KEYC News Now This Morning

  Political opponents and supporters await presidential remarks in Mankato

Monday’s campaign stop marks at least the sixth time a president or presidential candidate has visited Blue Earth County.

Highway 68 closes for road repair

  MDH: Minnesota surpasses 3,000 total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Milford, IA; airlifted

  “Martin County Strong” aims to help small business during pandemic

Mankato Clinic to receive surgical; N95 masks from Xcel Energy

  Faribault Police searching for shooting suspect

Continued Coverage

Community Response Fund announces second round of grants

City of Sleepy Eye offers small business emergency relief

  Mankato Silo Art project continues Tuesday

  BENCHS temporarily closes to public during COVID-19 pandemic

  Owatonna man dies in two-vehicle collision Sunday

  Highway 93 near Henderson closes for second time in 2020

  MN DNR: 2020 angling season will happen

A fake press release claiming to be from the state’s conservation agency is circulating on social media.

  Waseca Public Schools selects new superintendent

Hudspith currently serves as human resources and organizational development director with Mankato Area Public Schools.

  School meal distribution/childcare resources for COVID-19 closure

Contact your local school district office with any specific questions and be sure to follow our updates as well as the Minnesota Department of Health while the COVID-19 response continues.

  BREAKING: Highway 14 Funding Bill Passes Through Minnesota Legislature

Funding for the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm passes through the Minnesota Legislature to await Governor Walz’s signature.

  Riverfront Performing Arts prepares for performance of It Takes Two

  Emy Frentz Arts Guild offers space for artists and performers to come together

  Streaming Suggestions for a Weekend Indoors

  Inspire Health & Wellness hosts fundraiser for veterans with meals for the whole family

  Five Rivers Mental Health Clinic offers therapy services for all ages

  Homestead holds workshops in new paint studio

  The Docket: farm safety bills back in committee, Mankato City Council talks Capital Improvement Plan projects

Here’s what’s on The Docket this week of March 9th, 2020.

  Local Producers create Friends of the Farmers Market group to find volunteers

Kaylee Moody, owner of Moody Bees Honey, joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about the Friends of the Farmers Market.

  ECHO Food Shelf teams up with local Catholic churches for Pasta with the Padres

Deisy De Leon Esqueda from ECHO Food Shelf in Mankato joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their Pasta with the Padres event.

  ATTENTION: Scammer claiming to be “KEYC News 12”; circulating false coronavirus rumors

If the link does not go to our website, as is the case with this message, it is most likely a scammer. The scammer also attributes the “report” to KEYC News 12, which is no longer our outlet’s official name.

  Dream Closet provides quality clothing for those in need

Lexi Friedrichs from Dream Closet joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about how their club helps others by giving free shopping experiences to those in need.

  Randy Christiansen to clown around at Hanska Community Library

Deb Anton from the Hanska Community Library joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their upcoming event featuring professional clown Randy Christiansen.

  Maverick Hockey Blue Line Club celebrates MacNaughton Cup win

Jason Beal, President of the Blue Line Club at Minnesota State University, Mankato joined KEYC News Now Morning with the MacNaughton Cup to celebrate Maverick Hockey’s big win.

  Renville County Sheriff’s office seeking help in locating missing juvenile

Anyone with information regarding a missing juvenile is asked to contact the Renville County Dispatch Center

  Greater Mankato Growth annual meeting celebrates GMG’s accomplishments and volunteers

Jessica Beyer from Greater Mankato Growth joined KEYC News Now Morning to discuss their annual meeting, the volunteer awards, and their keynote speaker.

  Jersey Mikes gives back to the community with the Month of Giving

Chris Kunst from Jersey Mikes joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their Month of Giving.

  Graif Clothing launches new giving initiative

Marissa Brostrom, owner of Graif Clothing, joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their new Graif Gives Initiative to make quality clothing more accessible.

  Five Sisters Project close to reaching fundraising goal

Tracy Muhlenbeck from the Five Sisters Project joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their upcoming fundraiser that they hope will bring them to their fundraising goal.

  Mankato Area Hockey Association excited for upcoming East-West championship game and pushes for more ice

Eric Boelter from the Mankato Area Hockey Association joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about the upcoming game between East and West, and their push more ice to give new kids the chance to play.

