Protesters in Trimont call on school board to reinstate athletic programs

Athletic programs were put on hold last week when the district shifted to distance learning because of COVID-19 cases in the county.

  Gustavus led research group explores impact of COVID-19

  Fairmont school board allows planning for sporting events, extends hybrid learning model

  Mankato Area Public Schools extends summer food program to the end of the year

  MSU Mankato replaces Homecoming Week with Spirit Month

  Fairmont School District superintendent explains distance learning decision

  Local school gets crafty, gives back to community

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  Jefferson Elementary receives national award for student success

Mankato Family YMCA kick starts distance learning program

  Jones Metal Welding Lab at SCC officially in use

  Schools in Mankato, St. James earn national recognition

  Blue Earth Area Middle School gets creative with teaching curriculum

  Blue Earth Area School District getting creative with operating levy

  MSU Mankato prepping for College Knowledge Month

Minnesota State University, Mankato is prepping for its College Knowledge Month in October, which helps educate high school students about college.

Des Moines schools OK return to classes, delays key decision

Des Moines schools has been the state’s only school system that has refused Gov. Kim Reynolds' order that they hold at least half their classes in-person unless they have received a waiver because of high infection rates.

  Interest in agriculture skyrockets at Mankato Area Public Schools

In the program’s first year last year, 40 students enrolled. This year, over 400 students are enrolled, a 1,000% increase.

  Gustavus Adolphus College students can return to campus next week

Students can return to campus Monday, although most classes will remain online or in a hybrid format.

Des Moines says no to governor’s demand for classroom return

  St. James Public Schools to transition secondary students to distance learning

  Mankato Area Public Schools to continue with hybrid learning

  MNSU Theatre Department postpones productions

  MDH completes contact tracing for COVID-19 positive individual at Mankato West

Pioneer Bank donates 5,000 water bottles to area schools

  South Central College to recognize Constitution Day Thursday

SCC will recognize and teach students about Constitution Day Thursday and encourage student voter engagement.

  MNSAVES gives advice about investments

This program is easy to navigate, very flexible and safe to use.

  Le Sueur-Henderson Public School District installing ionization technology

The system is expected to help keep the air clean and healthy, and eliminate any smell that has accumulated in the buildings.

  Reynolds criticizes Des Moines for not returning to schools

Education Department Director Ann Lebo said officials would begin a process to potentially punish the district for not being in compliance.

  Le Sueur Henderson School District to get ionization technology

A new grant approved by the state is expected to help improve air quality within the Le Sueur-Henderson Public School District during the pandemic.

  Back in the classroom for all Blue Earth Area students

The Blue Earth Area School district transitions to all in-person learning for grades k through 12.

  Mankato Area Public Schools seeking volunteers

Mankato Area Public Schools is looking for volunteers to help with COVID emergency response activities

  MNSU gets creative with cultural learning amid halt of study abroad program

Through the COIL program, students will get a chance to learn and partner with others internationally.

  'Rec on the Go’ program brings free children activities to area parks

The four-week program offers pop up activities in parks in Mankato and Eagle Lake.

  Mankato Area Public Schools partners with Minn. Education Equity Partnership for inclusion efforts

The district said the partnership will lead to the development of an equity vision and framework.

  Bethany Lutheran College enrollment at all-time high

Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato continues to grow and announces the school is seeing an all-time high enrollment this fall.

Mankato Area Public Schools alerts community to positive case of COVID-19

MAPS says anyone who had close and prolonged contact with that person will be contacted by the Minnesota Department of Health individually.

  Jackson County Central bringing more students back on a regular basis

The school district cited the downward trend in COVID-19 cases as the determining factor in allowing more students return.

  Amboy High School demolition process begins

The process continues with the main section of the building being taken down next week.

  Waseca Public Schools to switch some students to distance learning model

The school district is moving to distance learning for 7th through 12th graders.

  Mankato Area Public Schools to provide free meals to all students

The program will be available at Mankato Area Public Schools until Dec. 31 or until funding for the USDA program runs out.

  Gustavus Adolphus College to announce plan for returning students next week

Currently, only first-year students are allowed to be back, though most classes are still online.

  Waseca County meets threshold for state to recommend distance learning

The county is the only one to currently meet this threshold.

  Reynolds: Des Moines students must return to classroom

Reynolds on Thursday said the state’s largest district is alone in refusing to develop a plan for in-person instruction.

  Jill Biden visits Minnesota as part of ‘Back to School Tour'

The former Second Lady of the United States told the crowd that her husband already has a plan for helping schools reopen safely.

  Winona State self-quarantines as Minnesota schools reopen

Officials aren’t aware of any serious illness related to COVID-19 within the Winona State community. But they’re seeing an increase in asymptomatic transmission affecting not only the campus, but the greater community.

  Computer glitches disrupt classes as schools return online

The online learning platform Blackboard, which serves more than 20 million U.S. students from kindergarten through 12th grade, reported that websites were failing to load or were loading slowly.

  South Central College celebrates completion of $11 million renovation project

The renovation aims to strengthen student success with enhanced technology, classrooms, labs and upgraded infrastructure.

