ST. PETER — Residents of St. Peter got the OK Monday to house hens in their backyards starting in January of next year. 

ST. PETER — Due to an unanticipated culvert replacement, the north end of the Highway 169 project will be completely closed off, the state Department of Transportation said Thursday. 

ST. PETER — A St. Peter man is facing charges after police say he stole someone's truck and attempted to steal another one, acting suspiciously in the process.

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ST. PETER — Bellying up to their pharmacy's old-style soda fountain counter for a free root beer is no longer an option at 201 S. Third St. in St. Peter. Even though the building is no longer operated as retail space, owners Bill and Beth Soderlund have taken steps to keep it a welcoming gat…

Gustavus Adolphus College administration sent out a campus-wide safety email alerting students to a Dec. 12 sexual assault two weeks ago, what it says was less than two days after the second of two victims told the Dean of Students office about the assault.

ST. PETER — The layout of the lots, numbering about 160, in a city-developed workforce housing subdivision is ready to go.

The St. Peter City Council, meeting in a work session on Tuesday night, began working on parameters for city-dwellers to own egg-laying chickens.

The city took a step Monday night toward getting a regional public transportation system from conceptual planning to reality.

Lone Star BBQ & Grill, 408 S. Third St., will become an event venue and catering business, the owner said Monday.

In addition to developing a neighborhood of affordable housing, city officials will try to attract residential development on land it owns nearby.

ST. PETER — The contractor who worked on the reconstruction of Highway 169 through downtown St. Peter sued the city, Minnesota Department of Transportation and two subcontractors over work on malfunctioning structures it installed in the stormwater sewer system during that project.

The Nicollet County Board will consider approving the construction of a 5-megawatt solar garden during its meeting on Tuesday morning.

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Despite some local challenges, the time is ripe for Gustavus Adolphus College to add to its renewable energy facilities, an environmental advocacy group said Thursday.

Obituaries

88, of Mankato, died Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Service 12 p.m., Saturday at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation 10:00 a.m until the time of service. Interment Sterling Cemetery, rural Mapleton. www.mankatomortuary.com

Mary Jean "Minnie" Hunt, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Rochester. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father Tim Sandquist offi…