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MANKATO — A $7.2 million makeover of Riverfront Drive through Old Town has been denied federal funding, although city officials may still decide to move forward with the project.

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MANKATO — With hopes that the pandemic might be ebbing and even Mother Nature looking like she can’t wait for the summer of 2021 to begin, Mankato city officials are contemplating a return to something resembling normalcy.

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ST. PETER — Does wool processing make you think of a beloved granny hunching over her spinning wheel by the light of a roaring fireplace?

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MANKATO — It might sound like a place in Amish country to buy salt-and-vinegar preserves, but the planned Picklebarn in Mankato is focused on another close-knit community.

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Every small town in rural Minnesota has a vacant building or two that could be repurposed for child care, but every small town also has unique needs that require unique solutions.

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NORMAN, Okla. — A Norman, Oklahoma, Goodwill store employee organizing clothing donations recently made a startling discovery — $42,000 wrapped up in two sweaters.

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Members of the Minnesota Legislature’s minority parties are no strangers to partisanship, but they say lawmakers can find agreement on a host of issues before this year’s legislative session ends in mid-May.

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Students, faculty and staff gathered on the mall at Minnesota State University Tuesday evening to bring awareness to the rise in hate crimes and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Historically, March is not exactly the busiest time for new video game releases (though we lucked out last year when "Animal Crossing" and "Doom Eternal" arrived just in time for the pandemic to lock us all in). But as 2021 trudges on, a lot of people are still looking for things to do safel…

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ST. CLAIR — An invasive insect that kills ash trees has been found for the first time in Blue Earth County.

ST. PETER — Nicollet County's administrator is on his way out and the assistant administrator/human resources director has already resigned, although the County Board is not yet explaining why.

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As the pandemic shut down the world around her, Ashli Smith , an Atlanta resident and mom to a newborn, says she set up autopay for her recurring bills to help her stay organized and avoid late payments. “With everything going on, plus being a mom, I don’t want to forget to pay something or …

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NORTH MANKATO — Olivia Hageman is the name and thriving is the game. Whether it’s helping her clients toward physical healing or pursuing her own passion for wellness, Hageman takes pride in being true to herself by helping others flourish.

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The decision of two Veterans of Foreign Wars groups to combine three years ago saved the Morson-Ario-Strand building on Riverfront Drive in Mankato from a fate that service clubs throughout the nation have suffered during the past year — the sale or shutdown of their post homes.

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Throughout the day, Steve Schoeb will be looking through his window with binoculars at Madison Lake. He is checking to see if there is still ice on the lake. He also drives his truck around the lake to check for ice patches.

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MANKATO — A revamped off-sale liquor store that’s part of the Wine Cafe Pub and Eatery will be opening next week.

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MANKATO — After the COVID-19 pandemic forced House of Hope to suspend its services last year, the local treatment provider is another step closer to full operations again this spring.

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Using tax money from the sale of recreational marijuana, the Chicago suburb of Evanston has become the first U.S. city to make reparations available to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators lashed out Tuesday at the lack of Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in President Joe Biden's Cabinet and even vowed not to support nominations until the White House better promotes diversity — moves that could stymie their own party'…

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MANKATO — A new COVID-19 community vaccination site launched Tuesday in Mankato, with more than 1,000 people receiving their first doses.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The developer of the conservative social network Parler is alleging he was defamed and improperly ousted by a prominent Republican Party benefactor, two men who replaced him at the company and a political commentator known for his support for former President Donald Trump.

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NORTH MANKATO — After years of low crop prices, those in agribusiness say a rebound in commodity prices has spurred a bright outlook for the rural economy.

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No matter how modern opposite-sex couples can be in their views on equality, old habits die hard. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this abundantly clear to parents who already struggled to find balance.

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CLEVELAND — Leo Koppelman has spent 65 years farming within eyesight of Middle Lake Jefferson near Cleveland. During the nearly 160 years the farm has been in the family, it’s been the site of traditional farming and not-so-typical agriculture.

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MANKATO — Policing policies and practices in Mankato generally received positive reviews Monday night from a coalition of groups that spent six months listening to racial minorities and contemplating how law enforcement might be improved in Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter.

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MANKATO — At his speaking engagements around the country, Yusef Salaam said he’s encouraged by the conversations young people are having about social justice.

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NORTH MANKATO — Before they opened Northside Hair Co. in North Mankato, owners Jennifer and Richmond Clark noticed a gap in local hairstyling options for an increasingly diverse clientele in the Mankato area.

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Students at Mankato East and West high schools will have the opportunity this fall to learn about how ethnic and racial discrimination in history are connected to current events. The schools are two of the growing number of Minnesota secondary schools implementing ethnic studies courses.

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MANKATO — Just a few days ago, Mark Hustad began strategically placing written messages for his customers as they browsed the shelves for nonfiction genres — the social sciences, history, philosophy and poetry, but also classic literature — around his downtown Mankato store, Once Read Books.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The shootings at three Georgia massage parlors and spas that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent, come on the heels of a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans since the coronavirus entered the United States.

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