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  Vaccine pilot program set up to train counties for mass vaccinations

Nine counties across Minnesota will soon begin a COVID-19 vaccination pilot program, and North Mankato will host one of those sites.

Owatonna Police: Level 3 sex offender moves to new part of town

Man accused of threatening police arrested on weapons charge

  Eligible Minnesotans can now schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccine at pilot locations

  Minnesota, Wisconsin lawmakers discuss inauguration

  Minnesota vaccine site crashes as seniors register for doses

  Tribal leaders blast congressman opposed to Biden nomination

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Man charged with 5 new felonies in Iowa Trump rally shooting

  Theater play “Atreus” kicks off Wednesday

  200,000 people vaccinated for COVID-19 in Minnesota

  Public Hearing, vote on natural lawns Tuesday night

  Frustrations remain over COVID vaccine supply in Minnesota

  Students head back to school; preparation begins for vaccine distribution for teachers

  ‘A Divine Intervention’: Waseca woman finds kidney donor locally after 7 years on dialysis

A Waseca mother has a new lease on life after seven years of waiting for an organ donation. Now, she and the donor are sharing their story in the hope that others will consider the life-saving effort.

  Walz announces pilot program to begin vaccinating school workers, others

Due to state's limited vaccine supply, only a small number of individuals in these now-eligible groups will receive doses.

  850 MN guard members among soldiers securing inauguration

About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration.

  Conservation Reserve Program sign-up happening now

It helps farmers and ranchers preserve their land specifically plant species, control soil erosion, and improve water quality.

  Police: Willmar man working in garage killed by stray bullet

  Nicollet County to participate in vaccine pilot project

  FBI: 2nd Iowa man arrested in Capitol breach investigation

  Walz announces vaccine pilot program amid supply concerns

  Bait vending machine coming soon Sleepy Eye

  State Fair planning different scenarios for 2021

  Minnesota launching COVID vaccine pilot program; health officials report 980 additional cases

Minnesota is partnering with local public health and schools to launch a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Health reports 12 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 980 new confirmed positive cases.

  Minnesota State Mankato student competes in national eSports tournament

A local Minnesota State University, Mankato student is getting some national recognition.

  Changes coming for Highway 14

The Minnesota Department of Transportation received grant money Thursday to help fix one of the area’s busiest stretches of roadway.

  Cinemark Theater in Mankato reopens

Cinemark says the health and safety of employees, guests, and communities is a top priority.

  Snowfall totals in southern Minn., northwest Iowa

Here is a look at the snowfall totals around the area.

  Curling season back in action

Fans of a favorite Minnesota winter pastime can finally get back on the ice.

  MDH: 33 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,640 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 33 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,640 new confirmed positive cases.

  Survey details challenges of athlete mask mandate

A grassroots organization made of up parents, coaches, and athletes releases results of a statewide survey from the first week of athlete mask mandates.

  Winter storm wreaks havoc on Minnesota roads

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that from 8:00 a.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. there were 156 crashes, 217 spinouts, and 10 jackknifed semis. Eighteen of those crashes had injuries but none of them were fatal.

UPDATE: MnDOT reopens state highways in Southwestern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that all highways in southwestern Minnesota are now open but warns motorists that driving conditions will range from normal to very challenging as they may encounter ice and high winds.

  Cleveland teen launches GoFundMe for teacher

One teen in our area is asking for help in giving back to a Cleveland High School teacher who has impacted the lives of many students.

  Hy-Vee to begin rapid antibody testing

Hy-Vee will begin offering covid-19 rapid anti-body testing at more than 250 pharmacy locations, including both Mankato stores, as well as New Ulm and St. Peter.

  Matson joins lawmakers introducing bill that increases penalties for attempted murder of police

Two southern Minnesota lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would increase the minimum sentence for attempted murder of a police officer, inspired by Waseca officer Arik Matson, who was nearly killed after being shot in the head while on duty last January.

  Anglers celebrating ‘Take a Kid Ice Fishing’ this weekend

Anglers can fish for free this weekend when bringing along a kid.

  Rep. Jeremy Munson speaks out after House launches investigation on 6 GOP reps

Six Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Jeremy Munson, are under investigation after attending St. Paul Pro-Trump rally.

  Minnesota Department of Transportations gives tips for first blizzard of 2021

The high winds make any snow storm more dangerous for drivers.

  Security officials urge Minnesotans to avoid state Capitol

Security officials asked Minnesotans on Thursday to consider staying away from the state Capitol complex unless they have specific planned activities or business there.

  Blizzard warning issued as snow, wind moves into Minnesota

After a few days of pleasantly warmer conditions with sunshine mixed in, wintry weather will be returning to southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa Thursday night.

Lawsuit: Community college program was human trafficking

The lawsuit says the students were paid significantly less than U.S. employees and some of their money was deducted from their paychecks to fund kickbacks to the college and staffing agency.

  Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block copper mining on federal lands in the Rainy River watershed.

  Iowa National Guard sending 250 troops to Washington, D.C.

Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Ben Corell said initially Iowa had planned to send 15 members of the 185th Refueling Wing to Washington but because of the attack on the Capitol last week, all states and territories have been asked to help.

  River Valley Girl Scouts offering free memberships

With the pandemic causing anxiety and other mental health challenges for many girls, River Valleys Girl Scouts is hoping to help.

  City Council approves variance for Dotson expansion

The Mankato City Council gives Dotson Iron Castings the green light for its proposed expansion.

