Waseca High School upperclassmen rally around young girl being bullied at school

Seven Waseca High School upperclassmen rallied around an elementary student who was being bullied.

  Farm to fork education at the Children’s Museum with Ag Afternoon

  After School Ninjas to reopen in January

  Young professionals get chance to practice professional communication

  Children’s Museum brings education on non-school days with grant

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Receives grant for new program

No school for Mankato Area Public Schools students Oct. 17, 18

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  Mankato High School’s Class of 1949 celebrates 70th high school reunion

  United South Central students perform water quality tests

  Westbrook-Walnut Grove Elementary School sees enrollment increase

  Construction for new elementary underway in Windom

New exhibits coming to Dickinson County Nature Center’s Pollinator Paradise

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

  Sleepy Eye Historical Society receives grant

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant will help fund a Microfilm reader, printer and scanner in order to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Farmamerica Harvest Festival to continue, rain or shine

Farmamerica has announced that its Harvest Celebration will continue as scheduled on Saturday, rain or shine.

  9 agencies collaborate to give Stop Arm PSA

Since the start of the school year just over a month ago, there have already been 12 stop arm violations.

  Golden Apple Award travels to Franklin Elementary School

The connections she makes with her students run deep, so deep, in fact, it compelled a parent to nominate her for the Golden Apple Award.

  Maple River students raise money, make sandwiches for homeless

  Minnesota Supreme Court holds traveling oral argument tour with 7 area schools

Iowa Lakes Community College to host first annual Trunk or Treat event

Martin Luther High School to host Step UP event

  New changes for ACT testing in 2020

  Mankato officially marks Indigenous People’s Day with weekend-long celebration

  A chance to explore space without leaving the ground

The traveling planetarium brings the universe to you, with a simulation exploring space.

  Mankato woman awarded Junior Achievement Leader of the Year Award

This comes as the non-profit, which focuses on financial literacy and college readiness, turns 100.

  Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport to be honored at Nebraska-Kearney

The UNK Alumni Association is awarding Richard Davenport with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

  SCC’s Tour of Manufacturing exposes many to the field

The tours visit seven different disciplines in manufacturing.

Two-hour late start scheduled for Mankato Area Public Schools Tuesday

Classes will resume at their regularly scheduled times on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

  MSU, Mankato extends contract with Maverick Software Consulting, giving more students hands-on experience in software development

Students perform software development and testing for Thomson Reuters.

  Alcohol and safety panel hopes to start conversation on consequences of underage drinking

MSU’s Healthy Mavericks Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition is holding an alcohol and safety panel to reach the community.

  Truman Public School to mail ballots for referendum renewal

Next week, households in the district will receive a mail ballot with information on the tax amount and the ballot will ask two questions.

  Community member hopes to start a conversation on how to help students cope with stress

Melissa Enter is an instructor with the Massage in Schools Association and teaches infant massage classes along with classes for children and adults.

  Blue Earth County Library encourages kids and families to attend upcoming Storytime series events

The half-hour event features reading, activities and more.

  Timberwolves, Lynx players teach Mankato Youth Place kids skills both on and off the court

The event was also a way for the kids to stay healthy in more ways than one.

Minnesota State-Mankato’s Healthy Mavericks Coalition to host Town Hall on underage drinking

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Healthy Mavericks Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coalition is hosting a town hall meeting and panel discussion on how students can lower their risks of consequences that result from underage drinking

  Wednesday marks International Walk and Bike to School Day

More than 200 Minnesota schools and thousands of students will participate, walking with friends, sisters, brothers or guardians.

  Largest campaign in Gustavus Adolphus College history enters public phase

The “Show the World” campaign is the third comprehensive campaign for the college since the early 2000s.

  MSU-Mankato’s Department of Family Consumer Science celebrates 70 years

To celebrate the milestone, they are inviting all members of the community, students and anyone interested to come out for an open house on Friday.

Minnesota State-Mankato signs 5-year, $2.88 million contract with Maverick Software Consulting

The partnership between the university and the software company provides students in the university’s Department of Computer Information Science part-time employment and real-world experience in software development skills.

Minnesota State University, Mankato, South Central College to waive application fee during month of October

Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College are waiving their application fees for new undergraduate applicants when students apply during the month of October.

  Around 400 United South Central students participate in farm, general safety day

Around 400 United South Central students in kindergarten to tenth grade took part in a farm and general safety day in Wells, just in time for harvest.

  Mt. Olive takes their fundraiser to the trails

For nearly a month, students gather pledges for their four-mile venture from Spring Lake Park, up Bluff Valley Trail, ultimately to Culver's for some free ice cream and then back to the park.

  Effect of social media on teens shows the more they use, the worse it is for their mental health

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University studied nearly 6,600 teens. Overall, social media use was associated with a greater risk of becoming socially withdrawn, anxiety and depression the following year.

