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  Mountain Lake Area eyes third straight trip to state

39-year-old man killed in crash near Wells

  Rogers man pleads guilty to having unsecure load, close call with State Trooper squad car

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota appoints new CEO

Medicaid benefit to be made available to Minnesota seniors starting July 2020

  Minnesota Valley Chorale to hold auditions

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MRCI thrift store celebrates national thrift store day

  Rabbits and their owners gather at Cottonwood County Fair to qualify for State Fair

  Minnesota Department of Public Safety announces extra DWI enforcement until Sept. 2

  Golden Gusties gear up for 2019

  Dunkin’ helps raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota through Cop on a Rooftop

  New mural coming to Mom and Pop’s

Students returning to school damaged by explosion in 2017

The explosion occurred when workers attempted to replace a gas meter in the basement of the school’s original century-old building.

  Mankato Department of Public Safety recruits for Community Emergency Response Team

Hands-on and classroom training will be held at the Mankato Public Safety Center.

  Chain saw artists bring unique booth to Martin County Fair

The Coy's have been carving for years, but this is their first county fair.

Grassley says EPA ‘screwed’ farmers with biofuels exemptions

Sen. Charles Grassley says farmers were “screwed” by the Trump administration’s decision to allow some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law.

Minneapolis police investigate 3rd homicide this week

  Missing woman last seen in New Ulm Monday found safe

  Several area shelters offering discounted, waived adoption fees on Clear the Shelters Day

  Police searching for suspect accused of tampering with multiple vehicles in Mankato

  Child dead in Jackson County after firearm discharged in home

  Ways to enjoy the final days of summer with the DNR

  National Thrift Shop Day August 17: how MRCI is celebrating

Tami Reuter with MRCI joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about National Thrift Shop Day taking place Saturday, August 17 and how MRCI is taking part.

  A few weeks in: how Minnesota drivers are settling into new laws

The Minnesota State Patrol offers an update on how drivers are responding to Minnesota's new hands free and left lane laws.

  Farmers continue to support President Trump, despite negative impact from trade policies

Allison Brown says she voted for President Trump in 2016, and she continues to fully support the president and his actions on trade.

  Alternative Roots Farm in full swing of apple season

Located in Madelia, Alternative Roots Farm offers everything from apples and fresh eggs to jellies and herbs.

Belle Plaine Fire Department celebrates 125 years Saturday

To commemorate the anniversary, the fire department is hosting a free event, that is open to the public, beginning at 12 p.m. and continuing through the evening on Aug. 17.

  Cougars looking to prove themselves in the 2019 season

"Doesn't matter, get better."

Mankato Brewery release party at the Blue Earth County Historical Society

The Shady Lady Saloon Lager is named for alleged rum runner Belle Borne, who resided in South Bend, Minnesota, in the 1920s.

Iowa becomes 11th state in US to allow sports gambling

Six Iowa casinos began accepting bets on sporting events Thursday, making the state the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering.

Sanders plans to bring presidential campaign to Minnesota

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic presidential candidate, will be at the Minnesota State Fair on opening day on Aug. 22.

Man seriously burned in house explosion in Cass County

He was taken by air to a Twin Cities hospital to be treated for serious burns.

Minneapolis man charged in drive-by shooting that hurt girl

The mother heard gunshots, returned and found her daughter, who had been asleep, was struck by a bullet that passed through the wall.

  Teenager arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Albert Lea High School

She was arrested for felony threats of violence and is being held at a juvenile detention center.

  Push for electric charging stations

The city of St. Peter is hoping businesses are looking to tap into the electric car trend. To accommodate the growing electric vehicle market, a network of public charging stations must be developed.

  Springfield Tigers have their sights on a second consecutive State Tournament appearance

"They're humble and they work hard."

  Demolition begins for new Frandsen location

The old gas station on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato took quite the hit today.

  Cirque Italia comes to Mankato

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular.” The name comes from the stage that holds 35,000 gallons of water that performers from all across the world dazzle over.

Sen. Rich Draheim chairs comittee on Home Ownership Affordability and Availability

The committee focuses on solutions to combat Minnesota’s ongoing housing crisis, specifically related to increasing affordable home ownership opportunities across the state.

  Farmamerica participates in ‘Soil Your Undies’ project

The 'Soil Your Undies' project tests the amount of living things in the soil and the health of the soil as the undies decay underground due to organisms.

  White House has announced new rules for legal immigrants seeking federal aid

Local officials are aware of changes coming at the federal level, but are waiting for guidance to the state then locally – which takes some time.

  Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department activates outdoor sirens Wednesday night

Blue Earth County and North Mankato residents might've heard the outdoor emergency sirens active yesterday evening.

  New mural at Fallenstein nearing completion

Weather permitting, the mural should be complete by Friday night.

  Ruby Ride expanding services in Mankato area

Extended hours and subscription plans will now be offered.

  Crow Bar & Grill opens years after fire

General Manager Jess Johansen wanted to bring the city to downtown Courtland.

“Casablanca” coming to State Street Theater Co.