  Funding for Hwy. 14 four lane expansion

The Highway 14 expansion project between Mankato and New Ulm is one of four Greater Minnesota projects receiving state funding.

Mayo Clinic Health System resumes operations at five clinics

Mayo Clinic Health System is set to resume operations at five clinics, and update visitor policies for hospitals.

  Minnesota health officials wait on feds for vaccine guidance

Minnesota health officials say they’re waiting for more information from the federal government on its new guidance to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 1,598 new cases.

  Homelessness down in Minnesota, troubling trends still remain

While fewer Minnesotans are experiencing homelessness, experts say troubling trends still remain.

  Bill inspired by Arik Matson introduced to Minnesota Legislature

A bill in honor of Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson is introduced today in the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.

  Bracing for the first winter storm of 2021

The first winter storm of 2021 is shaping up to be similar to the one that rounded out 2020, with a blizzard and hazardous road conditions expected.

  Public’s input encouraged on Highway 169 corridor study

Public can attend virtual open house or partake in online survey.

Sioux City man charged in New Year’s shooting that killed 1

He and others fired at least 27 shots into the house with a 9mm handgun and an assault-style rifle, police said.

Minnesota man who trained with Islamic State pleads guilty

A Minnesota man who traveled to Syria and Iraq where prosecutors say he became a soldier for the Islamic State group pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a terrorism count.

  Minnesota House Democrats unveil legislative priorities

Minnesota House Democrats unveiled their first priorities of the 2021 legislative session on Wednesday.

  Six members of the Minnesota House under investigation

The Minnesota House of Representatives is investigating six of its own members.

  Walz activates National Guard for Minnesota Capitol security

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday activated the Minnesota National Guard to protect the state Capitol amid rising fears of violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Walz extends Minnesota’s coronavirus state of emergency

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday won legislative approval to extend Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days.

  Fire at Mankato automotive shop ruled accidental

Employees were able to get out of the building after a gas tank caught fire and explosions could be heard coming from the building.

MNRAAA invites community members to learn about Medicare

The class is intended for anyone who may be new to Medicare and would like to learn more about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D.

  Teacher works from hospital while receiving chemo in Minnesota

A Minnesota woman teaches from the hospital while receiving chemo treatments.

  Springfield voters take up bond referendum February

After more than 28 years, the Springfield School District is asking for voter support to address facility needs through a bond referendum.

  Minnesota students speak out about distance learning

After nearly a year of modified instruction in many school districts across the state, some Minnesota students are not giving distance learning high marks.

  Minnesota peacetime state of emergency extended; health officials report 1,504 additional COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tim Walz has extended Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days. This comes as the Minnesota Department of Health reports 50 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,504 new cases.

  MSU Mankato fully opens Maverick Food Pantry

Minnesota State University Mankato has officially launched its full Maverick Food Pantry.

  Language barrier plays toll on COVID-19 testing accessibility

Community members call for state funding for language interpreters, messaging outreach.

  Minnesota National Guard troops heading to D.C. for inauguration

Over 130 soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1-94th Cavalry and airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing will be deployed later this week.

  Minnesota launches dashboard for coronavirus vaccine data

Minnesota launched a dashboard Tuesday to provide more information on the status of the state’s vaccination efforts.

  Le Sueur County Sheriff warns anglers about deceptive ice conditions

Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett V.P. Mason is warning anglers about deceptive ice conditions on area lakes.

  FBI: QAnon backer from Iowa was among 1st to breach Capitol

A right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa was among the first to break into the U.S. Capitol during last week’s deadly pro-Trump insurrection, chasing and menacing a Black police officer, federal agents said Tuesday.

Man profiled in magazine sentenced on explosives charge

In a video sentencing hearing on Tuesday, defense attorney James Ventura said Miller didn’t know that some of the materials he used were illegal for him to possess, the Star Tribune reported.

  Iowa public safety aide says riot at Capitol ‘had to happen’

An Iowa Department of Public Safety worker who traveled to Washington, D.C., to support President Donald Trump’s push to overturn the election says she understands the rage that fueled the riot, writing online that it “had to happen.”

14-year-olds among those killed in police chase car crash

Police have revealed that three people killed in a crash following a high-speed police chase in Iowa were teenagers — including two 14-year-olds.

  Gov. Walz to visit historical sites to call for peace

Gov. Tim Walz planned to visit several American history monuments across Minnesota this week in a call for peace and civility following an attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob last week.

  Officer with knee to George Floyd’s neck to be tried alone

A former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee to the neck of George Floyd for several minutes will be tried separately from three other former officers accused in his death, according to scheduling orders filed Tuesday.

DNR: feedback wanted on potential waterfowl hunting changes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seeks input as it looks into potential waterfowl hunting changes.

Animal neglect investigation underway at home in northern Iowa

An investigation is underway following an incident at a home in northern Iowa.

  Health tools headed to Indigenous communities

Blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, and technology for telehealth visits are on their way to elders from Indigenous communities in Minnesota.

  MDH releases new COVID-19 dashboard on vaccine data; 1,335 additional cases and 13 deaths reported

Minnesota has released a new COVID-19 dashboard detailing the state’s vaccine data. Also, state health officials report 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,335 new confirmed positive cases.

  House effort to end peacetime emergency fails

An effort by House Republicans to force a vote to end the emergency powers of Governor Tim Walz fails once again.