  Back to school for some Mankato students

It’s a big day for many school districts across the region, including Mankato Area Public Schools, with many students back in the classroom for the first time in six months.

SCC hosts ribbon cutting to celebrate renovations

South Central College celebrates an $11 million campus renovation in North Mankato.

Kids start school year online amid pandemic; college towns become virus hotspots

For those attending 14 of the nation’s 16 largest school districts opening Tuesday, classes are being held entirely online.

  Des Moines students protest decision to cancel activities

The students say they want fairness and equity to compete in fall and winter activities.

  School districts readjust learning plans in Waseca, Le Sueur, McLeod Counties

MDH’s data release on Thursday showed that Wasecsa, Le Sueur and McLeod Counties have the highest new cases per 10,000 residents in the state.

  Good Counsel Learning Center is seeking volunteers

The school year will look a little different for the learning center amid the pandemic.

Local charter school revamped and ready to start in-person

Kato Public Charter School is looking forward to starting in-person on Tuesday, and staying in-person as long as they can.

  Districts continue reevaluating learning plans

School districts across the state continue reevaluating learning plans based on the latest data released from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Iowa Lakes’s practical nursing program named best in Iowa

Iowa Lakes Community College earned the top-ranking as the best practical nursing (PN) program in Iowa by

  Nearly 21% of Mankato students opt for distance learning

Originally, the district was anticipating about 15% of the student body to opt for remote learning. Those numbers have actually risen.

  JWP secondary students to begin year in distance learning

School officials say the decision was made based on recent county data released by the Minnesota Department of Health.

  Back-to-school nutrition tips from Hy-Vee

Lisa Cownie and Kelsey Barchenger from KEYC News Now took a trip to Hy-Vee Hilltop in Mankato for back to school nutrition tips that can help parents and students this fall.

  Le Sueur-Henderson School District changes back-to-school plan

A second school district in Le Sueur County alters its back to school plan amid rising local cases of COVID-19.

  University of Minnesota Waseca alumni tell the story of the past technical college

The University of Minnesota Waseca was a two-year technical college of agriculture that started in 1971 and survived until 1992, serving around 20,000 students.

  TCU school district adds more grades to hybrid learning

Tri-City United School District makes a shift to its back to school learning plan in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Le Sueur County.

  Maverick Machine Athletic Bands tunes community spirit, moves ahead with performances

Even with sports canceled MSU Mankato’s Maverick Machine is continuing to tune not only their instruments but their spirit as well.

  Loyola Catholic School begins in-person classes

" I know for myself and our staff we were kind of overcome with emotion this morning just because so much has gone on behind the scenes to get us to today."

  University announces plan to return students to campuses

The plan by University President Joan Gabel outlines multiple steps that ease over time, include curfews, limited on-campus activities and access to facilities.

  Rasmussen College nursing programs go virtual amid pandemic

College adds new online nursing simulation to continue to offer students courses online.

  Minnesota Valley Lutheran to open in-person classes Monday

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School begins class Monday with full in-person learning for, at least, the start of the school year.

  Loyola seeing increased enrollment

Loyola Catholic School in Mankato has seen a spike in enrollment due to the private school offering in-person classes for the school year.

College towns growing alarmed over outbreaks among students

The U.S. has recorded over 180,000 deaths from the coronavirus and 5.9 million confirmed infections.

  Minnesota State System forms a taskforce on police reform

The Minnesota State System forms a taskforce focused on law enforcement education reform.

  Iowa seeing troubling virus trends as students return

The state on Wednesday reported 817 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths in the past 24 hours. Iowa’s death toll stands at 1,061.

  Blue Earth Area Schools going hybrid for 8-12 students

Blue Earth Area Schools originally planned for all in-person classes when starting school in a few weeks, but those plans have changed.

  Hy-Vee aims to keep kids healthy, active with updated KidsFit program

The Iowa-based grocer has launched a free, downloadable Wellness Week guide that includes in-person, virtual and hybrid methods to help students prioritize healthy choices in school and at home.

Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association opens annual scholarship application

The MSA Scholarship Committee aims to achieve representation of all areas of the state when making its selection of awards.

  MNSU, South Central College students return to campus with new safety measures in place

Students are welcomed back with a mandatory mask mandate and self-screening regulation.

  UM regents to delay move-in at 3 campuses due to virus fears

The board voted 8-3 Monday to approve the proposal laid out Friday by University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel.

  Most students living off-campus to start fall semester at Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College campus will have less traffic than a typical year.

  College athletes deciding between graduating or extra year of eligibility

Senior collegiate student-athletes are facing a particularly tough decision to make this fall after the cancellation of fall championships.

  Bethany Lutheran College is welcoming students back to campus

Like many other schools, Bethany Lutheran College is offering the hybrid learning model, which allows both in-person and distance learning.

  MAPS confirms hybrid-for-all model to start school year

Peterson says the model is fluid and can change throughout the year, all depending on COVID-19 case rates in each school and across Blue Earth County.

  MSU is taking precautions with on-campus living

The University has taken preemptive measures to make their students living on-campus feel safe.

  Minnesota Valley Lutheran opts to start year with in-person instruction

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School recently announced it plans to open the school year on Aug. 31 with face-to-face instruction.