Education

  District 77 School Facilities Study shows multiple schools in the district are above capacity

  Mankato West to honor teacher during football game at TCO Performance Center

  Minnesota State-Mankato completes emergency preparedness training

Minnesota State University, Mankato, business partners receive MN Job Skills Partnership grants

2 Mankato West seniors named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists

Mankato East Hall of Fame Ceremony scheduled for Sept. 27

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  Cybersecurity seminar shows risks, reality of dark web

University of St. Thomas gives all clear after bomb threat

  Grant helps school teach and practice healthy eating

  Cleveland School construction underway

Bed bugs found in school iPad cases prompt cleaning lessons

Mankato Area Public Schools to start 2 hours late Tuesday

United South Central FFA to host farm safety presentations

The United South Central (USC) FFA program will be presenting two farm safety sessions about safety on the farm on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

$387,000 awarded in scholarships at South Central College

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support of our community!” said Erin Aanenson, SCC North Mankato Campus Foundation Executive Director. “Scholarship funds help us to provide opportunities to outstanding students, who will ultimately become valued members of our community’s workforce.”

  Blue Jackets, Bright Futures program inspiring agriculturally-involved youth

Minnesota FFA Foundation’s “Blue Jackets, Bright Futures” program is seeking sponsors for its 12th year.

  Construction begins Monday for Le Sueur’s 2019 sidewalk project

The project is part of the “Safe Routes to School” initiative, which promotes walking and biking to school.

Gov. Walz, others to be inducted into Mankato West Hall of Fame

  LCWM uses security grant money to improve security

Registration for Mankato Area Public Schools’ Family Academy ending soon

  State law cracks down on vaping, tobacco use in schools

  Local school’s gym class sweats in honor of lives lost during 9/11

  Special guests visit SCC to inform on the hiring of non-citizens into the workforce

  Gustavus Adolphus College promoting student involvement with Involvement Fair

Gustavus' first-year students arrived one week ago today and had the opportunity to visit with members of a wide range of organizations on campus to get involved early in the year.

  Area 4th graders learn science, safety, and solving skills at unique field trip

Sixteen various area elementary schools will be dropping by the Lamberton University of Minnesota Extension through Thursday.

  Stanford professor lectures at MSU, Mankato for Leonard A. Ford Lectureship

For three decades now, Minnesota State University, Mankato students have gotten the chance to hear outside perspectives in scientific fields.

Kennedy Elementary School, students celebrate first day of new academic year

The excitement could be felt all around Kennedy Elementary in Mankato as staff welcomed students for their first day of school.

  GFW School Board approves referendum; vote coming in November

Currently, the district has three buildings in all three of their district's towns.

  Over 800 students attend part-time job fair

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that students working less than 20 hours per week average a GPA of 3.13 while unemployed students average a 3.04.

  Bethany Lutheran College opens podcast studio for students

They hope to eventually open up the space for community use, but right now students are using the space to record and produce their own podcasts.

  Blue Earth Area School proposes an operating levy to increase school funding

Voters can vote on the levy in the upcoming November ballot.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota receives grant, support from Xcel Energy Foundation for new STEM learning initiative

Activities associated with the first Powering Play session are scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 5.

  Vaping added to middle, high school health curriculum at Mankato Area Public Schools

One in five high school students in the U.S. used e-cigarettes in 2018, and that number is growing. Now, Mankato Area Public Schools are making sure students and parents know the dangers of vaping.

  School Shark, seeing a need and filling a need on college campuses

School Shark is a platform connecting students searching for used textbooks, with the students who can supply them.

  Gustavus Adolphus College brings energy to move-in day

Freshmen, transfers and international students are settling into their new home at Gustavus and thanks to the Gustie Greeters, the campus welcome wagon goes above and beyond.

  St. Clair begins school year with bus driver shortage

St. Clair currently has 10 drivers for 7 routes a day, which doesn’t include extra-curricular activities and day trips.

Minnesota math scores continue to decline in latest tests

Only 53.9 percent of students met or exceeded state standards for math proficiency in 2019.

  Local school district doubles down on bus safety

Waseca Public Schools has implemented Bus ID and stop arm cameras.

  Annual Fairmont clothing drive hosted by the elementary school

The concept allows families to take items without being required to bring an item.

  Mankato area teachers prepare for new school-year with district-wide kickoff

Mankato area teachers met at Mankato West High School Thursday morning to get ready for the new school year.

  Minnesota State University Aviation Program could help fill anticipated pilot gap

"Some industry groups have estimated in 2020 the need for over 4,000 pilots within the United States that U.S. airlines will be hiring. By 2023 that number will exceed 4,500."

  Welcome Week at South Central College kicks off

The first week of classes at South Central College means fresh faces and new opportunities.

  Adult Basic Education Consortium focuses on outreach to keep funding balanced

The program provides adults opportunities to learn English as a second language, get their GED, work toward American citizenship and more.

Minnesota State University, Mankato presents ‘Chrono-flora’ by photographer Regan Golden

The exhibit, located in Nelson Hall; Room 139, is free and open to the public.

  Loyola students welcomed back to school

Faculty and staff welcomed students and parents outside the front doors Tuesday morning.

  Medical community stresses importance, proven success of HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine is proven to prevent 90% of HPV-caused cancers.