The evening will include dinner at Rick’s Café Americana, desert at the Arifa Airport Lounge and a screening of Casablanca on the big screen at State Street Theater Company.

Greater Mankato Growth appoints new Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Greater Mankato Growth announced the appointment of Lucy Sanford as their new Marketing and Communication Coordinator Wednesday.

Renville County Historical Society seeking information for new exhibit

If you are a member of the Legion Posts listed below, please contact Nicole at the Renville County Historical Society.

  Mankato Moms Blog offers advice for parents on back to school organization, routine for the household

Jessica Blais with the Mankato Moms Blog joined KEYC News 12 This Midday with some tips for parents getting their kids ready to go back to school.

  Cold Air Funnels Explained

KEYC NEWS 12 Meteorologist Joshua Eckl explains what cold air funnel clouds are and how they form.

Israeli official: Tlaib, Omar barred from entry

Israel’s deputy foreign minister says the government has decided to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen who support the international boycott movement from entering the country.

  Multiple cars tampered with in Mapleton

Mapleton Police Department says overnight Monday into Tuesday, it had received multiple reports of cars being tampered with.

  Minnesota unemployment rate increases in July

July’s seasonally adjusted loss represents the first decline after four continuous months of gains that added 7,000 jobs.

  Courtyard by Marriott Mankato hosting Totally 80’s Prom

Nicholas Mack with Courtyard By Marriott joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about the Totally 80′s Prom happening in Mankato Friday, August 23. looks to fill over 2000 seasonal positions

Kelly Brant joined KEYC News 12 to talk about the 2 thousand positions is trying to fill for the Halloween season.

  Rural St. Peter man killed after being trapped inside grain bin

An 18 year old man is dead after being trapped inside a grain bin in Nicollet County.

  Blue Earth County sirens activated multiple times Wednesday

Residents of Blue Earth County may have heard the severe weather siren activated Wednesday evening.

  New kindergarten section at Windom Public Schools specific for students with summer birthdays

Coined “Begindergarten”, this section hopes to take the stress away from parents with summer babies as they decide when to enroll their children in kindergarten at Winfair Elementary School.

  Scarlets working to continue a legacy

“We take it week by week."

Portion of Pine Street temporarily closed Thursday

The city says that a detour will be provided.

  Mankato Area Public Schools’ new superintendent ready for school year

As a new school year approaches, Mankato Area Public Schools' newest superintendent is settling into his new position. Paul Peterson began his new role July 1, replacing now retired superintendent, Sheri Allen.

Blue Earth County Human Services duo claim state award

The award is usually only given to one recipient, but MACSSA recognized the strong partnership between the duo and awarded them both.

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota appoints new CEO

Dickmeyer will assume day-to-day leadership of the organization on September 3.

Bigham selected for MnDOT District State-Aid Engineer

Bigham began her new role Wednesday.

  United Way’s 2020 campaign continued its kick-off tour with some friendly competition

It was an afternoon of free food, competition, and the chance to purchase a raffle ticket to win an RV.

  55+ year olds participate in SAIL class

The evidence–based exercise program was developed by the Washington State Department of Health.

  Crystal Valley gives substantial pledge to South Central College

The pledge of over $100,000 will go towards a brand-new Agribusiness Experimental Learning Lab.

  Minnesota State-Mankato makes major changes to gameday

Earlier this week, Mankato City Council members voted in support of MSU's ability to host tailgating events before football games with alcohol activity.

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Minnesota BCA schedules test of Blue Alert System Thursday

The BCA is testing the system to ensure it activates as expected and to help Minnesotans become familiar with what they would see and hear if a Blue Alert was issued.

  Crusaders eye fourth straight state appearance in 2019

Mankato Loyola-Cleveland's success as a team over the past three years is due in part to a strong senior class that features a couple of all–state athletes.

  Severe lung damage may be linked to vaping, health officials say

Children’s Minnesota has reported finding four cases of lung injury in the Minneapolis area potentially related to vaping.

  Openings available in St. Peter, Mankato for MVAC Head Start Program

Chris Marben with Minnesota Valley Action Council joined KEYC News 12 This Midday to talk about openings within the Head Start program.

  Hy-Vee investigating payment processing data incident

Hy-Vee says the incident occurred with transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants.

  Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School construction winding down

The school is planning a rededication ceremony of its facility when construction is complete in early November.

  Supt. Peterson prepares for school year

Paul Peterson began his new role July 1, replacing now retired superintendent Sheri Allen.

  United Way’s Kickoff events begin

United Way got the festivities started early this morning. Proceeds from events will help push United Way toward its campaign goal of 2 million 60 thousand dollars.

  Suspects wanted in vehicle tampering incidents in Mankato

Mankato police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects allegedly involved in the tampering of vehicles.

  Alleged assault, robbery suspect sought by Mankato Police

Mankato Public Safety is seeking help in finding a robbery and assault suspect. Police responded to the 200 block of Briargate Road at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

  Most of Highway 14, 15 interchange in New Ulm to open Monday

As far as the other part of the Gateway project, construction on the Minnesota River Bridge has resumed after lengthy weather delays.