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  Outside lane closure due to slope failures

  Veteran walks 100 miles for charity

  Farmamerica hosts Meat-A-Palooza

MSU Mankato expands Move-In Days

MDH: six additional deaths tied to COVID-19 in Minnesota; 332 new confirmed positive cases

Blue Earth County Board allocates funds for economic support

Investigation underway after Waterville man dies at construction site

  Blue Earth County in need of new election judges

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Former Cleveland man facing criminal sexual conduct charges

Nine Central Texas men including 3 soldiers snared in two-day child prostitution sting

  It’s Election Day, here’s what to expect at the polls

  Ries named head coach at Gustavus Adolphus College

European chafer beetle discovered in Minnesota for the first time

  MnDOT seeks public feedback on design concepts of New Ulm intersection

MnDOT to perform Highway 14 bridge work Tuesday evening

Some of the maintenance work the MnDOT bridge crew will be doing includes improving the surface of the bridge for a smoother ride, which also preserves the bridge deck.

Public invited to provide input on Riverside North Redevelopment Plan

Anyone interested in providing feedback can do so by attending a virtual open house at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, that will include a presentation of the plan and an opportunity for discussion.

  What you need to know before heading to the polls Tuesday

If you plan on heading to the polls on Tuesday, there are a few things you can do right now to make sure you’re prepared.

  The Docket: it’s Minnesota Primary Election week

Blue Earth County polling places will set up their personal protective equipment and other safety precautions for COVID-19 Monday night.

  Minnesota to open nursing home visitation during pandemic

  Work shifts north on Highway 111/22 Project

  Local salon hosts fashion and food fundraiser

  Senior Salute highlights seniors from Gopher, Valley Conferences

  Church sign draws laughs with made-up bible verses about masks

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

Vikings LB Cam Smith to miss season due to heart condition

The Vikings made the procedural move of waiving Smith with a non-football injury designation.

Dobnak scheduled to start for Twins at Brewers

The teams meet for the first time this year.

Authorities identify Fort Dodge woman fatally shot by police

A news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety says the shooting happened Tuesday night, after Webster County officials received a 911 call about the woman.

Dr Pepper trying to address soda shortage at grocery stores

Many Dr Pepper fans have struggled to find the popular soda at grocery stores across the country, and the company says it is working on a solution.

2 men charged after trying to crash into police building

The crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday. No one was injured.

  Family of 4th dead worker sues Tyson over Waterloo outbreak

The case was filed last week and is similar to one brought in June by the same lawyers on behalf of the estates of three other deceased Waterloo workers.

Back-to-back deployments for Minnesota National Guard unit

A send-off ceremony Sunday at the Stillwater armory was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Body camera footage showing what led up to George Floyd’s fatal police restraint released

The video, which has been edited for time, may be disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.

  National Health Center Week honors health centers during pandemic

This week marks National Health Center Week, a campaign recognizing the work Health Centers have done on the front lines of the pandemic.

  Operating levy for GFW School District on ballot

Residents in the Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop School District have an additional decision to make on their ballot for Minnesota’s Primary Election tomorrow.

Nickelodeon Universe reopens

The Nickelodeon Universe amusement park inside the Mall of America reopens today after being closed for nearly five months due to COVID-19.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

Arlington man dies after motorcycle crash

An Arlington man has died following a crash near Wanamingo Township in Goodhue County.

  Mankato participated in a nationwide event

Pray on MLK invited communities to come together for prayer and worship. The nationwide gathering took place along every street named after Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States.

  The four high school sports granted the go ahead for a fall season will face a scheduling doozy

One point of emphasis from the high school league is, minimizing travel.

  86-year-old continues protest on the bridge to ‘end racism’

Almost every evening since the death of George Floyd in May, Gene Biewen, 86, has taken up advocating for racial equity.

  Bethany Lutheran College resumes classes

They’re offering in-person and online classes for the school year.

  North Mankato pop-up market sells business collaboration, local goods too

The group of businesses came together to support one another after two local entrepreneurs met at a networking event earlier this year.

  Local committee looks to make inclusion possible at Sibley Park

The Indigenous People's Day Committee wants to educate people on the history of the local park.

Smith, Craig unveil bill to grant high school students unemployment compensation

The high school students would only be eligible to receive the unemployment benefits so long as they meet other necessary criteria applicable to adults.

  Tomahawk Conference seniors reflect on final baseball tournament

The squad took third in the Senior Class Salute.

State officials recognize 23 cities as first telecommuter-friendly communities

Data from DEED further suggests that more than 1 million Minnesotans are now doing at least some of their work remotely, accounting for over one-third of Minnesota’s labor force.

  Princess Kay of the Milky Way coronation, butter sculpting viewable via live stream

Despite the Minnesota State Fair's cancellation, the annual Princess Kay coronation and butter sculpting will be held for private family and viewable online.

  Time winding down for absentee voting in the Minnesota Primary election

Time is winding down for voters to return their ballots by mail ahead of Minnesota’s Primary election next week.

