The Free Press, Mankato, MN

State, national news

State, national news
  • Once a niche, local foods becoming big business PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson Univers

    July 16, 2014

  • Immigrants unlikely to spread disease, but may need medical care DALLAS — Despite concerns about the potential public health crisis posed by immigrant children crossing the Texas-Mexico border, medical experts say the likelihood of their spreading disease is low. Still, experts in emergency preparedness are urgin

    July 16, 2014

  • Fort Snelling park to reopen ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Fort Snelling State Park is reopening after a three-week shutdown caused by torrential June rains and flooding. The park office and the Thomas Savage Visitor Center was to reopen at 8 a.m

    July 15, 2014

  • State: Experts' look at sex offenders skewed Attorney Nathan Brennaman says experts focusing only on patients who may be misplaced

    July 15, 2014

  • Rabbits missing from Winona County Fair Families ask for return of rabbits taken from fair

    July 15, 2014

  • Minnesota seeks doctor for medical pot program ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is looking for a doctor to help oversee the state's first medical marijuana program. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1oWndiL ) the state is offering about $115,000 to $205,000 a year for a doctor who will p

    July 15, 2014

  • Helping the mentally ill join the workforce By his own admission, for many years Cyrus Napolitano’s mental illness — bipolar disorder — did not make him an ideal employee. Perhaps the worst moment came when he walked into the Brooklyn McDonald’s he was managing to discover some now-forgotten w

    July 15, 2014

  • Hamas meets Egypt truce call with rocket fire GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza militants on Tuesday met Egypt's call for a quick truce with repeated rocket fire on Israel and senior Hamas officials rejected the proposal, saying they weren't consulted. Israel accepted Cairo's plan, but warned it

    July 15, 2014

  • Man killed crossing street ROSEVILLE — A 79-year-old man has died after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street in Roseville.Police say Charles Betts of Roseville was hit about 5 a.m. Monday. An off-duty officer on the way to work came upon the accident minutes after i

    July 14, 2014

  • Most of the crop conditions better

    ST. PAUL (AP) — Most Minnesota crops conditions showed improvement during the past week. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only potato and hay crop conditions in Minnesota showed a slight decline. Corn conditions are 64 percent good t

    July 14, 2014