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Erina Prom joins Alan Mackenthun in race for District 20A House bid

Erina Prom announced that she will challenge Alan Mackenthun for the seat that will be vacated by Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market) following his retirement at the conclusion of the current legislative term.

  Officer Arik Matson continues road to recovery, now able to walk

  Grain Bin Safety Week is represented at the Minnesota State Capitol with grain storage facility safety legislation

  CBD: From Seed to Shelf Pt. IV — How CBD retailers educate customers about product

  Landon’s Law passes out of first committee in an effort to improve safety on the farm

  Police: Minnesota recycling plant fire under control for now

  Waseca, Albert Lea mayors proclaim Saturday Arik Matson Day

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  Proposed amendment aims to close achievement gaps in education

  Landline, Blue Earth Taxi collaborate for simplified travel to MSP International Airport

  Local nurse goes above and beyond to help patients

Gislason & Hunter LLP awarded ‘Best in Class Performance for HR Management’

Sleepy Eye native awarded Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association scholarship

Alan Mackenthun announces candidacy for House District 20A

  Feature Film: SILO sparks emotion and pushes for farm safety education, awareness

Tears were shed and comments from the crowd saying this was long overdue proceeded after the showing of the SILO film, the first feature film about grain entrapment and the devastation that follows.

  MnDOT has a special tool to remove ice from roadways

There’s only one in our district, but MnDOT says it may purchase more in the near future.

Authorities ID employee who was killed in barn collapse

A Worthington, Minnesota, man was killed when equipment collapsed on him in a barn in northwest Iowa.

  St. James emergency nurse practitioner returns from medically assisting at a Calif. quarantine site

A St. James emergency nurse practitioner who was deployed to medically assist evacuees from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak returns home.

  Spring flooding likely again throughout southern Minnesota

  American Legion National Commander visits Mankato

Rep. Jim Hagedorn reveals his battle with kidney cancer

Fire at Minnesota recycling plant affecting air quality

Authorities respond to semi vs. train crash in Brown County

287 airports to receive infrastructure grants from Department of Transportation

  Rural fire departments invited to apply for grain bin rescue training, equipment from Nationwide

The goal with Nationwide’s contest and the campaign is to help prevent injuries and fatalities by promoting safe bin-entry procedures when entry is necessary.

  Dan Feehan shares campaign priorities in sit-down interview

Feehan joined KEYC News Now at 6:30 on Tuesday to share more about his campaign.

  Local mother and daughter promote natural hair self-love in light of CROWN Act

As Rep. Rena Moran pushes to end discrimination against natural hair, a local mother/daughter duo advocate in the community with their children's book.

  Winter storm creates hazardous driving condition, perfect photo conditions

Tuesday morning, area motorists were treated to a winter wonderland.

Tim McGraw, Midland to perform at Grandstand during Minnesota State Fair

Tickets for the concert are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. Tickets are all reserved seating and are priced at $60, $78 and $88.

Dog, puppies doing well after found alone in snowdrift

Authorities say a dog and her six puppies are recovering and growing fast after being found alone in a snowdrift in northwestern Minnesota.

Suspect sought in Bemidji shooting

Police are looking for a known suspect, an 18-year-old Bemidji man who is considered armed and dangerous.

Hagedorn scheduled to host town hall event in Le Sueur County

Rep. Jim Hagedorn will be hosting a town hall event in Le Sueur County on Saturday, Feb. 22.

  Toddler in alleged child abuse case dies; amended charges expected

The county attorney’s office says they will likely file amended charges against the mother of the child, 27-year-old Chelsea Olinger.

Cities declare snow emergencies, organizations cancel events due to weather

In a snow emergency, area motorists are asked to find off-street parking for their vehicles until the snow emergency has expired or risk having their vehicle towed.

  MPCA taking public comments on modifying air emissions at CHS plant

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking public comments, on a permit to modify air emissions from a plant in Mankato.