  New MSU, Mankato students run through Alumni Arch

Students marched alongside the marching band to signify the start of their college career.

  South Central College welcomes freshmen to campus

This week, South Central College prepared incoming freshmen for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  MSU, Mankato looks to add more upperclassmen housing, says living on campus helps student retention

One project includes upperclassmen housing behind the baseball stadium, and the second includes a new resident hall at the Carkoski Commons location.

  St. Peter Public Library advocates for library attendance with school back in session

The St. Peter Public Library is trying to keep young readers coming back to the library, even after school starts back up.

  Public educational meetings coming to Mankato for Autism services

Parents, caregivers and health care providers will have an opportunity to learn about services available through Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare for children and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

  Minnesota State University students move back to town

Incoming students moved into their dorms Thursday, turning a page and starting a new chapter in the storybook of their lives.

  Podcast series created to help incoming, first-generation, first-year college students

The podcast series, titled "Finding Your Place," introduces students to the most important and challenging issues of the college experience.

  University of St. Thomas evacuates building after bomb threat

The University of St. Thomas evacuated the John Roach Center on campus after receiving a bomb threat.

  Fairmont Elementary School looking for new kindergarten teacher after increased enrollment

They say they have around 115 kindergarteners, but that number could increase to 125.

  Minnesota River Valley Transit helps kids get to school

The Minnesota River Valley Transit system is offering rides for some area students who may be ineligible for the school bus system.

  Bethany Lutheran College finishing up turf field

Pfeifer says they’re hoping the project will be finished in time for the Bethany soccer team to play games on it this season.

  Summer meal programs wrap up

Summer food programs are wrapping up, and KEYC News 12 has the numbers on how they’ve done this summer.

  MSU, Mankato President discusses future projects, student retention and more during convocation speech

It’s a plan for the future that includes new student resident halls, Armstrong Hall’s replacement, a new football stadium and a new academic building for the College of Business.

  Getting your kids back on school sleep schedules

There are many things you can start doing now so your kids are prepared for the school year sleep schedules.

Mankato Area Public Schools invites community to Career Pathways on Tuesday

The meeting will take place in the Mankato West High School cafeteria.

Students returning to school damaged by explosion in 2017

The explosion occurred when workers attempted to replace a gas meter in the basement of the school’s original century-old building.

  Teenager arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Albert Lea High School

She was arrested for felony threats of violence and is being held at a juvenile detention center.

  Farmamerica participates in ‘Soil Your Undies’ project

The 'Soil Your Undies' project tests the amount of living things in the soil and the health of the soil as the undies decay underground due to organisms.

  New kindergarten section at Windom Public Schools specific for students with summer birthdays

Coined “Begindergarten”, this section hopes to take the stress away from parents with summer babies as they decide when to enroll their children in kindergarten at Winfair Elementary School.

  Mankato Area Public Schools’ new superintendent ready for school year

As a new school year approaches, Mankato Area Public Schools' newest superintendent is settling into his new position. Paul Peterson began his new role July 1, replacing now retired superintendent, Sheri Allen.

  Crystal Valley gives substantial pledge to South Central College

The pledge of over $100,000 will go towards a brand-new Agribusiness Experimental Learning Lab.

  Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School construction winding down

The school is planning a rededication ceremony of its facility when construction is complete in early November.

  Supt. Peterson prepares for school year

Paul Peterson began his new role July 1, replacing now retired superintendent Sheri Allen.

  Second referendum to be held for possible new Owatonna high school

In the new referendum, the school board is proposing a $104 Million campus and $8 Million more to re-purpose the old building to serve as a community facility.

  Blue Earth County Library’s 2019 summer reading program comes to an end

The final day to claim reading prizes is August 31.

  Minnesota New Country School celebrates 25 years

The school practices individualized project based learning, where teachers help guide students in curriculum they are interested in.

  Wood repair class held in historic home

Three families have lived in the house over the last 150 years.

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota hosts first annual Fire Safety Day

Kids and families got the chance to learn about fire safety and take part in activities like checking out firetrucks.

  Breakfast on the Farm teaches locals about where their food comes from

There were enough eggs, sausages, cups of milk, pancakes and more to feed 2500 people.

  Gaylord Eggstravaganza brings International Owl Center Program

The program brought Ruby, a great horned owl, to teach kids and adults about the bird.

  A stroll through North Mankato’s 120 year history is officially on display at the Nicollet County Historical Society

The historical society has been collecting history for months.

  Little Lakers Learning Center will move into Crystal Valley Cooperative

About a year ago, Little Lakers Early Learning Center learned there is a gap of about 100 children in the area without child care. Around that same time, Crystal Valley Cooperative began thinking of renovating or moving their office outside of Lake Crystal.

  STEM Camp gets the brain juices flowing

The last of four summer camps on MSU's campus, this STEM engineering camp allowed campers to create, think and build a Rube Goldberg Machine.

  Teacher encourages travel at JWP

Every year, Van Otterloo and traveling students get on a coach bus and go to a different region of the country.

  Minnesota Twins host “Minnesota State University, Mankato Night"

Ramon Pinero, director of alumni relations at Minnesota State Mankato, said more than 1,200 “Maverick families and friends” purchased game tickets.