  Mankato East hosts 15th class Hall of Fame induction

There were six inductees in the 2019 Hall of Fame class on Friday.

  Mankato Regional Airport gets grant offer for airport improvements

The grant offer of more than $330,000 for design services includes improvements to taxiways, maintaining pavement and holding bays, which are built for smaller airplanes to pull over into before they can get to the main runway.

  FAA awards $26.3 million in infrastructure grants to 14 airports in Minnesota

“This significant investment in airport improvements in Minnesota will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” Chao said.

  Active Aging Programs set to begin class for caregivers

The Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota's Active Aging Program is hosting free classes this fall for local caregivers.

  Waseca student body pays it forward

The school raised over $2,100 for a local family.

  School year’s first Golden Apple travels to New Ulm

After years of teaching in Wisconsin, Balza came back to New Ulm, ultimately ending up at St. Paul's Lutheran Elementary School, the same building where she student taught.

  Car Roll-in raises $24,000 in honor of Landon Gran

A roll in car show held in St. Peter in memory of an 18-year-old killed in a grain bin accident raises thousands of dollars in his honor.

  Nobel Conference talks climate change

Gustavus Adolphus College held it’s 55th annual Nobel Conference. This year’s topic focused on climate change.

Dickinson County Nature Center hosts Family Nature Night Friday

The Dickinson County Nature Center will be hosting its Family Nature Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at its Okoboji location.

VINE Faith in Action offers fall prevention program

The deadline to register for this program is Wednesday, Sept. 25.

  Teaching the Ojibwe language grounds students in indigenous culture

MSU’s Mankato’s American Indigenous Studies Program, in partnership with BSU was awarded $64,000 which will offer students not only the chance to learn in the classroom but engage in broader cultural knowledge.

  Minneapolis doctor shows vaping dangers through Tik Tok

A Minnesota doctor is taking the message about the dangers of vaping to teenagers through a popular app.

  Artist displays sculptures made from repurposed material

Sculptures and art made from re-purposed materials on display at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Climate change takes center stage at 2019 Nobel Conference

Five world-leading experts who have contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will explore the science and ethics of climate change, in addition to approaches to mitigate and adaptation.

  New weekly crafting program at the Blue Earth County Library

Friday's Junk! Junk! Junk! event allowed people of all ages to re–purpose junk into functional treasures.

East-West International Education Academy suspends operations

The charter school in Waldorf has opted to suspend operations.

  Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson visits Bethany Lutheran College

Justice Hudson's visit was a part of an annual Constitution Day presentation.

  St. Peter FFA honors Landon Gran with car roll-in, scholarship

St. Peter FFA is holding the car roll-in to honor the teen, with all proceeds raised at the event being used to create a scholarship in Gran’s name.

  Interactive experience serves as teaching moment for students, training for emergency personnel

Springfield is in the midst of their annual homecoming celebration, a time that can be a little more dangerous for teens behind the wheel.

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

The study looked at both the capacity of the school district and maintenance needs of buildings.

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

Her reputation has led to the Mankato West recognizing her achievements in a grand way.

  Minnesota State-Mankato completes emergency preparedness training

The scene was orchestrated with realistic time frames of when first responders and communication would occur.

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

“The MJSP program and our business partners are helping us serve the workforce of the future through creative collaborations and the development of new curriculum to train employees,” said Tammy Bohlke.

2 Mankato West seniors named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists

Hasmi and Aase will learn if they have been selected as finalists for the competition in February 2020.

Mankato East Hall of Fame Ceremony scheduled for Sept. 27

The ceremony will be held at Mankato East High School, located at 2600 Hoffman Road, in the auditorium and is open to the public.

  Cybersecurity seminar shows risks, reality of dark web

The seminar also dealt with robocalls, banking and knowing the signs.

University of St. Thomas gives all clear after bomb threat

Similar threats have been made to the university in the recent past, including one in August and another in April.

  Grant helps school teach and practice healthy eating

Cleveland Public School has taken action in improving healthy eating habits in students.

  Cleveland School construction underway

With that growing population, the school will be adding on new space as well as making needed improvements to the existing facility.

Bed bugs found in school iPad cases prompt cleaning lessons

School officials in St. Paul have issued a letter reminding parents and students to keep their iPad cases clean after bed bugs were discovered in five of the devices.

Mankato Area Public Schools to start 2 hours late Tuesday

A two-hour late start has been issued for Mankato Area Public Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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

Mankato West High School announced the names of inductees who will be entering the 2019 Hall of Fame class Friday.

  LCWM uses security grant money to improve security

With that $10,000, LCWM implemented key cards for every door inside and out so every door can remain locked, more cameras and even more bus cameras.

Registration for Mankato Area Public Schools’ Family Academy ending soon

Due to limited space, registration for this event is required.