ST. PETER — A vigil and rally beginning at 4 p.m. today in Minnesota Square Park is planned in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man from St. Louis Park who died after taken into custody by Minneapolis police Monday night.

MANKATO — Mankato is one of several Greater Minnesota communities taking part in a University of Minnesota — Duluth study testing the prevalence of COVID-19 in wastewater.

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As area graduates have had to forgo traditional commencement ceremonies, community groups and businesses have stepped up to help give special forms of recognition.

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A modified version of North Mankato's spring cleanup began Wednesday. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the city modified the popular service to allow residents to bring unwanted items to the public works building and unload them. 

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NORTH MANKATO — Expanded testing at North Mankato’s Oak Terrace Assisted Living recently identified COVID-19 in 27 residents and 20 staff members — including the facility’s administrator.

Travis John Stancer, 44, who has two criminal sexual conduct convictions and another charge pending, moved to New Ulm last week.

To celebrate the Class of 2020, Dunkin’ restaurants in Mankato and St. Peter are offering a sweet treat for all high school and college seniors Friday.

NORTH MANKATO — Blues on Belgrade is the latest community celebration to be called off due to the pandemic.

ST. JAMES — A steady weekend of COVID-19 testing at the St. James Armory was the latest sign of ramped-up efforts to identify the illness in south-central Minnesota.

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MANKATO — While many of the ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day in and around Mankato Monday were suspended or shortened to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the main ceremony at Veterans Memorial Place in downtown Mankato still attracted a sizable crowd.

MANKATO — The 1st Congressional District DFL endorsed Dan Feehan, of North Mankato, for U.S. House of Representatives Sunday, according to DFL District Chair Jim Hepworth.

MANKATO — Mankato’s ProMusica Chamber Music Festival scheduled for June has been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but classical music fans are invited to watch a virtual concert Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m.

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After her shifts helping care for residents at Vista Prairie at Monarch Meadows in North Mankato, Ashley Schmitz often found herself drawn back to Kären Madsen room.

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MANKATO — The Minnesota Legislature adjourned its regular legislative session Monday with a host of smaller accomplishments done, but several major policy items waiting for action.

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Q: Why do most restroom doors — particularly in restaurants — always open inward and you have to touch a dirty door handle when maybe half the people don’t even wash their hands? The obvious answer is, ‘Well, use a paper towel (to open the door).’ First of all, most of the paper towels aren’…

MANKATO — For the various city-run entertainment venues, 2019 was a banner year.

Sean Colin Webster-Mulcahey, 29, of Mankato, is charged with felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and threats of violence.

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MANKATO — Many of the Mankato-area Roman Catholic churches have yet to decide on whether to follow church leaders to resume in-person services at 33% capacity beginning May 26, but at least two have announced plans to do so.

WASHINGTON — Here’s how Minnesota’s senators voted during the legislative week ending May 22. The House was in recess.

As more Minnesotans lose their jobs because of COVID-19, local food shelves are seeing a surge in first-time visitors needing emergency food services — and the demand doesn’t look like it’ll let up anytime soon.

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• Mail: The Mankato and North Mankato post offices and the Madison East branch will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Residential mail will not be delivered. Service windows will be closed and mail will not be sorted to lock boxes.