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MANKATO — Mankatoans may have packed away their swimsuits for the year, but City Manager Susan Arntz is going to be spending at least part of the cold winter months learning about misting sprayers, arch jets, water tents and other splash pad options.

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MANKATO — One of the men convicted of a highly publicized assault that left a former Minnesota State University football player with a severe brain injury is now in prison.

MANKATO — A Mankato woman is now charged after she allegedly slapped a man she knows and pushed him down a flight of stairs last month.

MANKATO — Jane Dow remembers a day several years ago when she and her daughter were seated at a hallway table in their church, trying to decide on a humanitarian campaign to actively support. Paul Renshaw, who’d been involved with the British fair trade movement before moving to Mankato, joi…

MANKATO — A Belgrade Avenue roundabout, a pedestrian bridge at Hawley Street, and reworked intersections at North River Lane and Webster Avenue were among the Highway 169 corridor projects proposed during a virtual meeting Thursday.

MANKATO — The Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office is offering help sealing criminal records for minor offenses.

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MANKATO — South-central Minnesota's COVID-19 pandemic death toll reached 300 Thursday, with five more fatalities confirmed in the region.

Four Pillars Gallery — Works by Jane Liedman, of New Ulm, Friday through Nov. 12 on second floor of Grand Center for Arts and Culture, 210 N. Minnesota, New Ulm. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Grain prices at Wednesday’s close.

MANKATO — Two young men allegedly fled from Mankato police Tuesday night while police sought information about a drive-by shooting the night before. The two have been charged in connection with the pursuit and a found gun, but not in connection to the shooting.

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KASOTA — It may still be more than three months away, but for local organizers of Hockey Day Minnesota, it's starting to feel like crunch time.

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MANKATO — The number of students at Minnesota State University did not increase this fall, but enrollment was nearly steady — something of a victory in a state college system that saw its overall numbers drop by nearly 10,000.

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After a board of trustees vote late last month, Gustavus Adolphus College has officially renamed its arboretum by removing a reference to Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus.

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NORTH MANKATO — As a longtime parts salesman, Matt Ballman was well known to Lynn and Darla Austin, who for 42 years owned and operated Austin’s Auto Repair.

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MANKATO — A 48-unit apartment building targeted at tenants from a wide range of incomes, along with a row of townhouses, should be under construction in March on a long-vacant lot just north of Cub Foods West.

NEW ULM — A man sentenced to time served and probation in a drug-fueled burglary in New Ulm is in a Chicago jail on attempted murder charges.

MANKATO — Police used a Taser on a man who allegedly was high when he followed a police officer, led officers on a low-speed chase and then struck two squad cars.

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A story about developer Mike Drummer’s dramatic plans to transform the former Shopko building in Mankato drew lots of attention and comments on The Free Press Facebook page.

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Q: I’ve avoided the Mankato parking ramps for years since it always seemed like a waste of time. You drive around and around on your way to the top, all the while passing open spaces that are tagged as “Reserved for XXXXX company.” At a recent MSU hockey game, I was in line for a wristband a…

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