Mankato woman charged after allegedly assaulting man with butcher knife

A warrant is requested for a Mankato woman accused of assaulting a man with a butcher knife and taking his cell phone.

  WYSIWYG Juice Co. expanding to Spicer, MN

Marie Farley Christiansen, co-founder of WYSIWYG Juice Co. in Mankato joined KEYC News Now at Noon to talk about their new location in Spicer, MN.

  School board to meet with the city council to discuss facilities and improvements

Superintendent Paul Peterson joined KEYC News Now to discuss an upcoming meeting between the school board and city council.

Mankato man charged after alleged assault with a firearm in downtown Mankato

A Mankato man is charged following an alleged assault with a firearm in downtown Mankato.

  Support Options for Women provides services for those with unplanned pregnancies

Lori Letourneau from Support Options for Women Mankato joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about who they are and the services they offer.

  Mankato high schools come together for Draw the Circle Benefit Concert

Claire Baker from Mankato West High School joined KEYC News Now Morning to discuss the upcoming Draw the Circle Benefit Concert, which brings all three high schools together to support homeless youth.

  Rep. Jim Hagedorn in Waseca Monday night for community town hall

Waseca County residents will have priority in asking questions to Rep. Hagedorn at the Waseca High School Performing Arts Center from 6:30 to 7:30.

  New events from Minnesota DNR; ice fishing shelter removal deadline approaching

Dan Ruiter from the Minnesota DNR joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about upcoming events taking place at local state parks.

  Mankato YMCA offering free express classes for Leap Day

Stephanie Fischer from the Mankato YMCA joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about the express classes they are offering on Leap Day.

  Waseca, Albert Lea mayors proclaim Saturday Arik Matson Day

Mayors of Albert Lea and Waseca proclaim Saturday, Feb. 22 Arik Matson Day, in honor of the officer who was shot while on duty in January.

Schmeeckle Foundation grants awarded in Martin County

More than $220,000 has been awarded between seven nonprofit organizations within the county, including $150,000 for the Habitat for Humanity of Martin and Faribault Counties.

  City of Mankato encourages residents to participate in the 2020 Census

Kurt Klinder from the City of Mankato joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about the importance of participating in the 2020 census.

  Mankato local creates coach bus company for event-goers

Jonny Christensen from Kicker Coaches joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about how he started his own business.

  “Miracle on Ice” player John Harrington reflects on historical victory

Saturday, Feb. 22 marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Men’s Olympic hockey team defeating the Soviets in a 4-3 final. MSU Mankato Women’s hockey head coach John Harrington, a member of the 1980 Olympic team, joined KEYC News Now This Morning to reflect on the team and its historic victory.

  Lawmakers, organizations push for smoking and vaping restriction

The House Education Policy Division in the Minnesota House of Representatives has moved forward two anti-vaping bills. One would require vaping awareness and prevention instruction for public school students, the other would create vaping prevention pilot grants.

  Race and raise money to support the homeless at Pedal Past Poverty

Kirsten Becker from Partners for Affordable Housing joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their upcoming fundraiser, the Peddle Past Poverty stationary bike race.

  Mankato Pet Cremation helps pet owners dealing with loss

Wendy June from Mankato Pet Cremation joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about the services they provide for pet owners, vet clinics and the Blue Earth County Humane Society.

  Influential Senate Republican pushes for ballot verification bill

An influential Senate Republican who held up federal election security funding in the 2019 legislative session is trying tie approval of a new round to her proposal for a provisional balloting system.

American Legion National Commander visiting Mankato

The American Legion National Commander is paying a visit to Mankato, meeting with Minnesota State Mankato student veterans Wednesday.

  Blue Earth County Historical Society to start new History Happy Hour

Jessica Potter from the Blue Earth County Historical Society from KEYC News Now Morning to share some surprise antiques and talk about upcoming events.

  GOP lawmakers confident of holding Senate

Senator Paul Gazelka also says he’s optimistic about his party’s chances for maintaining and even expanding its narrow control over the Senate despite the impending retirements of a couple of prominent lawmakers.

911 service restored in Emmet County

Officials in Emmet County say its 911 service has been restored after a brief outage in a small portion of the county on Monday.

