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NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's company lost more than $70 million operating his Washington, D.C., hotel while in office, forcing him at one point to get a reprieve from a major bank on payments on a loan, according to documents released Friday by a House committee investigat…

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MANKATO — It’s not difficult to find Tom Miller’s stone carvings around Mankato, from headstones at local cemeteries, to stone benches at city parks or statues downtown.

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MANKATO — A nearly $1.2 million Tourtellotte Park swimming pool project tops the first round of planned spending of federal COVID-19 stimulus funds coming to the city of Mankato.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled Wednesday that the Fed plans to announce as early as November that it will start withdrawing the extraordinary support it unleashed after the coronavirus paralyzed the economy 18 months ago.

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MANKATO — Since buying the Tidy Clean in Mankato this spring, Brian Comiskey has been growing the cleaning business quickly.

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MANKATO — As was the case for many offices, last year’s sudden move to send many people home to work was a stunner for the Le Sueur County Human Services Department.

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Fun.com has grown into the world’s largest online-only costume retailer, with an army of workers needed — particularly as Halloween approaches — to fill orders for Ghostbusters, werewolves, zombies and other costumes.

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LE SUEUR — We all know the soft pink color and nostalgic, sticky-sweet taste of traditional cotton candy. A staple at fairs, festivals and even some extra-special birthday parties, a childhood isn’t complete without that melt-in-your-mouth cloudlike confection. But what if cotton candy wasn’…

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LE SUEUR — The words “curiosities” and “oddities” can have a thousand applications, from the way your coworker only wears red ties on Thursdays to your mother-in-law’s potato and prune salad. For Steve Thaemert of Le Sueur, the words mean something to be enjoyed and displayed, like a shadow …

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MANKATO — Minnesota State University Maverick strength and conditioning director Tom Inkrott was looking for two things in a whey protein mix that he couldn’t find available.

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LAKE CRYSTAL — The long-running and family-owned James Brothers Hardware Store in Lake Crystal closed in the late 1990s, and its successor closed around 2010.

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Alumacraft Boat Co. celebrated 75 years in business and said thank you to employees during an event Saturday at the St. Peter facility.

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Faced with a pandemic, industry-wide pains and mandatory rules, the owners of the Hilton Garden Inn made a bit of a gamble toward the end of last year.

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MANKATO — Demand for new housing of all kinds is sizzling. A strong economy gives companies confidence to build or expand their buildings. And as the pandemic fades, the good vibes about the economy’s future grow stronger.

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For 25 years Prairie Pride Farm has been a favorite for those looking for high-quality pork and free-range chicken at the Mankato Farmers’ Market. Now the family has opened a retail shop in Mankato.

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MANKATO — A New York investment group that owns about 50 malls is the new owner of River Hills Mall.

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MANKATO — Developers are betting big on a persistent preference to live in or move to Mankato, with one proposing the creation of a new eastside subdivision for 156 single-family homes and more than 400 duplex and fourplex units and another submitting plans to add 72 three-story townhouses n…

MANKATO — The planned arrival this year of a new high-speed internet provider in Mankato fell through, but a second existing provider is now bumping up its speeds.

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MANKATO — Nicole Wood fought back tears as she walked through the former Charley’s restaurant in Mankato, pointing out the shattered TV on the floor, the cooler doors ripped off, broken furniture strewn about, the room where the missing computer equipment and newly arrived liquor were stored.

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NORTH MANKATO — It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Nicki and Justin Sandmann planned their dream house around their dream pool.

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MANKATO — The roundabout construction that’s shut down North Riverfront Drive? It’s a month or so ahead of schedule.

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ST. PETER — Howard Hermel built up his father’s candy and tobacco truck business, loved flying, tinkering on old tractors and cars at his farm, traveling with his wife and visiting with his World War II buddies.

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MANKATO — A new apartment building targeted at lower-income elderly tenants, which would be Mankato’s largest affordable senior housing project in half a century, received a boost from the City Council just before a critical financing plan was submitted to state officials.

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Minnie Jackson and her homemade mini pies have quite the loyal following at the North Mankato Farmers’ Market, and yes, that’s her real first name.

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Four years after the Vikings moved training camp out of Mankato, the city remains without a signature summer event of the same magnitude.

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After a tumultuous 2020, local auto dealers have growing optimism, but the domino effect of the pandemic continues to be felt with shortages of inventory and parts, plus slower delivery of vehicles because of a driver shortage.

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MANKATO — An Indiana-based internet/cable TV provider is no longer planning to offer service throughout the city of Mankato, but Consolidated Communications is rapidly installing fiberoptic cable both here and in North Mankato.

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MANKATO — Nearly $30 million in investment is planned for a pair of run-down properties, bringing 168 new apartment units and hopefully spurring additional redevelopment west of downtown Mankato and along Highway 169, according to recent applications for state assistance to clean up contamin…

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For most people, a day care is an important, but temporary, part of life. Parents drop off and pick up their kids for a few years before life moves on. Usually the staff turns over frequently and many of the centers come and go.

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A widespread rain Saturday and a little bit more since buoyed spirits of farmers, homeowners and gardeners alike. The moisture — anywhere from about a half inch to 4 inches across south-central Minnesota — has greened things up and taken the stress off corn and soybean crops.

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MANKATO — A Glenwood man who credits the encouragement from Minnesota State University professors for his business success is donating $1.1 million for scholarships to current and future MSU students.

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MANKATO — One benefit of the pandemic is that it compelled businesses to pay more attention to their online presence, whether they were starting with virtually none or already had a full-bodied website.

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MANKATO — A worsening drought across southern Minnesota has become a big problem for growers, shortening the season for early cool-weather crops and requiring growers to ramp up irrigation — if they have it.

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MANKATO — A truck sales and service center larger than Mankato’s Target store has received final zoning approval from the city, and construction is expected to begin this year.

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MANKATO — At Mankato’s Storage Lounge, the lobby has the feel of a hotel, complete with a coffee bar, sofas and cushy chairs arranged around a fireplace, and a conference room for renters to utilize.

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