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MANKATO — Reports of intense interest in the 2018 general election were not exaggerated, with Minnesota hitting a 16-year high in turnout for a mid-term election and Mankato seeing a roughly 50 percent jump in votes cast compared to 2014.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Tim Walz won Tuesday's open election for Minnesota governor, defeating second-time Republican candidate Jeff Johnson to extend Democrats' hold on the state's top executive office.

MANKATO — Experienced voters in the area know the score: It's easy to cast a ballot in Minnesota, even for people who haven't registered in advance. And it's especially easy to vote in south-central Minnesota, where lines at polling places are rare and tend to be short if they exist at all.

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MANKATO — There have been more than 30 mayors in Mankato's century and a half of existence. The list includes three Georges, multiple Johns, a couple of Charleses, a Jeff, a Vern, a Herb, a Cliff, a Rex, a Frank ...

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MANKATO — Under a bright blue sky at Minnesota State University Thursday morning, Democratic candidates and Mankato-area supporters worked to ramp up their energy and enthusiasm for the final campaign sprint through Tuesday's mid-term elections.

Immigration policies have been thrust into the spotlight over the past few weeks. President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. military to the southern border of the United States to deal with a caravan of thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries making their way t…

Rep. Jack Considine, DFL-Mankato, is looking for a third term at the Minnesota Legislature. To get it, he’ll have to defeat a GOP newcomer in Joe Steck, who hopes to put more focus on local issues.

MANKATO — Transportation spending, healthcare and childcare dominated a Wednesday night debate held at Minnesota State University's Centennial Student Union between Rep. Jack Considine, DFL-Mankato, and his challenger, Republican Joe Steck. The two are running for House District 19B, which r…

LE SUEUR — Rep. Bob Vogel, R-Elko New Market, is seeking a third term at the Minnesota Legislature next month. He'll have to go through Barbara Droher-Kline, a DFL newcomer with government experience, to get it.

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NORTH MANKATO — The candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Walz as southern Minnesota's representative in Congress made their case to local voters Monday night at an at-times contentious election forum at South Central College.

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Minnesota's Republican and Democratic elected leaders, who routinely find themselves gridlocked over most topics, could hold hands in fellowship on one issue.

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ROCHESTER — President Donald Trump praised 1st Congressional District candidate Jim Hagedorn and cautioned Minnesotans against voting for Democrats during an at-times raucous rally inside the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Thursday night.

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MANKATO — Cindy Olson takes her mother to vote each year, but it's getting harder for the 93-year-old to go through the process. 

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MANKATO — To hear Republican Jim Hagedorn and Democrat Dan Feehan tell it, Tuesday's primary might as well not have happened.

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MANKATO — For elections officials, Tuesday was a triumph. Minnesota Secretary of State Steven Simon called the turnout levels "amazing" and "sky high."

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MANKATO — Local DFLers and former students can still remember the time Tim Walz got harassed for trying to enter a George W. Bush campaign rally at a Mankato quarry in 2004. They recall the story about Walz, sitting at the kitchen table with his wife, Gwen, and a family friend discussing whe…

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MANKATO — Even the names tell the story of a changing Mankato. On Nov. 6, voters will decide whether Najwa Massad or Bukata Hayes replaces retiring Mayor Eric Anderson.

MANKATO — Jim Hagedorn is the GOP candidate to compete against Democrat Dan Feehan in November to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the 1st Congressional District.

MANKATO — Colleen Landkamer and Katie Boone will compete this fall to see who will replace outgoing Blue Earth County Commissioner Drew Campbell.

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MANKATO — Four-term Mankato City Council member Mark Frost received 493 votes in the Ward 3 primary race and political newcomer Jessica Hatanpa performed equally well in Ward 5 with 596 votes, leading the four candidates advancing to the general election.

ST. PETER — Nicollet County voters will choose whether Terry Morrow or Chuck Zieman replaces outgoing Nicollet County Commissioner Jim Stenson in the November general election.

MANKATO — Republican voters in southern Minnesota face an important question Tuesday: Which U.S. House candidate has the best chance of defeating Democrat Dan Feehan, of North Mankato, and turning the 1st Congressional District red?

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MANKATO — In a town where there are more jobs than qualified applicants, the soon-to-be-open position of Mankato's mayor is an exception. There are plenty of applicants for the job, although not quite as many as voters might think when they see six names on the primary election ballot on Aug. 14.

MANKATO — Voters on the south side of Mankato are the only ones who will have the full range of options in choosing a City Council representative in the Aug. 14 primary election.

MANKATO — No matter which two candidates advance past the Aug. 14 primary election in the Mankato City Council Ward 5 race and no matter which one prevails on Nov. 6, one thing is guaranteed. The average age of the City Council will get a little younger.

Obituaries

Harry Thorau, 86, retired LeSueur Police Chief died 9/8. Services, Friday, 9/20 at 11 a.m. First Lutheran Church in LeSueur. Inurnment at a later date in New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation 1 prior to services at church. Koldenfuneralhome.com

Janet C. Schultz, age 78 of St. Peter, died Thursday, September 12, 2019. Funeral: 11:00 am Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran, St. Peter. Visitation: 4:00-7:00pm Monday and 10:00am Tuesday at church. www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com.