Good Thunder man charged after confrontation with bus driver
Mar. 20—GOOD THUNDER — A Good Thunder man faces misdemeanor charges after a reported confrontation with a school bus driver earlier this month. Shaun Eric Simmons, 37, was charged with trespassing on a school bus and disorderly conduct Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court. A criminal complaint...
Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit 2023
March 29: Minnesota State Mankato’s Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit to Explore Paths to Health Equity. Mary Owen, director of Center of American Indian and Minority Health, is keynote speaker. Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold its annual Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit from 9 a.m....
MN Music Hall of Fame to Get New Sculpture
A new sculpture is coming to New Ulm’s Music Hall of Fame, which will be reopening in April 2023. It’s a 15-foot-tall sculpture of Prince’s guitar. According to the New Ulm Journal, the piece has recently been donated to the museum and will be placed at the entrance.
Provide feedback in Transforming Tomorrow Together 2040 survey
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Mankato area has a history of long-term regional planning. GMG recently launched their 2040 initiative: Transforming Tomorrow Together. The 2040 collaborative regional planning initiative aims to explore and to give people in the region a chance to help design the future. According to organizers, the...
No injuries in early morning Mankato house fire
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - No one was injured in an early morning house fire in Mankato. Public Safety responded to the fire just before 2:40 a.m. March 18 at 125 State Street. According to a release from the city, firefighters found fire in the basement and smoke throughout the house and quickly extinguished the fire. All occupants safely exited the home and were not injured.
Krajnik, Minnesota State will go dancing after epic comeback victory over Northern Michigan
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Minnesota State men’s hockey team dug deep in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime against Northern Michigan in the CCHA Mason Cup Championship on Saturday inside of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in downtown Mankato. With an empty net, the...
MNSU hosts the regional Engineering Machine Design contest
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Students interested in STEM programs will get a chance to showcase their skills at Minnesota State University Mankato. MSU is hosting the Regional Engineering Machine Design Contest for grades 5-12. The event is put on through the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence and is an opportunity for teams to design and build complex machines, using everyday objects centered around a theme.
Knowledge Bowl team headed to regional competition
Tri-City United has a team of five young students headed to the Region 9 Knowledge Bowl Sections. They are among 12 teams, out of the 41 in the region, that will be moving on to the competition in Mankato on Thursday, March 16. Only two teams from Region 9 will...
Mankato East will collide with Alexandria to open Class AAA tournament
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - In less than two days on the Williams Arena hardwood, the Mankato East boys’ basketball team begins its quest to capture the Class AAA state championship. The Cougars are back in the state tournament after winning the Section 2AAA title in back-to-back seasons. This time...
MSU-Mankato comeback highlights a big night in MN college hockey
Gophers forward Rhett Pitlick also scored what could be the goal of the year while St. Cloud State won the NCHC title.
24 non-profits receive grant funding from local group
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - More than $150,000 is being awarded to 24 local non-profit organizations across the greater Mankato area. The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is awarding $155,000 in grants to the groups that meet critical community needs, such as hunger and homelessness, along with initiatives that provide opportunities for innovative education and learning.
Maintenance worker assaulted near Gus Johnson Plaza
Mar. 17—MANKATO — A 56-year-old maintenance worker at Gus Johnson Plaza was assaulted and possibly robbed Thursday night. The man was applying salt to the sidewalks just before 10 p.m. at 413 N. Fourth St. when two men came up behind him and hit him on the back of the head with a piece of wood, Mankato Department of Public Safety Cmdr. Justin Neumann said.
COMMUNITY INPUT SESSIONS FOR DISTRICT 88 SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES
The three candidates for New Ulm District 88 Superintendent are being brought back for community input sessions today (Monday) and Tuesday. Current Superintendent Jeff Bertrang says there are two sessions today and one tomorrow. Times will be today (Monday) at 4:15 and 5:30 and then Tuesday at 4:15 pm in the New Ulm High School auditorium. These sessions are open to the public. The three finalists are Jackson County Superintendent Barry Schmidt, Osakis Superintendent Randall Bergquist and Beacon Academy Superintendent Sean Koster. Bertrang announced that he is retiring at the end of the school year. The new superintendent’s candidate goes into effect July 1st.
Mankato Clinic launches new Urgency Care
The SUN program emphasizes academic, daily living, social and transition skills as well as getting students ready for their life after they leave the school grounds. The plan builds upon the budget proposal released early on in 2023, adding new investments for public safety, education, and local projects. KEYC News...
Minnesota labor commissioner accuses meat processing plant of illegally employing minors
(The Center Square) – The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is asking a district court to stop a meat processing company from illegally employing minors. The DLI said in its complaint that Tony Downs Food Company employs at least eight minors at its processing plant in Madelia. According to the department, the company has worked children past midnight, more than eight hours a day, and more than 40 hours in a week, in violation of the Minnesota Child Labor Standards Act. A 14-year-old employee...
GALLERY: Historically cold St. Patrick's Day can't stop St. Peter parade
Subzero temperatures couldn't stop St. Patrick's Day diehards from bringing the Irish spirit to the streets of St. Peter. While the -11 Fahrenheit windchill put a damper on attendance, hundreds of clover-covered paradegoers still braved the cold to catch an eyeful of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Friday. Crowds lined the parade route on Third Street, stretching from Broadway to Mulberry Street, while others watched from the windows...
Snow, wind and ice will make travel difficult tonight
Strong wind and blowing snow continue to create travel problems across much of southwestern Minnesota tonight. No travel is advised across much of southwestern Minnesota where whiteout blizzard conditions have been reported. The worst conditions are west of Mankato where heavier snow fell. In Mankato, the warm air stuck around long enough to keep most of the precipitation in the form of rain. That said, the temperature drop has made roads very slippery and there is still some light snow and blowing snow impacting visibility in rural areas around Mankato. Light snow will continue to fall through tonight with little additional accumulation expected. While snow will eventually stop falling, strong northwesterly wind gusts of 40 to 50+ mph will continue through tonight and much of Friday creating areas of blowing and drifting snow. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for much of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa through tonight.
Blustery conditions heading into the weekend
Wintery weather on Thursday has lead to closed roads and no travel advisories in portions of the area as blustery conditions are expected to continue heading into the weekend. Despite Mankato not getting hit nearly as hard as expected with Thursday’s wintery weather, our neighbors to the west weren’t so lucky. From rain to snow, to rain water freezing leading to icy spots as temperatures drop, and strong winds blowing snow around leading to drastically reduced visibility, road conditions for areas west of Mankato are ranging from no travel advisories to closed. Road conditions are projected to improve throughout the day despite strong winds/blustery conditions continuing. Areas of blowing snow leading to reduced visibility and drifting remain possible across the area, especially to the west/southwest of Mankato where more snow fell throughout Thursday.
Loyola’s strong second half sends team to state
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) -The Mankato Loyola boys’ basketball team squared off against Cedar Mountain for the Section 2A title Friday night. Loyola wins by a final of 63-57. The Crusaders are heading to next week’s Class A state tournament.
Gustavus Adolphus College wins first-ever national championship in triple OT
AMHERST, Mass. (KEYC) - The Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team won the NCAA DIII national championship with a 2-1 triple overtime victory over Amherst on Saturday. Kailey Holland helped the Golden Gusties become national champions after she banged home the game winner in triple OT.
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