As the Minnesota Vikings move their home games outside for the next two seasons, the two specialists will be under the most pressure. To prepare for the elements, kicker Blair Walsh and punter Jeff Locke have made several visits to TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus with more planned before the home opener.
It’s the first official day of training camp for the Minnesota Vikings in Mankato, and the front office has already been busy with a series of roster moves. The Vikings announced Friday they’ve waived wide receiver Josh Cooper and tackle Matt Hall.
The Minnesota Vikings got an early wake up call at training camp Friday morning, but it was earlier than normal — and it was a false alarm. The team was forced to evacuate their dorms after a fire alarm went off at 1:30 a.m. Friday.
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Forbes has ranked Mankato third on its list of the Best Small Places for Business in America, just behind Fargo, North Dakota, and College Station, Texas. A chamber of commerce member says Mankato had previously ranked 10th, 11th and 25th. He says the town’s greatest strength is the diversity of its economy.
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It figures to be one of the most intriguing training camps for the Vikings in recent memory, with a lot of new faces and almost an entirely new coaching staff. Practices officially begin Friday, with the preseason beginning on Aug. 8 and the team’s first regular season home game at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 14 against the Patriots.
Minnesota Vikings players and coaches will head to Mankato on Thursday for the start of a three-week training camp at Minnesota State University, bringing thousands of fans with them. Local businesses have amped up their employee rosters in anticipation of a potential surge in clientele.
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Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible in a Mankato shooting in April that left one dead and three others hurt. The incident happened at about 2 a.m. on April 20 during an altercation in the parking lot of the Kato Ballroom in Mankato.
Brick by brick, stone by stone, work continues on the new Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. But as quickly as the museum building takes shape, severe flooding left a home with few belongings.
With NFL training camps starting in about a month across the country, the Minnesota Vikings announced their schedule on Tuesday.
A former Minnesota State, Mankato football player severely injured in a fight is being transferred from a Mankato hospital to an inpatient rehabilitation program in the Twin Cities. The family of Isaac Kolstad said Tuesday he continues to make progress in his recovery.
Gov. Mark Dayton has canceled plans to visit Marshall, where he was going to attend a groundbreaking for the Southwest Minnesota Regional Sports Center. Instead, he’ll l meet with local officials and emergency responders in Mankato and Owatonna to assess flood damage in south-central Minnesota.
Authorities said major flooding hit the Mankato area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, closing roads in the area and causing a mudslide. Deputy Eric Weller with Blue Earth County Emergency Management said between four and seven inches of rain fell in Mankato and the northern part of the county overnight.