  Gov. Walz proclaims Feb. 16-22 as Grain Bin Safety Week, addressing increased amount of fatalities in, around confined spaces on the farm

Gov. Tim Walz followed suit shortly after, proclaiming this week as Grain Bin Safety Week in Minnesota, saying farming is one of the most dangerous professions in the country and that he grieves with the families who have lost loved ones in preventable, grain bin deaths and accidents.

Public invited to 5th annual Bulldogs Mite Jamboree

The St. Peter Youth Hockey Association and Minnesota River Bulldogs are inviting the public to attend its fifth annual Bulldog Mite Jamboree from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the Le Sueur Community Center.

Rep. Jeremy Munson invites public to town hall in Mapleton

The event will give constituents an opportunity to discuss the 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session, in addition to asking questions, providing feedback and sharing ideas about issues that are important to them.

Hagedorn scheduled to host town hall event in Rice County

Rep. Jim Hagedorn will be hosting a town hall event in Rice County on Saturday, Feb. 22.

  Sen. Frentz shares efforts, goals of Minn. Clean Energy and Climate Change Caucus

Assistant Minority Leader Sen. Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) joined KEYC News Now at 6:30 to share more about the caucus and its efforts since its inception.

  Martin Luther College aims to recruit more apsiring teachers, pastors with campaign

In addition to raising money to fulfill expansion and scholarship goals, MLC is also shining a light on the need to recruit aspiring ministerial teachers and pastors.

  Mankato-North Mankato ranks No. 17 in ‘Best Small Cities for Business in 2019’ list

The Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area joins 161 other cities across the nation to have made the list.

  Toddler brain-dead; Mankato mother charged with felony assault

A court complaint says the toddler was then transferred to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester where it was discovered the child has no brain activity.

  Ag Management Solutions debuting Northern Commodity Transportation Conference in March

Ag Management Solutions, an agricultural service organization owned by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Research Council, is debuting a new conference geared toward agriculture commodity transportation.

  Groundwater Protection Rule to restrict fall fertilizer application in identified, vulnerable areas

It took effect last month, but it won’t play a role in day-to-day operations until September. The Groundwater Protection Rule contains two parts.

  U.S. Army soldier returns from active duty; continues to serve the public in Mankato

A U.S. Army Reserve soldier has returned to her civilian role as a family nurse practitioner at Open Door Health Center in Mankato.

  Exchange student from China forms strong bond with host family

Siran Zao came to the United States through the International Student Exchange, who say they’re looking for more families to host students.

Mankato Public Safety makes arrest following child abuse investigation

Authorities report that the investigation found that the injuries to the child were caused by the child’s mother, Chelsea Rae Olinger.

  Search to fill Justice Lillehaug’s position begins, Gov. Walz says

The search for a replacement now begins, with the Governor encouraging applications from lawyers and judges across the state.

  Minnesota DNR sends special message to Officer Arik Matson

The Minnesota DNR’s Enforcement Division took time during their annual awards and training conference to wish Matson all the best.

  $80,000 worth of scholarships given out to incoming SCC students

South Central College hosts fifth annual Technical Letter of Intent signing day.

Tickets now on sale for Blue Earth County Historical Society’s annual meeting

The event will also feature Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad as a guest speaker in recognition of National Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Public invited to MNSU presentation on World Archaeology Day

Cummings’ presentation is scheduled to be a part of the Department of Anthropology’s celebration of World Anthropology Day.

  Minnesota State University, Mankato’s college newspaper creates fundraising campaign; to help pay for budget

They say the Reporter has provided them valuable hands-on experience as they learn the journalism craft, and after years of declining funds and revenue, student staff created an online fundraising campaign to keep the lights on.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tons of adorable southern Minn., northern Iowa babies, submit your pics!

In honor of the photo search, KEYC News Now put a call out for pictures of babies from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa!

New Ulm Chamber of Commerce invites women to upcoming networking, development events

The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting women to a networking and development opportunity on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 in New Ulm.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan receives Native American Leadership Award

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is the highest-ranking Native woman elected to executive office in United States history.

