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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.

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.

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...

Riverfront Drive experiment continues

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Riverfront Drive experiment is continuing as part of Mankato’s city investment plan. Last summer, Riverfront Drive was opened in a new format to allow more pedestrian access. The city is asking for the public’s input on the redesigned format for the future. The...

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.

Mental Wellness Expo comes to Mankato

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year-old Charles Amberg of Rural Bird Island was alone in the vehicle which had caught fire. 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...

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.

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...

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.

City still expects 8.5% tax levy increase ahead of final vote

St. Peter residents could save big or empty their pockets come tax season. It all depends on whether their property values increased and by how much. In a City Council workshop meeting Monday, City Administrator Todd Prafke presented councilors with updated figures proposing an 8.5% increase to the tax levy, before the council finalizes the number later this month. The total sum is unchanged from the preliminary levy approved back in September. ...
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Fundraiser started for Pemberton native seriously injured in bull riding accident

When Pemberton native Reid Oftedahl was severely injured in a bull riding accident, his close friends sprang into action. The 28-year-old Oftedahl sustained “several injuries” while competing in the National Finals Rodeo last week. He was admitted to the ICU after suffering neck and head injuries on Friday night, according to news reports.


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.

Live Nativity Drive-Thru returns for 3rd year

A fairly new tradition that is already helping to put Waseca on the map is returning this weekend. The Live Nativity Drive-Thru, organized by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, will take place Dec. 9 and 10 from 5-8 p.m. The nativity, now a local favorite, was born out of challenging times. “It started in 2020, the COVID times. I walked out...