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Hwy. 169 Reopens In Southern Minnesota After Mudslides

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A highway in southeastern Minnesota is has just reopened after mudslides closed it to traffic. Southbound Highway 169 closed Wednesday between St. Peter and Mankato.


Mankato police say man exposed himself in fast food drive thru

(Mankato, MN) – Mankato police say they’re investigating a sexual assault that occurred at a fast food restaurant early Wednesday morning. Police were called to the restaurant at 1:37 a.m. where it was reported that a drive-thru customer allegedly exposed his penis, according to Commander Jeremy Cli


SEEING DOUBLE: Comic book and game store is moving downtown this May

Longtime Mankato comic book and game store Double Play is making a move downtown. The store is moving to 635 S. Front St., which is the former Sun Moon Yoga location (Sun Moon relocated down the street to Union Market). After relocating nine times in the past 40 years, the store is hoping to put dow


Lawmakers look to expand Yellow Line Project

Area lawmakers say they'd like to see Blue Earth County's jail diversion initiative — the Yellow Line Project — go statewide. Rep. Jack Considine, DFL-Mankato, and Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, are sponsoring bills that would allow counties across Minnesota to start their own version of the Yel


Report: Mankato jobs ticked back up in March

MANKATO — After a rare, flat February for job growth, the Mankato area bounced back in March. The Mankato area gained 138 jobs last month compared to the previous year, a 0.2% increase, according to figures released Thursday by the Department of Employment and Economic Development.


Wednesday rains bring troubles to region

Wednesday rains brought some chaos to the region, though Waseca County avoided the worst of it. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning in area counties, in addition to a hazardous weather outlook across the region. A flash flood warning was also issued early Wednesday for Le Sueur, Nico


Postal employee charged with mail theft

MANKATO — A Postal Service employee is charged with a felony after a sleuthing grandmother allegedly discovered he had stolen her grandson's birthday present. Thomas Jeffrey Chaves, 43, of Mankato, was charged with felony mail theft Wednesday in Blue Earth County District Court.


1 dead in officer-involved shooting after traffic stop in Coon Rapids, Minn.

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) - One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Coon Rapids, Minnesota early Thursday morning. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said officers with the Coon Rapids Police Department initiated a traffic stop near Foley Boulevard and 98th Lane West at 1:39 a.m


Pen pal program bridges generations

NORTH MANKATO — When 9-year-old Rohan Sharma read about the farm on which 95-year-old Marvel Wieman's once lived, he was stumped by one detail. The fourth grader had to write back to his pen pal to ask: What is a heifer?


Tree falls on moving vehicle on North Mankato hill

NORTH MANKATO — A driver was not injured when a tree fell on her moving vehicle Tuesday night in North Mankato. The driver was headed down the Lee Boulevard hill around 6 p.m. when a large portion of a tree snapped off, North Mankato Lt. Dan Forster said. He said it's not clear what caused the tree


Adolescent brain not best design for driving, expert says

MANKATO — When it comes to driving, Erin Walsh says the experienced adult brain helps people know to stop quickly when something comes onto the road, to plan a safe route, to make the decision not to text while driving, to handle something unexpected.


Le Sueur Co. rates among state's best by Dept. of Human Services

When it comes to timeliness, Le Sueur County Human Services is among the best in the state. Minnesota Department of Human Services records list Le Sueur County as one of five counties in the state when it comes to 2018 child protection assessment visits. .


National Weather Service increases river crest predictions

After heavier than expected rainfall Wednesday, the National Weather Service released new river crest forecasts that are more than a foot higher than the predictions they made Wednesday morning.


Virus identified as a cause of paralyzing condition in Minnesota children

A virus appears to be the cause behind a rash of polio-like illnesses that struck Minnesota last fall, causing paralyzing symptoms in several children, including one girl who lost all motor function and remains hospitalized.


Minivan Crashes Into Papa Murphy's Pizza Restaurant In Mankato

(Mankato, MN) -- A few scary moments Tuesday afternoon at Papa Murphy's in Mankato. Police say a North Mankato woman was trying to park when her foot slipped and she stepped on the accelerator, struck a pedestrian and crashed into the building. The minivan ended up inside the Papa Murphy's lobby. Th


Two injured in Highway 169 crash

ST. PETER — Two motorists were injured Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 169 in St. Peter. Beverly J. Jensen, 57, of Chaska, was driving northbound on the highway at 4:26 p.m. when she stopped to take a left turn onto Swift Street. The vehicle stopped behind her driven by Denis


Mankato Farmers Market Adds Downtown Location

The Mankato Farmer's Market will have a second home this season!. In addition to its current location at Best Buy on Adams Street, the market will also be in downtown Mankato at the Food Truck Hub on Riverfront Drive for Thursdays.


Turkey smashes through SUV's windshield on Interstate 94 in northwest Minnesota

A driver in northwest Minnesota avoided serious injury Wednesday when a turkey smashed through her windshield as she was driving on Interstate 94. Barnseville Police Department was among the law enforcement agencies that responded to an injury accident on I-94 in Clay County on a report of a "vehicl


Mankato man convicted of gross misdemeanor in rape allegation

MANKATO — A man accused of raping a woman during a Mankato house party was sentenced to time served and probation. Latjor Biel Gatkuoth, 22, of Mankato, was convicted of a gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct and sentenced Monday in Blue Earth County District Court.


YWCA Mankato Is Recipient Of Family Home Visiting Grant

New family home visiting grants are expected to improve lives and save money in cities across the state. The new round of grants comes from the Minnesota Department of Health totaling over $32 million.