A woman who was injured in a crash with a school bus northwest of Mapleton can keep disputed financial damages awarded by a jury, a divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled.

Growing corn, soybeans and other crops contributes significantly to Minnesota’s overall emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases associated with climate change, but a new analysis shows a range of practices can reduce those emissions — and help improve water quality at the same time.

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Check out The Free Press coverage of the Mankato Marathon in Sunday's edition. Look for features and photo galleries in print and online with a report on the winners and participants.

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STEPHEN — The unsettled fall weather is testing Betsy Jensen’s usual optimistic outlook.

With Bob Dylan set to return to Mankato for the first time in 20 years, fans of all ages — even as young as 19-year-old Sophie Komaridis — anxiously await his arrival. See story, Page C1


ST. PETER — Highway 169 on St. Peter’s north side could end up looking a lot more like Highway 169 on the city’s southern end in three years.


MANKATO — Abubakar Mohamed said he couldn’t speak English when he came to the U.S. from Africa, so he stayed after school to learn as fast as he could.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Washing his hands of America's presence in Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in supporting the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as U.S. partners against Islamic State extremists.

Mankato East High School graduate Aaron Laven recently was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy.


MANKATO — It wasn’t on the agenda, but Mankato city leaders got an update on the prospects for a new downtown Hy-Vee, the expected construction of a mini-Hy-Vee near the university, a pair of trucking-related businesses on the east side, and several other impending developments.


Classmates and teachers designed and built a pergola and adorned it with a tribute to Heather Giefer, who died at age 16.

Chazz Lee Roberts, 40, of Mapleton, allegedly slapped a 13-year-old in the head last month in Mankato. 


Three area credit unions were among the participants in CU Forward Day — a tradition of spending the Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day holiday giving back that's coordinated by the Minnesota Credit Union Network.

MANKATO — A planned switch in how Mankato taxes pulltab gambling creates winners and losers among charitable organizations, and the City Council decided Monday night it wasn’t ready to raise or throw in its cards.


MANKATO — The idea of Indigenous People’s Day, held on October 14, originated in 1977, but it wouldn’t be until 1989 when South Dakota became the first state to officially designate that day.

MANKATO — Amboy, Eagle Lake, Kasota and Blue Earth received grants from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation aimed to help towns of 5,000 or less to create collaborative programs to improve their communities.

WINNEBAGO — A driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana when he caused a two-vehicle crash that injured himself and another driver Sunday in Winnebago.


Clarence H. Schulze, age 90, of Mankato, MN died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center in Mankato. Services are pending. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.