This time of year, pilots in small blue and white airplanes are busy gathering information about how much snow is on the ground — and more importantly, how much water that snow contains.

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MONTGOMERY — The Czech celebration of Mazopust — celebrated Sunday in Montgomery — shares a lot of parallels with Mardi Gras.

A majority of area respondents believe the Minnesota Legislature should look into more farm safety regulations in light of a spate of grain bin and grain silo-related deaths, according to a Free Press online question.

MANKATO — On Wednesday, developers of a $14.2 million SpringHill Suites by Marriott will present their plan for constructing a five-story hotel in a tightly constricted downtown area starting later this spring.

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For supporters of youth sports, building character in Mankato-area youth is a major justification for using millions of tax dollars to build new facilities ranging from ballfields to ice rinks.

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I doubt there was a dry eye in the Kato Ballroom after Michele Gran told a crowd of farmers and ag students about the death of her son Landon last summer.

Local colleges haven’t experienced widespread anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak in Asia, despite the frequent international travel by some students and staff.

NORTH MANKATO — A 25-year-old Mankato woman was hospitalized Saturday morning after rolling her vehicle on Highway 14 in North Mankato.

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MANKATO — When Jennifer Londgren, coordinator for Minnesota State University’s alcohol and drug studies program, attended a Twin Cities gala with her students last year as part of the fight against opiate addiction, she was intrigued by the party-like atmosphere — without drugs or alcohol.

MANKATO — The National Weather Service is predicting an elevated threat for spring flooding in south-central Minnesota. With water-filled soil, a decent snowpack and already high rivers and lakes, the NWS is warning the flood risk will be high.

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HENDERSON — After eight years of saving money to remodel the bathroom at Wagar’s Grocery and Shell Gas, owner Barb Wagar Conrad had finally accumulated the $30,000 needed for the project.

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When the invitations are put in the mail less than a month from now, everyone will be cordially invited: Tell us your name, birthday, gender, race, whether you rent or own, and then do the same for all others who share your home.

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Most have heard of how the coronavirus outbreak centered in China has begun to take a financial toll on companies like Apple, which has its products made in China and sells many of them back to Chinese customers.

A former Waseca woman who was accused of setting her bar on fire after she stole money from a youth group was sentenced to restitution and probation.

MANKATO — 1st District Congressman Jim Hagedorn announced Wednesday he has been battling stage four kidney cancer for a year and will continue in his congressional duties.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison unveiled a task force report Wednesday that makes 14 recommendations for lowering prescription drug prices, ranging from new legislation to stronger enforcement.

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MANKATO — The American Legion’s national commander said his stop in Mankato was unusual compared to other visits he’d made this week throughout the southern half of the state.

Sierra Marie Greenfield, 23, lost control on the icy highway east of Blue Earth, according to the State Patrol. 

MANKATO — Longtime supporters of the Boy Scouts and a camp organized for kids with Type 1 diabetes have won the Service Above Self award from the Greater Mankato Rotary Club.

LE SUEUR — A 17-year-old male from Lonsdale died late Tuesday afternoon in a vehicle rollover on an ice-packed road between Le Sueur and Heidelberg, the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department said.