnon backer from Iowa was among 1st to breach Capitol

A right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa was among the first to break into the U.S. Capitol during last week’s deadly pro-Trump insurrection, chasing and menacing a Black police officer, federal agents said Tuesday.

Man profiled in magazine sentenced on explosives charge

In a video sentencing hearing on Tuesday, defense attorney James Ventura said Miller didn’t know that some of the materials he used were illegal for him to possess, the Star Tribune reported.

Wild extend forward Marcus Foligno with 3-year, $9.3M deal

The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Marcus Foligno to a three-year, $9.3 million contract extension on Tuesday, coming off the best season of his NHL career.

Registration opens for 2021 Iowa Lakes Jazz Band Contest

The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department is encouraging local high school jazz bands to register for the 2021 Jazz Band Contest.

  Iowa public safety aide says riot at Capitol ‘had to happen’

An Iowa Department of Public Safety worker who traveled to Washington, D.C., to support President Donald Trump’s push to overturn the election says she understands the rage that fueled the riot, writing online that it “had to happen.”

14-year-olds among those killed in police chase car crash

Police have revealed that three people killed in a crash following a high-speed police chase in Iowa were teenagers — including two 14-year-olds.

  Gov. Walz to visit historical sites to call for peace

Gov. Tim Walz planned to visit several American history monuments across Minnesota this week in a call for peace and civility following an attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob last week.