Sibley County man run over by tractor, airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center

Authorities report that Gordon Panning was attempting to start the tractor from the ground.

  Bonding on forefront of lawmakers’ minds as 2020 Legislative Session begins

The Minnesota State Legislature is back in session and if there’s one thing on lawmakers’ minds, it’s bonding.

  ‘Color us red’: Target sorry for ‘Minnesota Badgers’ onesie

Target admits a onesie it carried in some stores misidentified the mascot for the largest university in its home state.

  Maple River Schools approved to build a new school through a $63.3 million bond

After four tries, beginning in 2009, a new school building has become a reality for Maple River Schools.

  Area teams, organizations make use of Maverick All-Sports Dome

The dome is the first of its kind in the Mankato area and has been put to use since it open in early December 2019.

  State lawmakers aim to improve farm safety education, make safety measures more affordable

Efforts to improve safety on the farm started during the first legislative session with Sens. Nick Frentz and Rich Draheim introducing a bill that would appropriate money for an added safety measure in an existing grant program.

  Mayo Clinic Health System unveils new facility in Fairmont

With the new cardiac rehab center, which is over double the size of the old facility, patients can be seen in a more timely fashion.

  Maple River referendum passes

The school district reports 1,036 voters were in favor, while 1,026 voted against the referendum.

  Minnesota State Legislature back in session

This session is a bonding session, and several lawmakers are hoping that local projects will be included in the bill.

  CBD: From Seed to Shelf Pt. III — An explanation of the extraction process

A new CBD extraction facility is now up and running in Waseca, and a California company will be moving its manufacturing operations there in 2020.

Mogwai Collaborative partners with other southern Minnesota coworking spaces

Six collaborative coworking spaces across southern Minnesota have announced the launch of the Greater Minnesota Coworking Passport.

  City of Fairfax presents offer to GFW Schools with hopes to keep facility open

Initially, the plan was to save money by closing the building in Fairfax, saving on operating costs and cutting staff.

  Local company presents unique opportunity to students

A local company is hosting a graphic design contest for students looking to get into graphic design.

  MSU Mankato President, University Cabinet distribute free winter gear to students

Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport and members of the university cabinet gave away 1,300 scarves and hats to students on campus on Tuesday.

  Minnesota BCA assisting police with Mankato child abuse investigation

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting Mankato Public Safety with an investigation at Eastport Apartments Tuesday.

Hagedorn scheduled to host town hall event in Faribault County

Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s Office is asking attendees to bring a government issued I.D. with them to the event.

  Riverbank stabilization at Land of Memories Park enters bidding process; efforts to save municipal well begin later in February

Monday's decision by the city council to begin the bidding process has moved the riverbank stabilization project one step closer to saving the well.

Public, high school students invited to attend 12th annual Ag Symposium

Check-in is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., with the symposium beginning at 8:30.

MHC invites veterans to enter submission for Veterans’ Voices Award

The MHC is inviting veterans living in Minnesota to submit poetry, prose, essays and memoirs for consideration.

  New Ulm Police Chief explains how NUPD is preparing for potential flooding in spring

Lauren Andrego sat down with New Ulm Police Chief Dave Borchert for a one-on-one interview to learn more about how they’re preparing for the potential of flooding in New Ulm this spring.

  Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist provides tips to prevent heart complications

Mayo Clinic Health System Cardiologist Niti Aggarwal, M.D., joined KEYC News Now at 6:30 to discuss ways to prevent heart complications.

  Hundreds of students compete in math competition

Middle School students put their brains to the test at the MathCounts Competition.

  Blue Earth County accepting 2020 Citizens Academy applications

The class is designed to give citizens a behind-the-scenes look at county government.

  Rising waters cause damage at Rapidan Dam

The rising water resulted in the powerhouse being flooded with about 10 feet of water.

UMN Extension invites public to goat-focused education event in Le Center

Both meat and dairy producers throughout southern Minnesota are invited to attend the event, in addition to small scale hobbyists, commercial producers and 4-H families.