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May 19, 2013

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1. Gay marriage hits home for minister

This summer, Lisa Coons hopes to be on both sides of a same-sex marriage — officiating and participating.

The Mankatoan plans to wed her partner of 25 years and, as an ordained non-denominational minister, is excited to be able to perform marriages for same-sex couples starting Aug. 1.

“I think we’re going to be very busy,” she said.

The state Senate’s gay marriage vote saw no surprises from Mankato-area senators; Democrats voted for the bill and Republicans voted against it.

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2. Man arrested for possessing ecstasy

A spot on Mankato’s Most Wanted list resulted in drug charges being filed against a North Mankato man who allegedly had ecstasy and methadone in his possession while he was within a block of Monroe Elementary School.

A North Mankato police officer was driving on Harrison Avenue when he saw a vehicle owned by David Nathan Fugate, who he knew was wanted in Mankato for failing to appear for a felony charge in Blue Earth County of fleeing police.

The officer reported finding a syringe and a small flashlight in Fugate’s pockets. Three methadone hydrochloride pills and 10 ecstasy pills were allegedly found hidden inside the flashlight, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicollet County District Court.

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3. UPDATE: 14-year-old arrested in armed robbery case

A 14-year-old boy is in a juvenile detention center for an alleged armed robbery, an 18-year-old man is in jail accused of dealing marijuana, and police were still searching for a third suspect in a drug deal that went bad the evening of May 9.

A witness called 911 at about 6:30 p.m. to report two white males were chasing a black male in the parking lot for the Jaycees Park softball fields near the intersection of Balcerzak Drive and Pohl Road. The caller said the person being chased appeared to have a gun and one of the people chasing him had a long stick.

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