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ST. PETER — One of six institutions in Minnesota to receive funding, Gustavus Adolphus College was granted $498,005 through the American Rescue Plan to support its humanities programs throughout 2022.

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City leaders are broadly excited about the planned $38 million investment in new upscale housing in downtown Mankato.

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A recent $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill is set to secure billions of dollars in public works projects for Minnesota over the next few years, but just how that money will divvy up remains a mystery.

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MANKATO — Major investments, as previously reported, are scheduled in 2022 for Mankato’s youth softball and baseball parks and its municipal pool — all to be financed with local sales tax proceeds.

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The cracks in his skull are still healing and the blood pooled on his brain is still dissipating.

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LE SUEUR — After more than four decades of having the main drag of town cut in two, residents are again driving and walking down an uninterrupted Main Street in Le Sueur.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered 50 million barrels of oil released from America's strategic reserve to help bring down energy costs, in coordination with other major energy consuming nations, including China, India and the United Kingdom.

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WINNEBAGO — While visiting his grandparents in St. Paul as a kid, Steve Miner remembers nursing an orange pop with his grandfather at a local watering hole near the state fairgrounds and being mesmerized with a Hamm’s Beer sign depicting a camping scene on the wall.

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John Logan, a widower who has lived on the 2300 block of Fair Street since 1998, has noticed the trend when he writes out the checks for his property taxes — up, up and up again, increasing $726 in the past five years.

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MANKATO — After seeing existing home sales — along with home prices — soar since early last year, the housing market has cooled in September and October.

During a 2010 trip through southern Idaho we watched in awe one sunny day as individuals parachuted off a bridge high above the Snake River.  At the time we were on a journey following the Oregon Trail and happened to be in the right place at the right time.  Stumbling onto these types of unexpected discoveries is one of the great pleasures of independent travel.

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MANKATO — There’s no good time to be the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the country, but it’d be hard to imagine worse timing for Minnesota to earn the dishonor.

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MANKATO, Minnesota (AP) — Charlie Kirk stood 80 miles from where George Floyd was murdered, faced an overwhelmingly white audience, and declared he was going to say things “no one dares say out loud.”

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rapper Young Dolph, widely admired in the hip-hop community for his authenticity and fierce independence, was shot and killed Wednesday inside a beloved local cookie shop in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said.

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The U.S. Department of Education has begun investigating a professor’s allegations that Minnesota State discriminated against people with mobility impairments by failing to provide accessible study pods in its rollout of 100 “MavPODs,” the university confirmed Tuesday.

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MANKATO — From $468 for another windsock at the airport to $700,000 for a new fire truck, Mankato is set to spend $21.8 million in its capital budget in 2022.

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MANKATO — The Mankato School District is buying a vacant building that will become a new early learning center. An existing property tax levy will be increased to pay for the building.

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MANKATO — The leader of Mankato Area Public Schools has a new contract that will increase his salary by nearly 7% over the next three years.

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MANKATO — Edward Inch, in his first year as Minnesota State University’s president, told listeners he had noticed something different about the Centennial Student Union when he walked in Sunday morning: “It smelled fantastic.”

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MANKATO — After five years of discussion and design work, a 10-month demonstration project is set to begin in late April to study the positive and negative repercussions of reducing the number of lanes on Riverfront Drive through Old Town.

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Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at Mankato West High School 60 years ago on Nov. 12. Hear reflections from local leaders about what it means today. In honor of the anniversary, the Minnesota State University Kessel Peace Institute is sharing a short version of the full documentary it i…

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MANKATO — Two graduates of Butterfield’s small high school have dedicated their time to providing aid to Minnesotans injured in military battles and those who suffer from illnesses tied to their time in the service.

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The 36th Holiday Sharing Tree project is underway, with a special piece of the past to help celebrate the annual event that provides gifts to those in need in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.

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MANKATO — A 51-unit affordable housing project next to Rosa Parks Elementary School should be under construction next month and open to tenants in a year after the Mankato City Council agreed to fill the final gap in the development’s financing plan. And the council cleared space for a devel…

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