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Every small town has a story to tell. And more of them are telling their stories through community murals that adorn sides of downtown buildings throughout southern Minnesota.

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Tom Lawton interned at Jones Metal while attending East High School, shadowing workers and doing simple tasks. After graduating, he went to work there and attended South Central College, where he graduated last semester. He took advantage of the state’s PIPELINE Program where he received gra…

MANKATO — One of the largest groups of Christian churches in the U.S. recently voted to become a sanctuary denomination, prompting local discussions on how to put the declaration into practice.

A woman said Joel Gast held her down, raped her, hit her in the head and strangled her, then took her phone so she could not call for help.

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SLEEPY EYE — The announcement Tuesday that Del Monte would shutter its sweet corn and pea canning plant in Sleepy Eye is reverberating throughout the community.

An adult passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after child crashed into a Mankato building.  

NEW ULM — One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation from a fire in New Ulm shortly before midnight Monday.

BUTTERFIELD — An 83-year-old Butterfield woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following a crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 60.

NORTH MANKATO — A Shakopee woman was transported to the Mankato hospital following a two-car crash in North Mankato Tuesday afternoon.

Terry Dean Peters was arrested Thursday after allegedly running stop signs while racing his motorcycle and refusing to take a breathalyzer. 

MANKATO — A man was assaulted, threatened with a military-style rifle, forced into a car, taken to an ATM and forced to withdraw money last week in Mankato, according to charges filed Tuesday against one of the suspects.

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SLEEPY EYE — Del Monte Foods announced its intentions on Tuesday to close its 89-year-old plant in Sleepy Eye, one of four plants scheduled to close or be sold off.

CLEVELAND — A detour for Highway 99 at Cleveland was to be removed Tuesday because construction crews completed the installation of a box culvert at Cherry Creek considerably ahead of schedule.

MANKATO — One of the suspects in a robbery and assault at a Mankato bus stop last week has turned himself in.

NORTH MANKATO — The city of North Mankato is loosening its restrictions against dynamic signs in neighborhoods following a legal challenge to a recent variance decision. Critics welcome the effort but say the change could invite even more issues for North Mankato residents.

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The atmosphere ranged from enthusiastic to somber Monday morning as hundreds of professors, staff members and administrators at Minnesota State University launched the 2019-2020 academic year.

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MANKATO — As he does most days, Jim Albright arrived at the downtown Hy-Vee Monday at 4 a.m. to put in orders for the meat counter.

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Q: When hands-free goes into effect soon, will that include the police? We see them talking on cellphones and typing away on their computers while they are driving. I'm curious if they're going to be held to the same standard.

ST. PETER — The northbound right lane of Highway 169 in St. Peter from Broadway to Union Street will be closed for maintenance work next week from Tuesday, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Aug. 29, weather permitting.

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When Tom Branhan took over the 43-year-old Edenvale Nursery he wanted to keep the enchanting grounds and quality plants the business was known for. But he also has upgraded the grounds and brought in more varieties of plants.

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For 1st. Sgt. Dan Toleno, the highest ranking enlisted member of the 492nd Engineering Company based out of Mankato, the unit’s deployment to the small nation of Djibouti in east Africa is significant. It will be his last mission as a member of the armed forces before his retirement after 27…

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The Butterfield Threshing Bee brought all ages together on Saturday, with demonstrations from blacksmiths, broom makers, bread makers, iron casters and the staple of gas and steam engines. 

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We ran a story Wednesday about a travel program at Janesville-Waldorf-Permberton School that’s been in place for more than a decade.

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MANKATO — A popular Mankato sushi restaurant is accused of persistently defrauding the state of Minnesota of sales tax revenue totaling more than $200,000.

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MAPLETON — Little did Josh Evan know the colorful Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife stamps his father collected would one day feature his own work, but that’s exactly what happened this month after his walleye painting won first place in the DNR stamp contest.

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Brittany Umbreit’s dream of building a dance studio that families would be drawn to has come along a lot faster than she imagined.

Obituaries

David B. Forrey, age 86, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019. David was born on March 31, 1933 to Henry and Elsie (Mann) Forrey in the only place he ever called home, Garden City, MN. Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato is assisting the family with arrangements. For many years David was employe…

Donna M. (Himmelman) Southwick, age 91, of Mankato, died Monday, August 19, 2019. Memorial Visitation 1-4 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. www.mankatomortuary.com

William C. Dhaene, 66, Henderson, died Monday, August 19, 2019. Funeral service, Friday, August 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m, Redeemer Lutheran Church east of Henderson, MN. Visitation, Kolden Funeral Home, Le Sueur, Thursday, 4:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Burial, church…