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Overnight standoff originating in Mankato leads to I-35 closure, 1 arrest

(KSTP) – A stretch of I-35 in the Elko New Market reopened early Wednesday morning following an overnight standoff that forced northbound lane closures, the Rice County Sheriff’s Office told our sister station, KSTP. The sheriff’s office says the standoff, which led to the arrest of one person,...
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33-year-old mother kidnaps son in Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - A 33-year-old woman was arrested for kidnapping her juvenile son on Tuesday night. At 10:26 p.m., Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett entered a Mankato residence on 6th street and took her biological son. Plunkett has no parental rights to the child. An hour later, her vehicle was stopped...
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Police: Boy safe after Mankato kidnapping caused I-35 shutdown

Police say a boy is safe after a woman kidnapped a child from a Mankato home, resulting in the closure of I-35. Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett, 33, entered a residence on the 400 block of N 6th St on Tuesday night shortly before 10:30 p.m., took her biological son, and left, according to Mankato Public Safety. Investigators say Plunkett has no parental rights to the boy, whose age is not being disclosed.


The city of New Ulm is looking at a maximum property tax levy increase of 10.25% after Tuesday’s Truth in Taxation meeting. The city set the preliminary tax levy at over $9.8-million in September – an increase of 12.49% over the 2022 budget. Adjustments were made including increases to interest revenue so the increase is now 10.25%. The city’s tax capacity increased by 16.385 meaning the city’s overall tax rate will change from 82.28% to 78.07%, the lowest it has been in New Ulm since 2013. The city will approve the final 2023 budget and levy during the council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 20.


The Courtland Fire Department was called to a fire at 57556 County Road 21 shortly after 3 am Tuesday morning. Chief Dave Ubel says the house sustained heavy water damage and the occupants were able to evacuate safely. Two cats were lost in the fire, but two were saved. The only injury reported was a minor injury to a firefighter. Ubel says Courtland received mutual aid from New Ulm and Lafayette Fire Departments. The cause remains under investigation.

Public Safety Responds to Kidnapping and Burglary Report

Mankato Public Safety responded to the report of a kidnapping and burglary at 10:26 p.m. last night (December 6) on the 400 block of North Sixth Street. Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett, age 33, with no permanent address, entered a Mankato residence, took her biological son and left. Plunkett had no parental rights to the child. Her vehicle was located and stopped by law enforcement on I35 northbound near the county line for Rice and Scott counties.

Trial starts for man accused of shooting near Mayo Clinic campus in Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. -- The trial for a man accused of shooting someone near a hospital in Mankato, causing it to go into lockdown, started Tuesday.According to the city, police responded to the area of Echo Street across from the Mayo Clinic hospital campus for a report of a gunshot wound on the morning of Sept. 16. The victim, who had non-life-threatening injuries, and the suspect knew each other, authorities say.The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force said that a number of brightly-colored fentanyl pills were found at one of the residences involved in the shooting.Police say the suspect has out-of-state felony convictions for first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.

State flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On Tuesday night, Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett entered a Mankato residence and took her biological son. Plunkett has no parental rights to the child. A few MCHS hospitals, including one in Mankato, received “High Performing” in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals for Maternity Care" list for 2022-2023.

Riverfront Drive experiment continues

The Minnesota Nurses Association has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract for 15,000 nurses. Scooter’s Coffee to open second Mankato location on Dec. 9. Scooter’s Coffee opens second location in Mankato; new store to celebrate with grand opening event on Dec. 9. Remains identified from...

Charges: Mankato man sold cocaine to informant

Dec. 5—MANKATO — A Mankato man reportedly sold cocaine to a confidential informant, leading to felony charges. Charles Demon Phillips, 40, was charged with felonies for drug sales and possession Monday in Blue Earth County District Court. A criminal complaint states the informant with the Minnesota River Valley...

City of North Mankato invites residents to take community survey

The City of North Mankato is inviting residents to participate in the final step of our community survey. This survey has been administered via Polco, an innovative online engagement platform that lets residents provide direct input to the local government decision-making process. The City began this process in October, in conjunction with the Brewing New Ideas sessions, to gather feedback to guide upcoming strategic planning.

Remains identified from burnt-up vehicle in Renville county

According to the Minnesota BCA, a group of five people allegedly stole 13 long guns, ammunition, tools and three vehicles from an undisclosed location. Scooter’s Coffee to open second Mankato location on Dec. 9. Updated: 6 hours ago. Scooter’s Coffee opens second location in Mankato; new store to celebrate...

Annual Dakota 38+2 memorial ride will end after 2022

The Dakota 38+2 ride will come to end after this year, the 160th anniversary of the mass execution in Mankato. The 330-mile ride begins in Lower Brule, South Dakota, and ends in Mankato on December 26, the same day in 1862 that 38 Dakota men and two others were executed following the U.S. Dakota War. The ride is intended to bring awareness to that tragic history.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $48.2 Million Loan for Rural Highway Safety Project in Nicollet County, Minnesota

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that its Build America Bureau has provided a low-interest loan of up to $48.2 million to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) to reconstruct 12 miles of Highway 14 to a four-lane, divided highway from the City of New Ulm to the City of Nicollet, bypassing the City of Courtland – helping to improve safety on a critical rural highway.

Mankato Civic Center Plaza to close temporarily

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The City of Mankato’s Civic Center Plaza will be temporarily closing starting today. The closure is to allow for road crews to work on construction on the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. A crane will be used during the construction process. The project is...