  LEEP hosts Luau Karaoke on Leap Year Day

Jill Hilgers from LEEP joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their upcoming fundraiser the Luau Karaoke which appropriately takes place on Leap Day.

  Beer lovers can wish for early spring at Bockfest in New Ulm

Rod Shober joined KEYC News Now Morning to share the history of the upcoming Boch Fest at Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm.

  Leap into cold water for a good cause at New Ulm’s 2nd Annual Arctic Plunge

Herb Knutson from the Artic Plunge in New Ulm joined KEYC News Now Morning to talk about their 2nd annual upcoming fundraiser.

  Sen. Amy Klobuchar raises $12 Million post-New Hampshire

Senator Amy Klobuchar says her presidential campaign has raised more than $12 million since the last debate held in New Hampshire.

Lake Crystal man charged after allegedly locking woman in car and making threats

A Lake Crystal man is charged with multiple felony counts, including kidnapping and assault, after allegedly holding a woman against her will in his car and threatening her with a knife.

  Sonic the Hedgehog, The Photograph, and Fantasy Island in theaters Valentine’s Day

Movie reviewer Mike Lagerquist joined KEYC News Now at Noon to talk about new movies that are in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

  STRIDE creates a community of learning through running

Noah Micke from STRIDE at the Mankato YMCA joined KEYC News Now This Morning to talk about the program ahead of the spring session.

  The Tired Chef shares gluten-free recipes to spread awareness of celiac disease

Jenna Manske, the creator of The Tired Chef cooking blog, joined KEYC News Now This Morning to show off some of her gluten-free dishes.

  Mankato Riverblenders perform singing valentines

The Riverblenders joined KEYC News Now at Noon to give a preview of their Valentine’s Day “singing valentines.”

Physician assistant explains how to discern the flu from the common cold

Physician assistant Doni Walker-Jackson from Mayo Clinic Health System joined KEYC News Now This Morning to explain the differences between common cold symptoms and the flu.

  South Central College celebrates new students with Signing Day

Modeled after the NCAA’s “National Signing Day” for athletes, South Central College is celebrating students who are choosing to enter a technical program at the school.

Mankato woman charged with malicious punishment of a child

A Mankato woman is charged with multiple counts of malicious punishment of a child following a reported incident last Friday.

Drug seizures on the rise in Minnesota

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, for the twelfth straight year, they have seized a record amount of methamphetamine.

  2020 expected to be a strong year in real estate market

George Massad from True Real Estate joined KEYC News Now This Morning to talk about what buyers and sellers should know about the real estate market.

  Tips for financial security from Country Financial

Stephen Pascoe joined KEYC News Now This Morning to offer some tips on how couples can provide financial security for each other this Valentine’s Day.

  Fun gifts for Valentine’s Day from

Ross Hewett-Smith joined KEYC News Now This Morning to show some fun Valentine’s day gifts, including clothes, blankets, tea sets and more.

  Merely Players supports local artists with upcoming performance of Jesus Christ Superstar

Mystique Deegan from Merely Players joined KEYC News Now This Morning to talk about how they are supporting the community with their next show.

Two public hearings included in Mondays night’s Mankato City Council agenda

Two public hearings are on Monday night’s Mankato City Council agenda. Both hearings are for Capital Improvement Projects the city is hoping to complete this year.

GFW School Board postpones vote on whether to close school

The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School Board has postponed a vote on the matter of closing the Fairfax intermediate school site.

  Mankato man charged with prostitution of a minor

30-year-old Robert William Tester is accused of instructing a 28-year-old woman to have a twelve-year-old perform sexual acts on her and have it recorded for Robert Tester to watch later when he was done serving his sentence in Blue Earth County jail.

  Greater Mankato Growth announces priorities for legislative session; includes Highway 14 funding

Patrick Baker from Greater Mankato Growth joined KEYC News Now at Noon to talk about their legislative priorities for the 2020 session, which includes Highway 14 funding.

Flu remains widespread in Minnesota

Health officials say influenza remains widespread throughout Minnesota.

  Reviewing this year’s Oscar nominees, including Joker, The Irishman, Parasite, and more.

Movie reviewer Mike Lagerquist joined KEYC News Now This Morning to talk about this year’s Oscar nominees.