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Children’s Museum Of Southern Minnesota Opens In Mankato

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota has finally opened after a decade of planning and fundraising. The doors first opened Friday after construction began last year on the permanent $5 million home in Mankato.

05/02/2015

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Mankato Will Offer Dakota Language Courses

Minnesota State University, Mankato will offer Dakota language and culture courses beginning this fall. University president Richard Davenport says the courses will help preserve the culture and heritage of the Dakota people in the region and state.

04/30/2015

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Blue Earth County Crash Leaves 2 Motorcyclists Dead

Authorities say a 30-year-old Judson woman was driving south on 519th Avenue with two children in her car when they collided with a motorcycle heading east on Highway 68.

04/18/2015

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Minnesota State Wins Record-Setting D-2 Game 41-20

The Minnesota State Mavericks sure have their swings in shape. They swept a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader at Bemidji State on Saturday by scores of 10-9 in seven innings and, yes, 41-20 in eight innings. The Mavericks had 53 hits, including eight home runs, in 101 at-bats over the two games.

04/12/2015

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MSU’s Hastings Gets National Coach Of Year Award

Minnesota State’s Mike Hastings has been chosen as the American Hockey Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I men’s hockey. The award was announced Wednesday.

04/08/2015

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4 Things To Know: GermanWings Crash Update, The Frozen Four & More

These are the four things you need to know about for Friday, March 27, including a case-breaking update in the French Alps plane crash, and the Gophers’ appearance in the “Frozen Four” NCAA Hockey Tournament.

03/27/2015

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DeRusha Eats: Pieology Pizzeria

It’s been around for thousands of years, but right now it doesn’t get hotter than pizza. Matt Kalil is a 25-year-old offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, and the big name behind Pieology Pizza in Maple Grove, St. Paul and Mankato.

03/21/2015

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‘Pocket Dial’ Leads To Triple Arrest In Mankato Burglary

Three Mankato residents are in custody in connection to a burglary that police first got wind of due to a 911 pocket dial. The Blue County Sheriff’s office says a 911 dispatcher received a call from a cell phone at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

03/19/2015

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5 Indicted In Alleged Synthetic Drug Ring

Federal prosecutors have announced the indictment of five people accused of being members of a multi-million-dollar synthetic drug ring operating in Minnesota. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Thursday the indictment charges the five with conspiring to distribute synthetic cannabinoids.

03/19/2015

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Mankato Man Arrested, Child Abuse Charges Pending

Police arrested a Mankato man Tuesday night after officials say an investigation showed he might have abused two young children.

03/11/2015

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No Jail Time For Fmr. Gophers QB In Mankato Bar Brawl

Former University of Minnesota football player Philip Nelson will not serve any jail time following a fight outside a Mankato bar last May. Nelson heard his sentence before a packed courtroom in Blue Earth County Monday.

03/02/2015

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Walmart To Hire 400 In Mankato

A new Walmart distribution center will soon open in Mankato, but first they’ll need some workers to operate it. They’re looking to hire more than 400 employees. Those hired would begin work this spring to prepare for the summer grand opening.

02/21/2015

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Dayton Heads Out On Transportation Roadshow

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking his pitch for new road construction money on the road. Dayton was headed Wednesday to Mankato to drum up local support for a transportation proposal he put before lawmakers.

02/18/2015

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Mankato Man Jailed For 3 Months On Mistaken Drug Charges

Police arrested 31-year-old Joseph Burrell in November for two felony counts of drug possession. It turns out what appeared to be an illegal substance were really just vitamins.

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Charges Dismissed Against Man Jailed For Drug Possession

A Mankato man was jailed for months while he waited for the state crime lab to process suspected drugs that turned out to be vitamins. Joseph Burrell was arrested in November and charged with two felony counts of drug possession. His bail was set at $250,000. The 31-year-old Burrell says he’s not happy it took so long for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to process the evidence.

02/16/2015

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5 Apartments Evacuated After Mankato House Fire

Five apartments in a Mankato house have been evacuated after a blaze that apparently started in a fireplace chimney. One of the building’s residents tells The Mankato Free Press he smelled smoke from his third-floor apartment around 8 p.m. Thursday.

02/13/2015

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Patrol: Mankato Man Dies In Rollover Crash

A 55-year-old Mankato man died Saturday afternoon after losing control of his pickup truck and causing the vehicle to roll over.

02/08/2015

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Jared Allen’s Foundation Presents Home To Veteran

A former Vikings player helped make a dream come true for a veteran injured while fighting overseas. Sgt. Colin Faust got the keys to his very own home in Minnetrista Saturday afternoon.

02/07/2015

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Man Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound At MSU-Mankato Library

Authorities said a 27-year-old man died Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the library on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

02/02/2015

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Fmr. Gopher QB Pleads Guilty In Assault Case

A plea hearing will be held in Mankato Wednesday for former Gophers quarterback Phillip Nelson. It comes after he decided to plead guilty to fifth-degree assault for his part in a fight that nearly killed former MSU-Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad.

01/21/2015

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Fmr. Gopher QB Philip Nelson Enters Guilty Plea In Mankato Assault

Former Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson filed a petition to enter a guilty plea Tuesday in the attack that left former Mankato State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad with brain trauma. According to Nelson’s attorney James D. Fleming, Nelson filed a petition to plea guilty to fifth degree assault, a misdemeanor charge, and have all felonies dropped.

01/20/2015

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WCCO’s Mike Max Goes 1-On-1 With Former Gophers QB Philip Nelson

A fight in Mankato that lasted only a few seconds changed three young lives forever. One person is struggling to walk and talk because of his injuries. Two others face the possibility of prison. One of them is former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson.

01/19/2015

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Squad Car Footage Released Of Former Gophers QB

New video out Wednesday night shows a former Gopher quarterback in the back of a squad car during his arrest last May.

01/14/2015

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Police: Man With Knife Entered Unlocked Home, Raped Woman

Mankato Police are investigating after a stranger sexually assaulted a woman in her home early Monday morning. Police say the man had a knife when he went into an unlocked home on the 100 block of Maple Drive at about 2:30 a.m.

01/14/2015

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Authorities: Vulnerable Adult, 33, Missing In Mankato

The City of Mankato officials say a 33-year-old woman is missing after she was last seen late Monday morning. Jessica Ann Scofield, of Mankato, was last seen wearing a pink jacket and blue jeans at 11:30 a.m. Monday on 201 North Victory Drive.

01/13/2015

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