  Walz convenes special session, expected to extend emergency powers

A news release from Walz’s office said Walz “intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to ensure the state can continue to quickly and effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Man gets life with no parole in 1979 murder of Iowa woman

Jerry Burns was arrested in Dec. 19 2018, 39 years to the day after Michelle Martinko was found dead in her parents’ car outside a shopping mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Iowa continuing unemployment claims fall

More than 6,700 people filed unemployment claims last week in Iowa, and the number of continuing claims is nearly 105,000, a decrease of more than 5,000 from the previous week.

Authorities report burglary in Kelso Township

The home and outbuildings were not occupied during the time of the incident, which occurred between 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Thursday, Aug. 6.

Smeltzer expected to start for Minnesota at Kansas City

The teams meet for the first time this year.

Osmonson announces retirement from SouthPoint’s board of directors

Osmonson has been an instrumental part of SouthPoint Financial Credit Union’s history since becoming a member 60 years ago.

Final decision on learning plan for Mankato Schools in 2 weeks

Superintendent Paul Peterson says they anticipate using in-person, hybrid and distance learning throughout the year as COVID-19 conditions change

Study shows statewide tobacco control program saves thousands of lives

A recent study finds Minnesota’s comprehensive statewide tobacco control program is saving thousands of lives and billions of dollars in health care and productivity costs.

  Highway 15 detour starts Monday

A detour begins Monday on Highway 15 in New Ulm. Crews will work to adjust manholes and water valve castings.

  SHIP grant awarded to Mount Olive Lutheran School

A new grant will give kids at Mount Olive Lutheran School more options to stay active outdoors.

  FULL INTERVIEW: Back to School with MAPS Supt. Paul Peterson

KEYC News Now talks with Mankato Schools Superintendent Paul Peterson about the upcoming year & challenges

Minnesota nears 60,000 COVID-19 total confirmed positive cases

Minnesota now nears 60,000 total confirmed positive cases since the pandemic began. The Minnesota Department of Health reports four additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 556 new confirmed positive cases.

Preparing for winter: road salt being delivered to MnDOT truck stations

Semis have been delivering road salt over the last few weeks to MnDOT’s 23 truck stations across the 11 counties in southeastern Minnesota.

Albert Lea man arrested following drive-by shooting

A 29-year-old Albert Lea man is arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting.

  Continuing the legacy, Ed Frederick’s commitment to agriculture education and research in Waseca

We have more on the man who followed Hodgson in helping make agriculture in the region, the state and the country, what it is today.

  MDH releases new data recommending how school districts should start year

The new data recommends in-person learning for school districts in 46 counties, an increase of six counties since the data was first released on July 30.

  GMG cancels ‘Alive After 5′ summer concert series

GMG said in a Facebook post that it plans to have Songs on the Lawn and Alive After 5 return summer 2021.

  Frandsen Bank and Trust breaks ground at new North Mankato location

A project two years in the works broke ground this morning as Frandsen Bank and Trust moves one of their local corporate offices to its new location.

  Iowa DNR asking for public’s help locating boat involved in hit-and-run

Officials say the boat in question is expected to have front end damage or scrape marks.

  Waseca plans for the upcoming school year

The Waseca School Board is planning on taking the community's input into account and then making a final decision on Aug. 20 at its annual August board meeting.

  Mankato Area Public Schools’ back to school decision expected week of Aug. 17

With about a month to go before school begins, parents of students within Mankato Area Public Schools will need to wait a couple of weeks to hear the district’s final plan for fall learning.

  St. Louis County fastest growing for coronavirus cases

The virus has been detected throughout the state’s largest county geographically, but about three-fourths of the cases came from Duluth.

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Angie Graves was working at the Subway at White’s Travel Center along Interstate 81/64 on Thursday morning when she spied country music star Kane Brown.

Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

An Iowa appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a law passed last year that does not require Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents.

  Ag students feed community with help of greenhouse

Life can be found in the High Tunnel Greenhouse on the campus of South Central College.

  MPCA launches electric school bus grant program

In a few years, more Minnesota students may be hopping on an electric school bus to get to school.

  Sexually transmitted diseases increase statewide

Blue Earth County reports the highest Chlamydia rate compared to all other counties in the state in 2019. The Minnesota Department of Health says it’s part of a statewide rise in sexually transmitted diseases.

  Rev. John Levoir resigns from Diocese of New Ulm

Reverend John LeVoir announces his resignation as bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm.

  14 Minnesota bars, restaurants now in compliance

The 14 Minnesota bars and restaurants that received a warning letter for not complying with Governor Tim Walz’s COVID-19 executive order are now in compliance.

MDH: seven additional deaths tied to COVID-19 in Minnesota; 867 new confirmed positive cases

Many school districts paying close attention to the daily COVID-19 data released by state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health reports seven additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 867 new confirmed positive cases.

Greater Mankato Growth cancels summer concert series

Greater Mankato Growth announces the cancellation of its summer concert series for this year.

Boat sought in hit and run on West Lake Okoboji

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources seeks help in locating a boat involved in a hit and run on West Lake Okoboji.

  Students and young voters reflect on topics surrounding this election and voter engagement

This year there are several different topics surrounding the election, many of them impacting young voters.

  Virtual FarmFest Congressional Candidate Forum addresses current issues in rural America

Both candidates hoping to represent the first district of Minnesota shared their thoughts on the struggles in rural America, including access to high-speed internet and healthcare.